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I received this tin from the ever-so-generous Cameron B in a swap. She was not too enamored of the amount of rose.
When I opened the tin, I was overwhelming hit with fruity bright apricot scent. I thought, “Whaaaaaaaat? Where’s the rose?” I’ll tell you where. In the taste! I found it pretty amazing that a tea would smell so much one flavor and taste so much another. There definitely is apricot flavor, but the rose came out of nowhere!
Since I love rose, this is not only a great tea for me, but also a great chance to serve something new and different to all the teaheads who come to my house for tea and cookie revelries.
Thank you, Cameron B, for the awesome swap!
My boyfriend graciously brought this all the way from Paris a few months ago but I sadly never wrote about it until now. You know me, I love chai. It’s an unhealthy obsession, so I was curious about how Fauchon does things in the world of chai.
The dry leaf is mostly black tea leaves with a few cardamom pods here and there, along with cinnamon and ginger pieces, but I’m barely seeing any star anise or clove (my two favourite spices too, mind you) even though there is supposed to be a healthy mix of both i here.
In terms of flavour, it’s mostly ginger and cinnamon. I ought to crack open the cardamom pods in order to unleash their flavour, or else it seems to be a bit of a waste. There is apparently vanilla in here but I’m barely getting it. With milk, this tastes like a lot of chai blends I’ve tasted in Indian restaurants. So, better than average, but not amazing.
Next time, I’ll crack open the cardamom pods and dig through the pouch to see if I can find any cloves or star anise. If I can’t find any, maybe it’s time I make a trip to the bulk section of the nearby grocery store and fetch some whole spices to add to this.
The final tea of my recent acquisitions. This tea has been out for a while but the formula has apparently changed: it used to be a black/green blend, but now it is a black/white blend. I am much more interested in a black/white blend because I actually enjoy white tea brewed at high temps (not so with green tea), so I decided to pick it up. It is supposed to be a red fruits and honey blend.
Dry, you really smell the red fruits, and that holds into the steeped tea. I get a bit of honey, but the red fruits are dominant. This is like a mellower Le Bonheur (which has some lemon to brighten up the red fruits). What really surprised me is that I can definitely taste the white tea. There didn’t seem like there was a lot of white tea leaves in the scoop I put in my steeping basket, but there was apparently enough to make a difference. I get a bit of hay notes that remind me of a bai mu dan. Quite tasty, and robust to high steeping temps.
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Strawberry
Yet another new Fauchon blend! This one is another red fruits blend, this time with rose and apparently black pepper (!). In the dry leaf it smells like red fruits and I do get the floral rose. Once it is steeped there is an interesting spicy note in the scent that must be the black pepper.
The flavor is slighly more subtle red fruits than Le Bonheur or the 2017 Edition, but still definitely present. The black pepper gives it a pleasant kick without being super overwhelming. I would take more rose! I can barely taste it over the black pepper. This one is tasty but it wouldn’t be a must-restock.
Flavors: Pepper, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Rose, Strawberry
The Fauchon limited edition 2017 tea is apparently red fruits and chocolate. UM, YES. My favorites. The dry tea smells like red fruits and chocolate, natch. Perhaps more fruity than chocolatey. The chocolate certainly comes out in the steeped tea, though. This is Le Bonheur! with chocolate, pretty much. Super delicious. Fruity and chocolatey. Not sad I picked up two other red fruits blends this time.
Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Strawberry
Another new acquisition. Fauchon recently shortened the name of this tea (and BTW, can I say how much I love the new tins? They are tall cylinders and they have the most beautiful designs), but the recipe seems to be the same. This was released a while ago at the same time as their other “gourmand” series (raspberry macaron, chocolate eclair, creme caramel) but even though I got the rest I skipped this one. I corrected that this time!
