THE O DOR

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drank Cocotte by THE O DOR
1361 tasting notes

I’m sharing this with my BFF because it’s tomato tea.

It’s so weird. So so weird. Tomatoey. A bit lemony. Floral. A bit weirdly mentholy astringent. My BFF says it’s like drinking the remaining liquid in the bottom of a salad bowl, with the tomato seeds and stuff. Or tomato stems. So green.

Weird.

So, uhh, thanks for the sample MissB! :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
whatshesaid

Tomato tea? TOMATO tea? ….ew

OMGsrsly

Lol! It was weird! Not gross tho. Just weird. :)

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95
drank J.E. Yin Zhen by THE O DOR
5 tasting notes

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
1572 tasting notes

I got this tea along with Scandale when Urban Tea Merchant was selling out of them. I’m a sucker for all things chocolate so this one was a no-brainer. I’d normally take a tea like this with milk, but I wanted to try it plain first. The scent was more hazelnut that chocolate but it made a solid appearance in the flavour profile as a lovely smooth, rich cocoa. Mixed with the nutty hazelnut flavour it reminds me a bit of chocolate hedgehogs – which I adore. It’s quite a decadent blend that feels very ‘Parisian’ if that makes any sense – I could see classy french ladies delicately sipping this tea in a stylish outdoor café. Terribly cliché, I know. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Scandale by THE O DOR
1572 tasting notes

I’ve been saving up my The O Dor teas ever since the supplier, the Urban Tea Merchant stopped carrying the brand. But unfortunately teas can’t really be ‘saved’ for an indefinite length of time so I figured it was time to crack open the tins I bought on the cheap when they were clearing them out. My aunt, who does tea leaf readings, recommended this blend to me and she generally has good taste when it comes to these things.

I recently tried another cinnamon pu-ehr from Davids Tea and I wasn’t terribly impressed, but this blend is vastly better. The pu-ehr has a lovely depth of flavour and is a pleasant mix of woody and earthy notes without being overpowering. The cinnamon and vanilla flavour go well with the base and unlike the Davids Tea one they don’t go for the cinnamon heart candies flavour and frankly the natural flavours are already sweet enough. I guess there’s something to be said for purchasing tea from a high-end retailer. Now if only I can find another supplier that ships to Canada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ooh that sounds tasty!

MissB

I’m hoping that enough of us Vancouver-ites complain, they’ll start ordering it again. ;)

cteresa

I have the same problem Theodor in portugal – and their site shipping is the same anywhere in the world and yikes.

this sounds lovely, something to keep in mind. I have a theory regarding north american cinnamon and european cinnamon – usually they are different species, the most used spice for “cinnamon” in north america is cassia which is similar but sharper and thinner than the ceylon or true cinnamon europeans are used to.

Maureen

This sounds lovely! I am always in the mood for a good cinnamon blend, especially in something like a pu’erh. I haven’t found one I totally love yet, so maybe this is the one.

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Hey hey, I had this earlier today! Only was able to get to it after it cooled, and I found it a bit floral for my tastes, although quite lovely for a deeper green. I think I oversteeped it however, because it was also a bit bitter at the end of the sip.

I wish I remembered more, however it was a crazy day, and I just feel like I can settle down now (at 2:54am!) Thank you Ysurella you’re incredibly kind for sharing this with me. :) I owe you!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Confession: I’m getting kind of bored with my sipdown extravaganza. Well, maybe not bored, just missing my regular black teas, LOL. On the other hand, I’ve made it through 49 teas, & it feels good to be making progress! I don’t really expect to clear out my entire stash, that will take the rest of my life, but it will be very freeing to get through all these samples.

For this one, I’m delving into the new box from Sil. So many of the teas in that box are in too large of a quantity for a sipdown, & are mostly flavored teas, but I wanted a cup of something with some substance to it, so I fished around & came up with this one, which is the final cup of a sample Ysaurella shared with Sil. I love how our tea samples can have a history of their own!

