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Ok lol. Think I got the steep right this time

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I’m pretty sure the website has steeping instructions way off. This is the second white tea from them steeped per instruction that was undrinkable. Will try again

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drank Phoenix by THE O DOR
147 tasting notes

This was another suprise for me… like really. I got it as a sample and read the ingredient list and I was sure I wouldn’t like it too much. Leaves smelled of chocolate but had an odd thing..perhaps the chili. Dunno.
Steeped it up…..wow. I really havent found too many chocolate teas that I enjoy. They’re usually trying too hard or have a saccharine like quality to them.. like they’re trying to make milk chocolate tea and it’s always meh. This is like the unsweetened dark chocolate. It’s very very good. I don’t get a lot of chili in the fore front. I do get a bit of it in the finish. Just right there in the back. If you’re looking for a chocolate tea with more kick you wont be enamored here but if you’re looking for a good chocolate tea without the usual artificial thing…this is a good one. I will be buying more of this. the black base is so well balanced with this. You get all the flavors of a good chinese black with notes of chocolate and a hint of spice. Sipdown. I love it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

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drank Jour J by THE O DOR
147 tasting notes

Well maybe I’m getting old and can’t read the steeping instructions…that or I just did something wrong….perhaps too much tea…I don’t know. But it has to be something I did because I can’t imagine a tea that looks and smells so beautifully balanced could taste so awful lol!! So I am not giving this tea a rating atm. I am going to have to give it another go….maybe when I’m more awake and have my reading glasses on…

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93

Je T’aime this tea. It’s really very lovely. Especially in the morning. It will become a staple tea in my home. Always on hand. Will write a more detailed review next time…too busy enjoying this early morning sip…

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Nutty, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

This is a surprisingly delicious tea! Dry leaves smell like a lemon spiced Christmas cookie..which sounds confusing but oh…. so so right….
Brewed up it is DELIGHTFUL! It’s honestly like drinking a cookie. The black base comes though but is not overpowering or astringent. I want more of this! Since this is a sample I will have to sipdown and savor this one cup….but it’s going on the wishlist!
A little bit of sugar would make this even better. I’ll have to try it out when I get more of it.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cookie, Cream, Lemon, Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Got this as a sample. I’m not one for Rooibos in the first place but every once in a while I have a blend that’s surprising. This was not one of those cases. Unfortunately I did not get the wide array of spices suggested in this blend. Honestly all I could taste was Rooibos and Peppercorn. No natural sweetness from flower petals or any of this Creamy flavoring. And no it did not take me to India. Not even close to India. Sip Down.

Flavors: Peppercorn, Rooibos

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75

Got this as a mystery sample in my latest order. It is a nice green tea. Nothing too really call home about. I can taste the floral of the violet and geranium but I don’t get any melon. In fact there is very little fruity or sweet notes to this blend at all. It’s ok but not something I think I would buy.
It does make a much nicer iced tea. However there are more green teas on the market that would make a more refreshing glass iced and a more aromatic cup hot.

Flavors: Geranium, Green, Violet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86

Leaves smell of ginger and mandarin. Very citrus. It with an almost floral component. Almost overwhelming. I got this as a sample with my order. I love the mystery tea bags btw. And Theodor doesn’t skimp on the goodies when they ship.
Anyway. When steeped the mandarin is tamed..the ginger quite so. I used 8 oz water for this steep and feel I should have used 6 perhaps. While the aromatics are heavenly it’s a little weak in taste. I would have brewed it stronger. Preference I suppose. Those aromatics tho. So delicately blended. It’s elegant yet playful. Girly but not saccharine. Floral but in no way overwhelming. And the flavor (tho I may have gone stronger) are so balanced and beautifully done. Like sipping mandarin without the zing. Like a sweet orange flower. The ginger loses a lot of its kick and it mellows out to support the other flavors that meld so well here. No astringency. Quite lovely. Would probably be very refreshing over ice as well. No need to add anything to this tea. I would consider purchasing it in New York or someplace in states if I came across it but probably wouldn’t be too tempted to order from Paris

Flavors: Flowers, Ginger, Orange Blossom

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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