Dry, the tea smells like honey but also a little incense-y, which was surprising. Or perhaps it’s just such an intense honey scent. It reminds me a bit of the frankincense in some of the old Verdant Tea blends. The base tea seems to be an unroasted tieguanyin-ish oolong, yay! The incense smell calmed down after steeping, although it was still quite strong in honey scent.
The flavor is super intense honey. Almost an herbal honey. I like it a lot! I think some of the cookie/cakey flavors do come through in the aftertaste. Glad I finally picked this one up, it is totally worth it.
Flavors: Cake, Cookie, Herbaceous, Honey
Dusting off this account because I just got a shipment of limited edition and new-blend teas from Fauchon via a friend in Paris. I am super excited to try these teas!
This one is supposed to be apple, fudge, and shortbread. YUM. I can definitely smell the apple in the dry leaf, along with some cookie-ish notes and a bit of florals. Steeped, it smells very appley and a bit of the chocolate/fudge notes come out more.
In flavor it does not disappoint. Definite apple, which is the primary flavor, and a good amount of chocolate-fudginess in the aftertaste. Could use a bit more shortbready flavors, but I find those are a bit more elusive in Fauchon blends (like Earl Grey Tea Time). I do get a bit of cookie, though, and it is delish. Happy to have this one in my collection.
Flavors: Apple, Chocolate, Cookie
Well, it is pouring down here this afternoon. Not Paris, of course. But how glorious it is to sit in a lovely dry cafe while the rain comes down. I suppose I eventually will venture out and get soaked and I am totally fine with that.
Still on wifi blackout here, so I sample new to me teas blind in terms of ingredients. Interesting to do things this way. Even though I don’t tend to check reviews before I write one, I like to know more or less the type of tea it is so that I know what is in store, more or less.
First taste, kinda perfumey. I’ll be the first to admit, that I usually don’t find French teas all that— which is not going to prevent me from making an order of chocolate and vanilla things some day.
Here, lychee, rose, bergamot maybe? Perhaps a bit of cream. ok, but not a favourite.
Thanks for letting me try this, VariaTEA. I still have enough for another cup to win me over :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Lychee, Perfume, Rose
Oh powder tea, you are ever so strange. So fine yet flavorful. This is like a floral apple tea and though the base is present, it is not bitter. Like many other french teas, I want more flavor and less base but this is not too bad. The rest of this tea is cold brewing overnight and we’ll see how that goes. At this point, I am okay saying goodbye.
This was a weird one. With leaves as fine as powder and brewed in the iced tea press, this was definitely a black tea first, with some apple flavor as opposed to an apple flavored black tea. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/06/03/apple-tea-from-fauchon/
I don’t know how it is that I’m the only person who’s ever reviewed this one? It came in the cutest heart shaped tin, so I’m guessing maybe it was a limited edition for valentine’s day once over, or something? It’s been in my stash a while, unopened, at any rate.
I originally bought this one because I was intrigued by the ingredients – strawberry, raspberry, black pepper, rose. I love pepper, so it was a must-try pretty much as soon as I saw it. I used 1 tsp for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. It’s pretty well balanced, I think. The initial flavour is red berry – I think I’m leaning more towards strawberry, but there’s a tart/sour end note that captures raspberry well, too. Neither flavour is candy-like or over sweet – it’s pretty accurate “juice” flavouring, as far as I’m concerned. The pepper is discernible in the mid-sip, and it lingers for a long time. It adds a touch of spiciness and a whole lot of heat, which builds with successive sips. I really like the combination, even though it probably wouldn’t have occurred to me to pair those two things in actuality.
This one would have been a good warming winter cup, but it’s still pretty cold out in the mornings so I guess I haven’t missed the joy of that entirely. To be honest, though, it’s so good I’ll probably carry on drinking it this summer. It’s been sitting around long enough!
