Mariage Frères

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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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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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74
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1641 tasting notes

When this tea works, it works SO WELL. When it doesn’t, it’s bitter and undrinkable. Because of that, I’d never buy any, but because Sil gave it to me, I am enjoying a cup now, and have enough for one cup later on. Today it’s almost perfect. I’m getting jammy strawberries and other warm fruits, and it’s only slightly bitter. I count that as a win.

Dexter

Don’t you just hate it when teas don’t behave….

QueenOfTarts

I’ve had the same experience with this tea. It’s either perfect or really, really off.

Cavocorax

It’s so disappointing! When I first had it, it was SO GOOD. I would have been very upset if I had bought a tin based on that cup!

Sil

i, thankfully didn’t buy it – my parents brought it for me. :)

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86

So when I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, I actually did manage to visit a couple of tea shops including Mariage Freres and Kusmi Tea. In general, the teas that I smelled at Mariage Freres came off too perfume-y or artificial to me in the store. In addition to that, I was pressed for time and the shop was busy with many customers, so I did not end up getting anything there. Now that I’m re-tasting this tea, which was so generously sent to me by Stephanie, I’m kind of regretting not carving out more time to really poke around and actually talk to some of the salespeople. This tea does such a nice job of balancing the almond, spices, and black tea base in almost a creamy sort of way. On the other hand, perhaps it was good that I didn’t stick around too long because I already have enough tea as it is! Anyway, looks like my next cuppa will be my last of this tea, so I’ll be sad when it’s gone.

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
341 tasting notes

This sample comes to me from EvaGrimm Thank you!

I have been quite on here for a bit. I have been drinking tea, but it has been a bit more limited than normal. The heat has me running from the hot drink, and I haven’t found myself making too much ice tea, or finding the worlds to write about the ones I have been drinking.

Ever since falling in love with a few french teas, this has been on my wish list since it is something that can be purchased here in the U.S and seems to be fairly popular. The smell of this is wonderful, but the taste for me was way different than I was expecting. I was expecting a candy strawberry flavor, but instead I got a floral fake berry taste. It was okay, but not great. I think I will try this one again with sugar, and also maybe iced. I really want to love this one, but I think my first impression is not love at first sight.

mj

Where did you buy it?

TeaTiff

I received some of this in a swap from EvaGrimm. I have seen it at Dean and Deluca’s online though.

mj

Um, yes, I do see that you got in a swap now. It was only right in front of my face! Sorry, totally on the struggle bus today. But you are right that they do sell it at Dean and Deluca’s. Interesting….

TeaTiff

Haha! The struggle bus! I haven’t heard that one before. That comment cracked me up.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
57 tasting notes

The expectations that go with the name of this blend as well as the rather attractive packing leaves one utterly disappointed when it comes to the tea itself.

As soon one opens the tin an almost overwhelming smell of artificial flavors do penetrate the nose. Vanilla and Strawberry…not sure where to find the connection of those ‘fruity notes’ with China or Tibet.

After infusing the tea leafs the water colors nicely. But by now the whole room is filled with a scent that comes closer to American cotton candy or Jelly Beans then the Himalaya.
After drinking the first cup of well infused tea comes the conclusion that the taste of the actual tea leaf is very weak. The brew does taste thin. The aftertaste disappears far too quickly.
The awakening effect is surprisingly weak considering the cut size of the leafs.

This tea blend could however turn out to be interesting if tamed down with a adding of Assam leafs or a rough sort of Pu-Erh.

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

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97
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1693 tasting notes

Down to the last few cups’ worth in the tin, but today, I thought its fruity goodness and exploratory personality was fitting, as I have just received an interesting bit of genealogical news from my sister, who’s seriously into all that ancestry stuff—I am possibly the eleventh great granddaughter of Christopher Newport, a founder of the Jamestown colony and (drum roll)…a pirate! (See http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Newport_Christopher_1561-after_August_15_1617 if you’re into that history stuff.)

Sister insists that the connection is not perfectly verified at this time, to which I replied, “Aw, who’ll know? Let’s take it and sail with it, matey!”

OMGsrsly

Rrr, me matey. :)

TheTeaFairy

How exciting!!!

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84

Received a sample of this in a swap with QueenOfTarts. Thanks a ton!

Parameters:
Pre-boil water
1.5tsp / 10oz
2 min

This is really nice. I was worried that it wouldn’t taste as good as it smelled. The wet and dry leaf has an aroma of vanilla, caramel, and lightly buttered popcorn. (I’ve come to realize that I love buttery popcorn-like tea, whether it’s the result of additives or a straight tea!) Many people have said that this tea is bold but I don’t think it’s a punchy Assam base at all. It’s a little fruity, silky and smooth. The fruit flavor is unidentifiable to me. Whatever it is, it’s bright and almost citrusy. It’s way smoother than I would have expected. There is a touch of malt at the end of each sip, but nothing that makes me think “chocolate”. It’s more of a nutty, caramel popcorn tea to me. The tea base and flavoring are in equal balance. Neither overpowers the other. I brewed a second cup for 3 minutes.; it mellowed out without any significant loss of flavor.

