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Hm. Fig tea, like Figue Fraiche? Sounds yummy. I’m getting little fig out of this however, although there is the mouthfeel of having just bitten into one. Something rich and fruity, with some vanilla. Or perhaps I underleafed, and this required a bit more tea than I’m used to? It’s pleasant, however likely something I’ll finish up and then leave it off my wish list in the future.
Thank you to Ysurella for sharing this with me; I doubt I would have been able to try it otherwise.3/4 tsp in 3/4 cup
Another oolong from Ysaurella it appears that today was the day that i decided to drink a number of the teas she sent me. This one, is an interesting tea. I an enjoying it, though it doesn’t do nearly the same things to me as it does my favourite companion from france :) However, this could almost….almost teach me to enjoy oolongs! thank you for sharing!
Ysaurella sent this my way and after smelling it, i didn’t actually think i would enjoy this one. Well, I was wrong. :) It won’t be my favourite MF tea but there is something intriguing about this particular blend even though there is a note in there that confuses me. This is a pleasant fruity tea with maybe a hint of floral to it, but clearly nothing overly strong or i wouldn’t like it. The fig is hiding in this a little but it’s there if you look for it.
Thank you madam! this was a pleasant surprise :)
i had a cup of this tonight to try and relax and enjoy something new. Sadly i was distracted and didn’t pay enough attention to this one from Ysaurella what i do remember is being pleasantly surprised by it as i didn’t bother reading to find out what sort of tea it was. tasty for sure! thankfully i have a bit more of this from my lovely french swapping partner to try it again!
Thank you Aimee Popovacki for sharing a sample of this tea. It is always exciting to get a chance to try something that is not easily accessible (as is the case with Mariage Frere teas) so I was happy when I saw this in our swap.
Unfortunately, sipping on this tea, I am not so happy. It is soapy and astringent and rather unpleasant. This is just not for me and now I know for sure.
This was sent to me by the wonderful Sil.
Having this tea as I’m getting ready to go out.
Whoa! Did not expect to like it this much. I have no idea what’s in a French Breakfast, and Mariage Frères not giving any detailed info on most of their blends, there’s no way of knowing. It bugs me cause I like to know exactly what I’m having.
The smell once brewed gave me the impression it was going to be smoky. Not in a Lapsang kind of way, but more of a Keemun. Smoky yes, but it doesn’t taste nearly as much as it smells and that makes me happy. Not a fan of heavy smoke. I forgot to examine the dry blend of my sample, but from the look of the picture and the taste, I would think golden tip Assam, and maybe Darjeeling and Ceylon? I’m just guessing here, from the level of fruitiness and astringency. (I steeped a good five minutes, 2 tsp in a 12oz mug.)
Anyways, whatever is in there, it’s a lovely tea, gave me the kick I needed to go and accomplish undesired duties!
Thanks a lot Sil, really digging this one :-)
Thank you Cavocorax for this tea. The dry leaf smelled really great but it did not transfer into the taste for me. I followed Mariage Freres instructions and I am getting a fair bit of astringency. It is malty and astringent and just not for me.
Could it be that this is actually better now that it’s aged a little bit? It could be that or the fact that I have been seriously working on my over-leafing habit. Either way, it was kind of too tannic for me at first. This is quite nice, but I don’t know if I’ll order this again soon. It’s pretty pricey for something that I don’t really love, but maybe it’s worth it for someone who loves First Flush Darjeeling Teas.
Scheherazade shared this with me, and it was one that I didn’t even know that I was interested in at all! Only once I had it, it turned out that I was.
I had the black version of MP through a swap years ago, and I seem to recall that I rather liked it. At the time I didn’t understand why a rooibos version even existed, because I didn’t care for rooibos at all during that time. Later on I forgot all about it. It’s not a blend that you see around on Steepster a lot after all.
It’s weird actually, that period. It lasted several years. I started out quite liking rooibos, both unflavoured and flavoured. Then I suddenly couldn’t stand the stuff no matter how it came. That went on for years. I even gave all my rooibos blends to Husband back when he was still Boyfriend. Then Cteresa sent me a rooibos blend with vanilla and strawberry I think it was, which I dutifully tried because I feel that when someone shares something with you, it’s polite to at least give it a go with as open a mind as one can muster, even when it’s something one doesn’t expect to like very much. So I tried the blend Cteresa shared with me and was promptly knocked clean off my feet and I gave a score of 90-something points.
So now, suddenly, I rather enjoy rooibos blends again, although I still don’t care for unflavoured rooibos. That tastes a bit like chewing a pencil.