This is a sample that I took from the EU TTB almost three whole years ago and then stored very poorly, so I really didn’t expect much from it. The scent when I poured the water over was bursting with mouthwatering tropical fruit goodness, which kind of took me aback and kindled some hope, and then when I took my first sip I was blown away with how much flavour this still has, and just how tasty it is. I agree with some reviews that the flavours aren’t really all that distinct, and more a mesh of ‘tropical’, but I can definitely pick out the passionfruit, and something which might be pineapple or might be the guanabana, which if I remember correctly from my Ten blend has a sort of pineapple/strawberry/banana flavour. The rooibos is very much a background note, and the flavours are the real stars of this tea. I added a little under half a sugar, and they pop even more, with a lovely contrast between sweetness and mouthwatering tang. This is one which is definitely better off hot, because my cup is starting to cool now and the flavours are becoming less bold and the rooibos slightly more noticeable. That being said, it’s still a really tasty cup of tea, and if I had tried it while I still had the box, it would most likely have been one I kept!

Sipdown 76/393

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have not been buying much new tea, and sticking to finishing a lot of my stash. But Thé o Dor is a favorite brand I can´t order easily (they sell online but the shipping prices are very of-fputting!) but found a store which had some tins and could not resist indulging in this Christmas tea.

It´s a very unusual christmas tea, rosemary, oak moss and cranberry on a very nice chinese black tea base. It´s wonderfully refreshing, fresh, clear, pure compared to how sweet and spicy most christmas teas are. Luckily , I love it and will enjoy it the rest of the year as well!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
greenteafairy

This sounds so interesting! I can’t even imagine what oak moss might taste like.

cteresa

If it were not on item description I would never have expected it. Maybe a certain woody-ness, a green note. I have tried perfumes in the past with oak moss notes, I think it is supposed to be in the background.

The rosemary is very dominant here in a very interesting way – maybe the moss and berries balance it so it tastes very pure, very wild, rather than flowery. I can’t imagine Lapland smelling like this in reality but it tastes like something of a pure winter forest without being pine-y. I like pine scents very much but a pine tea might not be nearly as drinkable as this.

This was a really exciting interesting idea for a tea, I loved that it works out!

greenteafairy

It sounds wonderful. I’m wishlisting this one!

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drank Saigon by THE O DOR
2 tasting notes

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

I attempted to make a tea smoothie with this tea today and I got all excited, measured everything out, steeped the tea, threw it all in the blender and…nothing. The blender at my sister’s place is apparently broken. Something I had not known when I started this endeavor. Alas, with it all just sitting there and being sad, I had to toss it. I did try a sip of the milk, tea, pudding, frozen fruit mix but without actually blending it together, it made for a very weird and lumpy drink.

Tabby

Oh noooo… :(

Super Starling!

I absolutely adore that you tried it anyway. That’s such a thing I would do.

VariaTEA

It was the wrong choice, Super Starling!

Super Starling!

@VariaTEA — But it was the ADVENTUROUS CHOICE. Chutzpah has to count for SOMETHING, right?

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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I brewed this and another tea simultaneously but got messed up and ended up steeping this a couple minutes too long and the other tea a minute shy of how long it should have been steeped for. What does that mean for this tea? That means the base is taking over. It’s a burnt nut sort of flavor which I could see being less burnt and also less heavy if it wasn’t steeped for quite so long. All in all, this cup was not such a good one but I will rate for subsequent steeps to rate it. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to try something new :).

Sil

i do most of the blacks from paris at oolong temp – steeped for 4 ish mins, sometimes closer to 5. my usual boiling, 3 mins doesn’t work as well

VariaTEA

That’s what I did. 190 for 5 min, maybe longer and found it very heavy.

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drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
12 tasting notes

Cata con MGW.

Flavors: Milk

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

Something about this screamed chocolate to me but then I remembered this is meant to be a lemon meringue tea. Yeah, not getting that at all. If I concentrate really hard I maybe get a touch of lemon but that’s it. It’s not a bad cup by any means as the base itself seems flavorful but the flavors premises just aren’t there. Nonetheless, I am grateful to Sil for the share because this is one I would have grabbed and been disappointed by and then stuck with probably 50-100g. Gotta love tea friends who enable you to try before you buy.

Sil

yeah this one is weird to me…

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drank Marabout by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

My sister made me tea while I showered. She overleafed this and whatever else she did, she did right because I am getting a lot more apple this time than I did previously. Plus, there is a nice dose of toffee to sweeten everything up. There is also base peaking through but not in an offensive way but rather it is adding a different layer to this, albeit one that isn’t entirely cohesive with everything else. It is a nice way to end the night but I think that even though I enjoyed this sample, generously given to me by Sil, I am okay saying goodbye. Its pleasant enough but nothing I need in my life, especially since toffee/ caramel apple teas are everywhere.

