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drank Jour J by THE O DOR
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I’ve been trying to acquaint myself better with this tea. I acquired a large bag of it in last year’s generous Theodor advent calendar. I have had it a few times and it wasn’t really something I was into. It’s not a bad tea, just not something I’d turn to or crave. I can’t recall the nuances of how I felt about it hot, but I’m having it cold steeped over night, on ice and with some cream. It is light and floral. Pleasant, but not something that grabs me. It’s smooth on the sip and has a tinge of that grassy bite in the finish, but I did steep the hell out of it. Not being a fan of champagne, I’m glad I didn’t pick up on the association that it is described as having. I’ll probably have several more cups of this, then it’s off to the trade pile. Maybe I’ll do a cupboard purge and start a traveling tea box.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Pecadito by THE O DOR
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I’m not a fan of mate. It often has an ashy tobacco note that I dislike, so it’s not a surprise that I would not have considered it before. A friend received a sample of this with her recent Theodor order and gave it to me. It definitely has a bright melon/peach flavor to it! It also seems to lack the mate notes I don’t like. It does have a hint of slight smokiness or earthiness that rounds out the flavors well, giving it nice base notes that tame the bright fruit. They blend together well in the sip and then seem to take turns in the finish with a hint of hay. Theodor surprises me. They manage to blur many of my harder lines of what I don’t like in tea with teas that I unexpectedly find good. I’m not quite sure if I’d want to order 125g of it, but I would be pleased to try it again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank J'aime by THE O DOR
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Having this again today having cold steeped it overnight. It was a concentrated brew so I could add a bunch of creamer and still have a strong cup. It’s delicious! Creamy cold strawberry with an almost genmaicha flavor on the finish. I think this how I’m going to finish the entire bag.

Preparation
Iced

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drank J'aime by THE O DOR
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Trying to get through another day in this burning world one cup of tea at a time. Today it’s J’aime. I get the perfume and flavor of strawberries for sure. After reading CameronB’s tasting note I was able to pick out the sour cherry and almond notes. My brain wasn’t able to make the taste to name connection on it’s own today! I’m having it straight and it’s nice, but not amazing. I don’t recall what led me to choose it. The scent? It is very similar to a strawberry Lupicia tea that I enjoyed cold steeped, so I might try that with this one too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Mélange Ô by THE O DOR
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Another tea I picked up last summer at my visit to Theodor. It looks like I have been enjoying this quite a bit the past year or so judging by the amount left and have neglected to make any tasting notes for it.
It is citrusy, that’s for sure, but it’s a deep citrus and not bright, sharp or with a bite like fresh fruit. Almost a baked nature to it. The tea has lots of light floral notes on a solid deep base. It gives it an aromatic almost perfume like flavor, but not in an obnoxious sort of way. I might have oversteeped this cup, but all it shows for it is the slightest tinge on the sides of my tongue at the end of the sip. It’s a really lovely tea, but it’s so hard to describe accurately! Theodor makes a great tea once again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank On Va Se Revoir by THE O DOR
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Long time, no posts! Been busy watching and dealing with the world falling down. Looks like Steepster was doing a bit of the same. Glad to see the site back up again and am crossing my fingers for a good revival.

I got a sample of this from a friend’s recent order. It has a nice mellow minty flavor with more depth behind it. I’m not quite able to pick out the bergamot in it, but I bet that’s part of the elusive background. I’m having this hot, but I think I’ll do a second steeping as a cold brew. I’m betting the flavors will morph quite a bit with temperature. As it is, it’s nice, but not something that is captivating.

Update: Cold steeping did nothing to bring out an epiphany with this tea. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Welcome back! Steepster is behaving itself mostly for a couple days now.

Dustin

Thanks!
We’ll see how long this good behavior lasts!

Dustin

I’m noticing it’s super slow to load pages. Dial up slow.

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drank October Revelation by THE O DOR
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Grapefruit isn’t my thing. When I saw it in the ingredients I almost traded it for another this morning, but decided to steep it anyways. It’s actually an alright cup! There is a mix of citrus and I can’t pick out the grapefruit. The tea base adds a nice depth to it that counters the high notes of the citrus, balancing it out nicely. I don’t think I’d buy this, but if I came across it as an option for a single cup while out, I wouldn’t turn it down either.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank THE À LA VANILLE by THE O DOR
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I was thinking I’d like to have a cup of an old favorite today, but the ones I reached for were smokey teas and I just couldn’t do it with the five days of inescapable smoke from all the California wild fires burning. I look forward to being able to enjoy those teas again when the air is fresh. Instead I decided on vanilla.

I think I went through a bit of this tea a while back, but didn’t write any steeping notes so I don’t recall how I prepared it. I’m having it plain today. It was a little better when it was hot and takes on a touch of flatness as it cools. Still, I do get a bit of vanilla. It does seem well balanced with a slight leaning towards base flavors. I feel like this tea is growing on me a touch.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank THE À LA VANILLE by THE O DOR
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I love vanilla in baked goods, ice cream and soda. I want to love it in tea as well, but it often times ends up too bland for my preferences. When I sip this tea, it seems very bland and flat. At the start of the finish it changes to a very lovely vanilla flavor that has depth, then it morphs back to flat. There must be a secret to steeping this that I haven’t yet mastered. I can tell that there is potential for an amazing cup in it, I just don’t know how to coax it out.

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

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drank Joie de vivre by THE O DOR
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I first steeped this teabag two nights ago. I noticed the water turning pink and was worried about hibiscus ruining the cup for me. I’m starting to realize that Theodor might know how to do hibiscus in an appropriately moderate amount! I enjoyed the cup. The hib added a slight tartness that went well with the other fruits. I didn’t take any notes on the first steeping, but I did a second steep tonight. The flavors are weaker than the original cup, but still there. The hib is almost non existent. It almost has a pear flavor to it, but I think the fruit in this blend is a berry I’m not very familiar with. I can pick out the papaya which blends right into the pineapple. My mouth is left feeling a little dry, but I actually like this one which surprises me! I’d like to try it again for sure!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is such a weird savory tea. I was drawn to it because it had such strange ingredients for a tea, very herby. I’m feeling a little under the weather this morning and a cup of this with it’s almost broth like flavors has gotten me part way through. I bet it would be even more broth like if I added salt and I bet it would make a great base for a soup. I’m such a desert tea type that it’s hard to wrap my brain around a tea not having those features, but I’m enjoying the strangeness of this all the same.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I mailed mine to derk! LOL

derk

The white December 25, and I forgot to try it on Christmas. Maybe when the next storm comes and I need evening caffeine.

Dustin

They have four Laponic December 25ths on different bases with different ingredients!

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drank Darjeeling G.F.O.P. by THE O DOR
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Advent day 19. Mild, malty and sweet. It’s a nice cup and easy to drink without any additions. I like it, but it’s not something I feel compelled to buy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank The vert a la menthe by THE O DOR
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Advent day 17. This is a pretty smooth and mellow mint. I’m not sure if it’s the mint, the base or both that contribute to it being a little buttery. It’s missing that minty bite that I find in most mint teas and I really like that bite. Feeling so so about this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Oh la la by THE O DOR
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Advent day 14, Oh La La. I can’t find any info for this tea on Theodor’s website. It is a black base that they suggest steeping at a lower temperature. I can see various spices like anise stars in it. It smells and tastes like it has a hint of cranberry with those spices. It smells very festive and is an interesting blend with a unique taste. The serving of this is extremely generous (they sell sets of teas together in 4 wedge shaped bottles and this tea came in one of those bottles), so I have plenty of chances to get better acquainted with it. Suggested steeping temp is lower than most blacks for this.

