57 Tasting Notes

drank Toupet de Legumes by THEODOR
57 tasting notes

…a very intersting tea. very interesting indeed.
Usually i try to stay away from silly-flavored teas but this one,as it was on 80% discount on my local grocery store,went into my shopping basket.Simply because of that…and out of curiosity.

The first brew I rinsed as I would usually do it with a black tea. But I guess I was washing out some oils…well, fragrances…as the tea seemed quite pale on my tasting palate.
Second time,the day after, I did not rinse the tea leafs and got to feel the whole magic of this spiced-up brew.

The zucchini blossom is there.The pepper is there…vanilla…strong tea base.Great blend…maybe because for months now I am drinking pure oolongs, greens and blacks…I mean after all,what’s the point of beeing in Asia if not going to the bottom of things.Traditional things…pure,simple teas.
Anyways…drinking this cup of tea in the morning was like a thunderstorm to my sences.
Great stuff and my comliments to those creative French tea people.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I had to order this tea because I liked your review so much. I really am excited about tasting this tea.


…Swell.Looking forward to read your review…

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drank October Revelation by THEODOR
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This tea offers flavours of bergamot, soft lemon, sweet orange, mandarin, lime, Clementine and grapefruit…and reminds one very much of a ‘Lady Grey’ blend.
Very smooth.Very refreshing…very pleasant to drink.

Nice tea…I keep the brewing time under 2 minutes which allows me to get 4 tasty brews out of one portion of leafs.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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…it is slightly scented with jasmin.The tea leafs itself don’t have a very strong flavor or taste.A remark that I put in the tea’s describtion.It is quite a prizy purchase (125g for 20$US…bought in China)that,without the jasmin scent,would leave one quite disappointed.
However…the awakening effect that this tea has is simply incredible.It’s like after 3 cups espresso…I can feel my blood busily pumping through my veins…WoW!
The brews that one gets out of one portion of leafs seem endless…the color of the tea gets stronger after each brew.
I was very carefull with the water temperature.Next time I will go higher.

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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…second time that I rate this blend.
It truly comes to life when brewed in a Yixing clay tea pot and gets treated like a Chinese would treat its tea…
I was rather disappointed when I drank it the very first time.But that was when I touched it with the hands of a European. Big mistake here…
So, as ‘Whittard of Chelsea’ is claiming to use a blend of Chinese teas, I started to re-think those nasty,little leafs. And it paid off…very interesting flavors are pushing through.
The Oolong on the left, Jasmin on the right and those rose pedal notes…well,slightly shy…trying to catch up with everything somewhere in the back.
This Afternoon blend is on the British market since almost 70 years by now…today I found out why!

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Lao Shan Cha by Unknown
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A good Chinese green tea. No magnificent qualities that would be worth writing about…
It reminds me of Japanese Bancha, as it can be drunk to anything at anytime.
It is a tea that is quite awakening. I have a feeling that it will turn quickly bitter if one goes to high with the water temperature.

I am using it, portioned in a tea bag, in the office…I don’t waist time on it at home.

155 °F / 68 °C

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drank Jing Xuan Ming by Yishan Teashop
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…smell and flavor are both impressive. It does not have much grassy flavors. It tastes deeper. More profound and rich then just grass. Seaweed comes close to what it tastes like…but in a very pleasant way.
Very awakening. Very refreshing. Would be my second choice, right after Sencha, for a morning green tea.
Got this tea from my wife…after she left it sit in her office draw for TWO months. She got it from collegues that are actually coming from Anhui but did not pay much attention to it…and obviously forgot about the tea-addicted husband sitting at home…drinking crap.

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drank Wuling Oolong by Wuling Tea
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One of the best teas coming from Taiwan. It definetely keeps up with its reputation.
Each cup a real joy.

This particular edition that I have rated here is ONLY to buy at the tea plantation itself.
Therefore this tea is mainly drunk by passionate Taiwanese connoisseurs that put up with a day trip into the countyside just to get those leafs home. It does not mean that this tea is particularly expensive or exclusive. It is just that the farm has kept its humbleness and is happy with the amount that gets produced per season.

I got it as a present from a Taiwanese couple and was simply blown away from its freshness. This Oolong is as intenese as a fresh Oolong can get. Color, fragrant, taste and aftermath on one’s taste palate is incredible.

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Unknown
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My first yellow tea. Definitely one of the mildest teas that I ever had. Quite shallow actually. One has to be very generous with the portioning to get some flavors out of it. Water has to be quite hot. No bitterness will appear. Only a hint of grassy notes there…leaves one quite unimpressed.
Goes well with thinly sliced ginseng roots.

195 °F / 90 °C

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drank Mayan Cocoa Spice by Yogi Tea
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Strange taste…almost artificial. The cocoa tastes almost like leather…milk&honey don’t do much good either. And what are those oily spots that swim on top of my brew?Actually I start to feel kind of nauseous.
Oh God…and still a whole bag to go.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

If it’s that bad, you are allowed to throw it away!! Or maybe find someone who likes it?


The “oily spots” are actually a very good thing! Those are the essential oils leaving the tea leaves. When you see those you know you’re getting the all the stuff that’s good for the rest of your body, not just your tongue.

Laura B

If you check the ingredients,cinnamon oil, cardamom oil, and ginger oil are all in the list… and “Cofftea” is right for actual TEA products… it’s the sign for ceylon tea in particular that it was processed correctly and stored well; for this, it’s the cinnamon/cardamom/ginger OILs though… and even chocolate has fat in it—good chocolate will leave an oily residue, too, when melted in water.

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Frères
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Intesting tea…tastes like a christmas stollen. The Ceylon comes across a bit rough for my taste but overall a pleasant tea to drink. I got it as a gift. Only by looking at the fancy tin I know I’de probably would have found it a bit to expensive. I am not a big fan of those flavored teas that are coming from France. They got rather popular during the last couple of years…especially in Asia. Japanese love to buy it as a present for others…cool tin and flavorwise something totally different to which they are used to.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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