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THE O DOR

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89
drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
325 tasting notes

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.

Anna

On my list of tea things to try next year is a tea (any tea) from The O Dor, thanks for the reminder. I LOVE Mariage Frères, as you know, but I am so, so underwhelmed by Dammann Frères (And they’re much like Fauchon, right – some blends are almost exactly the same?) So it seems The O Dor is the one big contender left on my list. Would you say they’re more like MF or DF?

cteresa

I am a little bit underwhelmed by Dammann (and Fauchon) – they are nice teas, but they are a bit samey-samey, and the base is boring. Though Dammann is quite nice at pricing (not somethin which can be said for Fauchon).

I think Theodor is much more like Mariage Freres than Dammann is, but with a definite more quirky side. I heard right here http://steepster.com/tuscanteal/posts/205248 the owner used to work at MF and that for example Coincidence Noir is a very cheeky version (his version) of a better Marco Polo. But their teas are truly very good, different tea bases, intense, interesting (even when strange! The tomato and lemon darjeeling which somehow works) flavours. They are good at rooibos as well and very interesting plain teas – though they seem to specialize more on japanese green teas, and sadly have not started exploring those, mostly due to budget.

Anna

Thank you so much for explaining, it was beyond helpful. I’m even more determined to try The O Dor now.

I’ve always been both impressed and annoyed by their website; I admire the concept and the quirkiness, but since flavour plays such an important role in tea consumption, I wish they’d offer alternate, boring old descriptions. Plus the shipping is murder.

But you’ve inspired me, I’m going to Castroni later in the week! I’m pretty sure they carry Fauchon.

cteresa

The site is annoying and I was pretty prejudiced against them because of that (well, and because the tins I saw for sale here were 20 euros for english breakfast blend and a hibiscus tisane. But they do have a peculiar tin pricing thing).

The trick I use on their site is the search function which gives short one or two lines description for teas. Search for bergamot and it lists all teas with it, search for part of a tea´s name and gives it back a short description of that tea. Does not make up for the rest but helps (build monstrous tea shopping lists…)

Anna

Yes, you’re right – great idea. (Oooh, peach! Oooh, vanilla!)

This is going to get very decadent very fast.

MissB

Jin Patisserie sells The O Door in the US, and if you call them directly, shipping is much more reasonable than what’s posted on their website.

MissB

Ah! You’re both in Europe. My bad.

Anna

Haha, yes, at the very source of fancy tea! But that’s a great tip, nonetheless – I’ll check out the website; thank you.

cteresa

MissB;thanks in any case!

Ysaurella

thanks Teresa for the tip about the leaf amount, I’ll retry your sample soon :)
Anna, Dammann is thetea provider for both Fauchon and Hédiard…you can find the same tea cheaper at Dammann.
There are exceptions as Mélange Fauchon, I think this is a exclusive creation of Dammann for Fauchon

cteresa

Ysaurella, I can send some more – I think this really has potential ( though comparing to Tribute, perhaps it is natural to always prefer the first). But the fillers, the huge huge petals, it needs more tea than usual to be strong enough – but when done right, it´s something.

This is one tea I can not imagine ever not being able to identify, it´s so unique.

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92
drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

sad sad sipdown for me. (127) I needed something to get me through having to go to the mall today so i packed this with me. Sooo good. I WILL be getting more of this..oh yes i will. thank you again cteresa

edit: resteep on this is pretty good too…i just couldn’t bear to let it go..

cteresa

This was one of the fastest disappearing teas I ever bought, auto rebuy when I had the chance ( though next rebuy is looking more difficult).

And it seems to not be a fussy tea about how it gets brewed. I call it the golden retriever wolf!

Sil

yeah…i thought maybe the first time i had it, i was exaggerating how much i liked it…i wasn’t lol

Tuscanteal

No no, there is no exaggeration with this tea, it’s that good!!!

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75
drank Carpe Diem by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

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!