This is a nice roasty oolong. It doesn’t really taste like coffee or chocolate to me, but that is probably because of allergies muting my sense of taste. It is a tasty cup, & somewhat satisfying, so I’m enjoying it, & that is good enough for me!
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Sil

haha yeah i get tired of sipdowns sometimes…

Sil

i’m trying to slow down with adding things to your box. it helps that i haven’t opened teas i’ve purchased and since most of my swaps have been flavoured recently, i don’t add those to yours (except adagio..you wanted those!!)

Ysaurella

nice to read another review about this lovely tea. Glad you liked it :)

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Teresa, you’re right lol it is somehow a Darjeeling …I brewed it at 80°c and 4 minutes and yes ….it a kind of ;)

I drank it in my brand new cup :
http://www.emilundpaula.de/epages/es117686.sf/fr_FR/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2Fes117686_EmilundPaula%2FProducts%2Fpip-cappuccinoearlykhaki

How do you find it ?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Oh, a little birdie cup, that is so darn cute!

Nicole

Very cute cup!

caile

Such an adorable cup!

cteresa

The cup is gorgeous and yep, it´s not really a black black tea is it?

Ysaurella

true but it really depends on the temperature and brewing parameters, a chameleon tea really

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I am so happy to have the chance to try this one thanks to cteresa. Obrigada :)

I probably brew it too hot (90°c instead of 85°c) but it is really pleasant this way.
Teresa you mentioned it is not really a black tea but to me it is really works as a black tea and even if a Theodor mentions Shangri Lâ Temple is as good as the best Darjeelings it is to me very different except maybe on the body of the tea.
The tea texture is mellow, I got some raisin notes, not the hazelnut promised but I’ll brew it colder next time.
I need to play more with that one and should thanks cteresa for having sent me a so generous sample.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
400 tasting notes

I’m having this chilled today with a little sugar and a bit of cream! I was surprised at the low steeping temp, but it seems to work! The chocolate comes through for sure, but the hazelnut is a little more hidden for me. Nutella is my go to hazelnut/chocolate association and this isn’t nearly as bold as that. It is still really good and I look forward to trying more of it.

Thanks for the sample Barbara!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Celebration by THE O DOR
1254 tasting notes

From the queue

This came out of the EU TTB round 2. Cream, vanilla and roasted hazelnuts. What, I ask you, could possibly go wrong? I lurve vanilla, I’ve quite fallen for nutty blends recently, and I can imagine what the cream must add to this. I can’t actually in anyway at all imagine this not being awesome. Therefore I looked shifty and filched it. I can’t remember if I’ve had any of this before. I haven’t really been buying very much of the European blends, tending to look more towards the East and the UK.

This smells awesome! All roasty nutty! Also a lot of sweet sweet vanilla that makes the whole thing remind me of hot white chocolate. (I’ve got some powder for that from Whittards of Chelsea. It’s luxuriously awesome made up with warm milk) I can’t really detect any notes of actual tea, though, which is the only thing about the aroma which I can find fault with. I can’t smell any cream either, but I expect that more in the flavour than the aroma in general. It always surprise me when I can actually smell cream in cream-flavoured teas. In this particular one I’m also expecting it to be more a question of texture than of taste really, so I’m not too bothered about not being able to find it here.

Oh my giddy aunt, this stuff is fab! First a lot of hazelnuts, then the sweetness of the vanilla and a smidge of cream onthe swallow. I think the base tea must have some cocoa notes in it, because while it is definitely primarily a nut-flavoured tea, it all reminds me largely of chocolate. I think I’ll sum it up in one word.

Nutella.

As it cools a bit the flavours meld more, enhancing the nutella-y impression, and if you drink it with a sleepy cat in your lap there really isn’t much left to improve here.

I greatly enjoyed this one.

MissB

Wowza! Sounds lovely.

