Compagnie & Co (formerly Compagnie Coloniale)

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Really unsure why I chose this tea to order, as I never like honey flavoring in tea. It always tastes artificial, and reminds me of those honey cough drops. :P

This is a nice enough tea. The orange is sweet and juicy, and the honey isn’t horribly artificial-tasting. It still doesn’t taste like actual honey (it never does), it’s more cloying in a way? Maybe it’s the floral notes that are off to me.

Regardless, this one will go into my rehoming box, because although it’s drinkable, I can’t see making it through 100g of it ha ha. Serves me right for ordering something I know I don’t like. XD

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Floral, Honey, Juicy, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 24

Of course, the Christmas Tea! See, this is what I mean about saving a festive tea for the last day, heh heh… :P

So, unfortunately this just isn’t a good match for me, ha ha. It’s almond and cherry together – my two nemeses, joining forces! XD So needless to say, I dun like it. Very candy-sweet and cloying, and also medicinal. Jergens lotion, but make it tea! But I wouldn’t expect to like these flavors, so I’m not mad at it ha ha.

In terms of the advent overall, this was sort of middle of the road for me. I’m never a huge fan of when companies mix in unflavored teas, because they’re never great and I’m always disappointed to see them. I guess I’ve been spoiled by mostly getting my plain teas from specialists, and usually directly from the country of origin. But I do think the variety here was good, in terms of different flavors and types of tea. A good smattering of herbals without being too many, and only a few single-flavor teas like vanilla and caramel (which I don’t typically love). I don’t think there were any teas I was totally in love with, but there were a few that I would consider picking up if I were already making an order. I don’t think it’s a bad advent, but I do enjoy Dammann Frères more, and I think they’re somewhat similar so I would recommend that one over this.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Amaretto, Candy, Cherry, Marzipan, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 22

This is mostly just honeybush and rooibos – there’s linden, but I can’t really taste it much. Mostly it’s mellow and woody with a slight sweetness. Fine, but not something I would reach for.

Flavors: Hay, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 22

A straight-up caramel black tea with flower petals. I thought I smelled something tart and fruity when it was dry, but clearly I was crazy. :P

It’s on the lighter side, more of a fluffy and creamy caramel sort of flavor. Maybe like one of those decadent Starbucks blended drinks with the caramel drizzled all over the top. There is a nice caramelized sugar note that adds a bit of depth, but overall it reminds me of some kind of caramel whipped cream or maybe a caramel pudding.

Tasty, even though caramel isn’t my favorite solo flavor in tea. Enjoyed it as my first tea of the day!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Creamy, Custard, Earthy, Smooth, Sweet, Whipped Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 21

A goji flavored green tea? Interesting…

I don’t have a ton of experience with goji by itself, but in blends it usually tastes a bit tart to me, and this doesn’t have any tartness at all. It’s quite sweet, in fact, with a flavor that maybe reminds me of strawberry? It’s not quite, but I can’t think of anything closer. The base is a mixture of green teas, but I feel I’m mostly tasting the grassy sencha with a bit of extra earthiness and minerality from the chun mee.

It’s a nice fruity tea, but it doesn’t really taste like goji berries to me. More like strawberry meets dried apricot maybe?

Flavors: Apricot, Berry, Earthy, Fruity, Grassy, Hay, Mineral, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 20

An interesting choice for a holiday tea, green and white teas with red fruits and baked apple. It’s a nice evening tea, very mellow base with a similar candy-sweet red fruits flavor to the black version I had the other day. I do taste the apple as well, it actually blends seamlessly with the green tea. The red fruits is the stronger of the two flavors, but the apple gives a nice sweetness and makes the whole thing just a bit more comforting.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cherry, Dry Grass, Fruity, Hay, Jam, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Smooth, Sweet, Syrupy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 19

Ugh work. Don’t they know I have advent teas to drink?! XP

Ah, red fruits, a French classic. This one is quite nice – I mostly get raspberry and a bit of strawberry, and it is somewhat candylike but not cloying. Very sweet and more syrupy instead of tart.

I don’t know that I would order it, but I very much enjoyed my small mugful this morning. Classic for a reason! :)

Flavors: Berry, Candy, Earthy, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 18

So this is a lapsang. It smelled quite smoky dry, but I’m finding the smokiness to be very mild steeped up. Mostly tastes like a very smooth, woody, and earthy Chinese black tea with just a touch of savory smoke.

Very smooth and pleasant, with a hefty texture.

Flavors: Earthy, Mineral, Savory, Smoked, Smooth, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 17

Another of their holiday blends!

