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Wow. Definitely one of the most unusual teas I’ve tried, and one I’ve wanted to try for a while. Can it really smell, taste, like fresh tomatoes? Yes, yes it does. It brings me back to living at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga as a karma yogi a few years back, where everything we ate or made for the guests came out of the garden. Tomatoes and beans were the huge crops that year, with more than a handful of varietals of each. I learned how to save and process the seeds there, and sent a bunch to my son’s Grandmother for her to try out in her own garden. This smell, flavor, feeling… reminds me of processing those seeds. Mushing up the tomatoes not fit for eating in a huge tub of water, letting them ‘process’ for a day or two so that the seeds rose to the top of the water, skimming the seeds off and dumping the rest of the bucket in the compost pile, and then carefully arranging the seeds on screens to dry in the greenhouse.
Yes, this tea reminds me of all of that.
There’s also something else in the mix. Lemon, perhaps? It’s faint, and adds a bit of whimsy to it, which may be the first time I’ve ever described a tea as whimsical. Super fun!
Thank you to Ysurella for sharing this with me!
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Now THIS is a roasty oolong that i would seriously consider getting more of. I like that there’s a hint of that charcol note, but it’s not overly coming through and what IS coming through in the taste is smoother and less…charcol like than others i’ve had? This is a really smooth tasting cup of delicious. I pretty much made it, sat down to start thinking about it and writing something, and it’s already all gone. Thank you ever so much for sending this one to me Ysaurella I think i really DO need to place that theodor order soon!!
as a non fan of oolongs, I’m happy ysaurella sent me a sample since she and I have similar feelings regarding oolongs most of the time. :) Since she enjoys this one, i figured i would likely enjoy it as well. And i was right! this has a really nice milk oolong taste without that oily weird thing that sometimes happens with milk oolongs. The flavour was smooth and creamy without being too vegetal or too fake tasting. i think this one and Mandala’s are probably my favourite as far as milk oolongs go.
Merci encore une fois madam!
Just a short note to up the rating once more. Wow, this was not love at first sip, but the cup I am drinking right now seems some kind of perfect to me. And yes hazelnuts, they were right.
But while making this tea, I keep saying to myself, this is not a black tea, not a black tea. It does even not look like one, green and silver like olive leaves, not sure why i insisted on scalding it. But water not too hot, not too long and then this is amazing.
Another morning with this tea. Today I had it with almond milk and stevia. The almond milk brought a different quality to the chai, but it was very pleasant. This is still my favourite chai. It’s spicy, warm, comforting and tastes quite authentic to me.
An excellent decision for me this morning!
I am seriously thinking of cleaning my cupboard and say bye bye to some teas -especially some flavoured ones.I need to check which ones exactly and propose them to adoption in the swap discussion area.
This one is not the kind of tea I can ever get enough. That’s very funny because this Theodor one and the Grand Fancy Oolong (MF) are among my favourites and I didn’t really choice them -the sales persons in shop did by deciding me to buy these ones even if, the scent, in both cases,didn’t really please me…
Sometimes you must forget about your nose…
I got some of this in a long ago swap with Barbara. I was having so much fun trying the The O Dor brand while traveling last March, but when I got home I was distracted by all the teas I had purchased in San Francisco and the swap teas got tucked away.
When brewed and in my clear glass cup, this tea looks like a giant piece of amber with the light filtering through it. The smell is red and fruity, but I don’t know that I’d be able to peg the scent as strawberry if I hadn’t read the description. On my first few sips I was met by a quick sweetness followed by a touch of bitter. Perhaps I steeped it too long or the water was too hot. The black base is nice and tastes familiar, but I’m not yet able to identify them. The base also masks the flavor of the fruit a bit at the moment, so I’m adding some sugar. Sometimes adding sugar makes certain flavors stand out more or taste more natural and sometimes everything still tastes the same, only sweeter. This time it tastes the same. I’m getting a slight smokey aftertaste mingling with some strawberry. It is pleasant, but unless I’m able to get better results with different brewing parameters, this tea won’t make it on my must purchase list.