KittyLovesTea

“Oh my giddy aunt” is not nearly used as much as it should be these days :D

Angrboda

I know, it’s a shame. It’s such a good mental image. :)

cteresa

Cream? I wonder if they changed the formula because I assure you official description of this just a few months ago was chocolate hazelnuts and vanilla (just like the du Loup but without the vanilla)

Off to check

Angrboda

Well, that’s what it says. Rich in flavours of cream, vanilla and roasted hazelnuts. A masterful creation to be enjoyed with or without milk. A true delight! Personally I wouldn’t be without.

cteresa

Whoever writes copy edit for theodor should be shot. Check the short tea descriptions either by searching by tea name or in some systems hovering over link. Chocolate hazelnuts and vanilla – you just tried it, you know it is true.

And no even the long pointless little story they use instead if description never ever mentioned cream of that I am sure. Discussing chocolate teas at their shop we discussed this and the Loup.

II think I was the one who inputed this in the steepster database. Where the heck does cream come from?

Btw if they changed formulas, it was very recently, the one you are tasting was bought when brand and reseller described it as chocolate hazelnut vanilla – Nutella as you rightly called it!

Angrboda

Even so, I still got a cream-y feeling from it.

I did try and look up The O Dor’s website, couldn’t immediately find it, and I was out of there again right quickly. Not exactly user friendly…

cteresa

this is how the website describes it

http://awesomescreenshot.com/0b42oixkb7

the tea page itself describes it differently

http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/flavoured-black-teas/112-celebration.html

but those pages are ludicrously pointless, a little story which always putts me off. and as you saw yourself, the chocolate and hazelnut are indeed very very noticeable.

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96

Still roasty , mellow and delicious.

While sipping it I am thinking of Steepster, people here and tasting notes.
Since I joined Steepster 2 years ago a lot of folks here who have just “disappeared” and I was thinking of their last note. Did they know it was their last one? Did they feel sick and tired of writing notes ? Did they decide to only drink tea for themselves ? Did they have a major issue ? No chance to know the answer.

I’m feeling myself more and more lazy with my notes, saying less and less. Am I tired of teas ? I feel more like I would like to spend more time with some teas probably rather than trying news so often.
Sorry I am boring tonight :(

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

not boring! just waxing poetic :)

oOTeaOo

I’ve been on here for a long time now, but I have not been writing down all the teas that I have been drinking. I think I just haven’t had much time to write these days. Perhaps a bit lazy too.

TheTeaFairy

Ysaurella and boring never belong together :-)

I also wonder about our friends who disappear…and i think I understand what you are experiencing. Most of the time, I just want to enjoy my tea and not think about what I want to write. That’s why I don’t review much. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time with your tea, as long as you don’t forget to pop up once in a while to say hi, other wise, YOU KNOW I will give you a little poke out of concern, we cannot afford to loose you to the disappearing ones :-)

Terri HarpLady

I understand how you feel, & I have been thinking lately that I have written multiple reviews on many teas, & have nothing left to say about them. Yet, I still want to drink them, I still love them. But I don’t want to be redundant.

CelebriTEA

It is easy to get caught up in the every day concerns of life :-(

cteresa

I know I have less to write about here – I have less new teas, I am drinking my stash, have some definite views about where and how to spend my next tea splurges. So well, there is only so much one can talk about tea. I hope to not disappear without saying a word though (and autumn, autumn is always my tea restocking time of the year) – and madam, we absolutely must have tea together one day, in Paris or Lisbon (or Sintra, yeah that would be the place!)!

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drank Heritage D’Istanbul by THE O DOR
510 tasting notes

Dry leaves have a nice, nonspecific floral scent. I get a bit of jasmine, I think, in the steep. I’m not sure I know what lotus tastes or smells like. What I have the impression of overall, though, is roses. And to me, the taste is best described as the scent of roses that have been shut in a hot car all day long. Nice at first, but then cloying and overripe. I am glad to have tried this, Ysaurella, and I think the tea base is decent, from what I can tell, but I don’t think it is one I’d go out of my way to purchase.

