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drank Pêché Mignon by THE O DOR
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When I looked up this one from MissB, I was excited to try it, since it has a lot of good reviews here and the flavors sounded pretty good. I’m not sure if I would recommend it as a cold brew, though. The fruit flavors became perhaps too intense, and the whole thing tasted like some kind of strange peach candy. I could also be reacting to the strawberry; I enjoy fresh strawberries, but anything else strawberry-flavored is not my thing. All in all, not my favorite fruit blend.

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
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This is a tea I really wanted to try (pistachio and marzipan was the original description on The O Dor’s site), but the shop was out when I was in Brussels. Fortunately MissB had some to send along!

I feel like there are some weird translation issues here. Is it a macaroon, or macaron? Actually I think the answer is both? (Side note: The O Dor updated their website and it is a million billion times easier to use, plus they give ingredients now). It does have both “macaron” flavors, and coconut, which is more macaroon. What I taste is a lot of pistachio, a hint of almond, some creamy coconut, and an underlying base of chocolate. It’s not exactly what I was expecting, but it is delicious. I think I would prefer it without the coconut, but I don’t really care for coconut in my black tea. Regardless, I am happy to have tried this one (but I don’t think I will be ordering 100g any time soon).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tribute by THE O DOR
2182 tasting notes

I have been moving recently (up north, to take a new job), and thus not in a situation where I can easily drink tea all the time. But I have a few weeks where it will be easier, so I am going to attempt to drink more of the samples that MissB sent me recently!

I have wanted to try this one for a while, ever since people rhapsodized about how it was the perfect almond tea. Almond is perhaps my favorite flavor, yet I have never really found a perfect almond tea. Most often a purely almond-flavored tea suffers from thinness in the texture, I find. MissB was kind enough to send a bit of this my way so I could finally try it.

It certainly delivers in the almond flavor. And it isn’t as thin as say, DF’s Amande Amaretti, although it is still a little thinner than I would like. I agree with someone (Ysaurella?) that this seems like a keemun-y base. Decent, but not my fave. There is some light note that I don’t care for that is definitely coming from the base, but the almond covers it fairly well.

All in all I am very glad to have tried this one. I also think that I don’t necessarily need a straight up almond tea; apparently I like my almond a bit blended (preferrably with rose and vanilla). But this is definitely the best straight almond tea I have yet tried.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Veronica

Congrats on the new job!

Dinosara

Thanks!

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
1111 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample Marzipan :)

This reminded me a lot of my one of my fave from Fauchon, Chocolate Eclair!

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
177 tasting notes

Oh my…. chocolate hazelnut deliciousness in my cup right now! So creamy… so decadent… just like desert in liquid form! Thanks so much Sil for sending this one my way!!

Sil

noms.

beelicious

super noms!

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
6481 tasting notes

I pulled this one out the other day because i wanted a little french love. I really enjoy drinking the teas that i picked up from paris, it’s just that due to the hot weather, it’s hard to be all about those creamy flavours that i adore in the winter. It’s like ice cream…i always want it in winter, but in summer i prefer popsicles haha. This is still a great tea – vanilla and then in to that hazelnut sort of love. yum.

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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love this. Still working on getting through trying all the teas in my cupboard, so this one was pulled out a few days ago and it is wonderful! Hazelnut and vanilla on a fancy french base that still holds it’s own. I really enjoyed this one..kind of curious how it would fare as a latte as well :)

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drank Scandale by THE O DOR
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drank J.C. ABSOLU OOLONG by THE O DOR
408 tasting notes

It is a pretty dark green leaf Oolong, rolled and mixed with Goji berries from a deep orange-red and flowers. The dry leaf smell is very strong, very fruity and peach -y. I do not feel especially the floral side of the low oxidized Oolong.

I decide to steep this Oolong at 80 ° c and for 4 minutes.

The leaves unfold quite well but still have a great potential for future steeps. The Goji berry is still very orange and energetic!

The infusion smells peach and fruit. The colour is really beautiful with a very warm orange yellow.

Unsurprisingly peach is the first detected aroma, it is powerful, maybe a touch too much. But peach, despite its ingenuous physical, is not a so discreet fruit. Refined but not discreet, it often takes everything out its way.

This peach does not play on the sweet side, which brings a great freshness to the blend.

On the next sips I can now detect very specifically pear notes, very significant. We should not sometimes rush to much to isolate and detect flavours. And I love pear …

However I am quite happy to not really detect lotus as my palate was not thrilled by all the lotus teas that I tried in the past.

The texture is very light, a bit mellow but nothing more.

While cooling, the pear begins to seriously challenge the peach … for my highest pleasure. I think it must be absolutely divine as an iced Oolong tea.

This is a successful tea and I’ll be more than happy to buy some this summer.

Pics of this very lovely tea (liquor and leaves are gorgeous) are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/tag/theodor/

Flavors: Peach, Pear

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

yay, for reviews from you! This sounds very interesting, like you I do not like lotus very much, so it sounds interesting.

Sil

i really should try brewing this at home before i share the rest with everyone…

Ysaurella

Yes Sil you should because it was really better at home than at the event and you’ll get much pear :)

Ysaurella

Teresa it is definitively very interesting if I buy a bag of this Oolong I will send you some for sure.

cteresa

Thank you Ysaurella, but do not worry about it – it has pear, which is a note it scares me a bit. But even if perhaps not a tea for me, it sounds fantastically well done and ambitious.

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drank On Va Se Revoir by THE O DOR
568 tasting notes

When the mint, pepper, and smokiness of the gunpowder(?) are all paired together my imagination goes down the road of savory lamb roasts and stews. Yet it’s also citrusy, refreshing ,and floral. I finished off the sample quickly enough but I still don’t know what to think of it (mostly enjoyable).

I was eager to try this after OMGsrsly listed the unlikely pairing of ingredients, and ever since Sil’s and MissB’s notes first appeared. Thanks for sending this my way! I always enjoy my gunpowder greens and mint.

Flavors: Bergamot, Mint, Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank J.C. ABSOLU OOLONG by THE O DOR
6481 tasting notes

someone else wrote up a great review of the tea launch that i had the fortune of attending while i was in Paris.

http://madaboutmacarons.com/2015/05/teatime-with-theodor-launch-of-absolu-oolong-tea/

The tea that was launched was this one, and i realised today that i hadn’t logged that i’d had it. I know Ysaurella also had an opportunity to sample it.I’d gone because while at the store, i was told that this was a pear tea that would be launched. What they failed to tell me was that it was also PEACH. Sadly while it was a really nicely blended tea…it was way more peach than pear. Even my other half, upon smelling it, remarked that it smelled entirely of peaches. Still though, if you’re a fan of oolongs and peach – this is a lovely creation from the o dor.

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drank Blue Oolong Lotus by THE O DOR
2 tasting notes

It’s the first oolong tea I drank and I loved it !

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
6481 tasting notes

i don’t remember this one..but i drank it, and nothing i’ve had over the past few days has been “yuck” so i must have liked it haha. More to come later i’m sure :)

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drank Marabout by THE O DOR
6481 tasting notes

Delicious. This one was a bit of a gamble. Some rooibos i like, others are that woody sort that just don’t do it for me. Not sure if i got apple caramel out of this one but i DID get delicious caramel yum. Curious about how this one would taste as a latte.

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drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
6481 tasting notes

Need to see if i can find the ingredient list again for this one…long story short when i had this a couple days ago, it reminded me something fierce of another tea. I just can’t figure out what tea it is. Also, the flavouring was a little calm/wimpy for me, so we’ll see more when i can actually drink this and not wait a few days to review. sigh

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drank Tribute by THE O DOR
1349 tasting notes

Hm. A nice tea, but nothing terribly extra special about it. Not sure what the hubbub was about? Perhaps I steeped it incorrectly.

