Le Thé Blanc Alain Ducasse

Tea type
Green White Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Raspberry, Rose, Bitter, Candy, Floral, Hay, Sweet, Rainforest
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 72 oz / 2130 ml

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  • “I was excited to find it in the Kusmi Advent Calendar, as I’ve never had it before. It’s one of the more premium teas Kusmi has to offer. The famous Alain Ducasse has created his first white tea as...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The sachet wrapper says raspberry and rose. Rose is definitely prominent. It has a light perfumy scent and flavor with a bit of fruit. I don’t know that I’d recognize this as raspberry if I hadn’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “Kusmi Advent Day 3 The rose and raspberry are very well balanced, with the raspberry being slightly in the forefront. The rose flavoring is like eating a fresh rose petal, and does not come off as...” Read full tasting note
  • “Kusmi Advent – Day 3 Ooh, I’ve never tried this one before! Mostly because it only comes in giant-ass tins and it has rose in it, which is not one of my favorite flavors. But I’m glad to get the...” Read full tasting note

From Kusmi Tea

RASPBERRY AND ROSE FLAVOURED WHITE TEA

A refined blend of quality white tea enhanced with subtle notes of rose and raspberry

For its 150 year anniversary, Kusmi Tea has partnered with Alain Ducasse to create its first white tea. The first buds and tea leaves are harvested by hand in the spring to obtain this rare, precious tea, now featured by the renowned chef in a unique recipe with delicate hints of rose and raspberry. Available loose-leaf or in tea bags.

INGREDIENTS
White tea, green tea, flavours (raspberry, rose)

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22 tasting notes

I was excited to find it in the Kusmi Advent Calendar, as I’ve never had it before. It’s one of the more premium teas Kusmi has to offer. The famous Alain Ducasse has created his first white tea as a collab with the brand. They only sell it in massive tins (and refills), 120g if I remember correctly. One tin costs € 39,50 which significantly (at least three times) more than the usual price for Kusmi. That alone is enough to put some customers off and limit their clientele.
Firstly, the packaging is lovely. White&silver colour palette, looks luxe and fresh, kind of cold and icy almost. It would look great outside, on the worktop, as part of the kitchen decor if someone has a very modern kitchen.
When you smell it, you can instantly smell huge quantities of rose and a hint of red fruit, in this case it’s raspberry. The rose is not artificial or perfume-like, it actually smells quite naturally and makes me think of a home-made marmalade.
The tea itself is light, fresh, airy, non-suffocating. Very elegant. It would make a great gift for someone who has everything and needs nothing. This kind of person would definitely appreciate this tea :-)
In my opinion it’s not wort 40 euros per box, I know very similar teas for a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, I’m happy I gave it a go. Maybe one day, when I want to impress some Michellin star-obsessed foodie / tea snob, I will spoil them happily with this as a gift.

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML
Cameron B.

I was happy to be able to try this one, too! Although I’m not a fan of rose so it wasn’t a favorite, but still interesting! :)

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1425 tasting notes

The sachet wrapper says raspberry and rose. Rose is definitely prominent. It has a light perfumy scent and flavor with a bit of fruit. I don’t know that I’d recognize this as raspberry if I hadn’t read it, but I could pick out that there was some sort of fruit which becomes more bold at the end of the sip. This tea is light and airy, which isn’t really my thing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1030 tasting notes

Kusmi Advent Day 3
The rose and raspberry are very well balanced, with the raspberry being slightly in the forefront. The rose flavoring is like eating a fresh rose petal, and does not come off as perfumey. The floral aspects of the white tea also work really well here. Overall, really enjoy this cup. There is a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, so I’d probably reduce steep time to 2min45sec or so next time.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Love the description of eating a fresh rose petal!

Cameron B.