JustJames

this will seem a strange comment on tea.

i would like to offer my benedition of peace to an old warrior here, sil: nelson mandela died 2 hours ago. he was 95.

given the name of the tea it seemed appropriate.

Sil

Not strange at all. It’s hard to believe that he’s not in this world anymore

JustJames

agreed. wherever he is i hope it’s peaceful.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Your killing me with all these o dor teas!!!! Making me go mad! I want what I can’t have!!!!! Ahhhhh

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85
drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

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)

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75
drank Carpe Diem by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

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

JustJames

if i were to swallow a few socks would you take me as carry-on luggage?

Ysaurella

this is really a very lovely rooibos and I am not a rooibos fan ! come come Sil for a French tea tour ! and if JustJames is still hungry after his socks dinner he can try a Mariage Frères Brunch …all the food is made with tea, fantastic

Sil

hahaha that would be AMAZING ysaurella…i will for sure let you know if i make it out to france!

Sil

james – i hate socks. ;)

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92
drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

ok seriously? SOOOO GOOOOOOO! i don’t have time to dig into this tea and get a proper tasting not but thank you so much Cteresa for this one. More to come later but this made my day SOOOOOO much better for being in it!

JustJames

i’ll be right back…… i have to go click a button……..

JustJames

argh! i should have stopped with clicking….. but no, i had to be literate. lol.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I did the same (guilty) I must have! :(

Sil

Clearly I’m brain addled tonight..what are you guys going to click?

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Added to shopping list… Dreaming one day that this will be mine

Sil

Yep…I totally didn’t even think of that….my bed is clearly calling to me. I really wish I could try more teas froth is company. I hate their website and the vague descriptions though…maybe I can save enough for a random weekend to France lol just cause

Shmiracles

your random weekend in france? just for tea shopping? i think about it all the time. all. the. time.
(which bag will i take and how little can i pack. thus the more room for tea. etc etc) i’ll meet you there.

Sil

Shmiracles – uh a weekend…you only need a change of clothes, pack your carry on size suitcase into a bigger one…then you have two to fill and come back with

OMGsrsly

Sil, you are a genius.

JustJames

i told her that earlier. i don’t think she believed me, lol.

cteresa

LOL, do let me know what you think – and funnily enough, do you know Thé-o-dor makes two black teas with chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla (though a lot more vanilla in the other one). Thé du Loup and Celebration, and they manage to be totally different, while both very good, black teas with chocolate and hazelnut.

cteresa

sil, weekend tea shopping is sort of bad, because most stores are closed on sunday (Dammann at Place des Vosges is though). But maybe you could put all your tea shopping into saturday :)

About their site, it is horrible indeed, but there is a little trick, if you search for an ingredient or part of a tea´s name, there shows up a list with a short UP-TO-THE-POINT description which is priceless. I have tried to edit their tea entries right here on steepster to always include that ingredient list, but you know, people sometimes prefer the longer precious texts.

Shmiracles

(i love this thread) (i love chocolate vanilla hazelnut teas and i love this thread) (see you all in paris)

Sil

cteresa…oh i ADORE this tea…it’s wonderful and amazing and so good and i MIGHT be slightly more in love with it than wedding imperial, but don’t tell the tea that! ;)

cteresa

and drat it, meant Dammann is open on sundays, about only place I can think of (a very nice tip from ysaurella)

And no, I will not tell Wedding Imperial that, but I am of the same opinion as well – and wish i had celebration, so you could try it as well. Discussing those teas with another steepsterite, the description I could think of is Thé du Loup is Audrey Hepburn, Celebration is Sofia Loren – both awesome and beautiful and classy, just different styles.

Sil

cteresa – I have my hand on the button ready order directly from theodor…i was actually thinking of getting: the du loup; celebration; marabout and caramel…just need to decide if i want to just do it!

Shmiracles

HAHAHA i just made a cart with all those same teas in it haha

Sil

LMAO ok that’s funny..

