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This is another very smooth tea. The orange peel is present but not overwhelming, and there is kind of a generic spiciness to it. It reminds me of what good old Constant Comment should be. (It’s an old favorite of mine, I used to drink it with my grandma. :) ) I wish it had a more present spiciness – I wouldn’t call this one chai (I know the word just means tea, but we have coopted it to mean a spicy flavor). It’s still enjoyable, though.
Flavors: Cloves, Orange Zest
About a month ago, I tried this tea in the convential way and I really liked it. Summer has arrived and from the beginning, temperatures are high, very high even (up to 40ºC), and then I want my water to be a little bit less tasteless. I had already picked this tea to make home made ice tea, and I have started to make batches of it daily this week : what a lovely iced tea this Jardin à la française makes! Basically the same aroma´s as the hot brewed tea, and the sweetness of the pear works very well in this iced tea. I already know I´ll have to plan a visit to the shop when returning to Belgium (or France) in August, as I´m sure this pack will have gone.
Last week I was in my home country (Belgium), and I travelled around quite a bit. It´s amazing how often a tea shop now makes part of those nice little shops one can find in a city´s centre, and Louvain-la-Neuve is not an exception. Near the Grand Place is a wonderful tea shop from the French Palais des Thés chain. As soon as I stepped in, I was offered a taster (I could choose between a black tea and a herbal tea, I opted for the first) and I got an explanation about the way they present the teas here (you can experience the fragrances of the tea by picking up a bell glass), before I started my discovery tour of the shop and the teas they offered. The packaging is really well taken care of, also the design I think is really nice, and the choice offered of tea is alright (not too many “off the beaten track” teas though). As I find it particularly difficult to find a nice fruit based tea (on the real stuff, not on aroma´s!) I can easily cold brew, I finally bought this Jardin à la française tea, which is a herbal tea dominated by a very natural pear fragrance. Back at home, I tried the tea today…preparing it the “normal” way, i.e. hot : the very elegant pear fragrance is present in the loose tea, in the steeping tea, in the final brew, until the last sip, which is definitely a big plus! After 4-5 minutes of steeping, the colour is still very light, but the taste is well developed (and the pear taste always comes over naturally), so I can only imagine this giving a wonderful result cold as well. I only hope I´ll still be having tea when the hot days arrive and I really need a cold brew ;-)
Finally a sipdown of this. It is pretty old and needed to be finished up. It has become increasingly astringent over time, so I made it as a latte to round out the edge. It was decently tasty – very vegetal and strong sencha, some fairly sour raspberry flavour, a touch of citrus and floral.
Flavors: Astringent, Berry, Green, Raspberry, Vegetal
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Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Green, Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Sweet, Vegetal
This is getting to be a few years old now, but I can’t taste a difference in the green base. It is still very berry-ish overall, but the base is extremely astringent and acrid. I should have known better than to hot brew it, it does really well cold brewed because it prevents that weird green tea astringency from showing up. Still, I love this tea because my bestie brought it back for me from her trip to Paris, and I’m really attached to it for that reason.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Raspberry, Sour
One of my best friends picked this up on her trip to Paris last year and it is AMAZING. It smells sweet like raspberries but has an obvious green tea smell.
When brewed it is very bright but not acidic. I do find the green tea gets tannic if steeped too long, but I usually take the tea bag out and resteep it again later.
This tea is very good hot or iced. I like it with a bit of honey but it is sweet enough you don’t need any sweetener.
Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Green, Raspberry, Sweet, Tannic
I swear I’ve had this before. And that I was able to find it in the database. But apparently not.
Tea from MissB.
Floral citrus spice tea. I guess that makes sense, due to the “Christmas” theme.
It’s… alright. I’m not sure this is really what I wanted right now. It’s somewhat clovey with orange peels and lots of rose petals. So it’s quite floral. I think I would have been happy with Chandernagor, but that was underneath this, so I pulled this out.
Thanks for sharing, MissB!
Edit: Found it in the database. D’oh.
190, 1 tsp, gongfu. 30 second rinse followed by 30 second steeps. As far as greener oolongs go, it reminds me a lot of Jin Xuan, more so than Golden Turtle, which was extremely floral. This tea is floral but not overpoweringly so, with a delicate fruitiness and buttery mouth feel. I lost count how many infusions I’ve done, but you can really steep the hell out of this tea. I like it.
i received this as a free sample with my order from PDT. I like mangos, but those of you familiar with me, know that i am not a fan of the blerg despite attempts to learn to love it. This one is pretty good, though i still wish the blergamot was a little less. If it was, i could REALLY get behind this one. It’s delicious mango, fruity, sweet and pineapple. The blergamot adds a floral note to it that i just can’t get behind it.
for those who like blerg – i would recommend trying this one!
free sample from my order. I was looking forward to trying this one to see whether it stodd up to some of my other shou favourites. I have to say, i’m sort of glad that it didn’t. While it was a pleasant enough shou, it was pretty middle of the road and generally average. on the earthy woody side and smooth enough in it’s finish. nothing to write home about.