MÉLANGE DE GALICE

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Ceylon Black Tea, Chinese Black Tea, Mallow Flowers, Peach Flavour, Vanilla Flavour
Flavors
Cream, Peach, Vanilla, Bread, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Spices, Bitter, Candy, Smooth, Stonefruit, Tannic, Tart
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Caffeine
High
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 3 g 12 oz / 352 ml

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  • “Thank you so much cteresa for sharing some of this tea with me ! I should say right now : I like it but I prefer Nosy Bey from Dammann Frères. Aroms of these two teas are really similar but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Geographical relativism is a bitch. I think my mental image, associations of Galicia, the region are pretty different than from a Parisian´s associations. For me it´s “up north”, “lá para cima”,...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “First teapot brewed with the sample sent by CTeresa. Thanks a lot, that was a good hit! The smell of the dry leaves was very fruity appealing – definitely peachy. I must confess I did not follow...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “Okay – now this is the official sipdown I had some left in the Breville from yesterday so I resteeped the tea leaves with some added water and the left overs for 8 mins at boiling. Maybe a little...” Read full tasting note
    90

From THE O DOR

This black tea, this flavored creation signed by the House will be savored throughout the day for the greediest ones’ pleasure, for a sunny tea time filled with sweetness.

When you open your tea bag or tin, you can admire its delicious composition; its whole long black leaves, prettily decorated with cornflower and mallow petals, adding a touch of purple and yellow to this blend; and breathe in the fruity flavors, slightly creamy that are released from it.

In your mouth, the smooth and soft texture of this flavored black tea does not leave any bitterness, nor astringency, but on the contrary it reveals rather nice and sweet flavors, with a light sourness. Your palate is going to take delight in these flavors of stewed fruit in a first phase, before enjoying a beautiful long finish.

This flavored black tea can be savored perfectly for a moment of relaxation, while looking for some sunshine and a change of scene. THEODOR placed it on the theme of “Laziness”, through its essence characterized by desires for escape and lazing about. Its fruity and deep notes are a true invitation to relax and to holidays and they are going to provide you with many 100% vegan short tea breaks at any time of the week.

“People from the South really appreciate living at the sun’s rhythm… this need for laziness is obscene, nonsense and yet so comfortable…To take it easy? Surely, this is tempting, but is it serious?

My tea is my break, my sweet time… Through a wild peach natural flavor, I recharge my batteries taking an intimate nap and the break lasts in my mouth. That’s good enough for me!”

MAJOR NOTES: Peach, vanilla

INGREDIENTS: Black teas (Origins: China, Sri Lanka), Flavors (Peach, Vanilla), Mallow flowers, Calendula flowers.

INFUSION TIME: 3 to 4 minutes
TEMPERATURE: 195 °F (90°C)

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Thank you so much cteresa for sharing some of this tea with me !
I should say right now : I like it but I prefer Nosy Bey from Dammann Frères.

Aroms of these two teas are really similar but different in the same time.Orchard peaches are just sublime in both blends.

First the scent of the dry leaf of Mélange de Galice is not as impressive as the Nosy Bey one : but it may be because the sample traveled a little by post mail.

Then, the vanilla seemed less present than in Nosy Bey.
The tea base is smooth and mellow, I really appreciate it.Everything is sweet in this Mélange de Galice and to me it is exactly what a peach & vanilla tea needs.

Cooling, the vanilla is more prominent.
The after taste is just sumptuous.

Nosy Bey, Mélange de Galice you are decadent teas ! I love that !!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

That sounds wonderful! I love peaches. I’ve lurked on the damman freres site, but have yet to order anything.

Ysaurella

@ Terry : just look in my cupboard, I have several if you want to taste some before ordering. International Shipping costs are often expensive with tea companies, so it may be better to make a test with a swap before ordering to ensure you like the teas.

Terri HarpLady

I would love that!

cteresa

There is something so summery, so cheering about the idea – Melange de Galice was something I picked almost accidental, it seemed so simple, but I really loved it.

cteresa

And just to add, had another cup of WTG Alphonso today and not sure what to make of it. There is a taste there which stupidly I can not ID properly. It is very interesting though.