Evol Ving Ness

Toffee/caramel teas are everywhere. In the words of Sil, heh.

Evol Ving Ness

But good toffee/caramel teas are hard to find, imho.

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drank Marabout by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

Having this as a hot latte (well, warm I guess since it cooled a lot) and though the rooibos is present, when I paid attention to the sip, I realized it was like 65% caramel and 35% base. Apple pops up now and then but isn’t as prominent as you would expect from an APPLE caramel tea. I don’t know if I am bothered by that though as this is still quite nice. Thank you Sil for sharing :)

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drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

Sipdown (202)

So Sil reminded me of this tea (thank you for both the tea and the reminder :P) and I figured it was an easy sipdown to get to 200. Then I realized I bought DAVIDs Halloween teas and that pushed me back over. Oops.

Nonetheless, this is a nice bedtime tea. I am still not needing to keep this stocked but it is definitely one of the more tolerable herbally herbals I have tried. The orange adds sweetness, while the peppermint is fresh, and the lemongrass is bright. The flavors combine quite well and make for a pretty subtle tea. It’s not bad, just not what I tend to drink.

Sil

i’m sort of feeling the same on this one. I had picked it up in france to try something new and not my usual, so mission accomplished heh. And you’re only 2 over 200! go you!

VariaTEA

That number is a lie considering Kittenna has our 52 Teas order

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drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

Though I don’t see this becoming a cupboard staple anytime soon, I am definitely enjoying the hot cup more than I enjoyed the cold brew. Hot is the way to go with this tea! It’s definitely a herb tea, which is not what I reach for, yet the orange blossom and lemongrass keep it smooth. The mint adds a refreshing quality to the mix while remaining timid within the cup. As far as herby herbals go, this isn’t a bad cuppa (autocorrect tried changing that to a bad cup Parmesan), but this isn’t a flavor profile I crave ever. I don’t want to rate it because to me it would be about a 62 but I think it would deserve much higher as I could see it being quite enjoyable for people who like this sort of tea.

Sil

i hear you on that one. if you don’t like that type of flavour (blergamot!) then almost nothing will make it a win!

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drank Tisane de L'abbaye by THE O DOR
3181 tasting notes

Cold brewed this but I just don’t think it is for me. I will have to see how the hot cup tastes. Still thank you Sil for sharing and giving me a chance to try this out.

Sil

haha still fun to try :)

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From OMGsrsly, who received some from Sil :D

Sometimes I think tea gets passed along across the world just to die in my cupboard. Hopefully I’ll be able to reciprocate by New Years.

This is a good example of an well-flavored oolong, and is what I wish David’s Long Life Oolong was like- fruity, nutty, and vibrantly juicy. The nuttiness may be my imagination, which is where I thank my imagination because it’s a lovely note. It’s also delicious cooled or chilled.

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Goji, Peach, Pear

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha just glad you were able to try it, and considering it’s age, glad it’s held up!

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

This is a favorite of mine. It embraces all the best characteristics of a pistachio macaron – without tasting artificial or overdone (as is the case for many other teas that seek to capture the flavor a of a specific dessert item). The black tea is subtle and doesn’t overpower the strong notes of almond, pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, and merengue. I often serve this to guests and so far it has received universal approval. Really a great desert-flavored tea.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Meringue, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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When I smelled this tea, I thought it would be the best tea I ever tasted. Smelled exactly like a slice of lemon merengue cake. Unfortunately, the scent did not transfer through to the flavor of the tea when brewed. I tried several different temperatures and quantities when brewing a cup and nothing seemed to help bring out that lost lemon merengue flavor. It tastes like an astringent black tea with moderate lemon flavor – or perhaps more appropriately, a candied lemon peel flavor, as another reviewer noted., combined with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. The tea does get bitter very quickly, even when brewed at the recommended temp or below the recommended temp (I tried 175 F as well). Really, I think the astringency of the black tea overpowers the intended flavor profile of the tea. Definitely a disappointment for me. I definitely expect more from a company like THE O DOR which is capable of producing some very nice flavored black teas. I will probably use the rest of this tea for making sweetened ice tea since I don’t see myself wanting to drink it otherwise.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Lemon Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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