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Oh la la it’s so good ! I’ve let the salesman at Mariage Frères choice for me an Oolong and he picked up this one and he was so right. It’s exactly what I wanted : a mellow, nutty and earthy Oolong.
The small tea leaves are folden but full. The dry leaf smells like chesnut and the very dark liquor is the same but with this heavy earthy taste, the kind of taste the earth has probably after the rain.
I was sceptical about this plain Oolong (at Mariage you should buy at least 100 g and this is an expensive tea, so it was risky !)and I was so wrong, it is really a wonderful blend.
I have now more and more difficulties to drink flavoured teas. At least at picking them first in my cupboard.
I keep on messing up this tea. It’s too expensive for me to keep on messing up! :)
Steeped it close to 18 minutes today, completely by accident. Therefore, I’m definitely getting some bitterness at the end of the sip, however the clove shines now, and the orange is more prominent. Still missing anything vanilla, bourbon or custard however… then again, I’m not using milk or sweetener, and there is a slight caramel finish. Still good though, and hopefully next time I can do this right.
This is a sample kindly sent by cteresa. This is clearly not a tea I would have bought by myself because I am not familiar with Lapsang Souchong and was quite afraid of.
But I am nicely surprised because even if for a LS beginner like I am the smocky taste seems heavy, it is so lovely blended with a light bergamot that I can only love it.
The tea base is really mellow and the bergamot touch is perfect to help to
tame this type of tea.
As it cools the smocky taste seems lighter now.
Thank you so much for permitting me to discover this type of teas cteresa
thank you to sil for this gem…..
i didn’t get caramel and toffee out of it (i never do) but i got SOMETHING! it wasn’t just tea….
i got brown sugar, coffee? or something akin to. vanilla. an unnameable fruit tone…. very smooth.
thank you, sil! i’m a day behind, but it was a lovely celebration!
Another green tea today. I thought I only had a cup of this left, but it looks like after this one, there are THREE more cups in my package! What a generous sample from CrowKettle. :)
This one is a bit tricksy. You have to steep it cool or it goes bitter. 160F works for me, and brings out the lovely citrus flavour. Mmm.
I really like this green tea, but not enough to buy a whole tin. :) I just don’t reach for green teas often enough to make it worthwhile.
Now I’m going to make another mug of tea and go for a walk, and pop into work to pick up my mittens and kitty toque.
Casey really likes this tea, and brewed this first thing this morning. To him, it reminds him of pipe tobacco. I can’t really speak much to this. I can’t remember the last time I’ve smelled pipe tobacco.
I’m not a huge fan of this tea. It definitely tastes like it’s been artificially flavored, and I’m more of a “pure tea” fan. It’s pretty good for a flavored tea, though. It has cocoa notes and maybe a hint of caramel. I’ll keep this in stock for Casey, though.
sipdown! (138) and this one goes on the shopping list. It’s like the more elegant cousin of bolder breakfast..smoother, more delicious and less artificial tasting (not that bolder breakfast is artificial tasting but in comparison…). I adore this tea. It won’t replace wedding imperial for me but it WILL have a spot in my cupboard….someday. I hope!
…just need to find a decent source for MF teas without stupid shipping! Thank you again cteresa!
Backlogged from earlier tonight.
Went to Faubourg with some friends tonight, a French patisserie in downtown Vancouver. They sell Mariage Freres tea there, and this was the first one that caught my eye. (For the record, they also sell them in the tins, however 50g is $38… Holt Renfrew is $24).
I found the smell of this tea to be standard rooibos, however the flavoring was very vanilla-rich, almost like a custardy booze. I re-steeped it twice with zero flavor loss, however I still wanted more out of this. More… bourbon? I dunno. I guess I just expected more from such an expensive tea, and one that’s hard to find here. I’ll order it again if it’s around, however I’ll likely never buy any loose for the house.
I bought this one because of Nicole!
She kindly sent me months ago a sample of Sungma Darjeeling from H&S and I loved it. Unfortunately it is not available here in France and I found this Sungma at Mariage Frères so I decided to give a try.
It was clearly a good idea : this is a fruity, light and energetic Darjeeling.
The classic muscatel taste is really there.
However it resteeps quite nicely (2nd steep) and even if you oversteep it (15 minutes this morning as my boss came in my office and I forgot to pull the basket off my mug :S) it doesn’t become bitter : incredible.
Sure I got my Darjeeling staple :)
So today is a morning for mate. Why? Caffeine.