Sil

i also have a cart built from cadeaux deco vendomme with damman freres tea: puerh gourmand; fleurilege and caramel/toffee…

Shmiracles

OMG WHAT WHO WHAT IS THAT DO THEY SHIP HERE!? are you messing with me.

Sil

lol no….YYZ found them…posted about them for those advent calenders. well they also sell tea..and it seems to be 8 euro shipping..the only sad part? they don’t have charlotte au chocolate

Shmiracles

but they DO have coquelicot gourmand. it tastes like jammie dodgers. i’m so totally placing an order. this is messed up. and awesome.

Sil

i didn’t like that one as much…and i’m trying not to order 1kg of tea… LOL

Sil

blech…the o dor is 25euro shipping to canada + tax. forget that nonsense sigh

Dinosara

You guys are hilarious. :D

Sil

says the woman who bought HOW much tea when she was LUCKY enough to go to france?

Dinosara

Yes I sit here on my high horse, hahaha. I’d be with you guys right now if it wasn’t for that trip

Sil

i can’t really complain…you helped me eliminate some from my list of “wants” as well haha

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I went on a little day dream with this thread! Mouth watering non the less. Oh to be in Paris. I wish and hope one day. These teas sound amazing! Hazelnut anything count me in! Chocolate as well! Even better! And vanilla? Wow! Sold! I wish…

Sil

so.good.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Rub it in! :p

Sil

haha i only have enough for a cup left…then i need to decide if i splurge on ordering!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Oh decisions decisions

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85
drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
4034 tasting notes

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 :(

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89
drank Caramel by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

Sipdown

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

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.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Coincidence Noir by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
cteresa

oh dear, I had noticed that description. Very very cheeky but now it makes me curious!

I don´t find The o Dor flavours at all weak – got a few packages fresh from their store and they are amazing. Though if the flavours are natural, as I think they are, the flavours will age. Getting tea from a large package opened 18 months ago at one store will be weaker flavoured tea. (Maybe that is the problem I have had with place saint marc).

Tuscanteal

My tea is all older, I can’t lie about that. But I have never thought the flavours to be weak or dull. Even with myaged tea. I think a lot of other tea companies rely on artificial flavour and so the tea is a bit more pungent. You’re so lucky to have a store near you. I’d go there every day is another retailer in Canada decided to carry it.

cteresa

unfortunately I got no place nearby to by live loose tea. There was a shop which had a few and where I bought my first of their teas, but unfortunately it closed. But I got some teas directly from them at their little cute Paris store and was stroke by how much intense the fresh packages of some of what i bought was than the already marvelous versions I had bought before. In Une Autre Idee (which is a glorious rooibos) it was pretty noticeable, in others as well.

Mind you, this might affect loose by the weight tea more, I think tins are more impervious! And another brand I like very much and also uses all natural flavourings has the same “problem” – it is lovely tea in all stages but intensity does decline. It´s not a bug, just a feature.

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80
drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Well, going tea shopping in Paris is always top be recommended!

But checking their site, http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/content/3-terms-and-conditions-of-use check if a smaller order for example can have cheaper shipping. They say for wordlwide shipping of orders between 50 and 100 euros, then shipping is 32 euros. it is strange that shipping is according to cost, not weight, but I guess it will be complicated to calculate packaged weight accurately and at least having it be by price is good for me who would want lots of little cheap packages.

Tuscanteal

Yes that page is a bit more clear now that I read it. However for a little Canadian girl who pays 1.40 or so for ever Europe dollar those are some steeeep shipping charges. Especially because I could wrack up 50 e easilu by buying two tins of 100g. I know I shouldn’t but I love their canisters.

cteresa

LOL, euros, just euros, not european dollars, please.

The cannisters are gorgeous indeed, and do you know their special edition ones? on the site they only got one or two, but live they have more and on my goodness, those are wonderful. Like their old tins, with a slight twist.