This is quite nice – a very mellow mix of sweet candy cinnamon, gently herbaceous lemon balm and verbena, and subtly bright orange. There’s something slightly cookie-y about it as well, perhaps it’s the almond mentioned in the description. It’s just a hint though.

I like it more and more as I sip. I would consider ordering some of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to make an order just to get some. We’ll see if there are any other teas I end up wanting once I’m finished with this advent. :)

Flavors: Almond, Anise, Apple, Candy, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cookie, Fruity, Herbaceous, Herbs, Light, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 16

Don’t you love it when companies tell you nothing about what a tea is supposed to taste like? “…flavoured with our secret Angel aroma” LMAO! So it tastes like angels then? :P

Honestly, I still don’t know what the “angel aroma” is, because I’m mostly getting the verbena. It almost tastes lavender-ish, maybe that was in the flavoring? There’s a light fruitiness in the finish, but I’m not sure I could hazard a guess at which fruits.

Mostly tastes vaguely floral/herbaceous with verbena and potentially lavender in there, with a touch of something fruity. Not bad, but meh.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Herbaceous, Herbs, Lavender, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 15

Just a classic Moroccan mint style tea – gunpowder with mint leaves.

Really enjoying it tonight though, there’s a nice balance between the earthy, mineral, and slightly toasty green tea and the light and cool mint. It’s a really good choice for winding down on the couch in the evening. :)

Flavors: Earthy, Fresh, Mineral, Mint, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 14

This is a sort of salted caramel oolong, though technically I assume it’s inspired by the sablé Breton (since it’s named for Bretagne). But it’s similar to other salted caramel oolongs I’ve had, like the one from Dammann.

It’s very smooth, and the oolong is somewhat oxidized which gives it a nice toasty vibe. The flavoring is somewhat subtle, though I do taste the butteriness and brown sugar notes. Very pleasant as an evening tea, but these caramel oolongs never seem to taste as good as I expect them to, given the name. :P

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Mineral, Silky, Smooth, Spring Water, Sweet, Toasted, Woody

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 13

Fruity rooibos and I don’t generally get along, but this wasn’t terrible. I would’ve preferred it without the red fruits, because they make it lean slightly medicinal, and I like the mandarin more. There is a slight bubblegum quality to it.

Drinkable, but not a favorite.

Flavors: Bubblegum, Candy, Cherry, Citrus, Fruity, Medicinal, Orange, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 12

This is nice enough, it reminds me of a similar tea from Dammann (Paul & Virginie I think?). Mostly red fruits, heavy on the strawberry, with a bit of a creamy vanilla note just smoothing out the edges. It’s a bit watery, I probably should have used 6 ounces of water instead of 8 for this one.

Pleasant for the evening, though I think I prefer Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla if I wanted this type of tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Light, Red Fruits, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla, Whipped Cream

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 11

Boring! XD

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly pleasant Darjeeling (second flush, seems like). But I just can’t get excited about an unflavored tea in an advent calendar from a company that mostly specializes in flavored teas. Personally, I tend to buy my unflavored teas from different companies than my flavored ones.

Anyway, it’s smooth and somewhat bready with a noticeable hay note to it. A bit of underlying grapeyness as well. Slightly astringent on the backend, but nothing major.

Flavors: Astringent, Bread, Dry Grass, Grain, Grape Skin, Hay, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 10

I think I may have use a bit too much water with this one, because it’s quite bland. These sachets have been consistently good with 8 ounces of water, but maybe this one had a bit less in it?

So a bit hard to review, but mostly getting watered down black tea with a bit of clove and a whisper of cinnamon.

Sorry, tea! :P

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Thin, Watery

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 9

This is an interesting mix – green and white teas with red fruits, almond, and honey.

There is a vague fruitiness to it, the almond makes it lean more toward cherry to me, maybe with some raspberry in there as well. I do get a little touch of honey. Honestly it’s a bit difficult to pull the flavors apart, as they almost combine into a single, more complex flavor? I don’t think I would be able to pick out the notes (other than the almond) if I didn’t already know what they were. There’s almost something a bit citrusy as well? It almost hits bubblegum, but not quite.

An interesting one. I don’t love it, but mostly because of the almond ha ha. I wish there was a bit more freshness to the fruit (it’s more jammy) to help brighten up the flavor overall.

Flavors: Almond, Bubblegum, Cherry, Citrus, Fruity, Honey, Jam, Marzipan, Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 8

Ooh, this is my favorite kind of Earl Grey – the kind where the bergamot brought some other citrus friends to the party. :D

Really nice blend, in particular I’m tasting a sweet and bright orange flavor. I do also get the bergamot in the background adding an almost lime-y note, and probably the lemon blending in as well. The base is earthy and smooth, most likely a Chinese black tea.