Having a cup before packing the itty bitty bit left up for Dinosara, and realizing I never drank this when it came – nor did I note who it came from! Argh. Likely OMGsrsly or Ysurella. Either way, thank you — I’m finding tons of great tea from the both of you now that I’m home!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
2972 tasting notes

Another gem from MissB! I’m skeptical of all these French teas, probably because going into it I haven’t a clue what’s in them… but so far, everything’s been tasting pretty great. With this tea, I correctly identified it as a rose/chocolate black, which tastes fairly good – add some bergamot and you’d have DT’s The Earl’s Valentine! (Not quite). Anyhow, I’m not overly fond of floral notes, but I’d happily drink it again. Which I will, because I only drank half my sample today.

ETA: Ok, I also taste the coconut, and I can be convinced that there’s marzipan flavouring in here, though it’s not overly strong (otherwise I’d find it very cloying). Pistachio though? Not so much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
2372 tasting notes

Marzipan. I get lots of marzipan. And a nutty liqueur. Plus a nice dose of coconut. It’s not what I expected but it’s tasty nonetheless. Thank you MissB!

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drank Pêché Mignon by THE O DOR
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When I smelled this, I worried that the base might be overbearingly vegetal. Luckily that wasn’t the case. This was a light and fruity tea combining lovely cantaloupe flavor with a bit of peach brightness. I could see this being pleasant in the warmer months when do many black teas just seem too dense. All in all, it is one of the better greens I have tried and I am grateful to MissB and Sil for the chance to do so!

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
2182 tasting notes

I decided that this, brewed hot, wasn’t really my favorite (something about the base) so I cold steeped the rest of my ounce. It was quite delicious that way. For the very end I had slightly less than needed for a cold brew, so I supplemented with some bonus caramel tea and a touch of Earl Grey. It was very tasty! Makes me think I should do caramel EG cold steeps just to see how come out.

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
2182 tasting notes

Such a funny name for a tea. This one (#8) is the one THE-O-DOR tea on my list that I was actually able to get at a shop in Brussels; they hadn’t gotten a restock in a long time. I drank it once after I got back but made it too hot and it was bitter, and I never wrote a note for it. So this will actually be my first note!

The flavoring on this is lemon meringue pie. It is definitely reminicent in aroma of DF’s Noël à Venise, although the caramel notes in that one have been replaced here by a definite creamy meringue note. Brewed at these parameters I am not getting the bitterness (maybe a tiny hint), and instead it is lemony with a decidedly creamy meringue note. Overall, pretty tasty, although a little finnicky (and more bitterness is coming out as it cools, which is not really pleasant). I would still go for Noël à Venise over it any day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Do you know of any place to find some information on what is actually in the The o Dor teas? Their website isn’t very informative.

Dinosara

If you go directly to the shop and bypass the main site (http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/5-flavoured-black-teas) you can click directly on the tea name and it will take you to a page with a flowery description, but it usually has the flavors in there somewhere.

Sil

you can also just search for flavours eg. caramel, toffee, chocolate

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drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
2986 tasting notes

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Tasting note time! I haven’t posted anything here on Steepster in a little while because I just finished a six day streak at work, and I haven’t had any energy (or time, really) to write anything before or after work. Today’s my day off though so lets see what I can write today!

This sample comes from MissB – I saw the coconut shreds in it and automatically assumed it’d make a nice cold brew, so that’s how I prepared my sample. After it was strained this smelled distinctly chocolatey and nutty; no actual coconut notes which is what made me go for a cold brew in the first place.

The taste is reminiscent of DAVIDsTEA’s Choconut Oolong to me – they both share a very similar sweet chocolate flavour with a syrupy sweetness at the end of the sip. In the latter’s case it was caused by licorice root – for this one, while it does remind me a little of licorice root, it’s more so because of the marzipan. And that’s another key difference; Choconut was hazelnut while this is much more distinctly almond. It’s supposed to have pistachio too – but I’m not getting any of those notes.

And, I actually didn’t taste the coconut at all throughout…

It’s good; but I just put Choconut Oolong to rest after finishing off like 200g of it so I think I’m trying this one a little too soon – all I can think of as I sip on it is Choconut Oolong and I made myself so sick of that one just because of the sheer volume of it that I went through.

