362 Tasting Notes

100
drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
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

Dustin

My tasting notes feed is coming up with you and I doing dueling Theodor notes! Or maybe it’s more of a dance than a duel. I’m guessing your order just arrived as well!

cteresa

I only got it yesterday (though it arrived earlier!) and it is fantastic. The scent of it…

Sil

ugh. it’s the only tea i really wanted before prices went up..but couldnt justify the ridiculous shipping to canada lol

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88
drank Place Saint Marc by THE O DOR
362 tasting notes

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

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93
drank Chamann by THE O DOR
362 tasting notes

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.

Courtney

Welcome back! :)

cteresa

Thank you! Not sure I have a lot to leave taste notes for, not for long, though..

Courtney

Still lovely to see a familiar person, even if for a short time!

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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

Ysaurella

Hiya Teresa, the price is due to the tea base which is a keemun. Which temperature did you brew it ? Normally it is a quite a nice flavoured tea but it doesn’t react very well hoter than 90°c

cteresa

How nice to hear from you, hello, and happy holidays!

I did brew it boiling, will try again a bit lower and with more leaf, to give it a fair trial! It smells lovely.

I did break down in my craving for Thé du Loup and bought some things from Thé-o-Dor, Thé du Loup did not disappoint on its return (good because I got 250 grams in 2 125 grams packages), and I do love their Laponic Christmas teas – the black was a rebuy, the green I am now crazy in love with it!

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50
drank Old Fashioned by Yumchaa
362 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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73
drank Happiness by Lupicia
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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).

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Chestnut by Lupicia
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a chance buy, I did not expect it to be a green chestnut tea. I would not think it would work, but it does, and it´s fantastic, the sweetness of the chesnut is perfectly amplified by the tea.

Dustin

I think the chestnut works better in a green base over black and I usually favor black.

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90

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!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
greenteafairy

This sounds so interesting! I can’t even imagine what oak moss might taste like.

cteresa

If it were not on item description I would never have expected it. Maybe a certain woody-ness, a green note. I have tried perfumes in the past with oak moss notes, I think it is supposed to be in the background.

The rosemary is very dominant here in a very interesting way – maybe the moss and berries balance it so it tastes very pure, very wild, rather than flowery. I can’t imagine Lapland smelling like this in reality but it tastes like something of a pure winter forest without being pine-y. I like pine scents very much but a pine tea might not be nearly as drinkable as this.

This was a really exciting interesting idea for a tea, I loved that it works out!

greenteafairy

It sounds wonderful. I’m wishlisting this one!

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91
drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
362 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
362 tasting notes

still loving this, this is really an incredibly good morning tea.

OMGsrsly

This is the one that’s such tiny little balls that it’s almost a powder? I have some, but I’ve been logging it as something else I think…

cteresa

This is very tiny tea, looks like a ctc, but MF calls it a BOPF so I believe them, looks like powder almost (which is probably what gives it its kick). But they are not tiny balls, they are not rolled and are not unrolled, the leftovers are almost like ground coffee or something.

It does not sound appealing, and they sell it for noticeably more than other much larger leaf teas, but this is just fantastic as it is.

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to look at what I have then. It’s just labelled “thai chai” on my package, but my package is a ziplock baggie from some unknown source… :)

cteresa

Chai this is not, nothing else added and possibly it´s not a bad idea, a thai themed chai.

this has no added flavour, just pure black malty tea! with a lot of caffeine I think!

OMGsrsly

Chai just means tea, so I think it’s “Thai tea”. I’ll have to dig it out and have it soon. Maybe post some pictures on Instagram. :)

cteresa

Maybe it will mean the same to some people including who labelled your sample, but in general chai is not the same as cha.

Cha is the original cantonese word, and countries which got tea directly from China tend to use it. Chai is the word, based on cha used in India-Persia area, and at least in the western world now mostly means a type of spiced tea like chai masala. But it´s not universal. Notice how MF called this “cha”, not “chai”!

OMGsrsly

After looking at the website, and inspecting my tea, I think mine is just a misspelling on the baggie. :D

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season. Experimenting with cold steeping, for summer.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am exploring.

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres and Thé-o-Dor.

I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

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