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Thanks so much for this freebie, Ost! An individually wrapped sachet that I imagine isn’t new.  I can’t find any info, but it seems to be a plain green.  It isn’t bad.  I had some Pringles before drinking… my favorite: honey mustard (Rick & Morty pringles, no less!), so we’ll see what we can do with these flavors.  There is a drying effect. A bit of that smoke quality a gunpowder has. But I think it’s a mix of different green types.  Some leaves look like gunpowder.  It’s okay!  Boring note, but needed to write one for this lonely tea (and probably discontinued).
Steep #1  //  36 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 30 minutes after boiling //  2-3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 82 (August Uncommon – Dots & Loops + English Tea Store – Swiss Hot Chocolate)

White Antlers

As a Pringles lover, I am disappointed in myself to have not known that the honey mustard flavor exists. Off to search!

tea-sipper

haha! I haven’t tried all the Pringles… must be I know to gravitate to the Honey Mustard. To warn you though, you definitely can’t find them in all the stores.

White Antlers

Ah! Good to know that this will be a tough Pringles hunt. : )
I recently discovered the bbq flavored Pringles and find them to be quite good with guacamole. Big pass on the dill pickle ones. : P

tea-sipper

Oh I would probably love the pickle pringles. :D

White Antlers

I think you can get most flavors, if not all, at Walmart and on Amazon.

tea-sipper

yeah, Walmart is where I KNOW I can find honey mustard.. the limited other stores I visit usually do not have honey mustard.

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drank Macaron by Fauchon
1792 tasting notes

This is likely the exact same blend as in their old Raspberry Macaron packaging but I added this to the library when I initially got this anyway. The dry leaf smells ultra rosy and there is a generous smattering of pink peppercorns here and there.

It’s like drinking liquid rose petals with an ultra astringent Darjeeling base. Such a dry mouthfeel, even with milk. There is no almond in this whatsoever, so it definitely doesn’t resemble a macaron, in my opinion. As for the raspberry, I only get a tiny hint of it in the aftertaste, like a good two minutes after my last sip. Not my favourite Fauchon. I think this would have worked better with a not-so-astringent base and perhaps a more prominent almond note. Maybe not so much rose, either. That says a lot coming from a rose fan!

Nattie

Yep, that sounds like the same Raspberry Macaron. I felt the exact same way about it, too.

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Sipdown 197/397! I’m down to 300 teas!! It’s a little embarrassing how excited I am about that.

I’m currently drinking this for today’s breakfast, paired with some strawberries from my newly-arrived Rotten Fruit Box! They’re an awesome company which rescue fruit that has been deemed ‘not supermarket grade’ due to its appearance that would otherwise be left to go rotten – hence the name – and freeze-dries it while it’s still fresh. So not only does it reduce food waste, but it provides a healthy and tasty snack for myself, and helps out small farmers (where they get over 80% of their produce) in the process! The bags the fruit comes in are compostable, too! I’m honestly so excited about their business model! If only more companies were concerned with all-around sustainability. Anyway, that’s my daily rant over. I swear they didn’t pay me to give that whole speech! On to the tea.

I really didn’t expect much from this. Partly because Marzipan, who sent it to me, wasn’t a fan, and partly because chocolate teas never seem to hit the spot for me. I sound like a broken record at this point, but I never actually get chocolate from them. This one, though, I actually do! It’s creamy but not artificial, while still being quite deep, and it pairs well with the roasty oolong base. There were a lot of cocoa nibs in the leaf, and it’s definitely that more natural, ‘raw’ chocolate flavour I’m getting, which I think is probably the way to go with chocolate in teas. I don’t think I would call it an éclair necessarily, nor do I feel the need to pick up another tin this instant, but it’s a chocolate tea done well and I’m pleasantly surprised.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

The rotten fruit box. What an idea. :D

Nattie

Right?! I’m super stoked about it, and I’ve already eaten 3 big pouches (strawberry, fig and blackberry)

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
620 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day! 191/397

I saw that this was a Darjeeling so steeped it at a lower temperature than I usually would, but there is still some bitterness coming through and a drying feeling at the back of my throat, unfortunately. Like others have noted, I am picking up on rose notes most prominently, and when combined with the floral Darj it’s just a bit more overpowering than I would have liked. I’m also noticing some violet notes which are adding to the perfumed aroma. The raspberry is present, and in fact my very first sip was dominated by the raspberry note, but since then it has faded and been overpowered by the floral bouquet which is very loud, only allowing the raspberry to peek through as a background note. I don’t seem to be picking up on the almond, or anything that reminds me of a macaron. It’s a very typical ‘French style’ perfumed tea, I would say, with a hint of raspberry. Thank you for the sample, Marzipan, but unfortunately this one was not for me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Problem with having a home studio is that I’m home and my entire household knows where I am. They have access to me for every little question, need, meandering moment or argument they have. It’s Sunday and my hopes of unwinding this morning with a cup of tea IN SILENCE after a week or more of poor sleep is dwindling with every interruption. I want to shrink down and climb into this tea, floating like I’m Gary Oldman as Beethoven floating in the water with the night sky reflected into my cup listening to Moonlight Sonata in my head. There is such a comforting caramel orange flavor to this tea that I could sink into at the moment. There is an almost chocolate/burnt sugar note to the finish. I don’t think I was crazy about this tea when I first got it, but I’m growing to love it. Good impulse buy, 2019 Dustin.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

This one sounds good! I hope you find some moments of quiet and relaxation today!

