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97

chocolatey malty tea. Good with some half & half with a bit of sugar.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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88

Sipping down another old sample of unknown origin. This is a very nice, very smooth chai. The spices are nicely balanced, both amongst themselves and with the (Assam?) base. I tend to go for super spicy chais, heavy on the ginger, and this is a little bit milder than that, but nonetheless it’s a blend I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection at some point.

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94

Sipdown.

Very fragrant malt, a tiny hint of cocoa and a wisp of smoke. This is by far the smoothest and most delicious European-style tea I have ever tasted.

I did not allow myself to buy more when I was in Paris because my stash is honestly ridiculous, but I regret that decision when staring down at the empty tin.

The strength of this black tea jolted me out of a depressive episode yesterday (though of course it came back later) and it is again helping to soothe my system on this beautiful Spring day (lol f*cking hate the spring – does anyone else get Spring depression here?)

Most definitely recommend this for any French tea lovers

MrQuackers

Nope, because it’s fall here soon. :)

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90

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90

This is one of my favorites from MF, though it doesn’t seem to get much attention. The ginger is just right (for this ginger lover, anyway), and the rose is lovely. It doesn’t have that excessively perfume-y quality some rose teas have; it reminds me more of fresh rose petals than anything else. The base is nice and smooth, too.

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87

And yet another backlog. I really liked this one—it was light but fruity, with a very smooth base. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on some more of this someday.

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60

Another backlog. This one I really didn’t care for—it had that tobacco-y flavor rooibos sometimes gets, and that was most of what I tasted. Otherwise, it was very sweet, with maybe a little cinnamon and some nuttiness.

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83

Backlogging this very old sample. Nice baked apple flavor, and the rooibos isn’t too strong. I didn’t like it enough that I’d buy it, especially given the cost, but it was pleasant enough to try.

MrQuackers

If you still have some, youtube this song while drinking: Aikatsu Tarte Tartin :)

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50

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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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45

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Flavors: Citrusy, Earl Grey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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63

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Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Poire by Mariage Frères
2865 tasting notes

Yet another tea from Sil. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

With that said, I am not loving this cold brewed today. The pear, though subtle, is artificial and chemically and the base is what is strongest but also bland. I will continue to experiment but this prep method was certainly a bust.

Sil

poop

VariaTEA

No worries. Your “samples” are so generous I am sure I will find a tasty method

Sil

and if not… no worries!

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89

Basically the closest that tea can get to hot chocolate. Almost (only almost!) could take care of my chocolate cravings. It’s downright cocoa-y. I did not try this without milk, so of course that could have added quite a bit of creaminess to it. I’m really enjoying it – definitely a successful chocolate-flavored black.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream

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

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drank Poire by Mariage Frères
3889 tasting notes

Sipdown (141)!

So, I really, really liked this one hot. The overall flavours weren’t really different from the cold brewed pitcher that I made earlier in the week but somehow this seemed a little more lively, and I think some of the floral notes were a bit more tempered. Not that I minded the floral notes, but Bosc pears are my favourite pears so I liked that with less floral notes I got more of a straight up Bosc flavour.

Sad to be finishing off another pear tea; there are never enough pear teas in my cupboard…

Sil

i can always send you more if the strike doesn’t last too long

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drank Poire by Mariage Frères
3889 tasting notes

From the second GCTTB; I pulled the sample of this one ‘cause I wanted to try it but didn’t end up with enough time to…

I love pear tea and I’m still searching for my perfect one: the dry smell of this was absolutely amazing and it had me drooling so hard. It was fresh, dewy, sweet, and a little floral all the while absolutely nailing what pears, especially ripe ones, smell like. It was also strikingly familiar: I’m thinking it probably reminded me of Fauchon’s pear black tea? It’s been a while since I’ve drank that, but going by memory that sounds about right.

Most of the sample went towards a cold brewed pitcher of tea: I had my first cup of it yesterday and it was so incredibly delightful. The pear flavour is really smooth, and very natural. There’s a realistic amount of sweetness, and the slightly creamy flavour of a Bosc pear alongside the more floral notes of a Bartlett pear. It’s enchanting. That said, I’m not really sure if it’s my perfect pear tea but it’s still a damn delight regardless. I look forward to trying the rest of the sample hot and seeing if that lovely, nuanced and realistic pear flavour carries through to the hot brew as well.

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100

Full-bodied tea that’s a perfect afternoon pick me up or a cup to enjoy in lieu of dessert. Hints of Caramel, Vanilla and Chocolate.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Creamy, Toffee, Vanilla

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98

Well-rounded, full-bodied black tea with fruit and vanilla notes.

