26 Tasting Notes
I think this’ll be my last tasting note for a while as I don’t have any new-to-me teas in my stash. This is lovely. Thanks again Ysaurella for the generous sample.
It’s very creamy – you’d think the base was milk instead of tea leaves. I get the hazelnut instantly and the chocolate as an aftertaste. I can’t pick up the vanilla at all but it doesn’t bother me, the cup is very well-rounded as it is.
I had a very interesting dessert tea orgy this week and I’m happy it’s ended on such a positive note. I’ll definitely purchase a full bag to keep in my permanent rotation.
I love the hazelnut in this and the base is really nice – you can’t really go wrong with Dammann. A piece of brioche with this would be heaven and very Proustian. I have a piece leftover in the kitchen – should I?
back with the brioche You know, looking at the ingredients it seems like my brioche has a bit of rum to it which makes a lot of sense. Brioche is not about straight sugar, it has a depth to it, just like maple syrup for example is not just a sweetener but its own particular woody, fabulous taste. Brioche is good at any time but I’m glad I paired it with this tea.
Now I need to find a rum-scented tea. I don’t like alcohol but I’m really curious about the combo. Done right, it could be really decadent. OR a maple syrup tea! Oh my god just the idea of this.
Another winner in my batch of samples from Ysaurella. Thank you again, dear :)
This is a sample that was graciously sent to me by the lovely Ysaurella.
Another dessert tea – do you see a pattern here? I live for them. Velours Nacré is very comforting, kind of like its name (perly velvet). It’s basically on a mission to choke you with tenderness. Love the chocolate in this and the smell of the dry tea is so divine. The orange’s a nice addition, I didn’t think I would like it but definitely enhances the depth of the chocolate and almond. It’s the perfect cocoon.
Meh. I’ve had better rose teas (Harney & Sons’ Rose Scented blows this out of the water). It’s not bad, it’s just so shy. If you decide to make a rose tea, make it a great rose tea – GO TO TOWN. This isn’t fragranced enough for me, though it’s still pleasant. It reminds me of May in Wharton’s The Age of Innocence – timid little thing who does what’s expected, a pale pink rose – and I like my rose teas to be like Ellen – a grand posy of gorgeous red roses – if that means anything to you. Can’t say I don’t like it but it’s not a favourite.
PERFECTION. The search for the ultimate almond tea is over for me. I’ve found it. This is it. I cannot be more grateful to Ysaurella for sending me a sample. I imagine this is what you’d get if you poured lots of almond extract on tea leaves and crushed some marzipan on top. I had this with almond milk for extra creaminess and it’s so blissful. The smell of the dry tea sent me into raptures. It’s very strong, almost overpowering. Almond, almond, almond. I’ve tried the Mariage almond but this Théodor is really superior.
Definitely a staple in my cupboard. What a beautiful, beautiful tea.
Yummy and very comforting. Am surprised this tea wasn’t even in the database yet. I’ve been consistently impressed with rooibos and this is no exception. I can feel the orange quite strongly but it seems to me it’s more of a blood orange (which I much prefer to regular oranges anyway). The cinnamon’s a nice peppery feeling in your throat and I don’t know why this just screams vanilla to me. The smell of the dry tea is out of this world and would make a great perfume. Hidden Mariage gem, methinks.
Oooo this is interesting. I can’t remember the last time I had green tea but this one looks so pretty I couldn’t resist. It’s almost like experiencing a deconstructed tea – it’s a sweet floral and the floral is kind of the top note, it’s loose, almost like a spray of perfume and then comes a sweetness that just settles. Perhaps I’m reaching but this reminds me exactly of an impressionist painting – small touches of different things you can taste separately. Sophisticated.
An episode of Poirot and a nice cup of tea to start the week off right. Bliss. Wedding Impérial is an unapologetic caramel tea that’s not too sweet despite being very fragrant, no doubt the Assam base working its magic there. It has a sort of minty aftertaste which I love. Can’t feel any chocolate even though it’s in its description. Gosh it’s good. I don’t have a clue what’s wedding-like about it though as any wedding-themed tea I’ve seen so far has been a white floral. Could be an attempt at irony though I wouldn’t give snobbish Mariage that much credit.
Enjoying that a lot.