Mariage Frères

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80

Delicious! I will be the first to admit Black Tea is not my favorite type of tea, however, I have found that most of the Mariage Freres black teas I LOVE. I’m a huge fan of this silky and smooth taste with strong flavors of natural vanilla. A definite repeat :)

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

Had a strong cup of this this morning, with milk and a bit of sugar. I really like this tea, so I’m bumping up it’s score. I need to try in plain.
So we were happy this morning because the ceasefire had been extended by 24 hours, but the Hamas kept shooting rockets, and didn’t accept the humanitarian ceasefire, so now we are back to square one with no end in sight.
Everybody is back on edge, and every motorcycle that wails in the distance has people jump. The sirens on the ambulances werre changed a week and a half ago, since the old ones caused people to needlessly panic.
Drink lovely tea and pray for peace.

TheTeaFairy

It’s early morning, and my first peaceful thought of the day goes to you dear…

NofarS

Thank you very much!

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Mariage Frères
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On a recent trip to Dean and Deluca, I received a generous sample of this tea from the tea gal there who was really excited that I was so excited about the teas they carry. I was excited that there was someone to geek out on tea with me!

I steeped this for a minute in under boiling water. The beginning of the sip is pretty mellow. There is a bit of jasmine, but not as much of a kick as some other jasmines I have had. When it reaches the back of my tongue, some jasmine bite comes in. The after taste is a strange dance of jasmine and mandarin. They seem to take turns leading and merging for a nice long finish. When I sweeten it, the mandarin comes out more in the beginning of the sip and in the aftertaste. It is almost candy like in the long aftertaste. I love jasmine and this is a really nice alternative to the straight jasmine teas I am used to. I think I may cold brew this one for a second steep and see how it does. I’m guessing it would be quite crisp and refreshing!

If I didn’t have a million different teas right now, I’d be tempted to pick some of this up. In the mean time it will stay on my radar for a later purchase.

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70

I used up the last two bags of this for today’s work cold brew. I think I’m getting a cold, probably stress induced, so I wanted to stick with a familiar flavour until I work out whether it’s going to develop into something awful again or not. There are few things as sad as trying to taste a new tea while you have a cold :(

So, anyway. I can still taste things okay today, and this makes a very pleasant drink on a hot day. I was concerned at first that spiced tea would taste too heavy and cloying, but it doesn’t at all. It’s light and refreshing, and particularly good when it’s fresh from the fridge and nice and cold. This one will ensure I survive Thursday at work.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Bought this tea in Cannes, from a really nice teashop near the promenade. The packaging never ceases to amaze me – a beautiful caddy that is completely sealed, making sure that the tea remains fresh until you start using it. This is a very good ceylon, but if you don’t like ceylons stay far, far away. The astringecy here is very powerful, and it is a CEYLON ceylon – not for the feint of heart. It does well with sweeteners, and will probably take milk well – haven’t checked it yet. I look forward to getting to know this tea better with time.

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drank Polo Club by Mariage Frères
381 tasting notes

Good… morning? Between family stuff and (unrelated) SO stuff, I’m working off about 4 hours of sleep today. And I couldn’t sleep in because I have to go to the cemetery. Woohoo.

So I needed to start the day with a tea that can help kick me into gear. A mate should do the trick. This is my first Mariage Freres tea. I have such high expectations built up from their reputation that a) it feels indulgent in a good way to even make this tea and b) I’m afraid of being disappointed.

Wow. I’ve never had a mate like this. The flavor is fruity… blueberry? The scent is roasty, blueberry, strawberry, and vanilla (although that last one only became apparent after I looked at the Steepster page). The texture is smooth and creamy. Sooo surprisingly creamy for a mate. The vanilla notes really come to the fore as the tea cools and I reach the bottom of the cup.

I am so glad that my first MF tea didn’t disappoint. Many thanks to JustJames for sending me some of this!

Flavors: Berries, Vanilla

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

i think it’s quite distinctively different because it’s a green mate, not a roasted. i’ve never had another like it. so glad you like it!

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59

Tea #6 from Pass the Stash box

I do not know what is wrong with me. I had such high hopes for this tea…it smelled like cinnamon and clove in the sample bag. I try it…and it just tastes blah! I get the cinnamon, maybe some slight orange or vanilla, and no clove. It smells like a Christmas candle, and just is not tasting like that to me.

We’ll see if it gets better as it cools…that’s been happening to me lately.

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

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70

This is today’s iced tea, for the hottest day of the year so far. I picked up these iced tea sachets from Harvey Nichols, when I placed my order for a tin of Wedding Imperial. Got to make the postage worthwhile! It was also a MF blend I’d not had chance to try (although I now have samples of the ordinary version of this tea), so I decided to give it a go. The box contains 6 individually wrapped linen pouches, each containing about 1 or 1.5 tsp of leaf. The box recommends using two pouches to 1 liter of water, and cold brewing overnight in the fridge for 12 hours, so that’s what I did.

When I removed the jug from the fridge this morning, I couldn’t detect much in the way of scent, so I thought it might be a little weak. I needn’t have worried, though — the taste is just strong enough! It’s not a heavily flavoured tea by any means; it’s quite delicate and subtle. For a spice tea, though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The main flavour I can detect is cinnamon. I want to say there’s a little orange, maybe a touch of clove and cardamom. The flavour is so light it’s quite hard to pick out specific spices — suffice to say that it fits its billing of “oriental” very well. I did have my reservations about drinking a spice tea on a hot day, but this works surprisingly well. Partly it’s the lightness of flavour — it has none of the heaviness that might typically be associated with a chai, for example. It’s all light, airy swirls of flavour on a mild black tea base.

On the strength of this experience, I’d definitely purchase MF iced teas again. It’s also made me curious to try the “ordinary” tea this iced version is based on, just to see how similar they actually are! Time to break out the samples, perhaps :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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93

I had this one today for fun but added a tsp of “cream” to it just to see how that affected the tea. On the whole, it made it slightly more rich tastes, but also sweetened it a little, which in the case of this tea is not my preferred way of drinking it. However, still delicious enough to be happy about today!

Terri HarpLady

I wonder how this one would be if it were brewed strong, & then mixed with a little ‘milk’ & served as an iced latte…

Sil

hmm i’ll try to remember to try that

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99

A great morning tea. I have been drinking this for several years. I always return to it when I have tried something different. For me it is the standard by which other morning teas are compared and I have tried many.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

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Flavors: Almond

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

Very nice morning blend of black teas and green tea. Really like the colour: a nice mahogany.

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82

I was in London visiting my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago, and naturally I had to check out the Mariage Frères shop in Selfridges. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and they have what I’m pretty sure is their full lineup available, with samples of everything available for sniffing (but none for tasting, alas). After smelling ALL the teas, I decided to go for Lune Rouge (which I haven’t gotten around to trying yet; it smelled amazing though—roses and ginger and honey with a green base) and my boyfriend picked this, which we had with breakfast a couple of times.

It’s an unusual choice for a breakfast tea. It’s not very strong, and it’s quite rich and sweet. I’m surprised to learn the primary flavor is meant to be chocolate, because to me this blend was all caramel (or possibly toffee). These dessert flavors aren’t honestly my favorites, and this isn’t a tea I would’ve picked out myself (and especially not for drinking at breakfast). Still, it’s nice for what it is, and I’m glad to have had the chance to try it. And my boyfriend liked it—and will, I hope, continue to think of my American self while working his way through the rest of the bag.

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90

Birthday gift from my sister in law who actually read my Christmas wish-list this year and looked up who Mariage Freres was. Delicious vanilla and bitter (in a good way) almond flavor. Silky followed by a kick of tannin. Crazy enough, I think I will use less tea on the next steep to pull out the lighter flavors and maybe not end up with such a dry tongue. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Eros by Mariage Frères
58 tasting notes

I made up a thermos of this tea this afternoon, packed up a blanket and a book and bundled myself off to King’s Park to lay in the sun and sip tea. The most perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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93

So. yesterday was my steepsterversay except i didn’t drink any tea. So today i’m celebrating with this cup and taking a look back at the last year or two just for fun. :) I’ve not been on steepster for 2 years.

Year 1
874 different teas
2101 Tasting notes
235 teas in my cupboard

Year 2
1058 different teas (so i’m up to 1932)
2446 tasting notes (up to 4547 now)
174 teas in my cupboard – with only 4 teas being from 2013 and those from December of that year

random stuff
I have figured out that i don’t like 52 teas; David’s tea; teavana; adagio much.

I prefer blends that are flavoured with natural flavours OR simply be adding herbs and other fruits/berries etc…

Black teas are still my go to teas followed by puerh, though i am learning to appreciate the occasional green, oolong and white tea.

I have made lots of awesome steepster friends this year and had some great times with ppl learning about their tea preferences and their lives :) After two years around here, I’m still having a blast, loving tea drinking and loving this place! In case you guys didn’t know this – you’re awesome and quite possibly one of the few places on the internet where the trolls don’t come out :)

HAPPY FRIDAY SIL STEEPSTERVERSARY!

OMGsrsly

YAY! kermit arms

MzPriss

Happy Steepsterversary Sil!!! I agree LOVE how nice and non-trolly people here are

yyz

Happy Steepsterversary!

Sarsonator

Don’t jinx the troll-free zone. :p

Happy steepsterversary!!!

Terri HarpLady

Yay!! I love the stats! I’m so glad we connected on Steepster, you’re the most awesome tea sister, happy steepsterversary!
:D

Dinosara

Yayyyy! Happy steepsterversary!

Scheherazade

Happy steepsterversary!

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90

This was a delicious First Flush, but I’m leaving the recommend area blank, as I enjoyed it, but I’m not really sure it was worth the money.

I probably brewed this one a little too close to the 95c mark, and it it would do better with a longer, but colder brew. After my tea had reached room temperature, I got some delicious tropical fruit tastes, almost a papaya green mango salad thing. But while it was warm/hot, the dominant tastes were bitter vegetable.

Excelsior

I thought it was good but not great. Good compared with other Darjeelings from other retailers. Not great as I would expect from Mariage Freres and the high price tag.

SFTGFOP

Yeah. It had a nice full-mouth feel, and I could really see that it had complexity, or at least the potential for complexity, just didn’t follow through. There was this “sour” element to it, I’ve never had pickled mango before, but maybe it would be something like that?

I’ve still got my two other MF’s FF to go, so maybe I will like them more.

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85

Bought this tea during my trip to Cannes in June, from a beautiful little shop, Les Thes Duval, not far from the promenade. Decided to have it with milk and a bit of sugar, since it’s labeled as a breakfast tea. It took me by surprise. If you don’t like astringent teas, by all means look elsewhere. If astringency doesn’t bother you, and you like fruity teas with a bit of malty smokiness then this is the tea for you. With milk it gains a wonderful creaminess that makes it feel like I’m practically drinking dessert – as suddenly dark chocolate flavours emerge. Looking forward to trying it plain.

TheTeaFairy

I agree with you, this one is fruity and astringent….and so good! Perfect tea of the morning.

Sil

lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove

TeaBrat

This is actually better plain, I think!

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91

A few months back, my roommate made real Mousse au Chocolat. Not the kind that is made with milk chocolate and served with whipped cream. She made REAL Mousse au Chocolat that was rich and decadent and full of dark, dark chocolate. This tastes exactly like that. Exactly. Though it also has a liqueur type quality to it that is very nice. Delicious! Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try this tea!!

Sil

Woohoo! God you licked it, though you may be regretting it lol

Sil

Ugh auto correct. Liked

Cameron B.

Oh my goodness, I want to try Mariage Freres so badly. But those prices! Ughhhh. The Gourmand collection is particularly tempting… :P

TeaBrat

Cameron – I haven’t been that impressed with the Mariage Freres teas I’ve tried so far if that’s any consolation to you….. :)

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This tea was kinda disappointment . I probably didn’t brew it right. 195F 5 min produced slightly chocolate flavored water. I just couldn’t figure out parameters fr my Steepster fellows. I had such high hopes. Oh well…
I have 1 tsp left to experiment.
Thank you so much CharlotteZero for sending me many amazing samples. I don’t see your notes lately, but I hope you will come back. Miss you <3

Stephanie

This reminds me I need more Chocolate Eclair from Fauchon. Hurry up Vente Privee! ;)

boychik

Chocolate Eclair is delish. Maybe they will have it for Labor Day?

boychik

Stephanie, I got some Fauchon one Peach and one Pear in Marshall’s . Will send you when I will get back home

Stephanie

I need to visit Marshall’s more often… You know, just in case.

Stephanie

And boychik I have a couple of new things you might like to try :)

boychik

It’s 9.99 a tin. Not bad. I tried them and I liked them. Not perfume , fruity, not extremely bold, but true to taste. Kinda naturally tasting

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Sent by OMGsrsly via Crowkettle

Honestly I didn’t get any flavour out of this one. Didn’t really taste like anything. I’m trying to get through a lot of teas right now so I actually ended up dumping it, no sense drinking tea that tastes like nothing!

Though I appreciate getting to try it :)
I think I’m more a fan of MF’s black and gourmand teas.

Ysaurella

I didn’t like this one neither. MF proposes a lot of nice green teas even if I am not very green but this one is really meh.

CrowKettle

I enjoyed this one when I first got it ages ago, when I first started drinking loose leaf, but it was never a dynamic blend even when it did have flavour.

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87

I got this in a swap forever ago. I forget from whom. I’m sorry! :(

I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it. The taste is quite nice despite suboptimal storage conditions. The flavor reminds me of that boozy scent you get from vanilla extract. There is a lovely depth from the sweet caramel flavor but a dryness from the astringency. It’s untamed and refined all at once.

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90

I gave this one a much shorter brew time yesterday, and was rewarded with a much more distinctive strawberries and cream flavour. I’d got used to the slightly bitter, slightly fake tasting strawberry, I think, so this cup actually came as a pleasant surprise! Who’d have thought that rushing held the key? This one can be finicky, but I’m happy that I’ve now found a way around that!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Raritea

Thanks! I’m going to give these parameters a try!

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