After spending the night writing a paper, I am not getting prepared to take a break from paper writing to go write a quiz. Then I get to return, finish the paper, and work on study notes due tonight. Luckily, all this work also means today is the last day of class and I am a mere 3 exams, one quiz, and one paper away from finishing the semester and hoping on a plane to Florida. Yay!
Anyways, about the tea. JustJames sent this to me and as I have said before, it is delicious! Today I am get strong notes of creamy vanilla combined with mate. Different than I remember it but still very good. Thank you JustJames for sharing this with me!!
I’m brewing this to Mariage Frères’ instructions for this morning in my new teapot: http://www.redblossomtea.com/teaware/xdj-teapot-iron-spot-1017.html. I may have over leafed it. It’s been so long since I’ve attempted to use an recommended amount of tea that I have misplaced my tea scale…That’s embarrassing.
Ugh. I really didn’t think there was anything special about this tea. It was incredibly smooth and, but just didn’t have enough going on. Oh well. I have a lot of this, so hopefully my next steeping will be better.
Well I purchased 100g of this tea randomly because I needed something fruity and100% theine-free in my cupboard for my late night treats ..
This tea is actually not popular in the Marriage Freres scented tea collections, well in a way that’s one of the reasons it attracted me ..
First of all, the smell of the dry leaves is lovely without killing the rooibos natural fragrances. Sweet, light and mellow, a true defintion of warm joy. Light roses, cherry, strawberry and mallow are all in ..
Once steeped it offers that yummy jam fragrance —→ And once in my mouth : An explosion of taste and rich mellow Hmmm quite refreshing too .. And after few sips it leaves that greedy taste of fine almond in my mouth..
A true sin of gluttony
My inner girly girl needed her fix today, I’m watching one my favourite feel good movie, Pretty Woman!
I know, I know… It’s considered lame by the intellectual community, and you might think it’s old, superficial and unoriginal. But I don’t care, I love it! Hey, I totally endorse my lameness. Julia Robert’s wits and moods bring me joy, that’s all I have to say. ( Plus Richard Gere is easy on the eyes, that’s also noteworthy)
I’m at the classic scene when she goes back (with a hundred fancy shopping bags in her hands) to see that snob sales lady on Rodeo Drive. She hits her with that killer line «You work on commission right? Big mistake, big…HUGE!!!!» ( As I’m watching her, I can’t help wonderering how it would feel like to have this many bags filled with tea instead of clothes, what kind of fancy tea do they sell on Rodeo Drive??? lol)
It made me want to have a pretty and girly tea. A few months ago, I swapped some tea with lovely Ysaurella. She allowed me to try the famous French teas for the first time and I was so grateful for that. I tasted them all, but not showing up on Steepster very often, I ended up reviewing only a few of them. Luckily, I had enough for more than one serving of each, so it’s not too late.
I chose Pleine Lune cause it’s her favourite tea and the smell is just so beautiful.
I had written a little note on the pouch to steep longer next time, so I did. And it was better for me this time around.
It’s such a nice comforting tea. Surprisingly, it’s very mellow and smooth. I say surprisingly, cause when I read the description, I thought it was going to be spicy and bold, but it’s quite the opposite.
Although the almond essence is easily identifiable, it doesn’t take over the black base, which I’m assuming is ceylon here (it’s not specified). I hate when almond flavoured teas taste like this overpowering fake almond extract used in baking).
The background is slightly fruity and spicy. I wouldn’t qualify it as a dessert tea, cause it’s not overly sweet either, it just renders a subtle honey sweetness that feels very natural, which is a very good thing.
This is such a pretty and special blend, perfect companion to watch my movie.
I understand why Ysaurella likes it so much, it was an honour to have the chance to try it again and give it a decent review :-)
Another breakfast tea from this morning. While this one is malty and has a slight chocolate note to it, it’s not as sweet as american breakfast and comes across as a little bolder and stronger. Still a delicious tea that I can get behind having in my cupboard! This is my kick in the pants in the morning tea, while american breakfast is an easier, gentle push out of bed :)
for breakfast today, i’m have 3 breakfasts… scrambled eggs with lots of tasty things mixed in, american breakfast and french breakfast lol I wanted to see how the MF breakfast teas stacked up, since cteresa was kind enough to part with a sample of her American Breakfast. It’s been compared to wedding imperial, which is one of my favourite MF teas – so i’ve been excited to taste this one.