I broke out some Biscoff cookies to eat with this tea and it was OMG delicious!

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Malt, Nutty, Smooth, Vanilla

Ost

Sounds amazing!

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74

I didn’t touch this tea since almost one year as I’ve been disapointed with it.
But tonight is the THE night I dare to make another cup and this is really nice : I didn’t respect anything MF wrote about steeping parameters and this is it !
I have a lovely pleasant cup, nothing exceptional but a lovely tea.
I’m bumping my rating so :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Little tea rebel ;-)

Ysaurella :) I recommend anyone to react as a tea rebel with MF steeping parameters because I discover they are wrong especially for Black & Oolong teas on their website because they don’t adapt them to each tea …strangely because they do in their tea rooms.

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79

Mmmm!

I say that with an exclamation point rather than a period because I am surprised.

I had decided that if I didn’t like a Mariage Freres version of chai tea then I was officially not a fan of chai at all.

However, I found it really pleasant and non-offensive!

At first I drank half the cup black, then decided that the only time I’ve really enjoyed chai was in latte form, so I decided at least to add milk and coconut sugar!

Then I really liked it. It became creamier, more desserty, and the spices were toned down which I prefer. Because this one is peppery and strong!

I will keep my mind open to chai tea in the future knowing how good it is with milk!

Thanks for the sample, OMGsrsly!

(PS – even a much weaker second steep was good with milk and sugar!)

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90

I spent all my day with this unique tea. This morning and tonight as well. In the middle I went out with my daughter in a funfair.

Weather is quite hot around and Darjeelings are the type of hot teas I can drink with pleasure during summer time. They are refreshing teas, energizing teas. Not heavy at all, light but deep on the same time. Deep joy.

I particularly enjoy sungmas and this Mariage Frères is really a staple for me.

Flavors: Muscatel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Hope you had fun with your daughter at the fair :-)

Ysaurella

she had a lot of fun with one of her ‘old’ friends :) and we ate waffles…so yes lot of fun and calories !

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83

Ooooh my, it may be nearing the end of June, but when I put this in my mouth, I felt like it was Christmas time, oh yes. Adding a bit of sweetener really made it shine, and every sip was a glorious tribute to fruitcake. Without really knowing why, I would say this tea tastes glittery. There’s a very bright note in there that just totally makes it. Thank you SO much for sending this Miss B, you made my day.

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75

The first infusions’ liquor is bright yellow/green colour and quite clear and pure. It has a mellow taste and a hint of bitterness towards at the very end. The second infusion has a nice consistency of taste but the third (and last) infusion was flat and lost its roundness. The shop assistant did recommended me to brew it for two infusions only.

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drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
2309 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster!
I’m happy to report I can finally breathe this morning. Last night was kind of rough though, I was coughing throughout my entire class and then couldn’t fall asleep until around 3 am. Ick.

I’ve had this tea a few times now and this seems a difficult one to get “right”. I think I happened upon success today with 3 minutes at around 200 F. It has green tea in it, as well as black, which makes the steeping parameters a bit tricky. I’m getting the candied orange and vanilla notes quite prominently and this is an easy one to sip on plain. It seems like more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea — it has a sweetness about it due to the flavoring I’m not keen on.

It’s nice but I don’t plan to restock it once it’s gone. Maybe snooty French teas are not my thing as I haven’t been too impressed with anything I’ve had from MF so far, even the esteemed Marco Polo just missed the mark for me. This is another one I’d be happy to swap out if anyone wants to try it. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Rouge Sahara by Mariage Frères
328 tasting notes

How I misjudged this… I got it on the recommendation of the saleslady, and it was not the rooibos i was looking for. First couple times I tried it hot, I disliked it – I am coming to realize I dislike the flavour of mint brewed in boiling water. But after i discovered the cold brewing process, oh it was love. This just might be of my favorite iced teas ever – the rooibos, the mint, the rose.

Finished but a rebuy for sure.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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My husband came home yesterday after spending 5 days camping at a music festival with his brothers, as well as good food withdrawal he also has good tea withdrawal. Our first morning together after he’s back (since all he did yesterday was sleep) so it’s time to get back to our routine. That means time for me, and this mornings tea will be Earl Grey.

The loose blend has a mild and very sweet bergamot scent that is smooth which is unusual for citrus.

Served with milk.

Tea is velvety with light, sweet, candied bergamot tones which give a refreshing after taste. It’s extremely light for an Earl Grey though and I am missing a purer bergamot in this blend. It could be my English side which is my reason for loving very strong Earl Grey. The black base is malty with soft wood notes and it’s gentleness works well with the mild bergamot.

It’s a nice tea but not strong enough for me, I like the base but I really do prefer a waxier, stronger bergamot in my EG.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
ashmanra

This sounds really good!

Sarsonator

Sounds lovely! I am still on the hunt for the perfect EG.

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