1963 Tasting Notes

87

It’s been a while. I’ve been crazy busy with no time for tea (gasp!), which is sad. I also haven’t been reading tasting notes, so do let me know if I’ve missed anything (I won’t have time to go back through them all, you lot are prolific!).

Continuing my cupboard chronology? I bet you forgot about it! I’m still mid-French tea boom, though, so I’m more than happy to keep going.

Ahh, Paris. Since I first purchased and tasted this tea I have grown a lot fonder of traditional TGYs and their roasty toasty notes. So while it was surprising to me that I enjoyed this one as much as I did when I first tried it, this time is no shock. Delish! Unlike many Fauchon teas, I find the flavoring on this one to be more subtle. Light citrusy orange blossom, and a rich almond that comes out more in the aftertaste but lingers like you just ate some marzipan. Definite yum.

Also I realized that I have just been boiling all of my TGYs now. I used to think that they needed lower temps, like 195°F, since they were green oolongs and delicate or something, but not true! I find it harder to mess up an oolong than a black tea these days.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Full Moon Party by Mariage Frères
1963 tasting notes

Mariage Frères and I have not had the best of relationships, so I’m not really sure what compelled me to pick up a 100g tin of this one at a café in Pittsburgh. Perhaps the lure of almond and rose, and perhaps because I remembered Ysaurella’s notes on this one. Although they don’t always agree, our tastes tend to be fairly similar in many cases, so if she liked this one, I wanted to try it.

I have to say that I didn’t realize that this was spiced as well, and initially it was a little disconcerting because the dry leaf almost smelled like Christmas (clove, cinnamon), and I have had little success with teas spiced this way (from any company). However, I should not have worried. This is without a doubt the smoothest, sweetest tea I’ve ever had from MF. And so almondy! That’s what really won me over. The almond is strong and rich, in a slightly marzipan-y way (and not just nutty). The vanilla is creamy and sweet, and combined with the spices it really reminds me of a spiced almond cookie. The spices themselves don’t overtake the rest of the blend (like they so often do). And here we have found a base tea that I truly enjoy (wish I knew what it was, haha!). Smooth, with good body and nicely balanced.

Very glad that I picked this one up (and apparently got it for a steal at $24 when it retails for 25€ on their website).

ETA: I meant to mention that I don’t really get a distinct rose flavor here, which is a little disappointing but the rest of it is so delicious that it doesn’t bother me. I still have Fauchon’s La Naissance for when I want an almond-rose blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Anna

This sounds really interesting! Is there no trace of cinnamon/cloves? (Loathe spiced tea.)

Dinosara

Anna: the spicing is definitely present (just not overpowering) so if you loathe spiced teas I would give this one a miss. It’s not unlike Pleine Lune but without the fruit and with a larger spice presence.

Anna

Okay, thank you!

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85
drank Thé sur le Nil by Mariage Frères
1963 tasting notes

I’m in Pittsburgh this weekend and I happen to have found a cute French restaurant called Crêpes Parisienne that is right near the museum where I’m working today. Not only do they have tasty crêpes, they also sell MF tea. I chose this one to go with my lunch mostly because they didn’t have any black teas that I really wanted to try in stock.

This was really lovely! Fresh and green and lightly citrusy. Smooth and overall very nice. It was on the whole lightly flavored (at least, with the somewhat unknown parameters at which I steeped it), but that is just fine with me. Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and a perfect accompaniment to my delicious crêpe!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Kat_Maria

Do they only sell them to have with your food, or can you buy the entire tins? Either way, thanks for bringing it up! I am occasionally in Pittsburgh, so it is a good thing to know… Are there any other cool tea places you would recommend? I will be in Pittsburgh at the end of the month, in the vicinity of Cultural District mostly.

Dinosara

They do have a small selection of tins (and boxes of tea bags) for sale, but be warned that they are cash only! I don’t know much else about Pittsburgh as this is my first real visit, just happened across this place!

cteresa

This is one of my all time favorites, my perfect spring-summer afternoon tea…

I love Nil Rouge as well.