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Geographical relativism is a bitch. I think my mental image, associations of Galicia, the region are pretty different than from a Parisian´s associations. For me it´s “up north”, “lá para cima”, morrinha and fog, cold summers, even colder waters than Moledo beach (brrrr), great shellfish, almond tarts, stone buildings and rias. That vibe for me is definitely northern and very atlantic. I would not associate it with peaches and vanilla nor with the sin of laziness exactly ((Thé-o-Dor associates most of their teas, whether black, green, infusion or unflavoured origins tea with a particular sin or quality. This is Laziness tea.) But I love Galicia, I was in the mood for a peach black tea, so hence the purchase.

I brewed this “wrong” and it turned out to be perfect after all. I accidentally dumped barely warm water on the tea pot already filled with a generous amount of dry leaf. Instead of trashing it at once I decided to see if it would be rescued and filled the rest of the pot with free boiling water and let it steep longer. By my calculations the water must have been 70-75 C at most, and I must have left it at least 6 minutes. It was a happy accident, I think it brew perfectly! Only quibble is that it cooled rapidly, the last of the tea was colder than I would prefer.

And this is just as advertised: real exhuberant peach flavour, with noticeable vanilla with an almondy, nutty quality underneath which I associate with Bourbon Vanilla in particular, and with just the right amount of body. The loose tea is filled with yellow petals, I don´t know if sunflowers or marigolds, can not really detect any influence from their presence. As the tea cools there is a strange change in flavour, it´s the Bourbon vanilla which is predominant, and the peach becames just the supporting role.

This is a great tea to be drinking in winter while wishing for summer! I will play around with different temperatures for it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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First teapot brewed with the sample sent by CTeresa. Thanks a lot, that was a good hit!
The smell of the dry leaves was very fruity appealing – definitely peachy.
I must confess I did not follow the instructions she had given me (80-85° for 5mn) as I did not feel like waiting long enough for the boiled water to cool to that temperature. And then I forgot to take it off after 3-4 mn and left it a whole 5 or 6.
It nevertheless turned perfect. The brew is very clear and nice to look at. The smell divine. And the flavors: very peach, though the vanilla left a very pleasant aftertaste and feeling all inside the mouth.
And I like that the tea base though delicate is not absent or tasteless as it can sometimes seem with some other blends.
I cannot compare with Nosy Bey that I have never tried but this sure is a win. I’ll try it again and compare it with both Boléro from Mariages and possibly Alfonso from TWG which both seem slightly similar in the “sweet and mellow fruit overload” department.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LaFleurBleue

By the way, it can also be pleasantly drunk in summertime, though I understand its appeal when it’s cold.

cteresa

This is rather magic, not sure if my brewing instructions are really the “best” way to brew it, it seems to turn out right always!

cteresa

And just to add, you do not have to wait for water to cool, just add some cold water. Best of all I think is not letting water get past the desired temperature but on real life, that is not so easy. What I do is let water boil or close to it, and then eye how much cold water to add. Assuming room temperature water is 20 degrees more or less, and boiling water close to 100, I just eye it. If I want say water at 90 I had what i think is about a tenth of the pot, if I want water at 75 degrees I had about a third (the math is not totally exact but you loose some heat to the air and surface anyway). I usually put the cold water first, on the leaves, to protect them from scalding. It works well for me though of course it´s really just eyeing things.

And unlike Ysaurella, I prefer Galice to Nosy Bey – but might have just been each of us preferring the tea we had first.

LaFleurBleue

Good and practical tip; I’ll probably try that out next time.
I’m struggling hard, trying to decide whether I should use the opportunity of my hubby’s trip to Paris to have him bring me back some teas – knowing that he will complain that I already have more than enough, until he tastes and likes some of them (sure win) or take the opportunity to really empty my cupboard and wait for Christmas. Or bet that one my friend will come later this year and will bring me the teas without tipping the hubby.

cteresa

Hmm, difficult choice! Though you know the saying, better a bird in the hand than 2 flying?