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

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drank Cours Mirabeau by THE O DOR
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Advent day 14. This smells like some citrusy candy from a vague childhood memory. This is such a strange blend of various citrus. I can’t quite name which fruit I’m tasting. It’s bright, crisp and sweet. I added a little cream and sugar, then forgot my cup until it cooled. I’m enjoying it chilled quite a bit now. This would be fantastic iced. Not quite sure if it makes my buying list, but I have two more tea bags to decide.
This calendar was expensive. Maybe around $80? It was a splurge, but I’m delighted to say that the portions and detail put into this are pretty big. Most days have three tea bags when a lot of other brands do only one. I’m already tempted to get one next year.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Advent day 13. Hibiscus. Sigh. I decided to try it anyways and to my surprise it isn’t bad! It isn’t even bright pink when steeped! It smells very peachy with a hint of pear. First part of the sip is flat as the flavors sort out in my brain, then the peach/pear combo kicks in with a touch of the hibby tang. It fades to just the fruit and then the finish has more of the hib tang. I’m not into it, but I’d tolerate it which is a compliment considering my hibiscus aversion.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylan OP supérieur by THE O DOR
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Advent day 12. I’m not super familiar with Ceylans, so it’s hard for me to compare with the average. This is nice. It has this almost green hint to it for a second at the start of the sip before it turns malty for most of the sip, then has a slight sweetness as the flavors fade. It’s the kind of tea I can imagine going great with cream, so I might try that.
Cream was definitely the right choice! The cream goes so well with the malt and there is almost a fruity quality to it. Now that I taste this, it must have been a Ceylan that I had at the Dickens fair a couple weeks ago at their tea service. It was so busy I didn’t get a chance to ask what tea we were drinking!

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

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Advent day 11. With this being herbal, I saved it for the end of the day and drank my caffeinated teas earlier. This has a nice blend of chamomile and verbena with a hint of fennel to sweeten it a touch. It’s nice, but nothing special. I feel like there are a ton of blends from other companies that are similar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by THE O DOR
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This was day 7 of the Theodor advent, but I wasn’t feeling well and the thought of a smoky tea was nauseating. I’m glad I held off because this is a really nice cup that I’d hate to have a bad association with. This has a super strong smokey scent and flavor, but it is balanced so well which isn’t something I’ve found in other laps. The sip is perfect and the finish is the same. It has a depth to it that I can’t quite put into proper words. Smokey, leathery, slight bit of tobacco. I now regret not getting some of this while in Paris or in my order when I returned home. It will have to be on my next order for sure.

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

Is this their Crocodile or do they have two lapsangs? I love Crocodile!

Dustin

Different one. It looks like they have three different smokey teas that come up when searching for lapsang. This one, Crocodile and Terry Souchong. I wonder how they differ from each other.

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drank Je Ne Sais Quoi... by THE O DOR
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Advent day 10. The flavor in this is super light. I get some vanilla. I guess I get a hint of baked cookie, but I have to think about it. A little too delicate for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
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Advent day 6. It’s a rooibos, so I get that woodsy soapy taste. On top of that taste is a pleasant red fruit flavor, which is nice. It reminds me of many red fruit green teas that I’ve had, but I can’t put a name on the exact fruit. I’m sure if I had this flavor on another type of tea base I’d like it, but rooibos is a no go for me.
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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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drank J.C. ABSOLU OOLONG by THE O DOR
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Advent day 3! Three bags of this tea are in the 3 slot, another plentiful sample. I’m not usually a fan of oolongs, so I’m always surprised when I find one I like and doesn’t have that flat taste I associate with them. When opening this bag I was struck by how fruity and juicy it smelled. It’s just as delightful steeped. The pear and peach are the dominating flavors, but there is a slight sweetness that rounds out the fruit flavors. I’d guess this would be delicious cold steeped and might take a little cream well. This is a tea I’d totally buy!
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Good to know! I adore their J E Milky.

Dustin

Same! I’m a little surprised I like both of their oolongs that I’ve tried. I wonder what the letters JC and JE stand for in the names.

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