Ah boo to buying mandatory large packages of unfamiliar teas! I absolutely HAD to buy more Macaron tea and my mother wanted Wedding Imperial so we split shipping charges to order from Mariage Frerès. I figured I ought to get something extra to make the order efficient. I saw that this was a best seller and went for it.

At least it is palatable. It has a wine aroma from dry leaf to cup and I’ve already expressed my dislike for alcoholic-like flavors. Perhaps that is why this one is so popular though. Fortunately, for me, the wine notes aren’t too strong and there is a pleasant fruitiness about it. When it is very hot, it kind of gives off a perfumy aroma like the smell of department store samples in a catalogue. That wore off as it cooled and doesn’t come through in the flavor.

I’ll be taking a sample of this to my parents and if they aren’t so keen on it, I’ll have plenty for swapping! :)

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greenteafairy

I so wish MF sold sample sizes! Or even 50g packs. They have a bunch of blends I’d like to try, but I’m hesitant to shell out for such large quantities (especially given that my one and only MF experience so far was somewhat of a letdown).

Shelley_Lorraine

I probably never would have ordered from them if I didn’t first get some samples from swapping. It would be more sad to spend all that money on overseas shipping to get a whole box full of duds! I’d be happy to swap samples of the few blends that I have now if you want to try them. Just let me know :)

greenteafairy

I was lucky enough to be able to get someone to bring the tea back to me from London, so at least I didn’t have to pay shipping. I’d love to try a sample of Marco Polo (and wouldn’t mind trying the Macaron as well, although I totally understand if you want to hold on to that one). I only got the Bouddha Bleu from them; I still have a bit of it but I think it might be too floral for your liking (although I found it more fruity than floral, personally). Take a look in my cupboard and let me know if anything looks good to you – I have swappable quantities of most things except for the Butiki teas.

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greenteafairy

I so wish MF sold sample sizes! Or even 50g packs. They have a bunch of blends I’d like to try, but I’m hesitant to shell out for such large quantities (especially given that my one and only MF experience so far was somewhat of a letdown).

Shelley_Lorraine

I probably never would have ordered from them if I didn’t first get some samples from swapping. It would be more sad to spend all that money on overseas shipping to get a whole box full of duds! I’d be happy to swap samples of the few blends that I have now if you want to try them. Just let me know :)

greenteafairy

I was lucky enough to be able to get someone to bring the tea back to me from London, so at least I didn’t have to pay shipping. I’d love to try a sample of Marco Polo (and wouldn’t mind trying the Macaron as well, although I totally understand if you want to hold on to that one). I only got the Bouddha Bleu from them; I still have a bit of it but I think it might be too floral for your liking (although I found it more fruity than floral, personally). Take a look in my cupboard and let me know if anything looks good to you – I have swappable quantities of most things except for the Butiki teas.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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