2182 Tasting Notes

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
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Such a funny name for a tea. This one (#8) is the one THE-O-DOR tea on my list that I was actually able to get at a shop in Brussels; they hadn’t gotten a restock in a long time. I drank it once after I got back but made it too hot and it was bitter, and I never wrote a note for it. So this will actually be my first note!

The flavoring on this is lemon meringue pie. It is definitely reminicent in aroma of DF’s Noël à Venise, although the caramel notes in that one have been replaced here by a definite creamy meringue note. Brewed at these parameters I am not getting the bitterness (maybe a tiny hint), and instead it is lemony with a decidedly creamy meringue note. Overall, pretty tasty, although a little finnicky (and more bitterness is coming out as it cools, which is not really pleasant). I would still go for Noël à Venise over it any day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Do you know of any place to find some information on what is actually in the The o Dor teas? Their website isn’t very informative.

Dinosara

If you go directly to the shop and bypass the main site (http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/5-flavoured-black-teas) you can click directly on the tea name and it will take you to a page with a flowery description, but it usually has the flavors in there somewhere.

Sil

you can also just search for flavours eg. caramel, toffee, chocolate

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88
drank Saint-Valentin by Mariage Frères
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Officially on the last page of my cupboard! It seems odd that I’ve only ever logged this tea (#9) once. I enjoy the super bergamot, super floral aspects of it, although I guess I do prefer the added richness of chocolate and almond in DF’s Amore, which is otherwise very similar. Possibly one of the reasons I don’t reach for it is that it isn’t in a tin but stuffed in an old Teavivre bag, so I don’t think about it super often. I will have to figure out if I can shuffle some things and get it a tin.

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

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88

Ah, my impulse-buy tea (#10). It just smelled too good to resist, despite the fact that it is one of the only-in-a-tin expensive editions. Fortunately, it is quite tasty. Not perfect; honestly it could be more caramel-y and more rosey, but still a nice cup to drink. I think the base this one might benefit from being steeped at a lower temp (while Love Song is fine at boiling), as it gets a bit harsh and the caramel becomes almost burnt tasting. Will try to remember that for the future.

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

This is me being jealous of all of your French teas!

Dinosara

Haha well soon you will have your own huge order, too! Maybe you’ll have to organize a MF group buy next. :D

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94

Ooh, it’s time for the tea I picked up in Europe last fall! This one (#11) was high on my list to get, and fortunately easy to find at the MF in Berlin. I am very happy with the rose and almond in this. It doesn’t quite reach La Naissance levels of awesome, but it is quite delicious nonetheless. Today was particularly almondy, which is awesome.

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

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86
drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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This tea (#12) would be awesome if it lacked the maraschino cherry flavor. Otherwise, apple and caramel are great. I still like it enough to drink it and defintiely enjoy it, but it wouldn’t be a re-purchase for me because that hint of cherry is enough to keep me from reaching for it often.

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

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90
drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
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Last time I drank this one (#13), I wished for more creaminess. Not sure if I was off my rocker or what but today it couldn’t get much creamier. This is an intensely vanilla-y tea, and if you appreciate Dammann’s standard black base (which I of course love), it doesn’t get too much better in terms of a simple vanilla black tea (which is to say, not one that relies on a complex black base but rather those that are all about the vanilla). I’ve had a few others and none seem to come close in terms of pure vanilla power. It is amazingly sweet and creamy. Drinking it nearly back-to-back with Fleurilege I can see the similarities: Fleurilege is this plus hazelnut. Not sure I would need to keep this one around, although it is tempting just because it is giving me a delicious cup today.

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

Gosh, you make it so difficult to not want ALL OF THEM.

Dinosara

Haha, that’s my job. :)

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97
drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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This is the other one that I had last week, but am re-having now (#14). This combo of hazelnut and vanilla is awesome; creamy, nutty, delicious. YUM.

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

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98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
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I drank this tea (#15) and the next one at the end of last week, and thought of just backlogging some notes on then, but I would never give up the opportunity to drink some of my favorites again. :)

Love love love this tea. My favorite caramel black tea. I have to add that “black tea” modifier now because the Oolong caramel au beurre salé from Dammann is also too amazing (and soon I will get to it!). This is one of the few single-flavored teas that I still crave regularly; most of the time I want complexity, and rarely go for my single-fruit or single-floral teas, but this one is too delicious to ignore.

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

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88
drank Bulgare by Dammann Freres
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This tea happens to be next in my cupboard list (#16) and I gave out a sample this morning, so I was thinking about it anyway. I do enjoy this one a fair bit. The raspberry, rose, and orange play well. I should try to remember this one when I am wanting a fruity, rosey tea.

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

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99
drank Amore by Dammann Freres
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So happy to get back to this one (#17) since before I went on my cupboard sip-through it was one of my go-to teas in the morning. I just always wanted to drink it. There is something about the mix of flavors (bergamot, rose, chocolate, almond), which are all my very favoritest of flavors, that make it irresistable.

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

Oh good, I think this is in my cart to order.

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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.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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