SANS COMPLEXE

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Flavors, Lemon Peel
Flavors
Citrus, Cookie, Cream, Graham Cracker, Lemon, Vanilla, Astringent, Bitter, Lemon Zest
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Caffeine
High
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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 13 oz / 390 ml

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  • “I’m forcing myself to go through my tea stash and pay attention to some of the ones that have been sitting there waiting for me to drink them and much of my The O Dor collection is sitting very...” Read full tasting note
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  • “French Friday! This sampler courtesy of Dustin, thank you! (Only three more to go!) I haven’t been drinking much hot tea lately on account of the weather here being solidly in the 90s for weeks...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’ve had this tea for a while and decided to do a restock on this recent order. I’m puzzled why I haven’t written a tasting note before and why it gets a thumbs down in so many reviews. It’s lemony...” Read full tasting note
  • “Something about this screamed chocolate to me but then I remembered this is meant to be a lemon meringue tea. Yeah, not getting that at all. If I concentrate really hard I maybe get a touch of...” Read full tasting note
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From THE O DOR

Knowing how to treat yourself, with much shame and guilt, yet without having to feel that way, holding a cup of tea in your hand, this is how ‘Sans complexe’ accompanies you.

This narcissism black tea by THEODOR will remove your complexes and the scruples of your greedy desires to bite into a delicious pastry to accompany your tea time. This zest creation filled with flavors goes beyond belief of a naturally delicious flavored black tea.

And if, in its natural notes, a Chinese black tea reveals flavors of peanut, cocoa or even hazelnut, the secret of this tea may lie in some vanilla with flavors of biscuit or creamy notes.

Whatever it be, our eyes fall on these long very dark colored tea leaves, sprinkled with a few lemon peels. Our nose already enjoys, before the brewing, the delicate crunchy of a meringue, while our palate will reveal, in order to allow ourselves a delicious moment, the pastry that we are very looking forward to.

If you are still having doubts, when opening your tea bag, or your tin, you will quickly let yourself be convinced by this olfactory of lemon cake, notes of vanilla, buttered and greedy notes escaping from it.

Taking care of yourself rimes with difficulty with our daily calories, so if these would disappear and this perfectly naturally…? Some say that tea makes you lose weight, this one will make you blush… with pleasure, be certain of that.

There is nothing for it but to give in to its smooth and round texture, which is going to amaze your taste buds, to plunge you into the heart of the tasting of a delicious slice of lemon meringue pie, the whole without any calorie, nor diet to plan!

To sum up? ‘Sans complexe’ is only the pleasure of a lemon meringue pie flavored black tea according to your desires, inviting to look at your Narcissism from another angle that you would fear.

“Don’t be ashamed of being pleased and allow yourself to let go with this ‘Sans complex’ flavored black tea and its sweet flavor of lemon meringue pie.

Despite all advice and whatever magazines and other right-thinking people may say, I have no complex indeed, I’m probably not perfect but I’m happy!

How can pleasure be an excess, be useless? I must admit that I often give way to this idea. Of course, if I can retrieve all the pleasures of a lemon meringue pie without its side effects… Hmmm, I love being superficial!"

MAJOR NOTES: Lemon meringue pie

INGREDIENTS: Black tea (Origin: China), Lemon peels, Flavors (Yoghurt, Lemon, Cream, Vanilla, Biscuit).

INFUSION TIME: 4 to 6 minutes
TEMPERATURE: 195 °F (90°C)

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I’m forcing myself to go through my tea stash and pay attention to some of the ones that have been sitting there waiting for me to drink them and much of my The O Dor collection is sitting very pretty, like a well dressed Parisian woman waiting.

At first sniff: I can picture in my head the meringue peaks with toasted caps and how the sugar smells mixed with the egg whites. It literally smells like that to a T. The lemon notes wrap around this smell and then develop the more complex (ha ha, it’s without complexity though right?) smells and aromas. Some days I love it and some days I think it smells almost like soured baked goods.

At first steep: I’ve been following The O Dor’s instructions on brewing lately, to see if I’ve been doing something wrong with every other cup I’ve brewed with them. They seem finicky with black flavoured teas. I brewed at 85C and for 6 mins, because I’ve found the 3-5 it says just isn’t bold enough for this girl first thing in the morning. The lemon comes out much stronger after it has been brewed and that lovely meringue taste fades to the background slightly. I added milk and stevia to it and the stevia brings the meringue back into play, but the lemon is definitely taking a stroll on my taste buds. Although not my favourite The O Dor blend, I do like it when I’m in the mood for a light dessert.

Side note: I tried to do a re-order of some of my favourites on their website… the shipping is upwards of 50Euros…. for a few 100g of tea. Sigh… why must stores in Vancouver bring in high end French things and then change companies (I’m looking at you TWG.) Well, might just be worth it to make a trip there, vs paying that ridiculous charge. With the exchange rate, I’m paying 1.5 to 1 basically. Yeeesh…. I’ll just sip my sans complexe nicely… and lovingly.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Well, going tea shopping in Paris is always top be recommended!