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Thank you MissB for the sample! I did a blind tasting with this one, and based on the obviously minty smell I decided to cold brew it because iced/cold brewed mint teas are so refreshing! And really just perfect for the nice Spring weather we’ve been having.

The green base used in this is pretty mild, and really takes backseat to the added flavourings. I thought that maybe it was a little bit nutty in addition to the vegetal taste, but mostly just like a regular green. Visually, I’m guessing it’s Gunpowder? It looks pretty similar to most gunpowder teas I’ve ever seen. I’m seeing now that, in the reviews, you guys think it might be a greener oolong? I definitely didn’t think it tasted like oolong…

This has some solid, kind of “mid range” spearmint notes to it. I say mid range because they were strong but not enough so to cover up the base entirely or mask the other flavourings. Mint can be unwieldy if it’s disproportionate and this one didn’t reach that level for me. This had a very weird finish for me; and it’s pretty much only in the finish that I tasted the weird flavour notes.

They were definitely quite peppery; like cracked black peppers and I also tasted some subtler gingery notes as well as maybe fennel? Something a little bit sweeter, anyway. Honestly my first thought was that this sample had been contaminated by something else it was being stored with because I was pretty sure this was just meant to be a high quality Moroccan Mint blend – but I couldn’t really recall having anything Chai-like where I was keeping it, so I didn’t know what was the ’cause of the weird flavour notes. I was actually kind of shocked when I finally looked up the tea/read the description because I was so sure this was just meant to be Moroccan Mint. Turns out I was very dead on with calling this one peppery.

As for the bergamot, though, I just don’t see it! Or, taste it I should say. Nothing about this gave me any indicator of citrus – and bergamot is usually such a distinct flavour, too.

Overall, this one wasn’t bad – but it sure as hell was weird! I’m going to conclude, now having read the description, by slightly altering my initial ‘closing thoughts’: It’s basically an unconventional/non-traditional take on Moroccan Mint. Worth a try; not worth stocking up on.

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drank Pêché Mignon by THE O DOR
2986 tasting notes

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Happy St. Patty’s Day! I realize it’s over for most of you now, but technically I’ve still got about a half hour left until midnight…

Thank you MissB! It’s finally nice enough here that I was able to ditch the crappy, leaky glass tumbler I use for hot teas on the way to work and switch to my large, beautiful plastic one that holds my daily 25 oz. cold brew, and then some! Spring is really here!

So; I did this one “blind” – by which I mean I just didn’t look it up at all when making/drinking it. So, these are my completely ‘unbiased’ thoughts about the blend.

Dry, I thought that the leaf was very grassy with obvious peach notes as well as melon – most likely honeydew? I very much anticipated there to be peach in this; I know enough French to know “Peche” is peach – however, I don’t know what “Mignon” is supposed to be. Were I to guess, though, I’d say probably melon just based on the smell. It doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

Obviously I cold brewed this one since I’ve already pointed out that I drank it in my cold brew tumbler. It got a whopping 16 hour steep though, because I forgot I was steeping it. First thing I noticed was the green base, which was really strong. Strong in a good way though; it tasted the way freshly mowed grass smells and kind of like chlorophyll? It also has a very, very fresh ‘dewy’ melon taste. At first I was thinking honeydew, but the more I drank the more it tasted like cantaloupe to me. Having now checked out the ingredients I see that it is, in fact, cantaloupe.

Where’s the peach though? I definitely pick up on it in the smell, but I can barely taste it. I also noticed some really, really light floral notes and a third fruit flavour but it’s blending in too closely with the melon for me to identify it. I’ve seen the ingredients list now though; and I’m pretty confidant was I was tasting was strawberry.

This was delicious! I love the way the flavours came together, and it was one of the fruitiest greens I’ve ever had – with interesting and unusual fruit flavours, as well. I don’t know if I’ve seen cantaloupe done by a company other than Butiki.

Today’s word of the day was forlorn, meaning: “1. feeling sad and lonely especially because of being left alone; 2. hopeless”.

MissB

Mignon can mean a few things depending on context. Cute, or soft in this case. I found it got really grassy really fast when I steeped it too long as well, yet really lovely nonetheless. Glad you enjoyed it!

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