I am liking this more and more each time I have it (good thing because I got 100 grams). The trick to brew it is IMO to use more leaf that you would normally use – this is a very pretty tea, filled with petals and things, but you need to compensate for those pretty things by adding more real tea.
It´s sweet (macaroon tea! Parisian macaroon tea!) and feels like a total indulgence, but somehow perfect for this post Christmas season where I am totally tired of food particularly rich food (clementines, rucula and tomato and sushi are somehow OK. Chinese hot and sour soup as well). The coconut and pistachio in this tea are somehow just perfect for this mood of mine.
sipdown! (139) I have not been doing well with drinking up my teas to be good when my orders start coming in. I’m hoping that I’ll get a chance over the next couple of weekend. Should be doable since i’ve got release testing to do this weekend and next.
This one could grow on me..i still like une autre idee more but this was tastier tonight so that’s good to note. Thanks again cteresa!
last tea of the day and a sample sipdown of that, from the lovely cteresa. Pretty sure i’d be willing to add this into my cupboard, even in a 100g quantity not because it’s the most amazing blow your socks out of the water rooibos, but because it’s lovely and pleasant and when i’ve been drinking it, i keep drinking it down without realising it. Quite pleasant on the whole, so thank you for sharing this one with me cteresa!
(on a cupboard note…added my yezi teas in today and i’m still officially under 150! – 140 to be exact… go me! Note that it’ll last long but hey, the longer the better haha)
another tea from the lovely cteresa though i must admit i’m glad there aren’t’t many more since between her and ysaurella/dinosara i’m looking at moving to europe so i can drink the teas i want, when i want!
I actually thought that i would like this more than i did. I am not a rooibos hater – i have both enjoyed it and not, depending no how it’s blended. In this particular instance the rooibos is wonderfully blended with the almond and red berry flavours….and that’s slightly the problem. I’m pretty certain that the RED BERRY flavour is just not something i generally like in french teas. I like ONE specific berry flavour and when there are multiple, i don’t enjoy it nearly as much. Now, having said that, i still drank my cup insanely fast and loved every moment of it…but it’s not as deliciously amazing to me as i’d hoped it would be for want of more non black blends in my cupboard haha
Thank you again cteresa
Another tea from the lovely Cteresa I quite like this one, though i would be hard pressed to name all the fruit flavors in this blend! I mostly get a rooibos vanilla blend with a dash and splash of citrusy flavour. :) Overall i quite like this one, and have a feeling that I may search this one out in future, especially since i am in need of GOOD rooibos blends in my cupboard. Thanks again cteresa! I hope my teas arrive soon :(
Caramel, a simple name with one simple motive: to taste like those gooey pieces of caramel. It does just that. Yet another one that I am going to have to order one day from The O Dor… sigh.
At first sniff: It smelled like caramel, like cooking sugar with that buttery texture.
At first steep: I am so bummed this tea is gone. I added cream and sugar and it was just so delicious. It has pieces of caramel in it and it is milky, buttery and creamy. Yum yum yum.. there was a time where I drank this tea daily and went to Urban Tea Merchant before they switched suppliers and ordered as much as they had left. Hand over the little square wrapped caramels please :D
There’s no better way to say I love you… marzipan and macaroons. Yum.
I will admit, this also was not one of my go to teas from The O Dor. I bought it because I am an ever romantic and love the name. However, that being said, I steeped this morning and I think my opinion has changed.
At first sniff: I smell coconut, marzipan and pistachio. It couldn’t get much closer to French macaroons.
At first steep: Again, echoing that I am trying to do the water temperatures and steep times, but I did increase this to 95C and 6.5 mins because I do appreciate my black tea base to be stronger. I must have enjoyed this though, because I gulped it down like it was going out of style. I probably have 6-7 cups of this left and then it’s gone, so we will see. Might have to re-review at another time.
