408 Tasting Notes


I spent all my Sunday morning with this tea. It reconciled me with assams a long time ago and from now this is my favourite assam ever.
Any other assams as sweet to advice me ?
Here are somes pics of the tea here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/premium-taiwanese-assam-butiki-teas/

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Butiki Teas

Cute mug! :)


Even better to drink a very good tea in a cute mug :)

Butiki Teas

Indeed! :)

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Imperial Wedding is a flavoured tea I never get tired with . Yet our story was wrong part !

Opening the bag is an olfactory shock : a large wind of caramel powder invades the nostrils. Too much . Too strong.

It’s a capricious tea, its tea-based assam made of cut leaves makes it complicated to brew properly.

I struggled to find the right temperature , I wasted the first half of a bag before finding : 2 minutes , no more. 90 ° C and not much.

When you miss it, you get a bitter tea undrinkable, yes undrinkable even with a dash of milk and sugar.

But when it succeeds, you get the most glamorous caramel tea , malty, strong in taste and still assam-y with a thin note of chocolate at the end of the sip.

Wedding Impérial … the Angel and Demon of Mariage Frères .
Completely demonic accompanied by a religieuse au café (coffee cream puff)!

For those who like to see, you can find pictures of the dry & wet leaf, infusion and religieuse au café here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/wedding-imperial-mariage-freres/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

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I googled religieuse au café and they look so fancy! Fancy French teas and pastries, why are you oh so desirable…


they are sooooo good, one of my favourite pastries for sure

Sami Kelsh

OH man, one of these days I am going to master baking the religieuse. So delicious!


@Sami this is typically something I am unable to bake, the cream is hard to do for me, if you managed to I’ll take an Eurostar ticket to get teached :)

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Here’s one of my favorite types of tea : Oolong and even better Taiwanese Oolong ! and even even better , it’s a fairly oxidized oolong .

It comes from a swap with Sami Kelsh who is living in London, so I have a nice opportunity to finally taste this famous British brand.

It is a low fragrant leaf with a beautiful chocolate colour with golden highlights .

It looks more like a black tea rather than an Oolong at a first glance, but many Taiwanese highly oxidized Oolongs are like this .

Come on, let’s go for a dip of 4 minutes at 90 ° C as Whittard of Chelsea doesn’t give any brewing guidance on this package .

I taste a classic oxidized Oolong with a rather light mark. A discrete taste of cereals is pleasant enough but I cannot find very much honey and fruity typical tastes of the Taiwanese Oolongs . This is not a problem but I am surprised .

I have 50 grams of this tea so I’ll be able to explore it out more but I can already say I rather like it . Which may not be enough to buy it. But I enjoy drinking it. Thanks Sami Kelsh for sharing.

You can se pictures of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/imperial-formosa-oolong-whittard-of-chelsea/

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drank Cocotte by THE O DOR
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I don’t pick this tea very often and this is not justice because it is such an original and good tomato tea.
Yes tomato flower tea is an ingredient which pairs perfectly with Darjeeling…I should have had this idea…but Theodor had it before me… The insolent Parisian is a winner and his Cocotte is as well !
Beware the brewing parameters…Darjeeling is there for sure…2 minutes max and not too much leaves…and you’ll join the royal tomato magical garden.

Pics of this tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/cocotte-theodor-2/


Recently I was picking tomatos (fresh off the vine, and yes they really are so much better in everything) and so much enjoying the scent, it really was inspired of the insolent Parisian! still got some of this sample to try, thanks for reminding me of it, it is a perfect tea for now.


enjoy your cup Teresa :)

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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First day of Autumn is really adapted to sip this tea…chestnuts…candied apricots…orange blossom flower…and caramel…are you serious ? really ? caramel ? I cannot get the caramel…never…hidden by chestnuts…for the very best :)

I am drinking it in my new Japanese cup…strickly perfect for this tea as Tourbillon means whirl…
Hello Autumn ! Drinking more teas, yes ! Joyful season.

Pictures of this Dammann Frères tea and of my new cup are there : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/tourbillon-dammann-freres/

Flavors: Apricot, Chestnut, Orange Blossom

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Cameron B.

Gorgeous cup! :D


if you ever come in Paris you should visit the shop Ikat rue François Miron – they have a ot of splendid real Japanese cups…I choiced mine after 25 minutes of hesitation…too much good choice !

Cameron B.

Oh Ysaurella, I would love to go to Paris! :P


This sounds like the perfect cup for the first day of Autumn!


Gorgeous cup, Ysaurella! And this tea sounds wonderfully autumn-appropriate.


thanks girls :)

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I am finishing this tea by preparing a large pot of one liter.

