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This is quite nice. I love the neat little tea sachets this comes in. And I mean neat, as in not messy. When I sniff the sachet I can actually smell something that resembles alcohol. The vanilla is very faint. It brews up very dark reddish-brown in my cup, and the scent remains sweet and rich. (boy, I just love being able to say I can smell this. My sense of smell is still very weak, but I do get hints and I LOVE it) Anyway, I wasn’t sure if I would really enjoy this, since rooibos is hit and miss for me, but this one is a hit. It doesn’t seem as “sawdusty” as some I’ve had and I like the hint of vanilla. I won’t go buy an entire tin of this, but I’ll enjoy the sample beelicious sent me.

Flavors: Alcohol, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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89
drank Silver Himalaya by Mariage Frères
6492 tasting notes

This morning i’ve been up and down and all over the place trying to get organised. I have some major running around to do but i just can’t seem to get ready to actually leave because there are so many things i need to prep first. I’ve been trying to get around to all the tea that i haven’t tried yet as well as get through some of my older and/or small quantities. I’m not logging as much these days, but i am drinking! I’ve managed to do well with not buying tea much since my splurge with butiki and paris.
point of all that rambling? Well i needed to CALM DOWN…so i pulled this tea out of my stash and promised myself that i would sit, and focus on the tea….take those 5-10mins for myself and just try to calm down. This is an expensive tea. I had tried the white version (remember how most whites taste like water to me? well i ADORE the white version in this line) and wanted to give the “black” version a try. I almost picked up the puerh vrsion too, but i was trying to be good. My other half bought this and the white for me because i couldn’t quite bring myself to splurge on them with all the other tea that i’d picked up.

this is delicious. It’s like a roasted oolong, without the roasted oolong taste…smooth… utterly satisfying.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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69

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Finished this off hot and, yeah, just not feeling this one…

I still get Moroccan mint more than anything else with this blend; I want a more interesting/strong bergamot flavour when I drink this! Otherwise, it just seems like a dull mash up of two very common tea blends.

Yawn.

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69

Confession Time:

I’ve never watched Casablanca. Am I missing out?

Cold brewed this one before I realized it had bergamot in it; had I known I may have made a different choice. I’d say like 90% of the flavor was a really good, chilled Moroccan Mint and it’s hard to beat Moroccan Mint when it comes to being refreshing or having a smooth mint flavour but honestly? Moroccan Mint is also really boring, and I just have higher expectations from Mariage Freres as well.

The other 10% of the flavour is primarily the base – it’s quite grassy and sharp with a kind of fresh cut lawn taste to it. Very little of the taste is the bergamot; I vaguely taste it in the finish but if I hadn’t read the ingredients before drinking it I honestly don’t think I’d know it’s there. I saved some leaf to try hot, crossing my fingers it’s better that way. As is, I’m far from impressed though.

Christina

Oh yes, Casablanca is a wonderful movie. Lovely little humourous moments if you know where to look. Personally, I find the relationship between Rick and Renaud (Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains) more fun to watch than the one between Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

Kaylee

You are very much missing out. It’s a classic for a reason!

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75

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This was actually, surprisingly, less peppery cold brewed than it was hot. If anything, I expected cold brewing it to draw out that flavour even more. It was a very refreshing and smooth cold brew though. It retained that fairly pithy, semi-sweet citrus flavour I experienced with the hot mug but rather than just tasting like lemon I thought it was kind of lemony and orangey, like a Meyer Lemon (Orange/lemon hybrid). To be fair, I think that’s essentially what a yuzu is though? Though my understanding is it’s a ‘tart mandarin orange’ flavour with some other sort of citrus fruit that tastes kind of like lemon.

I liked the cold brew a lot though; even better than the hot mug!

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75

This is the first tea I’m trying from Scheherazade! Her swap package arrived this morning while I was at work; definitely earlier than I expected it to. I really hope mine makes it to her soon!

I guarantee I would have never picked this for myself, and that’s why I love that my most recent swaps have all been “pick out some random teas for me” kind of deals. I’ve tried a lot of tea that I would have otherwise ignored. Case and point, when I pulled everything out this was the one that jumped out the most to me that I was all “I have to try this tonight” about.

It’s interesting; the green base has a lot of marine notes to it and is pleasantly mild despite that. And I don’t love green tea, but paired with lemon it’s actually quite nice. This lemon in particular is kind of semi-sweet and reminds me a lot of lemon rind and pith what with the gentle, pleasant bitterness. I didn’t taste the ‘pepper’ element of the tea until halfway through the mug when it had cooled down a fair bit. I’m not 100% sure I liked it, but I certainly found it really interesting. Totally pulls together to create a lemon pepper flavour. It seems like it should be obvious that’s what it would taste like, though.

Not living with my family anymore it’s weird not knowing if things I remember about them are still true, but before I had moved out a few years ago my brother was obsessed with lemon pepper; he’d garnish just about anything with it. If that’s still true today I bet this is one tea I could very easily talk him into trying…

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100
drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
607 tasting notes

This tea has been on my wish list for YEARS! So a BIG, HUGE, GIGANTIC thank you to TeaBrat for giving me a sample!!

