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drank Nuit Tranquille by Elephant
303 tasting notes

In october my parents celebrated their 65 years of marriage, so I travelled – already for the second time this year as in March my mother celebrated her 90th birthday – all the way by car from Spain to Belgium. I´ve learnt during the 20odd years of living abroad that I better spread my trip over at least 2 days if I don´t want to spend at least a day completely exhausted and unable to do anything. However, this time, enjoying the nice weather, we took a scenic route ;-) and drove 3 days stopping at a friend´s place in the Lot (France) as well, for instance. We booked small B&Bs (chambres d´hôte) for the rest of the trip. In one of these, there was even a coffee and tea tray…it must be that a lot of British people stop here, as it´s not at all common to find that in continental B&Bs.
No black tea, only this “tisane” from a traditional French brand.
Yes, Martin, nowadays l´Eléphant is part of Unilever (since 1975) but the company dates back to 1892. And researching the matter, I found a great story : in 2010 Unilever wanted to close down the plant near Marseille (called Fralib then) where the l´Eléphant teabags are made, and the workers fought 1336 days to get control of the factory, which they finally managed with help of the département (who bought the land on which the factory stands). It´s a cooperative now and I read they mainly focus on teas based on natural and local plants. Their brand name is 1336, and they managed to realise profits in 2020. Originally, they had another claim, that of maintaining the brand name, but unilever refused and took the production to Poland although they sold the entire tea division at the end of 2021 to an investment fund, and I don´t know what consequences that had or will have, but it seems the Marseille employee owned Scop-Ti (current name of the company) will continue trying getting the l´éléphant brand name back.
Back to this tisane though…I had a “nuit tranquille” (quiet night), so that was OK ;-) As I´m not a fan nor an expert in herbal teas I cannot really judge but I thought this tisane lacked taste overall. Next time in France, I´ll look for the 1336 brand, only to support the workers I think it´s already worthwhile buying it.

Flavors: Chamomile

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
gmathis

That is quite a road trip. What a lovely reason to undertake it!

Martin Bednář

Thanks for a history lesson. Definitely very interesting and if I go to France one day, I will support them too with buying 1336 brand :)

ashmanra

What a neat history you found!

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drank Nuit Tranquille by Elephant
1548 tasting notes

From my aunt’s stash. Martin says this is a Lipton brand for the French market.

La tisane Nuit Tranquille n’offense ni n’excite. C’est comme tous les thés Lipton — faible et ennuyeuse au goût. Je ne goûte que de la camomille et un peu de verveine citronnée. Je peux la boire mais je ne sens rien.

I have no idea if that’s proper French.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

I don’t speak any French, but it looks impressive.

Martin Bednář

Google Translate helped me with this tasting note.

Cameron B.

Seems mostly sensical to me ha ha, though I’m not fluent by any means. It’s weak and boring and you can only taste chamomile and a bit of lemon verbena.

Leafhopper

I agree, your French is impressive, even if the tea wasn’t.

Nattie

@Cameron B. – thanks for the translation!

derk

You have the idea Cameron. I was feeling cheeky so decided to try typing it in French.

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Another cuppa from huge bags.
This one looks caffeine free, although there is nothing on the foil bag, which I consider quite pretty. Look here: https://colnect.com/cs/teabags/teabag/26308

It seems it is indeed fruit tea and it seems without hibiscus and rose hips, as it don’t changed colour much. Certainly it is not deep red, it is just a light and pink tea.

Aromas: generic red fruits, strawberry and cherry most present. Then some raspberries.
Taste: Similar to aroma; red fruits with most present strawberries and cherries, bit tart and bit of creamy.

Conclusion? For that aged bag as it is — close to perfect. Maybe the age made the flavour bit dull and that’s why it isn’t “screaming” I AM RED FRUITS TEA, and it is overall very enjoable.

Note: Elephant is actually brand Lipton in France. I don’t know why they had to rebrand it, or if it is just some teas…

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Nuit Tranquille by Elephant
1818 tasting notes

Received few tea bags from my friend. She said drink it, or toss it out.

So, I am trying to drink. Elephant, actually it is a Lipton. But for French market it is “Elephant”. Dunno why. I guess it is better for me as a tea bag collector.

I tried to check some sources of ingredients, so I updated the factsheet of it. But actually I have no idea what is in.

Chamomile for sure, lavender too. But rest smells after cardboard. As derk said: “chamomile is chamomile, unless it is Lipton, then it is cardboard.”

Yep, it does not smell very nice. Rather stinks. Blah.
In taste it is little bit better. I notice bit of verbena + chamomile. Then little bit of lavender. Not long-lasting taste.

Hmm. At least it is worst tea today.

Flavors: Cardboard, Herbs, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Pomme Cannelle by Elephant
14 tasting notes

A very well-balanced apple cinnamon tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Red Fruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Lemon

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Lemon

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Peche Cassis by Elephant
20 tasting notes

I came across this tea by accident. My goodness, it’s good! But the bags have to be wrapped in plastic because the contents are so fine that they work their way through the bag lining after a while.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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