This is an interesting one for sure. Normally “Noel” teas have ingredients like orange and nuts and spice and though this definitely has orange, it is also a touch creamy. Plus, it makes me think of a Christmas ham where you bake it covered in maraschino cherries and pineapple. Not that it tastes like ham at all but the fixings are all present here and that’t the connection I am making to Christmas. With that said, aside from the orange and the fruity sweetness that can be picked out as pineapple and cherry (only a touch cough-syruppy) when you focus, the flavors are quite light. The base is a little astringent as well. It is okay, but not something I will be seeking out again. Still, I want to thank Shezza for adding it to the box thus giving me the opportunity to try this out.
Second Fauchon try of the day. This one is a CTC based blend, which surprised me initially. It also had a rather odd scent about it…maybe slightly perfumey? I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, which fortunately behaved well in my filter. It’s very fine, but not so fine that it gets through the holes. It brews up quickly and very dark, so I added a splash of milk to round things out. I wasn’t going to do that originally, because apple and milk don’t really fit together in my head, but it wasn’t really an option not to.
To taste, I’m very pleasantly surprised. The initial sip is sweet, almost candy-like, and then there’s the fresh, slight sharpness of the apple. The base tea is a little astringent, although a shorter brew time might go some way towards fixing that. It’s not too heavy in terms of flavour, though, so the “apple” aspect shines through.
What I’m reminded of most, drinking this, is one of those red-glazed candy apples you get at the fairground. There’s a lovely syrupy sweetness to begin with, then apple, then base tea, and it’s deceptively delicious! I took a risk when I bought these, because they’re 100g tins, but I’ll have no problem finishing this one off, that’s for sure!
I brought two of my three Fauchon tins to work with me today, because they’re the next oldest in my stash, and because I’m out of black tea at work. When I’m ill, I really want black tea.
This one smells delicious as soon as you open the tin. We had a struggle for a while, because I didn’t realise the lid slides off. No common sense points for me. Once I managed to get in, though, I knew we were going to get along. This one reminds me quite a lot of Mariage Freres Wedding Imperial, although it’s perhaps not quite as intense. I don’t see that as a bad thing, because Wedding Imperial was a touch too sweet and overpowering for me at times. This one is a little more muted, and to my tastes just perfect. There are actual chunks of caramel among the black tea base (Ceylon?), but they melt easily and don’t leave too much of an oily scrim. I would quite like to sit and eat them, but I won’t.
To taste, it’s pretty straightforward – soft, creamy caramel with a touch of salt. It’s a great dessert-style tea, sweet but not too sweet, and with the perfect balance of base and flavouring. Impressed!
From the GCTTB Round 6
1 tsp in 600 mL very hot water, steeped 4 minutes
This tastes like fruitcake or plum pudding! Plum, date, light notes of apple, candied orange/orange rind, mulling spice, maybe cherry? I read that this is supposed to have maraschino cherry flavor, so I’m disappointed there isn’t more maraschino cherry in here, it’s more of a dried Bing cherry, like that chocolate companies use to make dark chocolate covered dried cherries. This is very much like a Christmas dessert or those bowls of potpourri people put out at Christmas to make their house smell like orange and cinnamon.
Flavors: Candied Apple, Dates, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Plums, Raisins, Spices, Tea
Rose and orange, definitely not my go-tos but this ended up being a delightfully delicious tea that will be missed. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/06/11/an-afternoon-in-paris-from-fauchon/
GCTTB DAY 4
Whooot, the boiler at my office is broken (meaning it’s freezing in the office) so I get to stay home today! Such an exciting turn of events. :D That means I have time to try more teas today!
So I had to try some from the famed and fancy Fauchon teas. I think this is the only one I saw in there, so I brewed a cup this morning as soon as I heard the news that I get to stay in. I wasn’t sure what was in it but it looked like flavoured black tea so I steeped it with boiling water for about two and a half minutes. I didn’t get any of the peach that is supposedly in there, but definitely tasted the thyme. The black tea was a bit tannic and left my mouth feeling dry but overall it was just alright. A bit more one-dimensional than I was expecting.