Je t’aime!!!! (Sorry had to do that, you can’t help but feel romantic, or maybe that’s just me, seeing as I am a hopeless romantic… and Dawson’s Creek is on TV right now and taking me back to pre-teen school love.)
So I had a little giggle over this tea… partially because the owner/master blender at The O Dor, originally worked at Mariages Freres. I find the description of this tea on their website to be a bit cheeky:
“It reminds you something? You think you know it? Nothing of the kind …Your jealousy is out of bound…How to say? This one is much better, deeper, more balanced and somehow far more subtle. You speak ill of it because you know much too well… It is only a coincidence if you pretend loving a similar one. Anyway, this one is mine and I don’t like sharing.”
Now, I can only speculate, BUT I sense he’s talking about Marco Polo, Mariages most famous flavoured black tea. Very very cheeky Parisian, that master blender.
I brewed this at 95C for 6 mins, as I feel I need a little more robustness in my black teas. The instructions call for 85 for 3-5 mins, as it seems with most of the The O Dor flavoured black blends.
At first sniff: This tea smells very fruity with subtle hints of vanilla and reminds me very much of Marco Polo… with the information above, I wonder why. Fruity, vanilla goodness.
At first taste: This tea again mirrors Marco Polo but with some other subtle notes. The O Dor is good a subtle hints of other flavours. I’m tasting nutty of some sort, but nothing strong like hazelnut though. Might be almond (almond extract maybe?)
I love this tea with milk and sugar (or stevia as of late.) I guess I personally appreciate the more subtle and delicate flavours, as some people knock The O Dor for their “weak” tastes. Depending on the day, I like in your face teas, but usually I like more elegant and refined flavours that have depth to them.
I’m forcing myself to go through my tea stash and pay attention to some of the ones that have been sitting there waiting for me to drink them and much of my The O Dor collection is sitting very pretty, like a well dressed Parisian woman waiting.
At first sniff: I can picture in my head the meringue peaks with toasted caps and how the sugar smells mixed with the egg whites. It literally smells like that to a T. The lemon notes wrap around this smell and then develop the more complex (ha ha, it’s without complexity though right?) smells and aromas. Some days I love it and some days I think it smells almost like soured baked goods.
At first steep: I’ve been following The O Dor’s instructions on brewing lately, to see if I’ve been doing something wrong with every other cup I’ve brewed with them. They seem finicky with black flavoured teas. I brewed at 85C and for 6 mins, because I’ve found the 3-5 it says just isn’t bold enough for this girl first thing in the morning. The lemon comes out much stronger after it has been brewed and that lovely meringue taste fades to the background slightly. I added milk and stevia to it and the stevia brings the meringue back into play, but the lemon is definitely taking a stroll on my taste buds. Although not my favourite The O Dor blend, I do like it when I’m in the mood for a light dessert.
Side note: I tried to do a re-order of some of my favourites on their website… the shipping is upwards of 50Euros…. for a few 100g of tea. Sigh… why must stores in Vancouver bring in high end French things and then change companies (I’m looking at you TWG.) Well, might just be worth it to make a trip there, vs paying that ridiculous charge. With the exchange rate, I’m paying 1.5 to 1 basically. Yeeesh…. I’ll just sip my sans complexe nicely… and lovingly.
There was a point in time, where this was my hands down favourite tea by The O Dor. I got a bit tired of it for a while, but after making myself a cup of it this morning, it’s like an old friend smiling back at me.
