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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
353 tasting notes

Opening the tin, it is a fireworks of colours : yellow and blue flowers everywhere mixed with loose-leaf. This is very beautiful.

The smell is amazing : to me the head note is apricot, more than peach but both are present. I cannot smell any fig even if Mariage says there is fig in this tea.

The steeped tea was amber and the taste is really very sweet. So sweet that it makes this tea a little bit strange because as Rijje said we can just feel a very thin bitterness behind it.

Boléro is really a very strange and adorable tea.

I tried it iced as well and it is really appropriate too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I did not know it was supposed to have figs! I agree about the apricot, in part. But do you know what loquats are? They are this originally chinese fruit which is now almost like a native fruit in some southern european countries. That to me is what Bolero smells like! The sweetness, almost too much sweetness as well.

Ysaurella

Hi cteresa, never taste nor smell any loquat (May apple for japanese ?)…I am very curious now :)

cteresa

it is hard to describe. Sweet, maybe sort of mangoish-with-plum. Pretty sweet. Slightly astringent. it´s very common in Portugal, and Spain as well. Bolero did remind me of it!

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cteresa

I did not know it was supposed to have figs! I agree about the apricot, in part. But do you know what loquats are? They are this originally chinese fruit which is now almost like a native fruit in some southern european countries. That to me is what Bolero smells like! The sweetness, almost too much sweetness as well.

Ysaurella

Hi cteresa, never taste nor smell any loquat (May apple for japanese ?)…I am very curious now :)

cteresa

it is hard to describe. Sweet, maybe sort of mangoish-with-plum. Pretty sweet. Slightly astringent. it´s very common in Portugal, and Spain as well. Bolero did remind me of it!

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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