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My last bag of this! We are entering our deep freeze weekend, so I will be drinking LOTS of tea in the next three or four days. Right now it’s -4F (-20C) and that’s the warmest it will be until Tuesday. It’s possible that I will skip church on Sunday as it is expected to be -23 with a wind chill of -40. It will get up to -12F during the afternoon, but Monday will be even colder. See? Excellent tea drinking weather! The perfect weekend to snuggle at home with a book and tea.
I am not tremendously fond of rooibos, but it’s not bad here. I’ve been impressed with the Mariage Freres teas I’ve tried. Although I won’t stock this one in my 20 Teas tea chest I’m glad to have tried it.
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
special tea this morning. My other half splurged on this tea when we went to paris for me. I ADORE the white tea (yes white tea…) in this line and so he wanted to pick that one up along with the black tea for me to try. I don’t pull this one out of the cupboard often – i probably should more often, but when i do, it’s delicious. malty, spicy, fruity…just delicious.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I had a teeeeeeeensy bit of this tea left. I remember drinking it when I could smell and LOVING its smooth, creamy flavor. I’ve been sick since Sunday and I decided I deserved to have the tea tonight. This time it was blah, with a hit of astringency at the end of the sip. :( :( :(
I don’t want to whine about being sick. It seems I always get sick right around this time of the year. It usually turns into bronchitis, sino-bronchitis, or even pneumonia. So I am going to baby myself. I worked a few hours today, but tomorrow if I feel even a little sick when I get up I’m calling in. There is no reason to push myself and make it worse.
(see? That wasn’t whining. That was me being an adult.)
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.
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