It is a white tea , beautiful with a long white leaf mixed with sublime pink flowers. It smells delicious more melon than watermelon …watermelon is same family as melons after all, this is definitively a proof !

The wet leaf does not take extra volume during or after the infusion.

It is an almost translucent liquor obtained , crystalline .

The taste is a light tea delicately flavoured with watermelon, very refined. Ideal for a summer afternoon or as an evening tea .

Hard to get tired with this tea as with almost all white teas flavoured by Butiki Teas , their refinement is really perfection.

I’ll miss you Watermelon Xylophone .

You can see how gorgeous this tea is just here :

Flavors: Melon

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I was sure I already made a review of this tea but cannot put the hand on…weird.
Steepster makes now things so difficult to add notes, research notes thanks to the tea ratings – we cannot sort them out anymore by brand or rating…I’m begining to really lose patience with the Steepster bugs.
So I had this tea with my breakfast this morning and I appreciated the huge malty & cocoa notes. I brewed it western style. This is typically the right tea to wake you up.
I noticed a thin bitterness at the end of the sip which is not my alley but it may be caused by the fact I didn’t prepare the tea as recommended in a gong fu session.

Thanks to Angel for this sample

Pics of the tea are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/bailin-gongfu-black-tea-teavivre/

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

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drank Les Nymphéas by Nina's Paris
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This is a surprise blend my mother offered me. It’s sold in a beautiful box : cylindrical, navy blue lacquered box decorated with a label that shows the famous painting by Monet Waterlilies … well one of the paintings … since Monet painted a series of more than 250 … The tea had been purchased in the Orangerie museum in Paris . By the way I recommend to all visitors of the Jardin des Tuileries to make a stop to admire the spectacular big sized paintings of the garden museum .

Tea: Well it is very good ! There are still a few months I would have praised its many qualities: lovely dry leaf nicely decorated with blue and pink flowers , an extremely mellow tea base ( in some ways it reminds me the tea base used for Boléro of Mariage Frères ) , its delicious taste of apricot and at the same time a light floral taste provided by cornflowers and roses petals.

Today I have to say this tea is a real success, extremely smooth and quite delicious .

The thing is I drink now less flavoured teas and am more inclined to pick directly a straight tea at any time of the day , so I’m less enthusiastic about them than I was before.
But on the other hand I’m still very happy to drink a good flavoured tea and this one is one of them. I love it.

Some pics of my session with this tea : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/the-les-nympheas-ninas/

Flavors: Apricot, Floral

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drank Kaori Cha by Mariage Frères
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Today brunch at Mariage Frères rue des Grands Augustins. I’ve been very disappointed with the brunch card.It often changes but what they were proposing today wasn’t really for my tastes. However I drank a Margaret’s Hope and I did not like it … raaaaah.

My friend Valerie has chosen a Genmaïcha and I liked it so I bought 100 grams.And I asked for a sample of this Kaori Cha which is also a Genmaïcha but with Matcha in .

The tea liquor is obviously very green, semi opaque, hazy … mysterious … and this liquor smells crisped rice.

The taste … a good Genmaïcha, matcha is present but really in a supportive role. Crisped rice is very present, green tea is definitely there.

I like this tea but I do not know if this is a tea I would often drink. I find it perfect to use during a dinner or lunch. It is very well balanced. But, no chance for me for a breakfast, not even if the contribution of matcha caffeine would wake me gently up … I cannot imagine breakfast without a black tea or an Oolong tea heavily oxidized. At least not for now.

I took a lot of pics of my session with this tea, Genmaïchas are so lovely… you can see them here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/kaori-cha-mariage-freres/

Flavors: Green, Herbs, Rice

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Very nice pictures!


Thank you Nicole :)


I’m jealous that you can go to brunch at MF… I’ve been dreaming of travelling to France lately… perhaps my body is telling me something!


Tuscanteal It may be better to wait a little to travel to France …just the time for MF to change the brunch card :)


Well it most likely will not be until next year, so that is plenty of time for them!!

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drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
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I’m going to get though some of my green teas. I would like to terminate Sakura asap because again greens are losing their flavour so quickly.

But I have still a lot of this one. I think it will become my evening tea for a while so !
Sakura 2000 is a perfect tea for the evening : low caffeine level, light, really great to finish the day with this cherry blossom.

Here are some pics of the session with this tea : dry and wet leaves and liquor (with agaun some cut leaves in rrrrr) : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/sakura-2000-mariage-freres/

Flavors: Cherry Blossom

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Taiwan tea Crafts, Teavivre, Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard (or very often ! )

94 to 90 : Excellent tea

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even quite nice, why not having it sometimes, but well,it’s not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this thing supposed to be tea ?!?!?

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