I have managed so far to resist their tins and go by loose weight for everything, mostly because I am cheap and tea greedy, except for Milky Oolong, who is so expensive by the weight it is quite affordable really in the tin. It turned out to be a very wise choice because I fell in love with it.

Tuscanteal

Sorry. My phone auto corrects sometimes that’s why it said that about the euros ;)

Yes I knew they had special edition tins but I must admit that I never bought any if their new designed tins only their older ones with their old logo which I personally like and prefer. I just like how they stack on my counter and demand you to look at them.

I’ve never tried their oolongs but they sound delicious.

cteresa

The special edition tins are pretty close to the old tins, not sure about the logo. so gorgeous.

I agree about their tins, I am a tin lover (/fetishist more like) and their tins are sort of perfect for me – being able to pile them and they fit so they do not easily tumble, the way the lid closes so tight which is IMO very important and just, you know, PRETTY! Because of the difference between the loose leaf by the weight price and the tin price – here loose leaf can be from 6-8 euros per 100 grams and the tin is always always 20 euros no matter where and in which country; I have mostly resisted the tins, but has been hard. Weirdly now I got two tins of their tea and is for the same tea – am going to cheat and replace the tea and put my Nepal black on the old milky oolong tin.

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91
drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Have you have ever tried The-o-dor´s Celebration? it´s their other chocolate and hazelnut tea (really, they do two chocolate and hazelnut flavoured black teas). I think I love the wolf better but love both actually and it is funny how totally different these two teas while being from the same company and supposedly having the same flavours. Thé du Loup is more like dunno Audrey Hepburn, Celebration is Sofia Loren.

Tuscanteal

cteresa you speak my language. I haven’t had celebration in a while but I remember coming back to the du loup over and over again. For some reason I don’t remember the hazelnut in it but I remember vanilla notes. I’m definitely more Audrey Hepburn though so it makes sense why I would shy a bit from celebration. I do remember the flavours from celebration being more bold.

cteresa

Yes, celebration has more vanilla I think, though IMO it also smells like kahlua mixed with frangelico or something. Both lovely lovely classy teas, just with different personalities.

Sil

tuscanteal – how did you come to own this tea? cteresa has me on a bit of a mission after sharing this with me so i’m trying to figure out the best way to get it haha

Tuscanteal

Hey sil well I live in Vancouver and the urban tea merchant use to be partnered with them. They have since moved on to the TWG company so I am sol to restock unless I want to ship it from France and pay high coin for the shipping costs. Its truly unfortunate.

Sil

booo… i’m still looking. Justjames may be inspired to place a joint order from them so yeah….haha

Tuscanteal

Best way would be to go in on an order with someone or a few so that the shipping can be split between everyone. When I did a mock order that was in the 160.00 euro range shipping was upwards of 75 euros. And with the dollar being 1 euro to 1.45 cnd… you really have to want this tea. They don’t have 500g bags to buy in more bulk but I believe the website says you get a small discount if you buy over 500g. They also don’t ship orders over 500 euros. Maybe a steepster trip to Paris might be in order.

Sil

someday i’ll get back to paris, but yes..james and i were talking about a join/group order to share shipping costs. :)

Tuscanteal

I’d be interested too honestly. I need to replenish my stocks soon.

Sil

i will keep you posted. James is actually out in victoria so closer to you, since i’m currently in toronto…though originally from edmonton and went to school in vancouver for a stint heh

Tuscanteal

On that note… maybe I’ll just go to France. I need to go to mariage and there as well as fauchon. I also need to write a letter to The O Dor and tell them to carry it at least somewhere in north America! !!

Sil

…there’s a single place in NA that i’ve been able to find that carries it… posted in the general discussion threads

Tuscanteal

I live close to the us border… I could pick up the package in the us and then bring it across! Then we could truly say we’re drinking tea not friendly to the earth lol

Sil

haha i have a tea mule friend who does that for me all the time…just no sure how much is in each bag they sell…assume 100g but there’s nothing there to indicate hah

Tuscanteal

Is there a link?