I agree, I thought the rose here felt very authentic. :)

Martin Bednář

Actually, this seems like a tea I would like to try. It seems quite interesting; rose & raspberry combo

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2067 tasting notes

Kusmi Advent – Day 3

Ooh, I’ve never tried this one before! Mostly because it only comes in giant-ass tins and it has rose in it, which is not one of my favorite flavors. But I’m glad to get the opportunity to try it once, at least!

I had myself a lovely little fika break on the patio with a pretty teacup full of this tea accompanied by chocolate and cheese. This definitely has a strong rose element, but I feel like at least it tastes like a real rose and not a perfume. The raspberry is also a nice addition, though it’s more of an accent note here. I don’t get a whole lot from the base, some mild hay notes from the white tea perhaps. It has a tinge of bitterness even with the recommended low water temperature. There’s a slight chalkiness that give this a candylike edge, reminding me of powdery candies like Smarties.

Today’s chocolate from my La Maison du Chocolat advent is a mini version of their Tapage Noisettes bar, which is a layer of dark chocolate topped with a layer of milk chocolate mixed with hazelnuts. Simple and delicious, though perhaps without the depth of flavor of the pralinés from previous days.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CIWe8YMAnmG/

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIVyyA6gsud/)

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Floral, Hay, Raspberry, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Fika! And on the patio…one can dream up here in the north XD!

Cameron B.

It’s currently 55°F (13°C) outside. Definitely getting cooler over the past few days, which I’m very excited about! Poo-poo, 70°F weather!

Courtney

I went to the green bin today and because it’s a bit of a Chinook here, it’s actually 14°C right now haha! Maybe I should be outside!

Cameron B.

I had to look up what that meant, you with your crazy Canadian jargon! :P

Courtney

Hahah, ohh the chinook — it’s a very location-specific weather phenomenon. Sorry! XD

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First stepping 1:40 and second steeping 2:10, Definitely taste like raspberry with a very slight touch of bitterness. The rose flavour increase over time as you drink the tea. It feel-taste like as if I was walking in a forest — there is a taste that I have difficult to pin point maybe like a rainforest kind of.

A night under a full moon, I feel relaxed and drifting in dreams. A warm gentle breeze on my skin, walking into a forest hearing piano notes. The infinity, I don’t want to wake up.

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bitter, Rainforest, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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10840 tasting notes

One of the other places we went yesterday was Kusmi, since I’ve never been before. I have of course tried a handful of their teas, and ordered from them online – but it’s always a different experience seeing a tea place in person, and getting to interact with the teas/teaware they carry physically.

They were sampling this tea, so we of course gave it a try. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a white tea from them before? In fact, I don’t think I was aware that they carried white tea at all. The guy who gave us the sample seemed to be somewhat confused too, as he went back and forth several times between saying this was white tea and saying it was green tea. I honestly wasn’t totally sure, until I got home and looked up the tea on their website.

It was pretty good, especially for something coming from a prebrewed carafe – often teas that sit over a long period of time in those carafes or that are brewed in large quantities all at once can get a little… weird? I don’t know – not bad but just not great representations of the flavor of the tea when you brew it normally. I think maybe that happened with the base a little bit, as it definitely tasted far less delicate than a silver needle generally should taste, and was displaying a weird mix of flavor notes, such as black tea-esque malt notes? Sort of strange. The raspberry/rose were very nice though – both equally present and quite fragrant and well pronounced while still being smooth and not dipping into that weird perfumey/artificial sort of quality.

I liked the sample – though since it appeared this tea was only sold in a very large bulk amount I wasn’t quite interested in picking up that much of it. Though, I did end up buying a tin of the one other white tea they were carrying since it smelled really interesting to me.

Cameron B.

They do offer a white tea version of Anastasia, and their sister brand Løv Organic has some fruity white teas that are pretty tasty.

Roswell Strange

I bought the white Anastasia :) I may have had some of the white offerings from Lov? I didn’t realize they were tied to Kusmi until actually visiting the store, but I’ve had a handful of their teas in swaps before. Nothing that stands out in my mind, though.

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