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Having my daily cup of quaranTEA. So glad right now that I’m a tea hoarder. I’m set for a while while cooped up in my house waiting for the worst of this virus to pass through my community.
I know this has oranges and all sorts of other flavors in it, but what I really get is a caramel like flavor and it’s pretty nice. Drank this cup mindlessly while making waffles, getting one kid set up with a classroom video chat and the other set up to video call with her physical therapist. I never thought I’d be so busy during the apocalypse, but here I am!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Hoarding tea does have its uses.

Dustin

It does! I’m also a little bit of a food hoarder. As in I buy a big bag of flour, rice, sugar, beans and other dry goods once a year so I don’t have to shop for as many things throughout the year. Husband usually hates it, but he’s not complaining right now!

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Another tea that I have literally zero recollection of, but it wasn’t a sipdown, so there’s that…

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I finished off the sample I got of this from Cameron B.

Brewed in hot water (~350 mL) with 2 tbs leaf, with a fair bit of soymilk added.

I’m glad I tried a sample because I don’t think I would want an entire tin. It was a pleasant cup, but was your typical Chinese black tea base with a distinctly fruity flavour. I could pull out the orange peel and stonefruit flavours, but it was in a dried fruit sort-of-way and not a fresh juicy fruit way. The base is unremarkable. It would have been nice to get some cocoa notes like in Laoshan teas.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Stonefruits, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Un Soir De Noel by Fauchon
1216 tasting notes

I steeped this then had to walk away from it for 40 minutes. When it was still hot I took a few sips. The main flavor then was caramel, which is likely what I was drawn to when smelling it in the store. There was a little orange mixed in on the sip at that point. Now that I come back to it cooled I get orange at the start of the sip that lingers until the finish when a hint of cherry and something else (the pineapple?) appear. I can’t pick out the caramel once it has cooled. Strange how much it changes with the temperature!

When I was visiting the Fauchon store in Paris, they had out little samples of the dry tea to smell. Since I can’t read French, I was relying on scent to make my choices. The scent is very heavy on the caramel when it’s dry with a hint of the fruit, mostly orange, behind it. I likely would have avoided it if I knew pineapple was involved, but I’m glad I didn’t know because I’m enjoying this one so far.

Edit* Second steeping goes right into orange flavors even when freshly steeped. It has good flavors, but I think I prefer the first steep with caramel.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
1088 tasting notes

Another really lovely cup with equal balance of peach and thyme. And again I am shocked that the flavours are coming through despite this full-blown cold or flu.

This is the end of this baggie, sadly, so I am calling it a sip down, but I suspect that there’s another wee bit of this in another squirrelled away pouch from Sil.

Thank you, Sil! Really enjoying this one, especially today.

And it’s a sip down!

Sipdown 74
(14 of 2019)

Sil

Glad to Hear It!

Kittenna

This one is sitting on top of my samples basket, giving the the stink eye every time I pass it over. Haha. I don’t think I disliked it or anything, yet there it sits. #toomuchtea

Kittenna

*giving me

Evol Ving Ness

hehehe, I must say that it was not the most welcoming name for my tastebuds to pounce on. That said, now with your cold, this could be just the thing. I certainly appreciated it.

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
1088 tasting notes

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
1088 tasting notes

A long neglected sample from the GCTTB or maybe from a swap with Sil—

Still sick here and still in bed. This is—to use derk’s expression—an old ass tea. But shockingly, despite its age and despite the fact that I am sick and my tastebuds should likely not be a 100%, here I have peach and thyme in lovely well-balanced amounts. Enjoying this muchly.

Thank you, Sil.

Kawaii433

:( Be better soon!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you!

I must say that it is good to just admit to myself that I am definitely sick and staying in bed w books and movies and tea, rather than trying to push through.

Sil

ugh hope you feel better soon!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Sil! It’s been quite a slog lately.

VariaTEA

Hope you feel better soon! I am still nursing that nasty cold that started last week but thankfully it is going away slowly but surely. Alas, class is getting in the way of my plans to sleep it off…stay in bed as long as you can!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, VariaTEA! Colds used to last a day or two. What’s up with this?
Glad you are seeing the end to recovery.