The brewed tea aroma is equal parts vanilla and caramel. Mmmm, this smells like a dream! A decadent, delicious, dessert dream! The flavor is a lot like the aroma but a tad bitter. I added some skim milk and Truvia and now it’s perfect! It’s heavily vanilla and heavily caramel and I am in love! Mmm, yes! This can replace the hole in my heart left by Butiki Teas’ Caramel Vanilla Assam being no longer available since they closed shop.

I’m always on the lookout for a great vanilla tea and caramel is an added bonus. Now I wish I had more! A lot more! But alas, an order will have to wait until I’ve sipped down my overflowing cupboard. I still have two Mariage Frères teas in there: Marco Polo, which I’ve only had probably twice, and Eros, which I have never tried. :P I’m pretty silly, aren’t I? Oh well. I LOVE THIS TEA! Thank you, TeaBrat!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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When my brother announced he was going to Paris, I immediately put in vague request for tea! He came home with four pouches full of Marriage Freres teas for my sister and I to split! I’m so jealous that he got to go into an MF store and grateful that he brought some home to me! American Breakfast was one that he chose. When he requested something almond/chocolatey, this was what was recommended. I do get a little chocolate malt, but no almond. Today I steeped this for three minutes at 205, my go to for blacks, but it tastes a little weak at the moment. I’ll have to try adjusting things. When I add a little soy creamer, it makes it much richer, but I’d like to find a good setting so it tastes great on it’s own. I do get a little of that maltiness that I associate with breakfast teas and it reminds me like a lighter version of Wedding Imperial. I’d like to try it cold steeped. So far, I prefer MF’s French Breakfast.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

French breakfast is awesome. Paris Breakfast, not so much. Still haven’t tried the American :)

Dustin

I didn’t know there was a Paris Breakfast! Guess I’m not missing much!

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95
drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
12 tasting notes

I have stopped spending money with other companies. It’s been 4 years since I left Europe, and with all my endless search to find a good local tea company, I just gave up. I ordered my teas now from dammann freres and mariage freres, and I am happy again. This tea is just delicious!

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90
drank Rouge d'Automne by Mariage Frères
2182 tasting notes

This was a super tasty tea. I overleafed a bit based on my sample size (from the amazing MissB of course), and tried to compensate on brewing, and it mostly worked. There is a hint of bitterness, but not enough to dampen my enjoyment of this tea.

I have my ups and downs with chestnut teas, but this one is definitely an up. Sweet candied chestnuts without a hint of smoke or roasting, which I am loving. The vanilla really works here too; it’s like Fleurilège (DF) but with chestnuts instead of hazelnuts. I would absolutely buy more of this tea if the opportunity ever arose. Really really tasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

so agree ! I love this one so much :)

Lariel of Lórien

Red Autumn? Anyway, it sounds good.

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93
drank Aida by Mariage Frères
12 tasting notes

Very nice. Smokey earl grey notes but very smooth and no bitterness!
Love this tea

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79
drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
30 tasting notes

A friend of mine gave me several bags of this tea and i am on my last bag. Now that I am on my last bag I can agree that the brew can vary quite a bit depending on the temperature and steep time.

My favorite brew so far has been todays. I let the water cool down a little bit before I steeped and the brew came out rather nice. Green base, nice hit of citrus and the faintest amount of spice (peppery) for a nice kick.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
2182 tasting notes

Another tea with just enough for a cup from MissB. Thansk for sending it along! I like to take advantage of getting small samples of MF teas when I can since their bases can be so hit or miss for me. This one was tasty, but kind of duplicates other teas in my cupboard.

This is definitely hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel in the flavor. They are all nicely complementary, and it is overall tasty. However, the base on this has a sneaking bitter note that reminds you to brew this one carefully. I prefer DF’s Fleurilege, which this is very close to in flavor. Still, happy to try it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

Another hit from Mariage Freres!

I had this one on my mid-morning break. Pleasant flavor, not too strong, not bitter or astringent. I couldn’t taste individual flavors, but it smelled sort of buttery, creamy. Really nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

A friend shared this with me today. It had been given to her by someone else so I’m really not sure how old it was.
Whatever the case, I had seen reviews before and thought it may be too permfumey. But alas! it was lovely. A tad bit on the heavy side but quite manageable.
So very smooth n silky. The liquid seemed to float down my throat (and yes I know that makes no sense. and yes the image in my head is quite magical/disneyish. Singing birds and all)
Lots of layered vanilla notes, and something floral I couldn’t place. At times I tasted citrus notes but they were so fleeting that I really wasn’t sure if it was my imagination.
An absolute perfect tea for afternoon chatting.

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95

Well, I finished off the generous sample that beelicious sent me of this. I remember it smelling deliciously creamy, almost buttery. My nose didn’t give me that same enjoyment this time, but it was still very pleasant. Smooth and rich. When I order in the fall this is one I’ll add to the list.

