Popular Teas from TheodorSee All 8 Teas
Recent Tasting Notes
Thanks to kind Steepsters, I get to try all but the rooibos Laponic teas.
The red currant and juniper berry both brighten and meld with a savory-piney-earthy base taste. Both times I brewed this it did taste somewhat soapy-alkaline. I suspect I could use 1tsp versus 2 to mitigate that flavor. Otherwise, it’s a masterfully flavored green tea that truly makes me think of Christmas and northern coniferous forest covered in snow.
Thanks for sharing Dustin! The Laponic black is on board for Wednesday when the heavy rains come.
Side note: I bought a skateboard today. I’m overjoyed.
Thank you to Dustin for sharing this with me! I love the smell and flavor of juniper, and it’s usually drowned out by other flavors when included in a tea blend. Not here! The juniper is the star of the show, with a bit of pine to round everything out. Drinking this is like being transported to a snow covered forest. Love!
A couple of my advent teas for the day need to be cold steeped, so I found myself tealess and I randomly craving this tea. Sometimes I get a tea craving based on the memory of a flavor I’ve had in tea, but can’t latch onto it enough to figure out which tea I was recalling. It’s kind of frustrating. My normal preference is towards dessert type teas, so it’s a little unusual that I long for something more savory. Maybe it’s because I’ve been overdoing it with holiday treats? This makes me think of a walk I took on a trip last year around this time. We went to New Mexico and went on a hike through the snow among the junipers. I picked some berries (which are featured in this tea) and the whole car was filled with the scent. There were also some pines (also in this tea) and I was trying to forage for pine nuts… unsuccessfully. Ended up buying some pine nuts from a vendor and discovered how big a pain it is to crack those things for the tiniest bit of nutty reward. Makes more sense why the prices are so high for shelled pine nuts. That walk was freezing and half our party had to abort the walk because a tiny roommate was exhausted and needed a nap in the car. I’m glad I can experience scent memories of the cold with a warming cup in my hand in the comfort of my heated home.
What a strange tea! I bought this because I was intrigued by the juniper berries and pine. It smelled very bright and sharp. Brewed, it definitely has a pine flavor at the front of the sip, which morphs into juniper with some floral notes in there. It is a very crisp but smooth taste. It’s so strange and I like that! I’m surprised at how well balanced it is, that is isn’t overpowering and how well the flavors work together. It is very woody and savory, unlike any other tea I have.
One of four free samples from Theodor called Mystery Sachets. I’m not fully qualified to grade black tea but this is their “Strong Breakfast”. Their site said it is a blend of Indonesia and India tea. I believe “Strong Breakfast” is a blend of Assam and Darjeeling.
It was a medium to dark coppery colored liquor, full-bodied, strong character, light spices, slightly fruity and had floral notes. It’s stronger than most breakfast teas I’ve tried at the hotels :P (I don’t have hardly any experience with black teas) and had malt and honey notes. I enjoyed it.
150ml, 185°F, 2 steeps: 5 min, 6 min
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Spices, Tannin
I just realized with horror that my stock of JE Milk Oolong Theodor is dramatically running low … so I decided to rather go for a cup of this tea.
J.E = Jardin d’Exception (exceptional Garden) in the Théodorian terminology. Well it’s true, again! it’s a beautiful and Yunnan and you should believe me because Yunnan are not among my favorite teas.
The dry leaves are typical of this variety of teas, a mixt of dark brown and golden sand twisted leaves
The liquor is an INCREDIBLE dark brown, almost earthy- surprising as the steep lasted 3 minutes and 85 ° C only.
The taste is mostly made of malt and cocoa with a hint of honey. No bitterness at all.
The texture is a deep mellow.
It is a very nice tea and I think I’ll add it to my permanent collection as the Yunnan reference.
I used for the first time my new teacup Roy Kirkham bought 3 hours ago in La Vaissellerie rue Mogador in Paris.
It really makes a huge difference when drinking in a fine bone china cup … my other percelain or English earthenware cups seem really pale vs this one.
You can see some pics of the tea here on my blog :