Sil

Ew lol

Nicole

At first it was good, but the more I drank, the more that overrripe rose just stuck in my nose. And I do like floral teas of all kinds, so that isn’t it. I do wonder if it would calm down iced.

Ysaurella

This is not my favourite Theodor because I think I don’t like lotus in tea. Rose was ok for me but not the Lotus.

cteresa

I have to try this one cold brewed. I think I still got something.

My utter favorite of their byzantine teas is Inachevee though, that is going to be a rebuy (haven´t tried Trahison Byzantine yet though=

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Another taste note, just to add, that brewing this hot, it´s OK, interesting. Brewing this cold, with long steep times, it goes very very bitter. Cold steeping this for short (one hour) and then sweetening it, this is very very nice. Citrusy, herby and energizing (in a different way than regular caffeine).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Anna

Oh, I remember writing in my review I might get a small craving for this in the future, and yes, there it is.

cteresa

I still want their black mate with red fruits. I think when I do that long promised order there I am going to get a mate for sure!

Anna

Ooooh, cool. I look forward to the review. =)

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I opened my cupboard to find this tea because spelling is not my friend. I was amused to discover that Detox from DavidsTea is my most-drank tea, and since I tend to only drink it after a night of too much booze, that just says a whole lot about my life, doesn’t it XD.

Anyway, I coldbrewed this overnight in an effort to both use this up and have something different. The leaves were a bit of a disappointment as I strained them out. Usually oolongs unfurl beautifully, but these were just brown wilted leaves. Sadness.

I’m not a straight tea drinker, so I couldn’t tell you about any of the nuances of the tea, but I will say it is light and refreshing in a way a black tea could never be, but for me it is nothing special.

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drank Tribute by THE O DOR
4644 tasting notes

mmm perfect mid morning tea to go along with getting tons of work done at home today. I really needed this day to just relax and focus on catching up with work. Hopefully by the time the weekend rolls around i’ll be ready for daylight savings, and being back in to the full swing of things with work :)

__Morgana__

Grumble grumble. I forgot about daylight savings time. I hate springing forward and getting one less hour of sleep.

Sil

yep… i struggle with it too…

Dexter

Really? I LOVE spring forward – the extra hour of evening daylight really makes me happy.
Don’t like the fall back – it just means the start of a long, dark, cold winter. I would be perfectly happy to stay on daylight saving time all year.
Hope you guys have an easy adjustment….

__Morgana__

That’s a good point, Dexter. I do like more daylight in the evening. But anything that takes sleep away makes me grumble. ;-)

Sil

yeah i only hate it for the missing sleep lol

Sami Kelsh

Thank you for reminding me about daylight savings! They run it at different times in the UK, so I’d be attempting to skype the folks back in Canada at entirely the wrong time this weekend :p (Oh, and I’m not looking forward to the inevitable jetlag that comes with the clock change, either…)

Lynxiebrat

Spring Forward Already? Meh. Just makes me wish that the snow would disappear that much faster.

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drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
300 tasting notes

I wish I knew what the trick is to rooibos. What makes a good and a not-so-good flavoured rooibos so completely different? When I first had delicate, French-style rooibos I could barely believe it was the same thing as the cardboardy German stuff. Do they water the bushes with gold? Sing to them? It can’t all be in the flavouring. No flavour profile, no matter how adeptly put together, could ever mask that much cardboard.

Anyway – what I wanted to get to was that this reminded me a whole lot of a horrible Teavana tea experience I had with a blend called Rooibos Tropica. It smelled tasty from a distance, but then as you came closer, the citrus turned all chemical and brewed up it was seriously the horror of horrors. Cold-brewed it was seriously window cleaner in a cup. I haven’t been able to drink citrus-flavoured rooibos since, so I figured I’d better give this a try, seeing as it seemed a suitable back-up-on-that-citrus-rooibos-horse contender.

This is the sample that had leaked ever so slightly, so smelling puts me back in the state of excitement one unavoidably enters when receiving one’s swap box. (Oooh!) This one you can smell forever without it turning chemical, too – the citrus/rooibos balance is perfect and there’s a sweet note rounding everything off. This is more or less what you get in the cup as well, but the aftertaste has a warm, slightly creamy, vanilla-esque note to it that is very nice.

This is just good, delicately flavoured, high-quality rooibos.

I don’t need a citrus rooibos in my permanent cupboard, but if I did, this one would be a very fair contender. In terms of a rooibos-off between French tea merchants, Mariage Frères would still be in the lead, however.

Thank you for sharing, cteresa!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kamyria

Ha ha ha… window cleaner in a cup! Awesome note! I find that the more I grow as a tea enthusiast, the more I dislike red rooibos.

gmathis

I shall sing to my evening cuppa and see what happens :)

cteresa

I am heretical, I place Theodor rooibos as high as Mariage Freres, or maybe even higher. Maybe. It´s fun to test it – and there is a small british brand called Yumchaa whose base rooibos I also approve.

I suspect the difference has to do with the grade, quality of rooibos used. If you look at Mariage Freres rooibos, particularly leftover in the pot (and we can not get rid of those needles easily…) notice how long and sort of whole, full and reddish the rooibos is. Pick a cheap german blend and look how much smaller, sadder, more broken, more yellowish-brown the rooibos looks. Though germans are not the only ones at fault, got a rooibos from Betjman and Barton which was just sad (and tasted it). And I got a repackaged plain vanilla rooibos which I suspect must be from some german blender (who else could it be from, from the source) which is good!

I am a rooibos snob it must be said. Good rooibos I love and makes me feel this warm glow, bad rooibos I somehow leave it to cool without drinking.

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The remainder of this sample was just enough for a pitcher of iced tea. As expected, this worked quite well cold. It lost a surprising amount of the apple/date character of the hot tea, but it gained some floral notes, and, most surprisingly of all, a peppery aftertaste which was very nice.

[Sample from Ysaurella, spring 2014.]
[Sample polished off in Rome, February 2014.]

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Ysaurella

I had it cold several times and it is a different but still nice tea

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drank Lembranca - Lembrança by THE O DOR
300 tasting notes

As you can tell, I’m box-sampling way outside of my comfort zone this time around. Next up, lemongrass! There were two lemongrasses (uh) in the box, so I figured I’d compare, even if one is a yerba maté (this one) and the other a straight-up herbal.

I was surprised that I liked the scent of this one so much in the bag – I keep avoiding citrus, but it seems it’s just one of those Brian Roberts/Sally Bowles (Cabaret) situations, where those three girls were obviously just the wrong three girls.

Flavour wise, I get a slightly medicinal citrus – the tea reminds me so much of a type of citrus candy (I honestly think they were cough drops) my grandmother used to keep in her handbag. Aw, gramps. I remember how you always used to say, ‘If someone pokes you, KICK them in return!’ Always equally hilarious coming from a small Miss Marple-like old lady with a huge purse.

Strangely, though, I enjoy it. It’s sort of herbally and citrusy with no clearly distinguishable notes of any specific type of citrus, although I think it’s much closer to grapefruit than lemongrass. I could absolutely drink a few cups of this, and I have a feeling this is one of those I might experience a small, weird craving for in the future.

Thanks for sharing this, cteresa!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So I continue to venture outside my tea comfort zone with this one. On the sample bag, as you EU-swappers will note, it says, ‘not a black tea’, but as cteresa points out in the forum thread, it is actually black, but should be treated as a green. Now, I’m someone who tends to slap her greens and call them names (deep down they like it), that is, brew them at 100C with a 1.5-minute steep – because I mostly drink Lupicia greens, and, before someone jumps down my throat concerning this very touchy subject – this is what Lupicia themselves recommend.

