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Looking through my cupboard I was shocked that I had never reviewed this one. It is one of my new favorites! Rectifying that now.

This tea, amazingly, fills the hole left by the dear, departed Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black from Verdant, since they no longer blend their teas. No, the base tea isn’t as good as Laoshan Black, but it is distinctly different than DF’s normal black tea bases and does seem to be a high quality Chinese black with long wiry leaves. It is so fluffy it didn’t fit in one of my standard 100g tins that all other DF teas fit in, I had to use an extra large tin. The flavors are chocolate, rose, and bergamot, which is pretty much heaven for me. In the end, this tea may be BETTER than BRLB because I taste more of the bergamot and rose, which is always something I had problems with. There is really not much more I could ask of this tea, and I hope they never stop carrying it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Marie Antoinette by Ladurée
2197 tasting notes

Now it’s time to catch up on some older purchases that I have somehow never logged.

This one suspiciously looks like it has darjeeling in it, what with the greenish leaves even though the ingredients are listed as black tea only. I suspect the “Indian black tea” is a darjeeling, which is really not my favorite, BUT this one isn’t so bad. I brewed it cool and the darjeeling is few and far between enough to not be astringent.

This is a nice citrusy tea with lots of grapefruit flavor along with some other lemon/lime/orange notes. It’s a nice tea, although not overwhelmingly awesome. Tasty, but I’m not reaching for it often. I need to remember that it is not as finicky as it might seem with the darjeeling.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Tea for Two by Fauchon
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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Interesting. I’ve never encountered a black/white combo. But it makes sense.

Evol Ving Ness

Ha, interesting. Still mulling this concept over.

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88

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank 2017 Edition by Fauchon
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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Madeleine (au Miel) by Fauchon
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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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

I realized I never reviewed this tea, and yet I recently drank it down. I used it for cold steeping, which is how I do pretty much all of my green teas these days. I really enjoyed the orange blossom flavors: a little bit of citrus, a little bit of floral. Would probably purchase this one again for cold steeps.

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Orange Blossom

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

awesome! :) WB

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drank Vert Exotic by Dammann Freres
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I picked this one up with my most recent Dammann order, and it makes a totally fabulous cold brew. Lots of tropical flavor, very fruity and not too grassy. I definitely taste the passion fruit and citrus, it’s nice and tart. This one is a definite reorder for me.

Preparation
Iced

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86

I’ve reviewed this one a decent number of times but not for quite a while. I am less enamoured of it than I once was, mostly just because I still don’t loooove the violet. I do love the macaron and cassis, though, so I wish this one had a slightly different floral in it. Still tasty, and I would probably reorder if I wanted a bit more diversity of tea flavors, but it’s not quite as delicious as some of my others.

Preparation
Iced

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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