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drank Black Opera by Mariage Frères
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From. Actually I don’t know. Kittenna maybe? I don’t have my spreadsheet to check right now, sorry!! (It’s from VariaTEA! Thank you. :) )

Anyways, it’s fruity. A little creamy maybe. Mostly intensely fruity. If Marco polo had been this fruity I would have liked it more.

I do like it, but I don’t think I like it enough to buy it.

Sorry for the crummy note, tea friends. My smell still isn’t 100% and I am so tired.

2.5 tsp in 16 oz. 3 min at 195F. With a touch of milk.

Fjellrev

Hey, you need to look after yourself, so don’t you dare apologize!

OMGsrsly

I am at work all day today too. Well “all day” as in I strolled in at noon. I just wanna go home.

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Flavors: Spicy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
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I decided to get a little creative and mix the last of my Mariage Freres Rouge Bourbon with some of Butiki’s Root Beer Barrels. I used about 1.5 tsps of each blend in 8oz of boiling water, steeped for 7 minutes. I’m digging the result. The Root Beer Barrels is definitely dominant. The Bourbon is adding a nice creaminess, though. Adding rice milk brings out the vanilla a bit. The root beer flavor still hits first, but it’s mellower. The creamy vanilla-ness lingers for a while after the sip. I like how well these blends work together! This is a sipdown of the Bourbon, which was really enjoyable both on its own and in combination with other blends, a cinnamon stick, or lavender & mint.

Thanks to Dustin for the Bourbon and rosebudmelissa for the Root Beer Barrels! I’m cross-posting, so apologies for the redundancy on your dashboards.

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drank Rouge Bourbon by Mariage Frères
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Thanks to Dustin for sending me some of this! The trick to this blend is to steep it with a cinnamon stick. I don’t know why, but that really brings out the vanilla and a touch of creaminess. The rooibos base here is quite good, too – woody and clean. One of the better vanilla rooibos blends I’ve had.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla, Wood

Jashiin Jashiin

Thanks – what a great suggestion! I didn’t have a stick, so I simply added some ground cinnamon to the leaves. Terrific! Some time ago I’ve moved on to MF’s Rouge d’Automne, and had a large stash of unused Rouge Bourbon… I guess I’ll go back to vanilla for now :)

Kaylee

So glad you liked it this way!

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Yesterday I went to A Southern Season in Chapel Hill and bought a tiny amount of this tea just to see what all the fuss is about with the brand. I am glad I did not purchase a larger amount because this seems like a pretty generic, unremarkable Chinese black tea to me. It’s not a bad tea, and perhaps I’m being a little too hard on it. It would be perfectly pleasant if someone served this to me in a restaurant or at their home. But for the amount of hype and the price — and what shipping from France might have cost me — I want more depth, more flavor, more infusions — and less bitterness… There’s just nothing particularly interesting about the tea. I’d be very sad if I’d actually paid to have a large amount of this shipped from France.

I do realize that the company doesn’t make its finest teas available in US stores, but… This really doesn’t sell me on them at all.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Jashiin Jashiin

The funny thing is, MF really have a lot of fantastic Yunnan black teas – e.g. Yunnan d’Or, Aiguilles d’Or, etc. I could never understand why they chose Yunnan Imperial as the “classic black tin” variety. Never warmed to it myself.

Just a suggestion – if you ever come across more MF teas, do try some of their own harvests, i.e. limited Darjeelings, Thai oolongs, and black teas from Nepal. I’m sure a sip of Red Himalaya or a cup of Thai Beauty will melt away any bad feelings you may have after Yunnan Imperial.

kristinalee

This is good to know. It’s just really not that interesting, but I’ll keep an eye out for the others.

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Dry leaves give of a rather overpowering scent of citrus fruits – quite tangy, and just a little bit sweet. No wonder, since MF mentions 7 types of citrus fruits here! But there are also flowers, safflower among them, which gives off a very particular scent. The tea itself isn’t as strong as the smell – in fact, quite soft, almost tender if it weren’t for some citrus astringency. Most teas of this series have a comparable body.

Like many MF teas, this one is fun to experiment with. One day it had a very strong orange note. Another day, another flavour – like a mix of light citrus juices with tea (if this sounds disgusting, I can’t help it – can’t find other words for it). Last time I brewed this, lime was the leading note. I’m not a very big fan of citrus fruits, but if you are, I’m sure you’ll find this fascinating – like discovering a whole different side to your favorite flavours. Unfortunately, the tea is quite expensive, and I think a bit overpriced.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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Yummmm, OMGsrsly sends great random samples. :) This is a very nice chai, spicy and warming, good for a cold winter morning.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Opium Hill by Mariage Frères
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I waited a year and a half to taste this tea. I stopped buying tea for three months so that I could get a cup when I as in Paris. It was all worth it. The aroma itself was worth it.

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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This was one of the 30 tea samples from MF that my wife bought me for my 30th birthday. It was delicious. A great balance between the tea and the fruit. With one sip Trader Joe’s Mango Black stopped tasting good.