Just lovely, and really an ideal tea for the morning.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earthy, Lemon, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
AJRimmer

Their advent calendar is on sale, and I’m tempted to try it, but it doesn’t seem to include many of their more interesting blends, so I’m torn! This one sounds good though.

Cameron B.

The shipping is also quite high, at least it was for me.

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 7

I’m never excited to see a jasmine green tea in an advent, but I do always enjoy them.

This is a somewhat subdued example. The green tea is quite earthy and smooth, not quite gunpowder level earthy, but moreso than your usual generic green base. The jasmine is very natural, and unusually light. Usually I find jasmine teas to be heavy on the jasmine, but this one is almost heavier on the green tea. A touch of astringency in the finish.

Overall, very mellow and a welcome cuppa after a day of far too much working.

Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Earthy, Floral, Grassy, Hay, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 6

Was surprised to see this so soon after the plain Ceylon.

I’m admittedly not a vanilla black tea person, but this is quite nice. It’s not too heavy, and there’s not an overbearing woodiness that I sometimes find with bourbon vanilla style teas. The vanilla does taste quite genuine, and it has a rich creaminess to it that makes me think of crème pâtissière. The black tea is also quite light, and its more acidic, astringent qualities actually become refreshing when paired with the more decadent flavoring.

Not something I would drink regularly, but pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

Flavors: Acidic, Astringent, Creamy, Custard, Light, Sweet, Tannic, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nik

I love being surprised by blends that wouldn’t usually appeal to me. Were they not in a sampler or advent calendar, I’d never have the opportunity to be surprised by them, since I’d never buy them on their own. Yay!

Cameron B.

Yes for sure! One of the best parts of advent calendars, along with being able to sample so many different teas in small amounts! :D

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 5

Let’s be honest, I’m never very excited when I see rooibos. It’s just not one of my favorite tea bases, I prefer honeybush or even herbal blends.

But this is actually really nice! Such an interesting combination of sweet strawberries & cream with a swirl of bright grapefruit. The strawberry and cream flavors give such a nice dreamy sweetness, and remind me of those Creme Savers candies that I used to love when I was younger. And then the grapefruit comes in and just freshens the whole thing up a bit.. Often red fruit or berry rooibos blends can taste quite medicinal to me, but I feel like here the grapefruit really helps keep that at bay.

Quite a lovely sweet and fruity rooibos. I would consider ordering some of this if there end up being other Compagnie & Co teas that I want to purchase.

Flavors: Bright, Candy, Citrus, Creamy, Fresh, Grapefruit, Rooibos, Smooth, Strawberry, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 4

Honestly, Sri Lankan black teas are probably my least favorite, so I was not excited to see this one this morning…

It’s pleasant enough – bready and a touch creamy up front, but then some bitterness and astringency creep in at the back of the mouth in the finish. Quite metallic and acidic, as I would expect from this type of tea.

It’s fine, just not my cuppa tea! :P

Flavors: Acidic, Astringent, Bitter, Bread, Creamy, Metallic, Oats, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 3

Ooh, this is one of their holiday teas! It says it has orange, chocolate, and spices, which sounds interesting.

The orange is definitely the strongest, and it’s a very bright orange oil-y sort of flavor. I do get a little bit of chocolate mid-sip, and it’s on the lighter side, more of a mild milky chocolate. Doesn’t taste like chocolate flavoring, which is nice. As for the spice… A hint of cinnamon, perhaps? I feel like it’s melding in with the orange so it’s a bit difficult to detect. There is also a touch of bubblegum, which is something I sometimes taste specifically in Dammann Fréres’s orange teas. Thankfully, it’s quite subtle here.

Very enjoyable! I like the brightness of the orange quite a lot, but would like a little more of the other flavors. The flavoring is also quite strong, I don’t taste the green tea at all here.

Flavors: Bubblegum, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Milk Chocolate, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Compagnie & Co Advent Calendar 2023 – Day 2

I considered picking up some of this tea when I ordered my advent, but decided to avoid buying teas that were also in the advent. It’s a hazelnut and vanilla black tea.

I will say, I think I’m glad I didn’t spring for 100g. It’s a tasty enough tea, it just lacks oomph. Plus I don’t really pick up on much of the vanilla, mostly it’s a mellow hazelnut black tea. The tea itself has woody notes which I think goes very well with the hazelnut flavor. Still, would’ve liked to taste some of the vanilla or even some cream.

Flavors: Butter, Hazelnut, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Toasty, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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