Flavors: Red Fruits, Vanilla

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74
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
1843 tasting notes

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This is a tea with a lot of strength to it. It’s bolder than I expected for a black/green blend with a rich, full-bodied maltiness tinged with smoke. It takes adding milk to bring out the vanilla and honey notes but I’m not getting anything citrus-like at all. It’s nice but I wouldn’t shell out the $45 that a full tin would usually cost.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

Pleine Lune is probably one of the tea’s I was most excited to try from OMGsrsly. Vibrant almonds, marzipan, spices- what’s not to like? Mom agrees and even went so far as saying this is best tea she’s had; up there with her favourite various Pumpkin Chais brands and Red Leaf Matcha Lattes.

It was a tea bag, there was milk and life was good. I’d possibly look into getting more of this, if only for the Happy Mother vibe.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Happy-making post makes me happy.

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hate to say this, but I found a Mariage Freres tea I don’t like. This one was okay while it was hot, but as it cooled it turned bitter. I glanced through other notes, and most people seemed to enjoy it, so it’s probably me, not the tea. Perhaps the leaf is old, or maybe it brewed too long. At any rate, in the interests of being fair, I’m not going to rate this one. I’m glad I got to try this. Someday, probably in the very distant future, I plan to place an order with MF.

ashmanra

If it is like Marco Polo, it is fabulous when made just right, and the dickens when it isn’t! I have to keep those at a slightly lower temp, slightly short steep, and drink it before it gets cold. But it is great when everything is done just right!

Maddy Barone

I love Marco Polo! I guess I must have made it right when I had it. Thank for the tip about the lower temp and shorter steep, ashmanra. I have enough for another couple of cups and I hate to throw away tea. I’l try it that way next time and hopefully I’ll enjoy it a lot more.

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63

Try making it with lower temperature than indicated (95C). It gets bitter the longer it seats in the cup. Mild astringency, nice deep golden or light orange color.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 330 OZ / 9759 ML

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93

It’s my birthday today. In a tradition of exploration and fun, a birthday trip has allowed me to spend a few hours in San Francisco yesterday doing only tea related expeditions. Usually our visits to the city don’t allow enough time for this kind of scavenger hunt. Everything is spread out and just finding parking at each stop in enough of a challenge to deter. But add determined and you will get there.
We started at Lupicia and the lovely girls there made every sample requested. So sweet. I came away with some of the golden honey dew rooibos. It was exactly what I hoped for. Really delicious.
Next stop was Tevana, just for comparison purposes, and just really to confirm what I already knew about them. Yup. no one there had any ‘real’ knowledge. Its a koolaid shop. But I bought some Earl Grey cream, just to, again, compare. Sure enough, the sales girl did the ‘over measure’ to see if I would be fine with more than I asked for.

After a non tea related visit to Anthropologie, just across the street, we headed to the Crown and Crumpet in Japan Town. A cute Tea salon/café. All the little tea sandwiches were good, but late in the day, the selection was limited. The Tea we had with the meal was a white and black combination with rose.

Finally, the treat I have wanted to try for so long was the last stop. Chantal Guillon for Mariage Frere Tea. and Marco Polo.

I could have bought this tea on line long ago. But it just didn’t seem right. With a name like Marco Polo and not being easy to get, why not have it be an adventure to obtain, as it is just as elusive to pin down as well as to decipher the flavors within the cup.

The flavor does live up to the wonderful aroma. It is a treat just breathing in the scent. It is the kind of tea to give you a different experience each time you brew a new cup. It truly relates to the quote I have on my site, “Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history, inhaling ancient times and lands, comfort of ages in our hands.”

that’s Marco Polo.

http://www.parisfornia.co/food/where-to-buy-mariage-freres-teas-and-french-macarons/

Sipping and nibbling a salted caramel macaron, I am writing this from a Bed and Breakfast in Napa. La Belle Epoch. One of the nicest B&B stays ever!!!

What a perfect Tea for a birthday adventure.

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
hawkband1

Sounds like a great trip! Happy Birthday!

ColumbiaKate

Thank you. A visit to the Japanese Tea Garden was a treat as well (on a different day). Such a nostalgic place. I hadn’t been there in years and it offers much more in the area of food (tea sandwiches) than I remember from past visits.

caile

Sounds like you had a great birthday!! :)

ColumbiaKate

Thanks Caile. It sure was. actually All about the Tea.
Started with buying tea cups at an antiques faire and ended with Tea by the ocean;) And all things tea in between.

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