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I love this tea. The name suits it very well – it’s a very relaxing, soothing tea. I almost group it with my herbal teas, because it just feels really mild in a very good way, but with the added ‘character’ of green tea. I will have to do a more proper review once I have actually made a cup, but I noticed that there weren’t any reviews on here yet and I wanted to give my thumbs up.
This also happens to be one of the teas I was going through quite quickly. I actually stopped drinking it much for a while because I was worried I’d run out, but then I moved to London where there is a Mariage Freres shop, so all is well again and I can safely sip away….
Today brunch at Mariage Frères rue des Grands Augustins. I’ve been very disappointed with the brunch card.It often changes but what they were proposing today wasn’t really for my tastes. However I drank a Margaret’s Hope and I did not like it … raaaaah.
My friend Valerie has chosen a Genmaïcha and I liked it so I bought 100 grams.And I asked for a sample of this Kaori Cha which is also a Genmaïcha but with Matcha in .
The tea liquor is obviously very green, semi opaque, hazy … mysterious … and this liquor smells crisped rice.
The taste … a good Genmaïcha, matcha is present but really in a supportive role. Crisped rice is very present, green tea is definitely there.
I like this tea but I do not know if this is a tea I would often drink. I find it perfect to use during a dinner or lunch. It is very well balanced. But, no chance for me for a breakfast, not even if the contribution of matcha caffeine would wake me gently up … I cannot imagine breakfast without a black tea or an Oolong tea heavily oxidized. At least not for now.
I took a lot of pics of my session with this tea, Genmaïchas are so lovely… you can see them here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/kaori-cha-mariage-freres/
Flavors: Green, Herbs, Rice
This was my big indulgence for the day, I was being spendthrifty, which is not good for someone who’s unemployed but somehow it needed to be done and it was difficult to resist! As I am looking at the website for Market Hall Foods, I see that their price for a tin of this is about 1/3 cheaper than at Chantal Guillon so I don’t think I will be looking at CG for my future tea purchases. Even Dean and Deluca is cheaper. sigh
Generally I have found the MF teas that I’ve tried to be not worth their hefty price tags. I really wanted to try the Plein Lune, which was out of stock. I ended up getting this based on the smell of the dry leaf, and I don’t have a good vanilla tea at the moment.
I don’t know how long this cup steeped for because I forgot to set the timer. I was definitely not disappointed in this one. It has a smooth, almost velvety texture and the flavor is definitely vanilla as well as caramel. This is a really nice tea for the afternoon, or for an after dinner tea. I can drink it plain but it was also nice with a splash of soymilk. Doesn’t need sugar at all in my opinion. It doesn’t seem as “fakey” as a lot of vanilla teas I’ve tried. It’s elegant, even the name is elegant to me. It’s nice that I’ve found something from M.F. that I’m really fond of… but still not sure it was worth the price I paid for it. I will savor this one as an elegant treat. It will go very nicely with cookies, I think. I’m a happy camper! I need another cup of this now…
I had lunch with a friend in Hayes Valley today and couldn’t resist stopping into the shop Chantal Guillon, which has a large selection of macarons, and more importantly: Mariage Freres teas. I ended up getting this to go and I have to say it was a disappointment. I didn’t get the flavors that others picked up but I feel my cup was underleafed, perhaps. I had one teabag for approximately a 12 oz. cup of hot water. To me it just seemed very light, with faint cocoa and nutty notes. I wish I could try making this myself without having to buy a whole tin of it. Not giving it a rating for now.
This tea is pretty fantastic. It kind of tastes to me like what coffee would taste like if it weren’t bitter… or something. It’s a very satisfying, strong brew that you can nevertheless very easily drink without any milk or sugar. Actually, that’s when it does the coffee-ish thing. If you do add milk and sugar, it tastes wonderfully dessert-y. All around, a beautiful tea. Try it!
Ha! I worked out what this tea reminds me of:
And quite a bit! Strange, considering that Impressionnistes isn’t supposed to contain lavender as far as I can tell and I always thought that lavender was what gave Oosterse liefde its top note. Also it’s spices vs. vanilla. It’s a bit of a mystery. I’ll have to do a sip-by-sip comparison soon.
I absolutely love this tea. I went on a mini tea shopping spree today and got this one at Selfridges and White White Cocoa at T2. A very good day.
This tea tastes really familiar to me, like I’ve been drinking this kind of tea for years now… only I can’t think of what tea it could possibly be of the ones I have. I think maybe it’s just my head playing tricks on me. Whatever it is, though, it is just a remarkably soothing, gently sweet tea without a trace of bitterness or anything else that’s not lovely. I don’t really know which notes and such I was tasting – will have to do round two for that. All I know is that it is utterly delicious. So there.
I don’t know what kind of crack flavoring is in this. It smells very strong but when brewed tastes very strawberry shortcakey to me. I almost exclusively use this to make butter tea (tea blended with coconut oil or butter, some sweetener and salt) making it taste more biscuity and delicious. Also I’ve had this tea
forever—many years in fact, and I don’t think the flavor has decreased (which kind of scares me).
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry
A solid Yunnan for a good price—bought it in-shop in le Marais! Excellent astringency with an assertive body and prominent earthy and caramel notes. Nothing too elaborate or subtle going on, but that’s not the point here—this tea is upfront and well-rounded. Absolutely great in the morning.
Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Oak wood
Well, sad of not being able to get a sample of their oriental beauty, I lower my sights and asked for a sample of this tea. A full change of registry! But I also wanted to taste this famous tea.
“Butterscotch” the term for a French, does not really mean anything. In fact I know by now there is a kind of Scottish caramel made of brown sugar mixture and butter, molasse. But before I thought it was a kind of cake … well … I had to taste a butterscotch shortbread … which explains my mistake … I’m ignorant :)
The dry leaf displays a very strong fanatic fragrance (yes fanatic, not fantastic) of caramel: even with a big cold I don’t think possible for anyone not to detect the caramel because it is really so strong. And it’s not the smell of a light, sweet caramel; it smells like an aggressive caramel, very very red, not the little light caramel found on a tiered cake!
The leaves are cut rather short with a lot of very small twigs: suddenly I get scared and decide not infuse it more than 2 minutes 30 and at 90 ° C.
I get a wet leaf that looks like “packets”. I wonder what taste I’ll get in the end…
The liquor is a very dark amber brown very …caramel … actually …
And the surprise happens at the very end and essential chapter in the art of tea: the taste ! this tea is amazing! It is relatively smooth, very soft and the taste of this caramel is truly unique, very present but not too strong – that unique taste that I do not know, I love it … it’s probably that… the butterscotch … it should make sense isn’t? :)
Some pic of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/butterscotch-mariage-freres/
Lune Rouge (Red Moon) is a delicate tea with a twist of wildness. I am not a huge fan of honey and I was happily surprised by the subtile mix they made at Mariage Freres. This tea was a great discovery during my lazy summertime. Made a review on it on my blog (in French):http://www.monarmoireathe.com/2014/08/degustation-the-vert-tendre-lune-rouge-mariage-freres.html
Flavors: Floral, Ginger, Honey, Rose
Sipdown! Getting ready for my trip to Germany, discovered I’ll be 8 minutes to a Mariage location! So…I’m sipping down all my Mariage teas so I’ll hopefully know what to purchase there.
The dry leaf smells fairly fruity. Once brewed it actually smells a bit of cherry like.
Doesn’t taste too bad, probably let the sample get too old. I don’t think this will make it to my purchase list. I get a hint of almond that I’m sure would be stronger if new.
This is a great cup of coffee one might say. So dark …
However,everything started with a pretty long Ceylon tea leaf . the smell is honey , heady. It suggests a tasty breakfast.Well, once infused this beautiful leaf turns out to be a cut leaf. awww.
The taste is fruity and honey dew but actually I get a hint of bitterness at the very end of the sip. I think 4 minutes were a bit too much for the infusion of this tea but I stupidly thought it was a whole leaf tea. So I need to repeat the experience tomorrow with a 2 or 3 minutes steeping, it should be really much better.
This tea is very pleasant, unpretentious. It’s not a big tea but it is very correct for € 5.50/ 100 grams.
Some pics of dry leaf and wet leaf and liquor are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/pettiagalla-op1-mariage-freres/
Thank you, MissB, for sharing this with me! :)
So the internet says the main flavour is vanilla, but I’m calling it an alternative Earl Grey. Mostly I taste citrus, with fruitiness and creaminess behind.
It’s tasty, I like it, but I still like H&S Paris better. :)
Thanks for letting me try this one!
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Fruity
Make no mistake, this is an intensely floral tea, with gratuitous amounts of lavender and a rather large amount of rose petals (so the flavor is “dry rose petals”, not “rose essential oil”). If you dislike lavender, stay away as far as you can.
I don’t really like lavender myself, but the tea became very interesting once I realized that I should use lower water temperature. Lately I’ve been using 80-85C for spring Darjeeling teas – which only works when the tea is very high quality, I think – and when you do that to Paris-London, you get a rather interesting mixture of floral notes in the cup. Some of them come from the Darjeeling, others are products of lavender mixing with Darjeeling notes, etc. Very intriguing and captivating if you’re into detailed tasting. So while I’m probably not going to brew this again, I’d recommend Paris-London to anyone interested in fine mechanics of tea blending, and, of course, to lavender enthusiasts.
(Also, it’s incredibly soothing for a tea, very much a beverage for the evening.)
This tea was one of Ellyn’s gifts for me in the Pass the Stash 2.0 TTB. I’ve kind of been putting off trying it because, well, it looks like potpourri basically, and I am not a floral tea gal. But it’s Mariage Freres, so I have to try it at least. Dry leaf has large white tea leaves along with small black ones, rose petals, and a ton of lavender. Dry scent is sweet and floral with a spicy note. I followed the directions in the tea’s description here on Steepster and did a 5 minute steep.
Smells very… lavender. I can catch a little bit of rose, which does nothing to improve my opinion. There’s also a citrusy quality which I assume is coming from the lavender. First taste and… noop. This is basically lavender tea. I get a little bit of white tea flavor in the aftertaste, but otherwise all I can taste is lavender. Interestingly enough, it has a certain limey quality to it, but that’s not enough to make it drinkable for me. Not going to rate due to bias, and this one is going into the rehoming box.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Hay, Lavender, Lime
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Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine