362 Tasting Notes
My lovely. I will never be without you as long as they make it.
I have bought this 4 times now, 2 of those times I bought 250 grams. It is as fantastic, as ever, no disappointment, in fact if you open the hermetically sealed bag, it is wow better than I remember. My family all love this – they got no nose and can not remember or id what tea is which but this one gets praised all the time by people who seem to not remember having had it before.
Dear Thé-o-dor as long as you keep making this and not messing it up, I will keep buying it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut
I had tried this, or supposedly had tried this before, in a very tired, weak, limp sample, with not much taste. I know got an hermetically sealed bag directly from manufacturer and it is quite different from what I remember.
Honestly, I think this is Theodor´s take on Mariage Fréres Marco Polo. Marco Polo is a blend I have bought a few times throughout the years, sometimes it has been perfect, my most recent buy smells a bit too artifcial somehow. Place Saint Marc holds its weight, better than my more recent Marco Polo though not as good as my first tin of it. Black tea with some red fruits and some magic, vanilla and clearly other spices. I am always always going to have a place for this in my cupboard and my heart.
And a very lovely, not anodyne but just right base for the flavors. But I expected that from blender and they are ever reliable at it being good tea under the flavors.
Flavors: Red Fruits, Vanilla
From my Theodor splurge, I am trying a few new things, including a few I had tried in tired samples.
This came on an hermetically sealed pack and it smelt absolutely heavenly when first tried. Vanilla-ish, and like Irish Cream maybe a bit? Very very decadent. According to site, the notes are biscuit, and it has does have these buttery-caramel-vanilla notes. Also vaguely boozy, like Irish Cream or rum. And a very very smooth rooibos underneath and the flavouring is there, but feels natural and not over the top artificial. I think it has staple and rebuy potential.
Hardly been reviewing, I am trying to drink through my stash, so nothing new interesting to talk about.(just been followed a lot by spammers on steepster. Steepster and spammers of all things). But this is a rare new purchase and worth writing down my opinion.
It smells fantastic (which was what sold me), like boozey chocolate mousse. It is priced extremely surprising (17.50 euros for 100 grams!), but I was in a Thé du Loup craving mood and I risked buying 50 grams. And it is nice but can’t help feeling how “thin” the Dammann teas taste, how the scent is not there and can end up a bit like drinking scented tannin water…
This is not bad, just a bit disappointing. Particularly for the price!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate
I had never had a tea with rosemary as a flavor or ingredient and now in a single month two teas, two Christmas teas from favorite blenders , have rosemary as an ingredient, this and The-o-dor´s Laponic December 25 (black). zeitgeist. sounds interesting.
I love lapsang souchong, and loved the couple flavored teas based on lapsang souchong I tried, it can really work. on this case, sadly it didn´t for me, I thought the orange and pink peppercorn were too overwhelming – and not sure what christmas baubles are or are supposed to add to flavour.
Flavors: Orange, Peppercorn
I have tried this, Lupicia number 8508 from Lupicia France, under the name Belle Journée.
And it´s such an interesting idea, a green tea with rooibos. It was a sample, so worth risking, I was quite unsure if I was going to like it, but indeed it works and it´s oddly refreshing.
I am usually not a fan of grapefruit flavours, and it´s noticeable here, though the peach is more prevalent. I will probably not buy it because of the grapefruit, I might tire of it, but it´s certainly interesting on its own.
Brewed the way Lupicia insists, boiling water 2 minutes, it works (have given up doubting them on how to brew their teas).
I have not been buying much new tea, and sticking to finishing a lot of my stash. But Thé o Dor is a favorite brand I can´t order easily (they sell online but the shipping prices are very of-fputting!) but found a store which had some tins and could not resist indulging in this Christmas tea.
It´s a very unusual christmas tea, rosemary, oak moss and cranberry on a very nice chinese black tea base. It´s wonderfully refreshing, fresh, clear, pure compared to how sweet and spicy most christmas teas are. Luckily , I love it and will enjoy it the rest of the year as well!
I rebought this, and making my first new cup of it, chai-style, maybe I was lucky, maybe I overbrewed it or overleafed it (in a good way!), but it was much more spicy and piquant than I remembered. Awesome for the sinus, but just leaving a note, not nearly as mellow as I used to think!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper