2811 Tasting Notes

drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
2811 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster!
I’m happy to report I can finally breathe this morning. Last night was kind of rough though, I was coughing throughout my entire class and then couldn’t fall asleep until around 3 am. Ick.

I’ve had this tea a few times now and this seems a difficult one to get “right”. I think I happened upon success today with 3 minutes at around 200 F. It has green tea in it, as well as black, which makes the steeping parameters a bit tricky. I’m getting the candied orange and vanilla notes quite prominently and this is an easy one to sip on plain. It seems like more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea — it has a sweetness about it due to the flavoring I’m not keen on.

It’s nice but I don’t plan to restock it once it’s gone. Maybe snooty French teas are not my thing as I haven’t been too impressed with anything I’ve had from MF so far, even the esteemed Marco Polo just missed the mark for me. This is another one I’d be happy to swap out if anyone wants to try it. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Good morning Steepster!
This is such a delicious Ceylon, normally I’m not a fan of Ceylons, I can find them too bitter and wine-y. This has such a delicious flavor profile of cherry and a bit of menthol. It’s also “hefty” and has great body which is not something I normally associate with a Ceylon.

SOT says: One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like!

I agree, it puts most of the other Ceylons I’ve had to shame. Evidently I’ve been drinking crap Ceylons but this is one I will gladly restock once it runs out. I’m also excited to be getting a couple of other things from them (hopefully this week).

There’s one other Ceylon that I liked equally as much and that was the Sam Bodhi by Palais de Thes. I just haven’t bothered restocking it that one because there weren’t too many other things from Palais de Thes that really “wowed” me & you have to spend $75 to get free shipping.

I’m still sick, although I am feeling like I’m a bit on the mend. I hope I survive the day, as I have writing class tonight that goes until 9 pm.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

on to the wishlist hahaha


I’m getting a SOT order together. I may add this to it.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you’re starting to feel better finally. :)


Veronica & Sil – you need some. he he he!
Cameron – TY!


Glad your feeling a little better. I love cherry notes in Ceylon’s. My Lumbini estate one fits that need for me right now but maybe I’ll try some from this estate in the future!

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CT says this tea is good during times of illness… well we’ll see about that!

I brewed up some of this yesterday in my Lupicia handy cooler and it’s been sitting in the fridge overnight. I think this is really nice as an iced tea, the lemon and gingergrass are very refreshing. The mint seems stronger than I remember and there’s only a tiny bit of licorice in here. It’s barely noticeable if you ask me. Still I feel like I am not tasting things normally at all so I still don’t want to try anything new.

I’m already feeling like a nap and it’s only 2 pm. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of my day… :)

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

Feel better!


Yes feel better soon! Tea can only help right? :)


More tea for everyone!

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My breakfast today is heavenly – I made a smoothie with this matcha, an entire 2 cups of strawberries, banana, chia seeds, soymilk, and some cashew “cream” I made last night.

Really yummy and delicious – tastes almost like a dessert. I am getting that Vitamin C in today! Lots of it!

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drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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Tea of the morning here. I forgot I had this until I was poking around in my cupboards yesterday, sometimes having too much tea is perilous because you forget about stuff you have and really enjoy!

I’m still not feeling great, my cold is still lingering and my tastebuds are still off, but I am still getting a nice jasmine-y note from this one as well as chocolate. I’m not always such a big fan of jasmine (especially the artificial kind) but when jasmine teas are done right they can be very good if I am in the mood for them. Too bad thePuritea is out of business, I liked several of their offerings.

Happy Tuesday!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tisane of the evening here. This is a weird tea to be drinking in the middle of June but it still gets chilly here in San Francisco in the summer time. :)

I don’t put stevia in a lot of things, but a couple drops in this made it sweeter and a bit more cookie like. Also soy milk, but I put that in practically everything other than green teas and herbals. I think I’m feeling better, or maybe my Tylenol is just kicking in? Have a good evening everyone!

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Not being terribly productive today. I was on the phone with my BF earlier and lost my voice… bleah. Not up to doing much but can’t take a nap due to drinking too much caffeine earlier.

I decided to have this and threw in some extra ginger root. It’s still difficult to taste much but I’m definitely getting a zingy kick out of this concoction. Okay, on to try and do some more reading, maybe if I break it up into smaller chunks it will be do-able.


Being sick and having to study sucks. I hope you feel better soon!


Thanks, I am studying English grammar today which is a VERY dry subject but after that is over I will be able to write a fun essay (hopefully tomorrow!)

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This was a tea I bought during my FF darjeeling obsession in 2012 – unfortunately I bought so much darjeeling I couldn’t really drink it all and some of it still languishes in my cupboard. I heard that cold brewing a FF darjeeling is tasty, my attempt was not so great. I find it got a little bit astringent/bitter although I know my tastebuds are off due to this cold I am fighting off. I might have to give up on this one soon and just pitch it. I know this tea would have been best consumed within a year of my purchasing it. I think I will try it at least once more hot.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is an interesting tea I haven’t been drinking too much of lately. It has such a light base and it was really meant to be more of an afternoon/evening tea according to the company. I’ve been trying to drink my black teas in the morning and drink lighter things after noon. I find it is good with additions or without, it doesn’t really NEED them. Might be good with a squeeze of lemon also since it has a bit of a citrus-y note. I should really try this one iced to see if I like it that way.

Still feeling under the weather but need to find the energy today to do my homework for writing class – wish me luck!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Good luck :-)


Thanks, I am an expert on goofing off. :-P


Oh, that’s an expertise of mine as well ;-)


Good luck!

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This is a good herbal and so healthy too. I need to be drinking more of this. The only time when I add coconut oil to my tea is when I am drinking this (due to the fact that some fat will help you absorb the turmeric).

I am going back to a gluten free diet tomorrow, I’ve been slacking a lot these past few weeks but I think it’s helpful for reducing muscle inflammation (for me anyway) and I really need that.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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