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drank Phénix by Mariage Frères
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This was a good black tea. Not incredibly memorable, nor better than Wedding Imperial or Pleine Lune, but a good flavored black tea in the chocolae, caramel flavor profile.

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GCTTB

yes i know…blergamot. freely chosen by yours truly. this doesn’t much taste like an earl grey to me. it’s there…if i focus on it, but for the most part this tastes more like a black breakfast like tea. it might be an age thing or the result of travelling around in the box, but this is nicely subdued and overall a really pleasant cup. there’s a bit of malt there and the brew is smooth. nice!

K S

I knew it. Hell has frozen over! hahaha!

Sil

well yes…hence the weather everywhere! :)

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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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A good blend of black teas, typically English. I like this one the morning

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

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One of my favourite tea in the morning.
It’s a black tea with delicious flavors (French specialty: brioche).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to beelicious for this sample! I’ve been really impressed with the Mariage Freres teas I’ve tried so far and this one was no exception: smooth and creamy with a fantastic rich caramel flavor and a hint of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. I noticed no bitterness and just the slightest bit of astringency after a 5-minute steep. And as a bonus, the teabags are adorable: little cheesecloth sacks that look to be hand-tied with very elegant black and gold tags. I will definitely be ordering from this company at some point in the future!

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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I don’t really have any teas in sip down range so I’m visiting an old favorite tonight.
This is just a really nice fruity black. Some say finicky – that might be true, but it always seems to work for me if I do 95C for 2.5 minutes. About 2tsp in my Davids perfect mug…
There is just something about the gentleness of the French teas….

Indigobloom

This one is amazing. A friend of mine always makes it with a small teaspoon of strawberry jam. I’ve been meaning to try it out myself one day!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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I was super excited that Cameron B. gave me the opportunity to try this. I have wanted to try Mariage Frères for a long time since it seems like such a popular company.
Today was actually the best day I’ve had physically this entire year, so I got to try a bunch of black teas that have been waiting for me to try! Figured it was about time I tried this one!
So, if the black tea base was not so strong I probably would have liked this a lot more. But for the most part, when I drink a flavored tea I don’t really wanna taste the base of the tea, unless it really complements the flavors well. Which kinda feels rare in my book. :( I feel like black teas must just be hard to flavor because they tend to overrule the other flavors.
I really like the strawberry and creamy notes in this tea. The black tea base kinda ruined it for me. It really overpowered the cup, so that was a bummer. If they had made the flavors a bit more strong this tea would be perfect!
Least in my book. But clearly this one isn’t for me.
Thanks for the sample, Cameron B.!

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Strawberry

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Warning: this review involves abusive levels of oversteeping and inappropriate water temperatures. Sensitive readers are advised to read my main Opéra review instead: http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/286519

Excellent travel tea under adverse conditions! A few days ago I put 2tsp in my tea thermos with hot water before leaving for work. Had no opportunity to remove/empty the steeping basket so it stayed in there all day. There was one cold-water refill and one hot-water refill in said thermos. I don’t know whether it was the alternating cold/hot water or something else, but it still tasted delicious at 9pm and never got that bitter flavor that over-brewed green tea sometimes has. (Now whether I should have been drinking caffeinated tea at 9pm is another question entirely.)

Some people may consider this to be horrible treatment of a good tea, but there are days when one needs a tea that maintains its class and poise under rugged conditions, and this, my friends, is that tea.

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Green

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp

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A fruity green tea. It can have different flavors depending on brewing time: it starts out with a light floral taste but with longer brewing (about 5+ min?) the green tea begins to take over.

I tend to think of this as my “green Marco Polo” (even though MF does have a Thé Vert Marco Polo, and this is not it) because they have similar complex fruity/berry flavor. In the tin they even smell similar, but in the cup the l’Opéra is more floral and less berry.

COMMUTER NOTES: Loose tea. No problem with the leaves being left in the cup for a long time (and also tastes good cold).

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Fruity, Green

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drank Genmaicha by Mariage Frères
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I have not had a lot of genmaicha teas. The first one I tried was from a purchase, from probably one of those generic german blenders. I thought it quite strange at first and downgraded it for gardening tea, tea I have while doing some (lazy gardening) on winter weekend mornings (when it´s not raining or TOO dreary. lazy…). And somehow it really worked for that purpose, the toastiness and the green energy, I have been quite fond of it. I was very curious about what a better version of genmaicha would be like, and Ysaurella was kind enough to send me some.

And this is probably going on my shopping list. It really is a different, much more refined, hints of floral genmaicha than the one I had before. Really lovely, I am converted. Though I am also wondering about Lupicia´s genmaicha teas….

Arameya

I started a comment about how I found the green tea from MF surprisingly weak, then realised that your log is about genmaicha. Then realised I don’t actually know what green tea my partner got — to him, if the tea is green in colour, then it’s ‘green tea’. It’s MF — and that’s all I know!

Anyways, drink and garden on!

cteresa

Green teas from MF, ah, it can be all kinds of different. Some of the flavoured ones are really light (I just got yuzu temple and I am sure I am brewing it wrong somehow), but a few are not weak – Fuji-yama maybe as an example.

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