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drank Cocotte by THE O DOR
333 tasting notes

This is the famous tomato tea, which I have been intrigued by for ages and never been able to find on stock even in places which usually have it on stock – who knew that tomato tea sold out? Ysaurella came to the rescue and sent me this sample and I could (finally!) try it. Thank you, Ysaurella!

This is a very unexpected tea : flavoured darjeeling, with tomato and lemon. Recently I was talking of vegetables which fruits (tomato, pumpkins, peppers, avocados, etc) and vegetables which are fruits (rhubarb). Tomato is indeed a fruit, in my country a popular jam is made with tomatoes and I know someone who snacks on tomatoes as if they were apples (or carrots, now I think of it). So of course, tomato should have a chance to be something more. And it is very typical of Thé-o-dor teas that they experiment with it (and also typical that they could make it work).

I am not usually a fan of darjeeling and apart from Arya Rose d´Himalaya I do not recall ever having a flavoured darjeeling. I was very very careful brewing this, water was perhaps a smidgeon too cold, and used a timer for 2 and a half minutes. It was still a bit astringent, though IMO a desirable level of astringent for the flavours – but this is going to be indeed a tricky tricky tea.

The dry leaf is beautiful, and smells of hay-ish tea, lemon and tomato with the lemon being more noticeable than the tomato. While brewing the scent changes, the ripe tomato becomes the predominant flavour and I worried I was going to like this after all. The liquour thankfully has a more subdued, less liquid somehow (oh the irony), tomato note, lemon becames again noticeable. The non-verbal parts of my brain like it and do not care what it is. The verbal ones are still trying to figure out how came this works, but works indeed.

This is the strangest tea I ever tried, and amazingly it is good. It tastes not like an experiment or something meant to just shock, but well, it tastes perfectly finished, an interesting very eccentric tea which is so smart.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

I’m glad you like it :)
I put a biggest amount of this one in the sample bag because it’s a tricky tea to brew…Hope you have enough to try it several times. I wasted myself 3 full mugs before getting a correct mug.
Now I had this one I might dare tasting the Toupet de Légumes tea…

cteresa

I had your tip on how to brew it, so the first cup was OK! It is a little bit astringent, but I sort of liked it, tomatos are also a little bit astringent themselves, it worked. It is so strange, that darjeeling works so well with tomato – wonder if this blend started out from the tomato or from the darjeeling with flavours.

Toupet de Légumes, ah that seems even more brave – that should be a 50 grams tea. I confess I am also curious. If anybody could make it work it would Theodor. And these “different” teas, Cocotte or Adele H they are so pleasant when you are bored with the regular stuff…

Lindsey

Ohhh, I think I may have to start a quest to find this one myself! I’m fascinated by the idea of a veggie tea – especially a tomato tea! (Well, tomato-anything always gets my attention, to be honest!) I do enjoy a nice savory cuppa.

cteresa

This might be one for you then Lindsey! Though it is a tricky one to brew right. And they have a Toupet de Legumes tea with peppers and zucchini which maybe one day I will try! This tomato-lemon somehow just works….

Hallieod

Great tasting note! It’s funny because the Golden Monkey I sent you has the usual tasting notes but the smell to me was first and foremost stewed tomatoes. Which I love and therefore my mind was more accepting of the sound of this tea. :)

cteresa

I have not gotten to it yet, but will keep it in mind! I just made a cup of the zhen qu and am now pondering it (it is lovely, oh a chinese black tea, and maybe this is what you mean by too round…)

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Ysaurella

I’m glad you like it :)
I put a biggest amount of this one in the sample bag because it’s a tricky tea to brew…Hope you have enough to try it several times. I wasted myself 3 full mugs before getting a correct mug.
Now I had this one I might dare tasting the Toupet de Légumes tea…

cteresa

I had your tip on how to brew it, so the first cup was OK! It is a little bit astringent, but I sort of liked it, tomatos are also a little bit astringent themselves, it worked. It is so strange, that darjeeling works so well with tomato – wonder if this blend started out from the tomato or from the darjeeling with flavours.

Toupet de Légumes, ah that seems even more brave – that should be a 50 grams tea. I confess I am also curious. If anybody could make it work it would Theodor. And these “different” teas, Cocotte or Adele H they are so pleasant when you are bored with the regular stuff…

Lindsey

Ohhh, I think I may have to start a quest to find this one myself! I’m fascinated by the idea of a veggie tea – especially a tomato tea! (Well, tomato-anything always gets my attention, to be honest!) I do enjoy a nice savory cuppa.

cteresa

This might be one for you then Lindsey! Though it is a tricky one to brew right. And they have a Toupet de Legumes tea with peppers and zucchini which maybe one day I will try! This tomato-lemon somehow just works….

Hallieod

Great tasting note! It’s funny because the Golden Monkey I sent you has the usual tasting notes but the smell to me was first and foremost stewed tomatoes. Which I love and therefore my mind was more accepting of the sound of this tea. :)

cteresa

I have not gotten to it yet, but will keep it in mind! I just made a cup of the zhen qu and am now pondering it (it is lovely, oh a chinese black tea, and maybe this is what you mean by too round…)

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

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