Perseus

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Teas, Carrot, Flavors, Flower Petals, Orange
Flavors
Candy, Citrus, Crisp, Lemon, Mint, Peach, Plum, Violet, White Grapes, Bergamot, Floral, Grapefruit, Grapes, Smooth
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Kosher, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “A sample from ashmanra’s cabinet — thank you <3 — that I drank during the bork. I didn’t look up what this was before I tasted it, and my notes are all over the place. I loved this tea. Smells...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wavering in how I perceive this tea. The first sip went from yum yuzu to gross disinfectant. And now I’m stuck on this reminds me of a yuzu candy. The black base rounds the tea out nicely but the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I drank the cup of this made pretty quickly and forgot to take notes so here’s a mini-review for now. Age hasn’t seemed to have impacted the flavor of this tea. This was a really yummy earl grey...” Read full tasting note
  • “This has sort of an EG vibe, but a little fruitier. The floral flavor and black tea go really well together. The tea is really smooth and just hearty enough. I haven’t tried other Theodor teas...” Read full tasting note
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From THEODOR

This creation is an invitation to look at the stars, holding a cup of tea in your hands, thinking about savoring your Earl Grey tea, this one reviewed by an Impertinent Parisian who wanted to make it his.

Of course, we will rediscover the warm flavor of bergamot, the one we love, the one from the sun, with flavors from Italy, but it will not be the only citrus fruit composing this black tea, divine creation created for the artistic professions launched at the Grand Palais in Paris.

No, not only a bergamot flavored tea since we also rediscover the Japanese delicacy of a yuzu, this citrus fruit coming from the Land of the Rising Sun which is not without reminding us of our vitamin mandarins, and the flavor of a crunchy plum as much delicious.

Black tea is here made sublime by pieces of carrot, sprinkling it and making it unquestionably unique and beneficial. It is not a wink to this vegan creation, of course, but for the properties that are attributed to it, the one to make skin sublime, that its presence may be justified.

To conclude, you will notice, while looking at the blend, that it is idealized by the presence of a few yellow flowers, these are rarer petals of everlasting flowers, here concluding the artistic inspiration of the creator.

Just like the two other creations from this unseen “Some among them are contemplating the stars” tea collection, it takes its inspiration from the constellation of the same name, and reveals to you its story through a harmony of flavors which are going to carry you to the borders of stars.

Silky and wide in your mouth, this flavored tea offers a delicate and transparent amber-colored beverage and is continued on notes of bergamot. Above all, zest flavors of citrus fruits are distinguished on your palate, with the light sourness of the yuzu.

Inside its pretty box, in tin or inside the traditional THEODOR loose Parisian tea bag (available in size M or L), ‘Perseus’ will offer its delicious flavors as from the opening and will bewitch your senses all along its tasting.

A yuzu and bergamot flavored black tea which is going to accompany your tea time for a cup of mystery, of flavors and above all, to keep your head in the stars.

And for the palates in search of citrus fruits and coolness, discover the ‘Petite Ourse’ flavored green tea, to be savored hot or cold according to your mood!

If you look up to the sky towards the northern hemisphere, you will find the ‘Perseus’ constellation.

‘Perseus’, hero of Greek mythology, was born and raised in secrecy until his own cries revealed himself to his father. He who saved and married Andromeda, captive of a sea monster, he whom Zeus, supreme God of this mythology, had placed among the constellations in the sky.

It is this secret of Perseus that is offered to us today through notes of yuzu and plum, which respond to the flavors of orange and bergamot, combined together to a black tea sprinkled with everlasting flowers, to offer on the palate a tea made of secrets and mysteries.

MAJOR NOTES: Bergamot, plum, yuzu

INGREDIENTS: Black teas (Origins: Chine, Sri Lanka) (82%), Carrot and Orange pieces, Flavors (Bergamot, Plum, Yuzu), Life everlasting flower petals.

INFUSION TIME: 4 to 6 minutes
TEMPERATURE: 185 °F (85°C)

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12 Tasting Notes

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A sample from ashmanra’s cabinet — thank you <3 — that I drank during the bork. I didn’t look up what this was before I tasted it, and my notes are all over the place. I loved this tea.

Smells like minty/menthol, blue flowers (violet?), cedar/incense/wood essence. Steeped, I smell candy… as if the blue flower has turned sweet, like a peach Jolly Rancher. Tastes like fairies (what, there’s no fairies tag?)… mint but not minty, candy but not sweet… white grapes, plum… sugarplum fairies! There’s something ethereal here, and something that reminds me of a childhood thing I can’t place — some kind of translucent candy (maybe it is just Jolly Ranchers?). Lemon chiffon — fluffy without being creamy. Just really well-balanced.

Theodor almost certainly intends this to be steeped western, but I went gong fu. I don’t know why. The non-tea flavors went pretty fast, and the black tea base came up front. I don’t regret the gong fu, though, because that first steep was heavenly. Now it’s crisp, citrus, astringent.

I finally looked to see what this elixir was made of. I have pulled down so much bergamot in my lifetime that I think it’s a difficult flavor for me to pick out anymore, actually (oops). So I can taste it if I focus, but I wouldn’t have guessed this was an Earl Grey base — it makes sense that the plum and yuzu were creating most of the magic for my palate.

Y.U.M.

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Crisp, Lemon, Mint, Peach, Plum, Violet, White Grapes

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Wavering in how I perceive this tea. The first sip went from yum yuzu to gross disinfectant. And now I’m stuck on this reminds me of a yuzu candy. The black base rounds the tea out nicely but the citrus notes are too much for me. I am at the end of this small cup but I literally am having trouble trying more.

ashmanra

I love this tea! Are you able to buy it locally where you live?

Skysamurai

Not sure. Probably can buy it online but this sample came from the ttb

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1321 tasting notes

I drank the cup of this made pretty quickly and forgot to take notes so here’s a mini-review for now. Age hasn’t seemed to have impacted the flavor of this tea. This was a really yummy earl grey type flavor profile. I’ll have to do a more extended review next time I drink it. I made a cup for my grandmother and she approved of it as well.

ashmanra

I loooooooove Perseus!

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2387 tasting notes

This has sort of an EG vibe, but a little fruitier. The floral flavor and black tea go really well together. The tea is really smooth and just hearty enough. I haven’t tried other Theodor teas before, but this is definitely a nice first impression from the TTB! I sort of want another cup of this, but I don’t want to overdo it with the caffeine!

ashmanra

I looooooove this tea!

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1233 tasting notes

French Friday! Drinking this sample kindly provided by Dustin (thanks Dustin!) this morning, and snagging as my Ode to Tea P entry.

Dry leaf smells like a very floral bergamot… a sort of violet/lilacy scent? Brewed 2.8g per 350ml of 205F water, steeped for 3 minutes. The steeped cup smells pretty much dead on for the leaf; the bergamot doesn’t smell overwhelming because of the sweet florals peeking through, and reads a bit grapefruity citrus on the nose. Drinking it, though, it has a quite full bergamot flavor, and it is a bergamot that is leaning more grapefruit tasting than lemon-lime (I go back and forth depending on the tea). There is a sweet finish, but it isn’t the vanilla/cream that often accompanies Earl Greys. It’s definitely a sweet floral note that is reminding me of the (extremely limited) taste I got from a violet tea once, with a subtle sort of grape note left on my tongue after the berg settles. Looking at the tea entry, apparently this is bergamot with plum and yuzu flavorings, but I’m not getting either of those as flavor notes.

It is very pleasant! Been a while since I’ve had an EG and it’s a nice way to start the morning. I still have a hard time believing that when I first got into tea, I hated the taste of bergamot; now those teas are some of my favorite!

(Reminder that tomorrow is National Haiku Day! Tomorrow, leave a haiku about your tea in your tasting note!)

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Grapefruit, Grapes, Smooth, Violet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
ashmanra

I am glad you liked this one! It is one of the few Earl Grey style teas I love.

tea-sipper

I think that was the same with me. Started out hating bergamot but then loved the good stuff. Maybe most of us start with the most terrible bergamot teabags?

Mastress Alita

Maybe. I know I originally started with blends that sort of “tamed” the bergamot taste, then I just built more and more of a “I’m okay with this now” and could drink plain EGs, heh.

There are definitely some I still think taste really sour and astringent, though!

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1714 tasting notes

Carrot?! Really?! Huh! Okay. You know how some companies call their flavored teas perfumed teas? Well it seems really fitting for this tea. The flavors are very light and aromatic, but have a depth that balances them. Theodor is so good at blending. It’s fruity, but I can’t pinpoint what fruit. It’s not berries and I’m not familiar enough with yuzu to know what that flavor is. I’m reminded of the flavors in Theodor’s Cours Mirabeau. Maybe I can cross reference the ingredients in that to figure out what I’m tasting here. This cup was good hot and it’s also just as nice as it has cooled.

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

I LOVE this tea, I have about a half tin left!

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3316 tasting notes

March Sipdown Prompt – your oldest black tea

I am pretty sure this is my oldest black tea. Rootled through the cupboard both online and in real life and since this one has a best by date that is two years past us, I guess I have to quit hoarding. This isn’t a sipdown, but merely progress toward one. Since I have very few tins that are nearly empty, sipdowns are not so common for me. Also, when I love a tea I tend to buy a large amount because hey, I LOVE IT. This results in an overstuffed cupboard.

I love it, Ashman didn’t, although his palate has expanded quite a bit so he might drink it now. Nevertheless, I always seem to drink it alone.

I compare this to Paris and Parker’s Blend for vibes and flavor family. The smell is just…so enticing to me. Bergamot but not strong enough to be blergamot, flowers, and candy candy candy. Pretty, pure white jasmine flowers mixed in. And still so tasty even two years past the “best by” date.

Cameron B.

I wish Theodor would do an advent again, I would really like to try some of their teas but I don’t want to buy massive bags…

ashmanra

Maybe a few of us could write and request one! I would definitely buy it.

Cameron B.

Someone had said they claimed they were going to release one last year, but as far as I know it never showed up on the website.

beerandbeancurd

You have me chuckling at both “rootled” and “blergamot”… I love a made-up word that solves a description perfectly, hehe <3

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