VariaTEA

I’ve always been taught that with medication the common cold lasts a week and without, seven days :P

Evol Ving Ness

hehe, handy perspective. two more days of this and I am hitting the rum.

Shanie O Maniac

Ugh. I hate sickness. I’m on prescription meds that prevent me from taking any cough medicine. It’s annoying but usually I just have to triple up on the medicinal teas to try and kick it.

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Sipdown! 165/397

Alas, this tasty tea meets a brutal end it did not deserve. Unwittingly brewed in an infuser contaminated with garlic or onion. Each sip is a delight as always, but the aftertaste is strongly savoury and oh no. I’m still going to finish the cup, though, because the initial sip is good enough to push through the aftertaste. And if that’s not praise, I don’t know what is.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

How did it get contaminated?

Kittenna

Garlic/onion might be marginally better than soap flavour. I believe I ruined what should have been a very good cup of tea that way, and I now have a compulsion to sniff my infusers post-washing to make sure I can’t smell soap…

Nattie

@Mastress Alita – I keep my infusers with my tea stuff, but my mam has a tendency to move them to wherever she feels like every couple of weeks (she’s a serial redecorator and mover of things) and she had moved them to a cooking implement drawer and put them on top of a garlic mincer.

Nattie

@Kittena – yuck! I too, have been burned that way. Now I wash my infusers with only hot water and baking soda (and occasionally vinegar when entirely necessary).

Nattie

Sorry for the late replies, I have had a lot on my plate lately, not to mention several colds, sinusitis and tonsillitis which affected my ability to taste anything for almost 2 months there!

Kittenna

No worries! That sounds quite awful; I hope you are doing much better now, and less overwhelmed!

Nattie

Thanks! It was a rough couple of months but I am much better now.

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Thank you for the sample, Marzipan!

So, this is going on my order list. I think I’m going to keep a spot in my cupboard for an uncomplicated caramel tea, and when I’m back to buying new teas it’ll likely be this one. It’s not an artificial or overly sweet caramel, but an authentic slightly burnt caramel note which adds some depth and dimension while still making an incredible dessert tea. Sometimes you want all-singing-all-dancing bells-and-whistles-galore tea, but sometimes you want a good solid tea with one main flavour note, a good base and the ability to take additives or drink plain equally. This is a tea for those days, and as I’m frantically packing for my holiday to Rome (which I leave for in two days!) I need a good solid tea, which has my back and is tasty without demanding too much attention.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

And where is Marzipan these days? I have been missing her for a long while.

Nattie

@Evol – I don’t know ): I checked her profile the other day and it looks like she hasn’t posted in a couple of years.. I’ve been missing a lot of the old Steepsterites.

Cameron B.

She’s still around on Facebook, but doesn’t drink as much tea anymore. She recently started her own business selling leggings.

Nattie

Thanks for the update! Glad to know she’s well.

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77

I can taste the black tea with other flavours fairly present in the background. Good nutty flavour that mixes well with the Mandarin citrus.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
8 tasting notes

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
4754 tasting notes

This was actually pretty tasty. The thyme was not overwhelming, as I thought it might be, and the peach flavour was realistic and not overwhelming. The base was fairly neutral, which is typical of French blacks IMO. The baggie suggests I should try it iced; perhaps that’s what I’ll do with the last cup’s worth?

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I came on here this morning to remove a couple of teas that I have finished lately…only to discover that I had never added them to cupboard. Sigh.

I have actually been icing this one because it is so blasted hot and sticky here still and I thought the orange aspect would be refreshing and would take sugar well. It does, indeed.
Although I have enough left to drink this one more time, I am going to be cheeky and remove it from my cupboard so I can bask in the glow of a sipdown.

I did order two teas recently but they were desert island teas. My tea shelves are starting to look a lot less messy and I am loving it.

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I have actually had a cup or two of this tea for three days in a row and just haven’t logged it. I have learned amthing or two about it in that time.

Dry leaf smells like apricot, steeped tea smells and tastes like rose…until it cools. Then it becomes baked apricot and has a more oven-baked vibe. Temperature makes a big difference in this tea.

It resteeps nicely, which is a big bonus.

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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!

Cameron B.

I’m glad you like it! ;)

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
1 tasting notes

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95

A perfect recipe for a gorgeous afternoon. The base is light and supple. The floral and creamy aroma feels like I want to be absorbed in it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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73
drank Chai Black by Fauchon
1792 tasting notes

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.

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drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
11383 tasting notes

funnily enough, i’m not getting the usual “red fruit” flavour out of this one. Instead i’m getting something a lot more floral and not to my liking. it’s fruity and floral-ish….lightly so compared to pot-pourri tea…. but yeah..nope. thanks for the sample though VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Could be the age because I had a similar issue

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