232 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.
Anastasia is such a promissing name…full of mystery like the story of the last imperial Russian family
In my mug, each time, I am impressed by the amber colour of this tea…bringing me back to Russia again , St Petersbourg… The Amber room…
It’s clearly a bergamot tea but citrus notes are predominant to my opinion.
Even if bergamot + citrus is often used in a lot of tea’s composition, the mix of these two flavours makes this Kusmi tea’s original composition absolutely unforgettable and unique.
Of course, you need to be a bergamot unconditionnal lover…this is my case.
I am generally not impressed by Kusmi (except by their tins) , Anastasia is one of the rare exception and is really my favourite Kusmi’s creation.
So perfumed and so sweet in the same time.
From the beginning, Thé à l’opéra is a shock.
First an olfactive shock with dry leaves : candy berry flavour is so present that we have the impression to open a bottle of perfume rather than a tin of tea.
Drinking it, the taste is not so violent.
The vanilla is really creamy and is a perfect base for the sweet taste of strawberry. Vanilla & Berry’s balance is perfect to me.
The green tea is absolutely not astringent and not bitter (this is always my fear with green teas so it was great news for me)
I always wonder how the tea names are chosen…I have an idea for this one : the red colour is haunting this tea…red like the incredible strawberry’s scent of the dry leaves. Red like the violent shock of this fragance. Red as the beautiful and heavy curtains of the Opera’s stage.
And maybe a little blue like the fantastic ceiling paintings of the Opéra Garnier in Paris…thanks Mr Chagall
First thanks to Palais des thés for this rare oriental tea.
Why rare would you ask…because for one time we have a very oriental tea without any mint ! And this is an exploit!
Green date is really tasty and present as well as red fruits and orange blossom – a perfect balance.
A small regret because I don’t feel the rose very well…
Anyway Thé du Hammam is my evening tea. I drink it almost every night. It’s so sweet, like a dessert, like a promise for a 1001 nights tale trip (I think in English you call that book Arabian nights)
Thé du Hamman was the first green tea I really appreciated…à la folie…
Visiting Mariage’s shop,I was hesitating in shop between this tea and Montagne d’or.
Not sure I made the right choice regarding my taste.
Montagne de Jade is a green tea, really grassy but incredibly perfumed on the other hand.
Dry leaves just smell fantastic and you’ll find many corn flowers mixed with tea leaves:it’s just so beautiful.
Drinking it, you’re leaving the 21th centuary and come back in 19th centuary…you’re sitting in a Victorian living room with 3 grand aunts, you have the most beautiful bone china tea cups of the town…and you can hear the loud tick ticking of the large clock behind you …so relaxing…
It sounds magic but…there is a but…
My concern…but it is really my own concern with green teas is the bitterness.
Montagne de Jade is made for green teas lovers I think. This tea is really one of the best sellers of this brand and I am sure this is for its high qualities.
Unfortunately I am not susceptible to its undeniable and numerous charms
What a fantastic tea mint…not astringent, not bitter with a very present flavour of mint.
The dry leaf perfume is delivering all its promises after steeping.
With a low caffeine level,this is a perfect evening tea.
I should recognize I am very mint tea…and generally very good public for…what is your favourite tea mint ?
First : Ruby Woo Scarlett, Mélissa, you are both right : Rouge d’Automne exists in 3 versions : Black, Green and Rooibos.
I do agree the name of the tea itself is confusing as for a French speaker Rouge means as well rooibos – Most of French people probably use more thé rouge than rooibos)
Initially when I added this tea to the steepster database it was for the black blend (the only one I tasted)
So my note is for the Black version : I am desesperately in love with Rouge d’Automne.
First time I tasted it was during a lunch at Mariages & Frères. A tea is included in the menu as beverage and I wanted to taste especially this one.
I sniffed it before the Lunch and wanted to buy a full bag and wanted to ensure it wouldn’t be a mistake.
It was definitively not a mistake : the Vanilla + Chestnut are just a dream : a creamy and sweet dream.
The mix is really working fine – It may be not a very subtile mix, definitevely not the finest Mariage tea but I do really love it and I do really love it very very very much.
I am very Citrus teas…this one had a wonderful perfume that’s the reason why I decide to buy it when I was visiting the Mariage shop rue des grands Augustins.
The point is I am not very green teas because I often find them a little bit bitter.I hope this will change with time as green teas are so often mentionned as very good for health.
Le thé des légendes is a little too much bitter for me – even if I tried several times to steep it less time – even if I added some sugar in my mug.
I have no doubt this is really a great tea but it’s unfortunatelly not done for me
I am generally not very fond of Kusmi teas (I often find the taste disappointing vs the fantastic promise of the smell – the promises were too much beautiful regarding what I finally get in my cup of tea)
2 main exceptions : Anastasia and Prince Wladimir (in French the Prince is named with a W not a V – weird…)
Prince Wladimir delivers all his promises : a huge flavour of citrus fruits combined with a soft but very present Vanilla and overall spices (Especially clove)
However in this Kusmi tea you’ll get real pieces of citrus fruits in addition of natural flavours
A real travel in Russia… thank you Pavel Kousmichoff !
This note is for the black tea. But Full Moon Party exists in a green tea version.
These 2 teas are only available in the canister, this means it is a little bit expensive to taste.
If you love the Thé Pleine Lune of Mariage and his wonderful taste of almonds and vanilla you’ll probably enjoy this tea.
The difference is thin to be honnest but the Full Moon Party is maybe a little bit sweeter and you can feel the taste of delighted roses.
I think I won’t buy it again (In paris it costs 22 € for 100 gr – box included of course) and continue to buy my adored Pleine Lune tea.