And I’ve clean forgotten where I was going with this.
Anyway, I can’t remember what goes into a Marco Polo blend on any base, but I think it was something with chocolate and strawberry. I believe there was a third thing, but I can’t say what it might be.
Well, it smells like chocolate and strawberry and rooibos, so so far so good.
It also tastes quite like strawberry, but not so much like chocolate. I’m getting a bit of that on the swallow, but otherwise it just tastes fruity.
I have previously elaborated on my difficulties with chocolate flavoured blends, so all in all I found this a remarkably pleasant blend.
Although it seems to have given me hiccups.
Okay, my tastebuds must really be off, because this is tasting merely mediocre to me at this moment – or as someone said to me last night, “Aggressively mediocre.” I get a bit of astringency, a hint of maybe burnt butter or maybe (if I stretch) caramel, and that’s about it. Boo me. I should stick to teas that I like less already right now, methinks.
So good. So, so good. I could smell the delightful spices, even though all I could taste was the tiny bit of astringency from the black tea.
Yeah. I can sniff things and smell them sort of, but I can’t taste. All I want to do is enjoy my tea!
Oh, also! I have appointment at the walk-in clinic! Isn’t that nice? And I went washing machine shopping with a friend and came home with a rose plant. Not quite sure how that happened, but maybe the thorns will teach the kitten to not eat my plants…
It is time to go into another happy place. I have a lot of work to do before I can study for another midterm next Tuesday. Luckily Monday is a holiday, however I have plans to go into San Francisco for part of that day.
Light with a hint of floral. Next month my friend is going to Paris for her honeymoon so I asked her to get me some MF teas while she was there.
Soo, umm, accidentally hitting “esc” loses you your tasting note. The more you know.
Anyways, this is sweetly caffeinated.
Sweet fruity genericness and lovely black tea, because I still have my cold. I do like this one, but I don’t think I’d get 100g.
Thanks, MissB. :)
I got a tin of this by accident – thought I had ordered the Marco Polo black while trying to find a suitable alternative to my favorite TWG 1837 Black, which I usually pick up while on business trips in Asia. I was not disappointed one bit, however, once I opened the tin and took that first whiff of the leaves. The ripe and dark berry smell was magic!! Blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, black raspberries, loganberries.. all muddled with some flower blossoms… but, I thought.. will this go as well with green tea as with black?
Surprisingly well, it appears. There are two reasons this doesn’t get a 90+ score from me, however. The liquor has a lot more floral notes to compliment the berries when compared to my beloved 1837 black, which has caramel notes instead of floral. However, this is not a terribble thing because sometimes I want a bit more flowers in my berry-green but not jasmine, and this tea hits the spot perfectly. The second reason it’s not a 90+ is that I only really get 2 solid infusions out of this at 175 (2 mins, 1 min), and they need to be combined post-brew into 1 batch for a good balance. The first infusion has the green tea flavor way too faint, and by the second steeping the floral notes are mostly gone and berry notes completely gone. A third steeping (at 2 mins) produces a mild, weak green tea. I haven’t taken this beyond 3 infusions.
I can’t wait to try the Marco Polo black tea after this though…
Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers
When I opened the bag of this tea, all I could smell was rooibos. It made my tongue feel dry just smelling it! Spaced it during stepping and left it sitting for a few minutes longer than intended, but hey, the dishes got done so it is still a win.
I really don’t taste anything on the actual sip, but as soon as it goes down I get a fruity flavor on the aftertaste followed by strong rooibos. I’m keeping in mind that it has been an allergy-rific day for me, but I don’t remember this tea wowing me last time we met. The longer aftertaste is a pretty even mixture of woodsy rooibos and fruit. I have read that this is supposed to be cherry, but I’m just not able to pick that out. This rates as pretty meh for me.
Thank you greenteafairy for sending me a sample of this. I’ve been eyeing the Héritage Gourmand collection on Marriage Frères website for a while now because they look so good, but I’ve been hesitant to purchase these teas without trying them first because of the price. But this tea was incredible. The flavoring was wonderful and the texture was perfect- it is so, so smooth and, yes, almost custard-like. This is definitely going on my shopping list!
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
Thank you to both The Teaist and Scheherazade for sharing this tea with me. I expected to love it given the rave reviews but tbh I am less than impressed. It is good but nothing I would write home about.
Today, I am comparing it both hot and cold brewed. Personally I think I prefer it cold brewed as there is a nice berries and floral element that really shines. Hot the flavors are a touch muted. Although ultimately I will not miss either flavor profiles now that the tea is gone. Nonetheless, I am extremely grateful I got to try this.