Laponic December 25, White

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Blackberry, Blackberry Leaves, Flavors, Mallow Flowers, Raspberries, White Cornflower Blossoms, White Tea
Flavors
Broth, Cedar, Forest Floor, Herbaceous, Herbs, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal, Wet Rocks
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “I had mentioned I wanted to try this and Derk kindly offered to send me the rest of a tin to try! Thanks so much, Derk! This has the strangest steeping directions I’ve seen yet. 80C for 10-11...” Read full tasting note
  • “What is Laponic? I don’t know. A made-up French word? Here’s a tin of tea, the last from a long-ago swap with ashmanra. Why did I not try this last holiday season? This tea evokes many memories...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have had this tea for at least ten months. I don’t know quite what to say. It is….weird. I LOVE most The O Dor teas, with some of the blends being right at the top of my list, but this one...” Read full tasting note

From THE O DOR

MAJOR NOTES: Basil, cedar, blackberry leaves.

INGREDIENTS: White tea (Origin: China) (76,7%), sweat Blackberry leaves (8%), Flavors (Blackberry, Cedar, Basil), Raspberry pieces, Blackberry pieces (4%), Mallow flowers, White cornflowers.

To make your infusion sublime, parameters for perfect preparation:
INFUSION TIME: 10 to 11 minutes
TEMPERATURE: 175°F (80°C)

This creation from the ‘Laponic’ Christmas tea collection signed by THEODOR presents a delicate white tea to you, flavored with woody, fruity notes with a touch of aromatic plant, just like the three other blends.

When you raise it to your lips, this blend is sour like a candy and will surprise you with its white and vegetal notes coming from the white tea composing it and the basil accompanying it. This first feeling is counterbalanced by the sweetness of blackberries, of blackberry leaves and the smoothness of a cedar wood flavor, just like the promise of a suspended smile.

A blackberry-cedar-basil flavored blend
When brewed, this blend expresses a transparent delicate copper-orange beverage and offers a round and creamy texture in your mouth. A cup of this flavored white tea will carry your taste buds to the heart of a snowy landscape, for a moment imbued with magic modeled on Christmas season.

The tasting of this Christmas white tea is characterized in your mouth by flavors of blackberry and red fruits, accompanied by a vegetal note of basil.
If you close your eyes, you will feel like if you were transported, with great finesse and flavors, to the heart of THEODOR’s ‘Laponic’ universe, by Santa’s side.

Allow yourself a refined and amazing cup with this blackberry-cedar-basil flavored white tea and add some of Christmas’ magic to your days, while waiting for December to come…

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3 Tasting Notes

1451 tasting notes

I had mentioned I wanted to try this and Derk kindly offered to send me the rest of a tin to try! Thanks so much, Derk!

This has the strangest steeping directions I’ve seen yet. 80C for 10-11 minutes! It’s very lightly flavored. The scent is a wisp of my spice cabinet, a faint mixture of many herbs (must be the dried basil in the mix). I think the strongest bit that I’m getting is the blackberry leaf sweetness, but it’s not over powering. It almost has a minty coolness. Hard to pick out anything in the sip aside from the light mix of herbs I mentioned smelling, but the finish has a faint perfume to it. I can’t say I can taste the sandalwood, which is what caught my interest in this blend in the first place. I’m not taken by this tea and I really appreciate the chance to try it without having to commit to a 125g purchase. That would have been a disappointment especially after liking two other Laponics that Theodor has.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more
derk

I didn’t get any sandalwood either. I didn’t follow the steeping directions. Can’t remember- 3 minutes? I bet steeping for the recommend time let the blackberry leaf sweetness become prominent. It is overall a very light and gentle tea.

Dustin

If I had tasted this blind, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a Theodor blend. They are usually so much bolder with their flavoring!

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953 tasting notes

What is Laponic? I don’t know. A made-up French word?

Here’s a tin of tea, the last from a long-ago swap with ashmanra. Why did I not try this last holiday season?

This tea evokes many memories of my first job at 15, a wrap we made, specifically the pinto beans we put in it. The tea’s not at all beany, though. Basil is the strongest note for me, dried, savory. Cedar flavor provides a cool, woodsy tone. The blackberry leaf is very mellow in its flavor and sweetness. The base white tea is also mellow and slightly vegetal. There’s a very light tang I think provided by the berries.

Gentle tea, rejuvenating like a light broth. I like it. It reminds me also of Ohio and hiking in late fall through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Forest understory, maybe? Hemlock growing in secret locations atop sandstone ledges, narrow, silvery waterfalls disappearing down beech ravines, brambles lining meadows. God, Ohio has some modest beauty.

Whatever Laponic means, it’s a comforting, gentle tea to have on Christmas day as the rain falls in straight lines from the low, grey sky.

Merry Christmas :)

Flavors: Broth, Cedar, Forest Floor, Herbaceous, Herbs, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal, Wet Rocks

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
White Antlers

I may be wrong, but I think the word means referring to/related to Lapland. In light of the notes you wrote, that would make sense.

ashmanra

Merry Christmas! And I am glad you enjoyed it!

Cameron B.

Merry Christmas, to you and Kiki too!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers is correct. Lapland is an area in Finland, partially Sweden, Norway and Russia. Unfortuantely I haven’t been there; but I would like to one day. And this tea sounds just amazing. And somehow indeed Nordic to me. I wonnder why basil though; but somehow… it just reminds me Finland. Maybe it’s the Laponic?

White Antlers

Martin I want to visit Lapland, too. I have been fascinated by the Sami people and their culture for decades. Perhaps we’ll have a tea meeting there someday!

gmathis

I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas? The better to stay in and sip with!

derk

Let’s meet in Lapland, please!

Martin Bednář

That would be awesome experience :D Steepster Meet in Lapland!

eastkyteaguy

I’m pretty sure that a Laponic is a cocktail comprising equal parts gin, kahlua, cognac, and light rum that is garnished with lemon.

White Antlers

eastkyteaguy-It’s both; the drink you described and also referring to or relating to Lapland.

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I have had this tea for at least ten months. I don’t know quite what to say. It is….weird.

I LOVE most The O Dor teas, with some of the blends being right at the top of my list, but this one baffles me. I don’t hate it. I wish the tin was empty and I will be relieved when it is. It just tastes weird to me.

In spite of the ingredient list, it does not taste fruity to me. I don’t even know what it does taste like to me. Besides weird.

I tried it hot again a few days ago to see if maybe the first pot I made had been a fluke. Nope, still weird. So I decided to ice it and add sugar and while I WILL drink it just to be not wasteful, I groan when I open the fridge and see it. My husband says it is odd but he doesn’t mind it and is fine with drinking it iced until it is gone.

Yes, life is short and it would probably be better to just throw it away, but we really are not wasteful and try to use, mend, repair, redo, recycle….you get the idea. And as I said, it isn’t vile, it is just super weird tasting to me. I think I have enough leaf for about two gallons. That should use it all up within a week or two. We will see.

Martin Bednář

Interesting tea I must say. I have found some Czech store selling it too, but it is quite pricey. And I am not really sure if basil leaves and sweets can work together. I can imagine it is super weird for you :)

Leafhopper

I also struggle to throw out tea that isn’t terrible but that I don’t like. I hope you get through this one soon!

ashmanra

Martin: I had no idea it was expensive because it was a gift. Even the person who gave it to me didn’t like it when we tried it the first time. I just made a whole gallon of it….iced and sweet. I decided I will probably just ditch the rest. When the smell of the tea makes your heart sink, why keep doing that to yourself? Ha ha! I wish I could taste the blackberry and raspberry that is supposed to be [email protected]“” I get is….weird.

Leafhopper: thanks! Command decision has been made to drink one more gallon and ditch the rest! When ice and sugar don’t help much, it needs to go.

Leafhopper

That’s probably a wise decision!

derk

Don’t dump it — it’s on my wishlist :) May I have it? I can send something in return.

ashmanra

Derk I would be thrilled to send it to you! Let me make sure I have your address! Or just PM it again!

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