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From Betjeman and Barton

Origin: China – Colour: black tea – Aspect: small dark leaves – Temperature of water: 90°C – Infusion time: 3 minutes – Flavours: a very pleasant and subtle taste of maple syrup and candied chestnuts Our opinion: this tea was created to turn cups into festal occasions. The candied chestnuts give softness and warmth to tea. A very particular tea.

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After a discussion yesterday with Sil,cteresa and Dinosara about Dammann Frères teas and Betjeman & Barton, I decided to pop up today at B&B shop near Place de la Madeleine.
I bought 2 teas after the proposal of the director of the shop.
I already have the habit of this brand but it is nice to surrender and be guided sometimes.
The dry leaf blend was sooooo wonderful I immediately decided to have it.
Here in Paris, the weather is very cold (I hear from here some Canadian’s laughs…) it’s -5°C and a maple chestnut tea is the perfect tea to have right now.

The scent of the liquor is divine and the taste is very different from any maple or candied chestnut teas I had before.
More bitter somehow (the nutty bitterness we get sometimes while eating chestnuts)- this is a pleasant bitterness, I need to mention that.

There is something weird with this B&B blend : it tastes a little like “perfume” somehow (natural oils ?)
The tea base is really present. I miss the maple to be honnest. let’s say this is a subtle maple flavour.

I like it and will give another try with a shorter steeping time (around 2 minutes).
Actually I prefer Rouge d’Automne from MF for the candied chestnuts tea category and Maple pecan Oolong from BT for the maple tea category.

Luxury didn’t win the best leading role Oscar but for sure the supporting role one :)

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I think I’ve settled on a single purchase of one of their teas to try. The selection isn’t the best here, but I do love the tin it comes in ;)


I almost opened your sample of it etait aprés la pluie today! decided against and then major thunderstorm and it would have been so appropriate after all.


you have 2 samples Teresa : après la pluie (George Cannon tea)it’s a pu’erh and Il était une fois Noël (this is the B&B tea, sweeter, absolutely not a Pu’erh)- I think you are thinking of Il était une fois Noël


@ Sil : they mention having a shop corner in Canada (but in Quebec) :
Fouvrac – Maison des Thés

1400 rue Fleury Est
Montreal Quebec
+ 1 514 381 8871


OOOOH thank you madam! i will add this to my list of places to go to when i take a trip to montreal :)


Je serai à Montréal la semaine prochaine. I’ll go take a look! Merci!


And yes, I’m laughing at your -5C. ;o)


Steven – let me know how it goes!

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Taking a break from organizing my tea cupboard to have a cup of tea. Today i’m getting organized – took a picture of my entire stash minus 10 teas or so and posted it on FB for a friend. Now i’m adding in the teas that my friend has me house sitting and try to make sure my cupboard is 100% up to date. I’m also setting aside the 1-2 cup samples so that I can hit those first. :)

Thanks to ysaurella for a swap of this one. This tea is supposed to be a mix of maple syrup and chestnuts. The aroma however is one that is slightly perfumey. It’s not quite floral but it has that perfume kind of tastes. I know it’s not cross contamination since i split out my samples into tins to keep them from mixing with everything around them.

After brewing this…It’s a fairly average tea in my opinion. It has a nice taste, though the aroma apparently set my allergies off a bit since i’ve been sneezing a bit while drinking this haha. Other teas do both maple and chestnuts better than this one but it’s not a bad tea. The black base isn’t overly bitter or strong, but it does add depth to the blend. overall, not a bad little tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Have had several cups of this now, and I’ve decided it’s a nice black tea base with essence of confusion-to-your-senses. Sorry, candied essence of &tc. I rather doubt the flavouring is all natural, and I feel I should dislike it for that reason, but it is such a happy smell/taste (though smell especially) that I don’t. Certainly not over-perfumey, despite which, I find myself craving an oil blend I could dab on myself and wear around all day. I definitely am craving candied chestnuts, aka marrons glacés! I totally agree with Ysaurella about the slight chestnutty bitterness, which is nutty but different from other types of “nutty” flavour.

Will try to do a closer approximation of a proper tasting note soon! Just for now, adding that yesterday I tried a smidge with my unsweetened almond milk, being afraid of ruining the cup, and it was lovely that way too.

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I like this blend even if to me B&B used too much essential oils vs other blends but…I like it ! This is a quite recent creation I think and they may try another recipe in the future (as they did for the Cerise Noire blend) – The director of the shop located boulevard Malesherbes in Paris always mentions to only steep the B&B blends for 2 or 2 min and a half…otherwise they would become bitter – I generally follow now this indication and I prefer their liquors like this.
I normally steep my black blends for 4 or 5 min without problem (Dammann Frères, Mariage Frères especially)


Oh, it’s good to know that about the steeping time, as I would steep my black teas longer too.
I wonder if this could be a slightly different recipe than what you tried? Or is it too new for that? I’ve been put off lately by even very high-quality Earl Greys and the like, just because of the overwhelming essential oil taste, and this is completely different level of flavour to those. Maybe I’ll try it tomorrow and find it over-EOed for me too. :) But it’s also good to know that they’re not using artificial flavourings in their teas.


I never saw any French brand saying they use artificial flavourings…It doesn’t mean they don’t…I am now really suspicious with food and beverage regarding all the food scandals we discovered since 15 years now.
For Luxury i had some doubts but the director ensured me there were only natural essences in.I think I should mention the shop the over “perfumy” feeling with this blend- they can improve it as they often revisit their recipes.
I think you may like Pouchkine blend, I am planning to buy some next month, if you like I can share some with you.


Thank you very much for the offer of Pouchkine-tasting! I’d love that. If you’re interested, I have their Courtisanes (I don’t think it’s on Steepster yet, but will add it soon – it’s a green with lots of fruits), or Hanami, which I haven’t even tried yet!

By next month, it’s entirely possible that I’ll have more to share too. :)


that’s great we keep in touch for a next month swap :)

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Thank you Hallieod for sending me a sample of this.

OMG, this is pretty close to liquid perfection for me. I sometimes have issues with flavored black teas, not this one. It’s sweet, it’s nutty, just the right hint of maple to balance it out. I’m not getting the bitterness from the chestnuts that others mentioned. This reminds me of a fancy coffee shop hazelnut latte with a drop of maple syrup (as black tea rather than coffee). Definitely has a lot of things I like going for it.
Now how do I go about getting my hands on more of this……….

Edit: Steep two of this is less nutty and more maple, but still really good.

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What a strange tea. If I hadn’t looked at the description, I would’ve said this is a nondescript floral. I don’t know where on earth the candied chestnut or the maple syrup are. It’s not terrible, it’s just utterly odd.


you need to steep this one very little time (2 minutes max) to get the candied chestnut otherwise it is bitter

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I’ll try again,then!


yes because it’s not a bad tea really just maybe the reproach I can do is an over-use of essential oil which gives a perfume-y taste

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Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)

I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.

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