Either way, I went for some form of compromise – 90C at 2 minutes. The O Dor themselves recommend 85C for 3:45-4:30 (very specific, I like your OCD, Théodor mon chéri) but I didn’t feel like anything too strong.

In the bag, this had a somewhat minty tang to it, which was surprising. I assume this is just how the freshness of this leaf comes off to me scent wise, seeing as there’s not the slightest hint of anything minty in the brewed cup.

This is one of those blacks that work for me, especially lightly brewed as in this case. I definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup, but it’s not a tea I will crave or think about in the future.

Thanks to cteresa for adding this one to the box!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
cteresa

It´s too hot, way too hot, sorry! Treat this as if it was the gentlest of teas. 80 degrees, nevermind what Theodor says (and yesh, OCD. I got massives ammount of respect for companies which got different instructions for each tea)

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75
drank Tribute by THE O DOR
300 tasting notes

Okay, so you remember that Thé d’amandine (Comptoir des thés et des épices) review that prompted Ysaurella, our resident fairy godmother of The O Dor tea samples to offer some up in the first place? Well, I do.

I’ve been so curious about this one – I mean, a comment such as, “Tribute by Theodor is cleary THE galette des rois tea” makes it impossible to resist, after all. And yes, this is one of those cases where – if I’d had this one first – I would have been head over heels, placing an order within the week. But now I have two very positive experiences with other almondy teas, one of them a staple in my cupboard (Pleine Lune) and the other one (Thé d’amandine) a tea I’ve vowed to re-review more generously, seeing as I was so fed up with French greens when I tried it.

This is a black tea, though, and as such more closely comparable to Pleine Lune. Quite unfairly, seeing as the MF tea is one that makes me want to put a leash on and kneel before my master. Tribute strikes me as less complex in taste, with a mouthfeel that comes off as a little watery to me, compared to the creamy smoothness of PL.

In the case of Thé d’amandine, it had the added bonus of being a green tea, and as such lighter and more accessible. It also brought some element of surprise to the table, through the addition of that distant, near-spectral cherry presence.

Tribute, however, doesn’t leave much of an impression on me.

I’m very torn here – on the one hand I feel like it’s close to sacrilege to rate this less than the seemingly obligatory 80+, but on the other, I’m really grateful for knowing exactly what I’m looking for. That knowledge, however, would be impossible if not for all this tea sampling – thank you so much, Ysaurella! I’ve had such a good time with these samples, and you really are the sweetest for helping me explore my feelings for the ravishing Monsieur Théodor.

[Sample from Ysaurella, spring 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

you are absolutely right Tribute is not as complex blend as Pleine Lune can be. It is very different to me, not comparable really to my loving MF favourite blend.

Anna

Have you tried the Thé d’amandine? I forget if you’re at all keen on green teas.

cteresa

Tribute is kinda of one note, well it is one note – almond and marzipan. So totally different from Pleine Lune or Je t´aime. But sometimes I am in the mood for solos.

Tribute is IMO just awesome as a digestif tea (not sure there is any such thing, well me, I use tea as digestif and some are much better for that use than others!)

Ysaurella

never had thé d’amandine. I am open to greens but they shouldn’t have any bitterness otherwise I drop the cup…I am terrible with greens :)

Anna

We’ll see what I come up with for your samples… starts plotting

Ysaurella

ahaha I love these kind of plots !

Anna

Hehehe.

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95
drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
300 tasting notes

Oh, okay, wow. So I’m having quite the The O Dor sample party today, courtesy of Ysaurella, cteresa and the EU swap box. Before yesterday, I was a The O Dor virgin, but things are getting pretty depraved pretty fast over here.

All these preconceived notions of what I’m going to like are so often completely turned on their heads when I try out a brand new company. I thought Lupicia’s blacks would be insufferable (but it turns out they’re just as amazing as their greens and oolongs) and I thought Butiki’s flavoured teas would be right up my alley (turns out I prefer the plain ones) and I thought I’d like Damman Frères far more than Comptoir des Thés et des Epices (a million times no).