Kat_Maria

Dinosara, somehow I thought you’re a very frequent visitor there! :D Thanks for sharing what you know, however. I might check out this place, maybe not in a couple of weeks, but the next time I’m there.

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78
drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
1963 tasting notes

I have battled with this tea ever since I brought it back from Paris. Darjeeling! * shakes fist * We are not friends. But maybe we can call an uneasy truce. This time I steeped this tea like it was a green tea, and there is only the barest hints of bitterness on my palate. Most of the flavor is a slightly perfumy raspberry and rose, with the light almond of a macaron underneath. I’m still not in love with this tea, but maybe with a slightly shorter steep time I can actually enjoy it enough to finish it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

I had this one yesterday afternoon and never logged it. Suffice to say it was super delicious! I do love a rosy tea, and this one fits the bill. This is the only Fauchon tea that I have that doesn’t have a fancy Fauchon tin because I actually bought it loose at their shop in Paris. Wish I had bought more there, but it’s so easy to spend an absurd amount of money at Fauchon. At least it isn’t as impossible to find as it once was!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

What a garden of flowers. So floral and delicious. I think what I like best about this blend is that there are so many unusual flowers in it. Not just rose and jasmine, but acacia, water lily, aloe, and plum blossoms? Quite unique, and somehow it doesn’t come across as a perfume shop.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

I do need to try this one next time I’ll shop at Dammann’s

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94

Drinking this one now as part of my cupboard chronology and not because I’m feeling ill. Yay!

Lemony, sweet, with a little ginger zing. This type of tea will always have a place in my cupboard, and this is such a good example of it that I will be tempted to have this one be my staple. I’m so glad that Dammann’s international shipping isn’t as crazy as some other tea companies!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Dinosara, do you buy them directly from Dammann or from a distributor and how much do you usually pay for shipping?

Dinosara

Well, this one I actually brought back from Paris with me. I have bought DF teas from Cadeau Deco Vendome (http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com) and they have a flat 9 Euro shipping charge to North America. Dammann’s own site scales based on how much you buy, but I’ve ordered a small package from them for 10 Euro shipping.

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90

Next up, a stroll through the Tuileries. I wish!

This is such a unique tea. Some things you might expect to go together: pineapple and coconut (ok), cereals and chocolate (sure), a variety of florals (yeah [but tomato blossom?]), but then put all of them together on a green oolong? Weird. But it works. When you drink it, it’s impossible to really pinpoint what it tastes like. Nevertheless, I like it, and it’s my kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

That is a bizarre combination and yet one that sounds very appealing to me too (except wtf tomato blossom).

gmathis

I wonder if savory garden scents and flavors are going to be over-the-top trendy for a while. Lots of co-workers are into Scentsy stuff and they have a “Tomato Vine” … uh, not a candle, what do you call them? smelly thing, I guess … that was indeed, spot on for aroma.

OMGsrsly

That would be so weird. I suppose I’d be OK with my kitchen smelling like tomato vines, but my place is so tiny the whole apartment would smell like tomato vines!

And this tea sounds so interesting, but “cereals” means it’s a no for me. Darnit! :)

Memily

There’s an Australian gin that’s made with bush tomato. I want to put it in all the red snappers (aka bloody marys with gin instead of vodka) ever but that’s about it. :|

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98
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
1963 tasting notes

This morning’s tea should have been another spring TGY, but all of it is actually at home with my gongfu setup. Will have to try to remember to drink it this weekend.

So instead I am super excited to have reached my Parisian acquisitions. Nonstop DF and Fauchon for quite a while? Yes please. I unabashedly restocked 100g of this in Paris last summer because I knew I would easily drink it up. Floral and fruity, this is an ideal tea for me. I love that the fruits are orange, bergamot, and fig (a somewhat unusual blend), and I love the rich florals. Sweet and delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Moar oolong! I always find it interesting to drink a spring (early spring even) and autumn oolong back to back to really see how they play with each other. Also I can never decide if I like spring or autumn oolongs best!

I think the main difference between this one and the early spring one is that this one has a fruity bent to it. Almost like an apricot, I would say. Less buttery, more fruity. I really enjoy both of them immensely. Nothing like green oolong as I watch the snow melt away and spring creep closer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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