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95

This tea is still the bomb! Love it. So smooth, so creamy and buttery smelling. I wish I could smell it even better. The sense of smell is fugitive. That is, it comes and it goes, and it’s never really strong. But I get hints of this, and it is delicious. I’m just about falling asleep in my chair, so I wont do a second steep tonight. I wonder if I could pop the tea sleeve into the fridge and re-steep in the morning? Really, this tea is too good to not use up every bit of it.

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95

This is one of the BEST TEAS ever!!! Many thank to beelicious for the sample!

My sense of smell is practically non existent in the morning, and pretty weak in the evening, but it’s better in the afternoon. Still not great (I mean, I know cucumbers have a scent, but I can’t smell them even in the afternoon) but I can get strong scents. I wanted to try a new tea this afternoon, and I went through the lovely samples I have in the tea drawer. I decided on this one.

Boy, am I glad I did! When I lifted the cup to sip I smelled something! Not precisely sure what, but maybe chocolate? CarameL? I sipped and this tea was luscious. Smooth, silky, almost sweet. Rich and mellow. A really great cup!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Creamy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79
drank Casablanca by Mariage Frères
62 tasting notes

My first Mariage Frères! Jeez, this tastes like quality! The ingredients don’t attract me particularly but it is everything it promises to be. Good quality leaves, very well balanced. Can’t wait to be able to try a Mariage Frères with ingredients that attracts me more.

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drank Sakura 2011 by Mariage Frères
772 tasting notes

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drank Rouge Opera by Mariage Frères
348 tasting notes

I regret having bought this. It´s in no way awful and I will finish it, but having made it hot brewed and iced, in both occasions my overwhelming feeling is that it tastes kind of like strawberry bubble gum. The vanilla and red berries, together, their particular relationship just feels bubble gum-ish. And sadly it is not the flavour I am looking for in a tea. I wish I had restocked on Rouge Sahara or Nil Rouge instead.

Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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This morning I start a new life phase and it seems only right that I go along with this new friend of a tea. I was in Paris for ten days in May, a long-awaited birthday trip, and on the day of we celebrated with brunch at the Mariages Freres in le Marais. Brunch came with a full-sized pot of tea for each person, which should be the standard, in my opinion. I chose French Breakfast on a whim although I virtually never drink breakfast blends (gourmand all the way for me), and when I poured the first cup from the round silver teapot I didn’t regret it.

The taste is rich and full, a welcome into the morning. I’ve always associated breakfast blends with harshness, a wake-up full of tannins to brace you for the day ahead – but this is indeed breakfast in France, a gentle cup that feels like the last warm moment wrapped in your bedcovers before you rise for a day you’ve been looking forward to. Allow me my sentiment; I’m only freshly back in Los Angeles and looking to a day of drudgery applying to temp agencies and likely-looking jobs. The skies outside are a dreadful pessimistic grey but at least for the moment I have my French Breakfast.

Sil

wooohoooo!!! love this one too :)

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54
drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
348 tasting notes

I made this again, this time a cold steep, and this is sadly still not a tea for me.

The cold steep is still quite bitter, as a steepsterite mentioned to me, there is a lot of pith in here somehow. And very strangely maybe there is a touch of cinnamon here? a hint of a spice, lurking in the cold infusion? I sweetened this a lot, iced tea seems to call for it, and it does improve the tea a bit, but still a frustrating tea for me.

Ysaurella

It wasn’t a tea for me neither Teresa.

cteresa

It is an interesting idea though. Glad I only got 50 grams! (thanks to you).

I got to tell you about Route du Temps though, but I must make it again, for a proper taste note and it´s hot (hot is overrated) and I am being wary of caffeine so it might take me a while longer to do a proper taste note of it.

Ysaurella

I’m looking forward to get your opinion about Route du Temps Teresa.

cteresa

I finally wrote a note! It is a very unusual tea IMO, but one I unexpectedly liked very much.

I had fun on that airport shop – it was small, but they did not mind I opened every sample tea. I thought of you, they had The de Paques en vrac, and I also got (for myself) Rouge Opera en vrac which they did not have in the Marais shop except in tins. Though that was a dud, it turned out.

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drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
348 tasting notes

This is a weird tea to judge. I have no experience with real yuzu so just judging the tea on its own. Very scented sour japanese citrus, sounded like a great idea. (I love sour candy….). And it smelled fantastic when I ordered some, but now I have it and brewed it 3 times I still do not quite know what to make of it. It does smell fantastic, like sour citrus chewing gum.

It´s s finicky to brew, I made it Ok (but a bit too cold for my taste) the first time, I scalded it to bitterness the second, this time there is a definite bitterness which I do not know if it´s from the yuzu or the tea, but it´s a bit more intense than the first time. But it´s still not very intense. It does smell, the liquor, fantastic (as I keep repeating), but the taste it´s a bit like that chewing gum after having already been chewed for a while – there is some taste and texture, but not a lot.

Flavors: Citrus

OMGsrsly

I really liked this one, but found there could be quite a lot of pith flavour. And yes, it was such a pain to brew right.

cteresa

It is difficult yes – I am going to try to cold steep it next, hoping it works. I might be unfair and mentally comparing this to Iskandar which is also green and which I bought at the same time!

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