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95
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
276 tasting notes

I bought this tea once I saw in the description of “brioche”.

I had it on Thanksgiving morning, and it was just a lovely start. Warm hints of caramel and cocoa nibs and custard in the background with the smell of a buttery bread bakery. I’n not kidding, I tasted this. I didn’t feel it needs sugar or milk. Not much astringency, used a nice tea base.

A way to have the feel of a French bakery in a cup, without the airfare or calories.

I only bought 2 oz, but I see this being a much needed tea rotated into the mix.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cacao, Caramel, Sweet

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I got this tea in a tea swapping with a tea friend I met in a tea trip!
As he said, it is not the kind of tea I usually drink, since I am not a big fan of blended/scented teas, but this blend has a good quality (better than most of the ones I have tried before).

Flavors: Cake, Fruit Punch, Sakura

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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70
drank Happy Tea by Mariage Frères
2 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea. However, it is too musty to begin with but if you add a small amount of honey (e.g. 1/4 tsb) it balances out quite well. If you add milk, you won’t taste much beyond the musty aroma and the milk. An ok tea when balanced out, but by itself not the greatest.

The company says that there is a marshmallow ‘accent’, but this is the musty aroma. When balanced out, it is pleasant with the soft floral notes,

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Musty, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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69
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
3019 tasting notes

Well this was unexpected. I anticipated a more brisk tea, meant to wake you up and instead I got silk and sweet. My first thought was “I wonder if this was contaminated by the vanilla teas in the package because there is a whole lot more vanilla than I anticipated?”. Then I thought, “wow, this is creamy and smooth?”. Then I checked to see if this was just black tea or if it was a blend. Then I got the citrus notes which are slightly on the lines of pledge. So things started off good but the citrus is a little off. The fluffy lemon of L’Hiver or Lemon French Macaron is what would have suited this best but the citrus is more harsh and thus compromises an otherwise lovely tea.

Thank you Sil for the share! This made for a fun surprise this morning and definitely an unexpected tea.

Sil

yeah there’s something about this one that i don’t love like the other breakfast teas from MF that i’ve had

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69

Not my favourite from Mariage Freres. The Butterscotch flavour is artificial and is sickly sweet. Unlike other teas from this maker which have thick and rich mouthfeel, this is rather thin and watery even after adding full cream milk. Adding milk improves and flattens out the flavour but the artificial aroma and sickly sweet taste (which is almost metallic) remains. Would not recommend.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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75
drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
1694 tasting notes

I’m not feeling great this dull Friday, so I wanted something clean and refreshing to drink to try and alleviate things a little. This one shouted to me from the bag by my desk. I’ve actually had it ages, I think, but I’ve never tried it before today. I like Moroccan mint, but the idea of bergamot had kind of put me off…

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. To taste, it’s milder overall than I expected, although that might be a result of both its age and my conservative brew time. If I’m honest, it could probably take a bit longer (or maybe a touch more leaf).

The mint is fresh and clean-tasting, anyway, and the bergamot (although mostly a background flavour) adds a nicely citrusy edge. The green tea base is smooth and unobtrusive, with no bitterness of astringency in sight. I feel like I could take this one a touch sweeter, but I’m not sure how sugar and bergamot would pair. Maybe something to try next time!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

I hope you’ll be feeling better tomorrow!

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78

Hello again, great tea tasters across the fruity (and malty) plains. It’s been way too long since my last review. I’ll try to make this one brief.

I have had Mariage teas before. Although I respect their complex blended flavors, I am not big on fruity, liquor-laden, flowery, and chemical-like tastes. I’m more of a purist when it comes to my favorite teas, especially black teas, which I depend on to jump-start my brain during the work week.

When I saw Mariage’s French Breakfast Tea in the local Dean & DeLuca store, I hoped that it would have robust flavors but in a more conventional black tea way. My hope was dashed. This tea seems to have a taste that is very similar to their Bourbon Rouge and Marco Polo (can’t get that swimming pool commercial out of my head) blends.

The flavors are robust but have a chemical-like tang to them. I don’t want to call this astringency, but it’s borderline so. Also, this attribute stays on my palate way too long. Like their other teas that I’ve tried, my tongue detects a hodge-podge of liquor, flowers, and fruit.

I don’t hate this tea but it is not one that I would prefer to pry my eyes open in the morning. For that purpose, I will cling to the tried-and-true English and Chinese breakfast and Earl Grey varieties.

Flavors: Alcohol, Biting, Bitter, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Super Starling!

I’m not sure ANYONE can get those swimming pool commercials out of their heads. ;) The best part is the llama.

Are you in America or Canada or somewhere else? I’m an American, and I keep hearing great things about this company, but never spot it anywhere.

Stoo

Hi Super Starling! Thanks for your comment! I am in the United States in South Carolina. Where are you?

Super Starling!

I’m in Pennsylvania. Like, that middle part with the cows. I’ll have to see if I can find a Dean & DeLuca next time I’m in a place with a concentration of humans. :)

Stoo

We were just in the Scranton area visiting my wife’s family two weeks ago. My favorite place up there is the Dunmore Candy Kitchen.

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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

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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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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

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Flavors: Citrusy, Earl Grey

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

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Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

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

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45
drank Poire by Mariage Frères
3019 tasting notes

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Finished this off as a teapop and it really is weird to me that this tea doesn’t brew up clear. What is in this that makes it so cloudy? Also, for a pear tea, why is it so floral? If I think really, really hard I can imagine this as sort of pear-like but then it is mostly just black tea and perfume. Thank you for the share Sil but this one just isn’t for me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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45
drank Poire by Mariage Frères
3019 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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81
drank Poire by Mariage Frères
4130 tasting notes

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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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