And here I was, convinced this tea would be just average, and that Celebration would have to be the most desirable in the entire The O Dor kingdom.

As it turns out, I realized chocolate teas don’t really do it for me, even if there’s hazelnut and vanilla involved… and that this tea is gorgeous. Seriously, the last time I had a tea experience like this was with Lupicia’s Cookie. (And you all know how I feel about Cookie.)

I did a double take smelling the sample, because it was so rich and lovely. I always talk about the wild card, that inexplicable something, and there it was, in the dry tea already. And this teal is solid and reliable, because that something stays there all the way, both scent wise and flavour wise. There’s a perfect, creamy intermingling of coconut and pistachio, with an aftertaste that is all smooth vanilla with this slight floral hint that literally makes me smile.

My mnemonic analogy (there always seems to be one hard-wired into some part of my brain, after all) emanates from memories of love, suitably. When you’ve been in love, and you’ve loved, and you think you’ve got it all figured out, and then you meet that goddamn person who just turns everything upside down and shows you what all those stupid songs and books and movies were really about.

Je T’aime – the evolution of love, in a tea cup.

(You will be my special coconut and pistachio tea forever.)

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
__Morgana__

I have a bunch of The O Dor and this is making me want to break them out.

Sil

this makes me miss the du loup…

Anna

Do it, Morgana, I want to read your notes.

Oh, Sil, you and your wolfbrew. Cherchez le loup!

Ysaurella

I had a sample of this one thanks to cteresa. Unfortunately I didn’t love it as such as I thought but need to give a second try.You brew it hoter than I did and it may do the difference

Anna

Then again, you get more mileage out of Celebration. I brewed them more or less the same, but this one seems less sensitive, somehow.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t think I’ve tried any, or very many, or The O Dor’s teas. Now I want to.

Ysaurella

we can arrange this easily Terri, just let me know

Sil

..uh i think you should send teas to terri…through me…yeaaaah..that’s it. ;)

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75
drank Celebration by THE O DOR
300 tasting notes

This has been a bit of a revelation, to be honest – I have come to a realization. I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t need chocolate teas in my life.

Honestly, that’s pretty huge on a tea preferences scale, seeing as I love everything else chocolate. Seriously – chocolate is where it’s at.

But in a tea? No. I think this reflects my shift in tea preferences lately – I find myself craving lighter, greener, fruitier, less desserty teas. It might very well be a spring thing, but it’s definitely here to stay for now.

That much said, this is a deliciously elegant tea. I wouldn’t say the chocolate tea to end all other chocolate teas, because there are several flavour layers here, and a definite complexity beyond just the chocolate, but it’s definitely one of the better chocolates I’ve tried, if not the best. (Chocolate-orange will always have a special place in my heart, though.)

Nose wise, it jumps from lush in the bag to a little bland in the cup, but the flavour lands on the lush side of things.

Hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate are the three main taste notes for me, but in no particular order – this is a very playful brew, as each sip stacks the flavour chips a little differently. I’m sure this would kill with a dash of milk or cream, and as usual, I’m happy I never keep those in my fridge, because this would have gotten pretty decadent pretty fast.

It’s hard to rate this one, so keep in mind that this really is an excellent tea of its kind, and that my grade reflects preference rather than quality.

Many thanks to Ysaurella for not only letting me try some The O Dor, but helping me address complex existe(a)ntial quandaries in the process.

[Sample from Ysaurella, spring 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

nice! I’m not a huge fan of chocolate teas either… but give me caramel or let me die! haha

cteresa

This is nice but for some reason their The du Loup is my own ultimate chocolate tea

The o dor makes two black chocolate and hazelnut teas, and manages to make them both totally different in personality. The wolf tea is pretty special to me – sadly am out. It was the tea I ran out of the fastest ever!

