299 Tasting Notes

drank L'Automne by Fauchon
299 tasting notes

So I somehow found a lone tin of this blend at Tjmaxx today. There was another Fauchon tin but it was cracked and open so I passed. This was sealed so I thought why the heck not. It was $9.99 and French and I’ve heard so much about Fauchon on Steepster.

Granted, it seems a lot of the blends that get a lot of raves on Steepster don’t hold up for me for some reason (most brands too). Maybe it’s that my expectations are just more than it’s reasonable for tea to be?

In any case, I was even more pleasantly surprised with this blend. It smells beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate and orange because the orange can sometimes seem artificial. This is like real orange. And real chocolate and it is just delightful. And, the end of the sip is creamy deliciousness with none of the fake-vanilla taste that some rooibos vanilla blends have.

I used 2 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener. Instant favorite.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

Lucky! Wish I could find another tin of this

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I followed the instructions to the “T” even though 4 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug seemed a little ridiculous for a chai.

It was pretty good but got a little bitter towards the end of the mug. I probably could have gone with less leaf. It resteeps pretty decently but might be because there was so much leaf.

Still, I can’t complain much since I got the jar for all of $4.99 the last time World Market put all of their tea on sale (50% off yay). It’s pretty freaking adorable, it’s glass and comes with a little scoop!

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I agree that the jars are super cute, and when World Market has its sale on tea, it is fun to try new teas. I bought several varieties during the sale too ;-)

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I’ve been really bad with posting my tasting notes. Work has been absolutely crazy and then by the time I get home, I just want to go to bed.

Tonight though, I would like to mention that I almost got my husband to try some tea. I told him it tasted like raspberry jolly ranchers and I offered to make him a cup with sugar and he still resisted. Sigh.

Anyway, this does taste like raspberry jolly ranchers once you add sweetener. I use 3 tsp in my 16oz steeping mug. Yum.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My brother got me the kosher teas set for Hanukkah this past year and I tried the ones I was excited about and now I’m left with the scarey ones. Once I read the ingredients to this one, I was a bit frightened. I don’t really taste coconut. I mostly taste the ginger. I added sweetener because I was hoping it would help, but it doesn’t really.

It isn’t bad per say, but it’s not a version of chai I enjoy and I’ll likely swap the rest of the tiny cute tin of it.

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Another purchase from my Tiesta Tea haul. This is nice, but I’m not really getting pancake from it, as it’s not bready. What I am getting, is a slightly creamy, sweet maple and nut taste. It was faintly sweet on its own but I added some nonetheless and it really brought the flavor out. While this is nice, it isn’t quite blowing me away; however, I will say that I prefer this maple flavor way more than the one from Davidstea, so there’s that.

Will reserve further judgment/rating till I’ve had it a few more times.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I steeped it a bit longer this time and it resulted in more almond and less rooibos. Not nearly as delicious as Davidstea Alpine Punch, but it’s better than my first cup!

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So I was hoping that this would taste similar to Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon because while I love supporting Della Terra, Capital Teas is my local tea company. I am happy to say this this is very similar (and cheaper)!

I finished up the DT I had so I can’t compare side by side, but if I’m remembering correctly, the DT version is ever so slightly less rooibos-y (which is now a word). Though, CT recommended an 8 minute steep so maybe it would be different with less time. Still, the idea is the same and I’ll happily drink this one.

2.5 teaspoons + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug

Boiling 8 min or more

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Um, I just succumbed to the Teavana Heavenly sale and I did major damage. Sigh. Now that it’s mostly 75% off, it’s not monetarily bad, but my poor cupboard!

Anyway, this surprised me the first time I made it and it actually surprised me again because it just doesn’t smell all that good in the bag but the taste is really nice. Chocolatey, coco-nutty and a bit creamy.

3 tsp + sweetener in 16oz steeping mug

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

this one i really do like. very very nice this one. =0)

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moraiwe generously sent me some of this as part of the Secret Turkey swap. I have been wanting to try this one for awhile as I’ve heard nothing but good things and I figured now was a good time since ATR is having a sale.

This is really tasty and the most surprisingly part of this tea is the buttery taste that you get at the end of the sip. I sweetened my mug, but I probably could have gone without (I took a small sip unsweetened and it was drinkable but not quite dessert enough for me).

The only thing I’m not a fan of, is I’m getting a bit of dryness around my mouth. I steeped at 200 which is recommended. Maybe I should try a touch lower?

While it’s great, I’m not sure I need 2oz of it around… hmmm – knowing me I’ll change my mind.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

Umm so I might have just ordered the 250 gram bag of this that’s on sale. I was feeling major sadness that I’m down to my last few servings of Stormy Night and I needed another tea to fill the void. This works. Also it’s pretty darn tasty.

It’s snowing this evening and I needed something warm and cozy.

3 tsp + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug and something I discovered yesterday, this resteeps well, which is surprising given the long first steep.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

I also ordered a bag of this on sale. Had my first cup of it yesterday but refrained from review until my cold is gone.

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.



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