This is a great blend. It’s slightly malty, but sweet and chocolatey (not cocoa). It’s not too bitter, but i think at longer steep times that may happen. It does remind me of wedding imperial but there would be room for both of this in my cupboard because i like the way this tastes without the caramel that wedding imperial has. This is a seriously lovely tea! I will for sure be looking to get more when i get back to europe…some day. thank you cteresa!
I have a cold and I am not able to smell the dry leaf unfortunately.
But my taste remains intact and this vanilla tea is really different from the ones I have had until now.
The mellowness of this tea is incredible, it’s so smooth, delicious feeling.
The Vanilla is not a sweet vanilla, it’s a lovely sharp Vanilla to me but it may come from my steeping time (4,5 min) and the tea base used by MF.
I think there is some assam probably here because I get a hint of astringency at the very end of the sip and it may be different with a shorter steep – I’ll retry next time with 2,5 or 3 min.
Anyway this astringency is a pleasant one so I can rate this high quality tea.
Thank you so much cteresa for this sample, this is lovely.
To JustJames, thank you so incredibly unbelievably much for sharing this with me. I was able to identify which tea this was right away, and that alone made it all the more special. Thank you!
In the bag, this tea smells like a conglomerate of fruit and something else unidentifiable but sweet, although I suspect I was likely smelling several other teas, as the entire sample package smells delicious, and I almost wish I could make a tea that just smells like the whole package.
I steeped this up keychange style, so I added in my requisite rock sugar and cream, and gave it about four and a half minutes, heaping tsp for about 8 oz of water.
The taste is indeed exquisite and refined, and I could tell immediately that the tea was of high quality. I didn’t have quite the revelation JustJames had while drinking this tea, and for that I am sorry, but it was delightful nonetheless. It tasted sort of reminiscent of H and S’s Parris, although the base is more pronounced, and if you let it steep too long, you almost, and I really do mean almost encounter a slightly medicinal note that actually isn’t entirely off-putting. The bergamot in this is also detectable, although I can’t quite recall if bergamot is even listed in the admittedly intriguing description.
I’m glad I have 100 more g of this tea though, because I really did enjoy it! thanks again, JustJames!
I’m at work today, avoiding working (really should get on that).
I brought with me the sample of this tea that MissB so generously sent me.
What I’ve learned so far, it that’s it a little too fussy to be drinking at work. First cup I think I oversteeped and overleafed, second steep was better but still not where I would like it. Second try, less leaf – less steep – way better this time. It’s really nice and light, fruity, delicate. I think it’s more peachy than apricot, but for sure nice real fruit flavors that are “floating around in the air” rather than hitting you over the head. I really like this and I think it will be even better at home under better steep conditions. Reserving rating til I get it right.
Thanks MissB for the sample.
So delicious. I like it with two cubes of sugar and a splash of almondmilk.
This is my kind of Yunnan!!
Thank you Sil for the sample. Yummm.
It’s a robust one this is, reminds me of Queen Catherine from H&S. A tad smokey, some nice depth, and a bit of pepper. Normally I’m the anti-pepper girl in teas, but here it hits in a different place, towards the back of the sip, and I’m finding it rather pleasant.
Also… sipdown! woot.
if you had predicted it in advance i likely would have laughed (okay guffawed) in your specific direction but this blend jolted a DISCONCERTING (and embarrassing) movie quote from me…… MissB. were you aware of this? hmmm
in any case… as i was sifting through the beautifully packed bag of treasures B packed for me last night i was drawn away to an ethereal world of fauchon crosswinds and mariage freres chinooks. after a long day i settled down (gleefully) to choose my own adventure.
what stood out about this blend was the colours…. bright yellows and red against the tea. bright and festive, and the smell! a bolero indeed. that is when it happened— that is when words from a movie i saw ONE time under duress squeaked out: ‘you had me at hello.’ yeah. ‘jerry macguire’. it’s like finding yourself singing along with the canned elevator music. how appalling.
dry the blend smells intriguingly like grapefruit! once the water was added the spanish dancer became a chameleon. no more grapefruit, fresh peaches mixed with sweet smoke, a background of fig, but a spicy version as opposed to the straight succulent sweet.
beautifully sweet, brilliantly executed. thank you MissB. i don’t think even you could have predicted a spontaneous ‘jerry mcguire’ recitation. you know what though? i’ll wear it…. a blend like this is worthy of such a dire confession, LOL!