But checking their site, http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/content/3-terms-and-conditions-of-use check if a smaller order for example can have cheaper shipping. They say for wordlwide shipping of orders between 50 and 100 euros, then shipping is 32 euros. it is strange that shipping is according to cost, not weight, but I guess it will be complicated to calculate packaged weight accurately and at least having it be by price is good for me who would want lots of little cheap packages.

Tuscanteal

Yes that page is a bit more clear now that I read it. However for a little Canadian girl who pays 1.40 or so for ever Europe dollar those are some steeeep shipping charges. Especially because I could wrack up 50 e easilu by buying two tins of 100g. I know I shouldn’t but I love their canisters.

cteresa

LOL, euros, just euros, not european dollars, please.

The cannisters are gorgeous indeed, and do you know their special edition ones? on the site they only got one or two, but live they have more and on my goodness, those are wonderful. Like their old tins, with a slight twist.

I have managed so far to resist their tins and go by loose weight for everything, mostly because I am cheap and tea greedy, except for Milky Oolong, who is so expensive by the weight it is quite affordable really in the tin. It turned out to be a very wise choice because I fell in love with it.

Tuscanteal

Sorry. My phone auto corrects sometimes that’s why it said that about the euros ;)

Yes I knew they had special edition tins but I must admit that I never bought any if their new designed tins only their older ones with their old logo which I personally like and prefer. I just like how they stack on my counter and demand you to look at them.

I’ve never tried their oolongs but they sound delicious.

cteresa

The special edition tins are pretty close to the old tins, not sure about the logo. so gorgeous.

I agree about their tins, I am a tin lover (/fetishist more like) and their tins are sort of perfect for me – being able to pile them and they fit so they do not easily tumble, the way the lid closes so tight which is IMO very important and just, you know, PRETTY! Because of the difference between the loose leaf by the weight price and the tin price – here loose leaf can be from 6-8 euros per 100 grams and the tin is always always 20 euros no matter where and in which country; I have mostly resisted the tins, but has been hard. Weirdly now I got two tins of their tea and is for the same tea – am going to cheat and replace the tea and put my Nepal black on the old milky oolong tin.

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918 tasting notes

French Friday! This sampler courtesy of Dustin, thank you! (Only three more to go!)

I haven’t been drinking much hot tea lately on account of the weather here being solidly in the 90s for weeks now, but I also have felt more more tired lately, I believe due to not having my typical warm cuppa of black or green tea in the morning and only drinking cold brews (which extract much less caffeine, or happen to be herbals). So this morning I prepared this warm to sip before work, but may throw any leftovers in the fridge to turn to a chilled brew to drink later.

The dry leaf aroma really reminded me of a buttery lemon cookie! Brewed 2.5g to 350ml 205F water for three minutes. I’m still getting that aroma from the steeped cup, though a lemon cream smell is most dominant.

Mmm, the steeped tea definitely has a biscuity taste to it, with a sweet lemon that fills out over the tongue mid to late sip. The lemon tastes creamy, but also has a hint of tang that gives it just enough sharpness to not taste artificial. I’m really digging this lemon cookie vibe! Probably one of my favs thus far.

Thanks Dustin!

Flavors: Citrus, Cookie, Cream, Graham Cracker, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
ashmanra

Wishlisted!

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1468 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for a while and decided to do a restock on this recent order. I’m puzzled why I haven’t written a tasting note before and why it gets a thumbs down in so many reviews. It’s lemony for sure. I don’t know that I get a bright lemon, more of a baked or defanged lemon with deeper caramel like notes behind it. I get a little tartness in the sip on top of the deeper flavors of the tea base. Towards the end of the sip the lemon starts to come out and lingers into the finish. I suppose it could have a little more going on in it, but I enjoy it as is.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I got it as well! A new one for me. I must try it again, I think I brewed it too hot the first time. I do like it, it is a delicate lemon and lemon is almost never delicate…

Dustin

Theodor teas seem to be quite temperature sensitive! I’m glad they come with steeping instructions. I hope your next cup is better!

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6025 tasting notes

Something about this screamed chocolate to me but then I remembered this is meant to be a lemon meringue tea. Yeah, not getting that at all. If I concentrate really hard I maybe get a touch of lemon but that’s it. It’s not a bad cup by any means as the base itself seems flavorful but the flavors premises just aren’t there. Nonetheless, I am grateful to Sil for the share because this is one I would have grabbed and been disappointed by and then stuck with probably 50-100g. Gotta love tea friends who enable you to try before you buy.

