French Friday! This sampler was kindly provided by Cameron, thank you Cameron! I had a French sakura tea from Palais de Thes yesterday, so I thought it would be interesting to compare them. (Also, this is my S entry for Ode to Tea! I only need to finish up the sipdown on my K tea and then sipdown a B tea and I’ll be done with the 26 sipdowns!)

Prepared 2.3g for 350ml of 185F water, steeped for three minutes. The aroma of this is almost a dead ringer for the Fleur de Geisha tea I had yesterday, except the aromatics seem to be a bit more on the floral/sweet site than the fruity cherry side (I definitely smell both flowers and cherry, though). The aroma also reminds me a little of grape candy, somehow…

Huh. The tea tastes just like grape candy, too! Not sure why I’m getting that strong grapey/muscatel note, but I don’t taste cherry (just grape) because of it. There is a hint of a cherry-esque note toward the very end of my sip, but during the sip, it’s all a sweet and syrupy grape. I wonder if they used any jasmine flavor for the floral? Jasmine can often taste like grapes to me. The white base is coming through too, as I’m getting a bit of a cucumber water, wildflower honey, and fresh grass. Very pleasant, I’m often extremely let down with flavored whites because they always seem to use such LQ white tea for the base which is very distracting. This is one I could easily drink without the flavorings.

Of the two, Fleur de Geisha definitely reminds me the most of sakura, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying this cup. I’m just enjoying it as a very floral and muscatel white!

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Cucumber, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Honey, Muscatel

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

Contact Info:

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