At first sniff: My mother cannot stand the smell of this tea. I personally smell the chocolate at first and then a nutty after smell comes through. I wouldn’t say it’s the nicest smell considering it’s suppose to be Chocolate and hazelnut, but what it lacks in smell dry, it makes up for in…
At first steep: Today I actually brewed it to the instruction on my tin. 80C at 5 mins. It’s a bit on the weak side to my liking, so I think I would brew it longer next time. The hazelnut and chocolate come out way more in the aroma of the tea once brewed. There’s a reason it was a number one contender at one point. And it doesn’t disappoint like say… Choconut Oolong from DT. No licorice here, no fake smells or tastes, just pure ingredients. I’ve been thinking more and more this is why I don’t appreciate DT as much… I’m use to high class French tea. The French do it right, it seems and they are my favourite cup of tea, if I had to choose a country. I take this tea with milk and sugar (today it was stevia because I’m trying to cut down on the sugar I ingest) and it’s just delicious. A dessert in a tea. I use to have this at high tea all the time and it goes well with both savory and sweet. I’m glad I decided to brew this tea today, made me appreciate it again.
This is my first Oolong, so I did not have any expectations. I took it because I am discovering Theodor teas, and this one was on my random shopping list.
The smell in the box is weird, I felt milk and caramel (although there is no caramel at all). It is not the most exciting smell, I almost gave up buying the tea. I stuck with it mainly because I was already about to pay :-).
I find that this tea marries extremely well with the cake and / or cookies.
I steeped at 75C for 5 minutes and at 80C for 3 minutes. I prefer shorter steep at the higher temperature, as I perceive it has more smoothness and character. But in any case this is a rich, voluminous and profound tea.
Okay – now this is the official sipdown
I had some left in the Breville from yesterday so I resteeped the tea leaves with some added water and the left overs for 8 mins at boiling. Maybe a little tacky but I like to think its more thrifty.
I’m going to miss this tea, doing this didn’t even wreck it. Good-bye friend! Until we meet again (or I have the courage to bear the shipping charges.)
A very sad sipdown
Well the last of my Melange do Galice is gone. This is probably one of my favourite The O Dor teas, other than Place St Marc, which was a sipdown very very long ago.
I brewed this tea to the instructions this time (85C), rather than at boiling like I use to do. I honestly didn’t know that this tea was suppose to be brewed at lower, as it is a black tea. The O Dor seems to do this with a lot of their black teas. I didn’t find it any different than any other time I’ve had it.
At first sniff: This is a fruit lovers dream, read: a orchard peach lovers dream. Combined with the vanilla, it smells heavenly. I grew up in the Okanagan, during my summers as a kid and this takes me right back to it. The vanilla undertones are lovely and compliment the black tea and the peaches.
At first steep: This tea brews up a lovely rich colour and the smells waft even more. I take it with cream and sugar and it just tastes like a peach dreamsicle. I’m so sad it’s gone and probably won’t be able to stock up on it for a while. C’est dommage. It wraps itself around your tongue and feels like you’re biting into a very ripe delicious peach. No fake peach taste and no fake smells. So refine. This is apparently the laziness tea according to The O Dor and I would say it does take me to a lazy summer day sitting on the porch eating a fresh local peach with some ice cream. Yum yum!
I thought it would be the perfect tea to compliment the cupcakes I was icing this morning for a baby shower. Aw yeah, pink cupcakes, peach tea and my doggie best friend makes for a lovely Saturday morning.
I wanted something spicy this morning and this Chai is lovely.
At first sniff: This chai does not smell sweet like a lot of the other chai I’ve smelled. It’s a bit more savory because of the cardamom pods and the chilli pieces in it. It’s lacking cinnamon and has more complex flavours with the spices that are chosen. I haven’t been exposed to many “authentic” chais before, but this one seems pretty close. I have made this on stovetop before as well
At first steep: It’s a lovely brown colour and smells slightly medicinal, but with a spicy quality. I took it with cream and stevia today because I feel chai should include sweet as it enhances the spices in it.
It’s probably my favourite chai I have on my shelf, but I am a sucker for Tazo chai lattes from Starbucks. Hands down the best chai lattes are from there. I don’t care what anyone says. I’ve tried from other chains and independent chains and I guess I go back to what I’m most familiar with.
I’ll be sad when this one leaves my cupboard. Might have to bite the bullet and do a The O Dor order. Maybe we can all combine to save on shipping.