Sil

yeah this one is weird to me…

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When I smelled this tea, I thought it would be the best tea I ever tasted. Smelled exactly like a slice of lemon merengue cake. Unfortunately, the scent did not transfer through to the flavor of the tea when brewed. I tried several different temperatures and quantities when brewing a cup and nothing seemed to help bring out that lost lemon merengue flavor. It tastes like an astringent black tea with moderate lemon flavor – or perhaps more appropriately, a candied lemon peel flavor, as another reviewer noted., combined with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. The tea does get bitter very quickly, even when brewed at the recommended temp or below the recommended temp (I tried 175 F as well). Really, I think the astringency of the black tea overpowers the intended flavor profile of the tea. Definitely a disappointment for me. I definitely expect more from a company like THE O DOR which is capable of producing some very nice flavored black teas. I will probably use the rest of this tea for making sweetened ice tea since I don’t see myself wanting to drink it otherwise.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Lemon Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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Another tea swap rescue from the back of the cupboard. I looked this up online to see what type of flavor I should expect and was very excited when I discovered this tea has been blended to invoke a lemon Meringue pie… Only like my favorite desert ever (well, after chocolate turtle cheesecake). I couldn’t boil the kettle quick enough!

Unfortunately I think this tea might be a little old, it’s still pretty darn delicious, but I’m getting more malt and chocolate flavors than I am tangy citrus or creamy meringue… No, wait, as it cools there is a definite tart but sweet lemon flavor starting to punch through… It’s soft, but it’s there.

I would LOVE to purchase more of this so I can experience it in all its glory and I almost pulled the trigger on an order despite being on a buying hiatus until I got to the shipping costs… Woah! €63.60 in shipping for 11 oz of tea?? Holy cow!! I’d be paying $258 for the order… That’s almost $24 an ounce… Ok, back away from the computer, stop hyperventilating and delete that shopping cart immediately… wow, just wow… Sorry tea, I really like you, but not that much!

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12688 tasting notes

this tea confuses me. i don’t get lemon meringue pie…or even lemon really. maybe super subtley but not enough…i had the same challenge with buttermilk lemon from Tea G, so maybe there’s something about that sort of flavouring that just doesn’t work for my tastebuds – they’re deficient or something lol. doesn’t mean i don’t like the cup of tea..but for me this is more vanilla like than lemon.

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2201 tasting notes

Such a funny name for a tea. This one (#8) is the one THE-O-DOR tea on my list that I was actually able to get at a shop in Brussels; they hadn’t gotten a restock in a long time. I drank it once after I got back but made it too hot and it was bitter, and I never wrote a note for it. So this will actually be my first note!

The flavoring on this is lemon meringue pie. It is definitely reminicent in aroma of DF’s Noël à Venise, although the caramel notes in that one have been replaced here by a definite creamy meringue note. Brewed at these parameters I am not getting the bitterness (maybe a tiny hint), and instead it is lemony with a decidedly creamy meringue note. Overall, pretty tasty, although a little finnicky (and more bitterness is coming out as it cools, which is not really pleasant). I would still go for Noël à Venise over it any day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Do you know of any place to find some information on what is actually in the The o Dor teas? Their website isn’t very informative.

Dinosara

If you go directly to the shop and bypass the main site (http://www.theodor.fr/shop/lang-en/5-flavoured-black-teas) you can click directly on the tea name and it will take you to a page with a flowery description, but it usually has the flavors in there somewhere.

Sil

you can also just search for flavours eg. caramel, toffee, chocolate

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2283 tasting notes

… lemon meringue?! What? (Thank you, Dinosara! :) )

This smells nutty. With caramel and vanilla. (This was made in a well-cleaned strainer!)

Lemon meringue?!?! I guess there’s a hint of lemony custard at the end of a good sniff. But. IDK.

Oh poop. I’ve totally oversteeped it. SO bitter, wow. I can taste the lemon, though! It’s a bit pithy. More like candied lemon peel rather than straight up lemon curd. This is really interesting. I’ll have to steep again to see if I can pull flavour without so much bitter.

I’d probably do 2 minutes at 195F if I had more dry leaf. Or 3 minutes at 185F.

Based on it not working at my “usual” parameters, I’d have to say that I probably wouldn’t get more, but it’s really really neat.

(3 tsp (I spilled a bunch on the counter, boo.) in 16 oz. More leaf than usual, but why not.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Plunkybug

Still…lemon meringue is intriguing.

CHAroma

Oooh, going on the wishlist!

OMGsrsly

It was really neat, but I wasn’t expecting the tea to be so picky… or I’d have done 2 way smaller cups. Oh well. I’d try it again!

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You like pastries but you are afraid of the calories ? This tea is made for you ! Sans complexe tastes meringue lemon pie. I guess you won’t resist after smelling it ! In mouth, the tea is good but it doesn’t taste meringue pie enough in my opinion.

No artificial flavoring.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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