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drank Tzar Alexandre by Mariage Frères
255 tasting notes

I could not find an English translation of this. I ordered this tea from Mariages Freres in Paris because it is smoky. As a lover of lapsang souchongs, I expected to like this and I love it.

It’s not as purely smoky and peaty as some Russian Caravans can be: there is a touch of a kind of perfumed sweetness which reminds me a bit of Upton Tea’s Black Dragon and which highlights the smoke very nicely. I feel as if I am in a Parisian bistro surrounded by a glamourous smoky atmosphere but the smoke is all sweetness and not the least bit offensive.

I’ll have to place another order with Mariage Freres in France later this year; they have so many delightful blends that I don’t think are available in North America: (Vivaldi, Confucius, Elixir d’amour, etc.) I also ordered their Lapsang Souchong jam which is just extraordinary.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Adham

Ah well, yet another one to try next time I can splurge on Mariage Freres…

Lori

OOOH, LS jam…

ashmanra

Ah, sounds lovely! If I can’t find this one, maybe I can get some Upton Black Dragon!

Rabs

Your note just made my day! I’ll definitely save up to go in on a French order for later this year if you do another group order. And LS jam? ::drools::

gmathis

Is the jam sweet or savory?

__Morgana__

I took a stab at the translation, but I’m admittedly an amateur.

Doulton

The jam is sweet — it tastes quite a bit like an LS loaded with sugar but its weirdly compelling and I find it an excellent excuse for calorie expenditure.

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Adham

Ah well, yet another one to try next time I can splurge on Mariage Freres…

Lori

OOOH, LS jam…

ashmanra

Ah, sounds lovely! If I can’t find this one, maybe I can get some Upton Black Dragon!

Rabs

Your note just made my day! I’ll definitely save up to go in on a French order for later this year if you do another group order. And LS jam? ::drools::

gmathis

Is the jam sweet or savory?

__Morgana__

I took a stab at the translation, but I’m admittedly an amateur.

Doulton

The jam is sweet — it tastes quite a bit like an LS loaded with sugar but its weirdly compelling and I find it an excellent excuse for calorie expenditure.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

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