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Okay – now this is the official sipdown

I had some left in the Breville from yesterday so I resteeped the tea leaves with some added water and the left overs for 8 mins at boiling. Maybe a little tacky but I like to think its more thrifty.

I’m going to miss this tea, doing this didn’t even wreck it. Good-bye friend! Until we meet again (or I have the courage to bear the shipping charges.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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A received a sample of this from Cteresa, thank you very much!.

Although this is arguably the best peach flavored black tea I’ve ever had, it still isn’t a favorite for me.

The black tea base is mellow and rather neutral. On the first steep the peach dominates nearly entirely. The vanilla notes stay firmly in the background, way back… The first steep is a bit too fresh peachy fruity to my taste. On the second steep the peach fades a bit so that the vanilla becomes more prominent. Due to that I actually like the second steep better (and that’s a first for me :-)).

Apparently peaches aren’t that much my thing or rather I prefer berries & vanilla to peaches & vanilla. As I do like peaches in itself, I think I’ll be looking to peaches in a more tropical setting next.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I got a sample of this tea from T (thank you again!). What can I say that she hasn’t said already? Almost nothing, so I’ll just say that I loved the peach and that I agree that it is lovely tea for cold winter days (and damn it, it is COLD here tonight!).
On a side note: my mother’s comment: “It’s too sweet”. Yeah, I’m still baffled by that too… maybe the peach?

cteresa

LOL, the sample you gave me of mango sunrise (I got to buy a pack one day!) it´s also oh so lovely to be drinking in winter and thinking of summer.

About the sweet dunno – maybe the vanilla, often we tend to associate vanilla with sweetness. Maybe the tea itself, some teas can be naturally sweet, particularly teas which are low on tannins – I got a few unflavoured teas which are really really naturally sweet (Mozambique tea, a few chinese teas, etc), it´s quite amazing.

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I thought this tasted a bit citrusy on the first steep and then muted peach on the second steep. I’m enjoying the second steep more than the first. Not something I would gravitate towards for a purchase, but perfect for a cup in an advent!

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This one I questioned my decision on cold-brewing it. I wasn’t sure it’d work out too well but figured it’d be worth a try. I actually thought that the peach and the cream flavors were a lot more noticeable in the cold brew. A cup of this one hot was always lacking in peach or fruit.

Flavors: Cream, Peach, Vanilla

ashmanra

I will try that. I get the peach but not vanilla.

Lexie Aleah

I’ll be curious to see what you think.

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French… Sunday! Not my choice for the Father’s Day prompt (I’ll get to that later) but my last French tea sampler from Dustin (thank you!) I know it was slow-going drinking them only once a week (took six months!) but at least they didn’t just sit in my collection for years like many a swap sample/tea gift has done. So I’m pretty happy about that!

Used about 2.75g of leaf in 350ml of 205F water. Steeped for 3(ish?) minutes. I am really tired this morning and such a zombie ambling around the kitchen I didn’t pay as close attention to usual while weighing and steeping. Both the dry leaf and brewed cup have a strong peach aroma that is reminding me of the aroma of Bird & Blend’s “Peach Cobbler” tea.

This tastes like B&B’s “Peach Cobbler” to me, too, but looking back over that note, I did have a few astrigency issues on some of the cups, and this is proving to be very smooth. But it has that same deeply bready and slight honeyed sweetness from the base, with a very juicy/fresh peach flavor rather than that candied flavor I taste in a lot of teas. Simple but very satisfying!

Flavors: Bread, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Peach, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
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I almost brewed up Peach Cobbler today. And yay for timely sample sipdowns.

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Hmmm… not sure about this one. It smells very fruity. It doesn’t make me think of fresh bright peaches, but maybe it’s more of a deeper dried peach. When I sip it I get a bland fruitish flavor that goes a little tart/sour on the sides of my tongue near the back of the sip and then there is that alkaline flatness to it at the end. If I hold the tea in my mouth I can kind of get dried peaches. The finish is dried peach for sure. It leaves my mouth with that dry feeling. I’m not liking this and that surprises me because I’m usually such a huge fan of Theodor teas! I’m not giving up though. I’ll play around with the steeping parameters and also try a cold steep too. There may be hope yet!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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