Sil

General discussion thread. Labelled the o dor. I started it tonight

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96
drank J.E Oolong Milky by THE O DOR
4 tasting notes

Simply: wow.

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

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.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Bollywood Chaipur by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown

I originally bought this tea a couple years ago because of the ridiculously cute tea tin it came in. It was pink and had fairies on it. I didn’t realize it was a tisane (makes sense as it was marketed as a tea to give for a baby shower. They had a boy version too.)

I have never had this tea hot. I have always iced it. I steep for a long time hot and then chill in the fridge in a rubbermaid pitcher.
Smell: The smell of this tea takes you off in to a tropical wonderland. You instantly smell the cherries and pineapple and then the banana is there to end off the note. I really like the smell of this.

Taste: Again, I have only had this iced, can’t comment on it warm, but I find fruit teas taste really sour when they are hot, so prefer them chilled. This tea looks like fruit punch Kool-aid. Its a dark red-pink. The taste has a tropical cherry taste with a hint of banana at the end. It’s probably one of my favourite to make iced, which means I might have to bite the bullet and order more from The O Dor, even though I’m sure I will pay large for the shipping from France. The local store I bought this at no longer carries the line.

J’adore Je M’appelle Dorothee!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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To do proper justice to this tea I had to clear myself of the misconception this is a black tea. Seller makes pointed references to Darjeeling, but I did not take enough notice, for some reason was expecting and treating this as a chinese black tea or say an assam. Nope. Not at all. But I have very little experiences with Darjeelings as well, some of this tea has been spoiled so far while I tried to figure it out. And for me it´s not too much leaf, cautiously hot water (80 to 85 would be my estimate) and some 4 minutes.

If you do that, it´s quite unlike all other teas (except you know, those famous darjeelings which I do not know well enough) and really quite extraordinarily lovely. Light, very light color, delicate flavour (seller mentions hazelnuts and cacao. Me nope, raisins, wine, maybe wine must), a bit of astringency underneath – I usually dislike all astringency but here is no flaw but part of the loveliness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Dinosara

I am the same way with darjeelings… I have to remind myself that they are very different than the black teas I am used to!

Sil

i second that! black teas that aren’t black teas at all :)

cteresa

I think part of the problem was that I wanted to buy a plain black tea and this was listed (sensibly, canonically) in that part, so I bought it and was mentally categorizing it as a simple black tea. Ah, it has taught me better. It is really really lovely though, as long as I remember what it is truly is.

Excelsior

Sometimes it’s difficult to categorize a tea. I’ve tasted some Darjeelings that were closer to a green tea than a black tea. This caught me by surprise and I had a hard time rating the tea.

Jashiin Jashiin

A very intriguing review – a light and delicate black tea with astringency, hmm! From what I hear, there are quite a few interesting Nepalese teas. The only black one I had was MF’s Red Himalaya, which was nothing like a Darjeeling, and nothing like what you describe. It was like a cross between a robust Yunnan black tea and a puerh. Bittersweet and earthy at the same time, but completely unlike any puerh, and quite intoxicating. Unfortunately, I only had a tiny sample available…

cteresa

I have flirted a bit with Red Himalaya based just on the packaging. Sounds pretty interesting as well, though you are right, totally different to this one.

I only had another Nepal tea, Davids Tea Nepal Black which was more like a chinese black and pretty different – maybe part of the reason while I kept misbrewing and misunderstanding this Shangri-La

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67
drank Rendez-Vous by THE O DOR
130 tasting notes

I am slowly drinking the remains of my The O Dor teas that I had from Urban Tea Merchant. I have probably 10 – 15g left of this one, so I brewed some yesterday. I always liked that The O Dor was not artificially flavoured and am becoming increasingly irritated with other companies that do, as I don’t think it’s necessary. I have become more and more of a tea snob in that sense.

Side note: Kind of like how I am now a sushi snob. Before I could stomach the all you can eat variety, now… it tastes like garbage.

I digress back to the tea…

Dry: It smells citrus-y and the notes of raspberry come out right away, it’s a comfort to me.

Steeped: I am pretty much consistent in adding some sort of milk or milk alternative to my tea, along with some sugar or stevia, especially with black tea. Herbals I find I don’t need to do this with, but there’s something special about black tea. I catch onto the berry flavour immediately and the sugar brings out the vanilla that’s in it, it feel thick and in my mouth, probably because of the cream.

Overall, this never was my favourite black tea, but it was one that I did like when I was looking for something that was more tart and fruity instead of sweet and fruity.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Je T'Aime by THE O DOR
293 tasting notes

Thank you so much cteresa for sending me some of this tea. I wanted to taste it for ages but each time it was out of stock on the internet website.
Now I’m recovering from pneumonia I can find some courage to prepare a tea.
The blend itself is so lovely with these rose petals and it smells delicious and I decided to strictly stick to Theodor’s brewing instructions. I may have been wrong because I think 90°C may have been better.
As cteresa I find more chocolate and coconut in this tea than almond and pistachio…and this is not what I was looking for.
The tea base is too weak for my taste and I will continue to try this tea with different steeping times and temperatures.
Pistachio comes more when the beverage is cooling.

I am not in love with this Theodor creation even if of course it is more than correct and decent.
There a lack of explosion in this tea, something I miss. Exactly when you have an appointment with a sexy guy to have dinner and …meh…there is no electricity between you and him, you begin to look at your watch…
I may have put too much expectations in Je t’Aime…but I’ll continue to have some dinners with because I think something may happen.

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

First off, sorry to hear that you’ve been sick, & I hope you feel better!
I love this review! You have such a lovely way with words, & comparing the tea to a date? Hell yeah! :)

cteresa

Do try it a bit hotter. I thought it was strong enough, but been cruel and brutal and used almost boiling water with it.
Though maybe with all these expectations maybe this one was not for you and all those missed chances to buy were fate :)

I might prefer Tribute to this though!

I am glad you are feeling better, and up to facing making tea!

Nicole

Glad you are better!

Ysaurella

thank you girls :)

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90
drank Carpe Diem by THE O DOR
325 tasting notes

This was a restock, a sharper scent than the older tea I got my first time, and oh this is still so nice. It is so smooth, which does not always happen with rooibos, unfortunately, but is so essential for the rooibos to be drinkable. Almond underneath, loud strawberry and raspberry on top, and the rooibos making it all stand up. A staple.

And a tip, if the bit of loose leaf you used has one of those little cubes of crystallized almond, oh that is too good to throw away. Rescue it, rinse it, and eat it!

Sil

nice!

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drank British Breakfast by THE O DOR
59 tasting notes

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drank British Breakfast by THE O DOR
59 tasting notes

Lately I’ve been craving coffee. The strength of taste, the bitterness, the ‘kick’… My normally preferred whites, greens, greenish oolongs and mellow (Chinese) blacks just weren’t it. Trying to get off this coffee bing, I decided to try Britisch Breakfast. And what a happy choice that turned out to be! This tea is a ‘real’ black tea with lots of character. It’s strong, it has a slight bitter-ish note and it definitely packs a punch. It probably won’t become a real favorite as I usually like something a bit sweater and ‘kinder’ in taste, but I won’t automatically pass up on breakfast teas anymore either.

Ysaurella

I need to consider more Breakfast teas myself. I often don’t appreciate the bitter note a lot of them have.

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71
drank So Long by THE O DOR
59 tasting notes

There aren’t many teas from Theodor I don’t like, but this is one of them. In my opinion the fruity flavoring and the oolongy characteristics don’t really mesh well. It’s not awful, but nothing special either. Not my cup of tea…

Ysaurella

absolutely agree with you on this one. It doesn’t taste like a Theodor to me.

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