Anna

Haha, I just read your reviews of Celebration and the wolf tea, cteresa.

cteresa

I tend to love better the first version I try, and the wolf was the first. But even so, I think The du Loup is a “special” tea. I was in Theodor´s adorable bijou little tea store in Paris and when I started to mention I wanted more of their chocolate tea the very lovely saleslady went “aahhhhh, thé du loup……” with an infatuated smile…

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86
drank Tribute by THE O DOR
4644 tasting notes

WOW! another tea from Ysaurella this is marzipan in liquid form! Funnily enough i’m not a HUGE fan of it in solid form but this is a really tasting almond paste tea :) I am really enjoying the black base that comes through and blends really nicely with the almond taste. This is sweet without being cloyingly so. Probably not something i would have picked up on my own, but now that i’ve had it, i would consider it from time to time. :) merci madam!

Nicole

One of my favorite sweet roll recipes is for Swedish Cardamom Buns and it has almond paste in the filling. This sounds like a tasty tea!

Anna

YES. That IS how you make Swedish cardamom/cinnamon buns the right way! Your honorary Swede badge is in the mail, Nicole.

Sil

yum!

Ysaurella

this is a staple in my cupboard and agree Swedish cinnamon rolls rock. The food is really nice in Sweden, I loved it and I loved too the Pear cider…I would damn myself to get some, impossible to find it in France

Dinosara

Man I have got to try this tea. It sounds like my heaven!

Anna

I have a sample from Ysaurella that I’m going to try tomorrow. <3

Ysaurella

@Anna ! hurrey I am looking forward to read your review about this one

Anna

Hehehe. I’m terrible for having kept you waiting for so long, I know. I’ve had so many sturdy blacks today, though, I need to give my palate a rest until tomorrow.

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So a while back I received some samples from the ever-lovely Ysaurella, but I have neither been in possession of the time nor the faculties for note writing until now, so the samples have had to wait patiently. In very pretty air-tight containers, though, so they haven’t exactly been languishing.

My benefactress had recommended 75C for 3-4 minutes, so I went with 80C (my kettle only does increments of ten) a brief cooling off period, and then a three-minute steep.

In the bag already, it is quite clear this is an exquisite green – I had to force myself to brew it fearlessly, as the scent of the sample was so delicate and complex the risk to lose some small delicious note along the way seemed overwhelming.

But, in the end, I managed to keep my hands steady and my timing timely.

In the cup, the complexity of the dry tea prevails. For me, the notes most present taste wise are apple and date. The apple in particular is interesting – it can’t really make up its mind. Is it a red apple? Is it a green apple? Is it a special fairytale multiplex apple? Possibly, possibly, and possibly.

All in all this is a very pleasant tea, with a light, rosey aftertaste. I have synesthetic tendencies, and this tastes the colour of green marzipan. I see the cake from my 25th birthday (and many other birthdays, I admit I do love my princess cake) as I sip.

Thank you so much, Ysaurella!

[Sample from Ysaurella, spring 2014.]

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you’re very welcome :) I’m happy you loved it. It is surely a lovely blend, very sensitive and dedicated to the old Istanbul…

Anna

I’m going back there in a couple of months – maybe I should have saved the rest of my sample for the trip, to drink it in its proper milieu? Alas, I must admit I really wanted to try it iced, so I’m cold-steeping the rest now.

cteresa

I love this one, I think it is a rebuy (when I next have the chance to restock Theodor teas, which might take a while). For me it´s the perfect Hammam tea, and while nothing can compare to a proper Hammam (Anna, go the evening you arrive and whenever you get the chance), it is nicer than the regular turkish tea served there!

Ysaurella

lucky you Anna, Instanbul seems lovely, I’d love to visit it.

Anna

It’s a research trip, so all work and no play this time around, I’m afraid. It’s up there on the list (together with Paris, of all places) of destinations-where-both-me-and-my-husband-have-spent-a-lot-of-time-but-never-actually-together, though. We’ll see!

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