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Delicate and refreshing! Very good!
Love it love it love it! It’s delicious! A never disapointing tea!
Delicate and delicious, full of flavor!
Take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got
Not much of a girlfriend, never seem to get a lot
Take a jumbo across the water, like to see America
See the girls in California
I’m hoping it’s going to come true but there’s not a lot I can do …..
No idea if this blend is a tribute to Supertramp’s song breakfast in America…but it makes the job !
What a lovely naturally malted and chocolatey blend. The base is not as strong as I feared but yes, it reminds me a little Wedding Impérial, I agree cteresa.
For me I keep my Wedding because there is caramel inside but this one is really a very good MF and for sure it will go sometimes in my cupboard.
Thank you so much for sharing this one with me cteresa.
Another plain tea I love !
Tried this without milk for the first time this morning. I brewed it a little lighter than I would otherwise, to try and avoid an overwhelming bergamot/astringency experience.
I needn’t have worried, though, because it turned out perfect! Lovely, mellow black tea base, with a nice citrussy top note. I always find the scent of earl grey really calming, so this was a good choice for my first day in my new job. I’ve been moved to a different team to the one I was going to be joining originally, but hopefully it should be permanent if HR can be encouraged to jolly along. Anyway, it was a tiring, fairly stressful day, but this tea helped to make it that much better.
This tastes like a memory I’m having trouble placing, something from childhood. Candy strawberry and flowers, a memory-provoking perfume. I’d say it’s a little like those tinned little fruity hard candies from Europe, or even slightly like the gooey centers in those strawberry candies, sized and textured like lozenges, that come in wrappers designed to resemble a (clip art-ish) fresh strawberry, you know the ones I mean? A bit like that. I loved those and would gorge on ‘em ’til my teeth hurt when I was a kid (and I wasn’t really a candy person in general). So this was a sweet reminder this morning of something I used to be very fond of as a kid. The French and their perfuming skills!
That said, this does still have that tinge of fruit-tart bitterness that seems inevitable whenever strawberry mixes with black tea. It’s not something I enjoy. But it’s almost worth it, for that sense memory the smell and the front of the sip give me.
We went to the zoo today and I rushed out the door without any tea and while we had a great AWESOME day, (especially because no one was there!) I’m totally drained and in need of tea.
I wanted something fantastic, and this is it.
I can’t believe JustJames sent a sample of this as I would totally be tempted to hoard it. :P OTOH, when you have something fantastic it’s exciting to see how others like it too. Either way, THANK YOU. :P
And so, how to describe this? I wish I hadn’t drank all of this today in a way because my head isn’t quite able to describe this.
It’s liquid moonlight. Vanilla dancing with cornflowers. Soft perfume floating in the air and a touch of sweet blackberry fruit to give it some weight.
I had Adagio’s Jane Austen Mafia yesterday, and this is the grown-up version of that. Superb.
A tasty treat from Sil!
This cup is just what I needed to wake up and focus on some homework! It’s a bit thick and a little astringent. This seems like it would be the perfect tea to have with milk, but I’m having it plain today. I catch some smoke and some floral notes as well. The floral notes come towards the end of the sip and help to round out the cup. The smoky flavors are quite mild which is nice as I don’t care very much for teas with heavy smoke. There is a bit of a lingering sweetness with the astringency — quite brisk yet smooth. I’m excited to see how this one will be with milk — I’ll add it next time! Thank you to Scheherazade for sharing!
sipdown! the last little bit of this, i set aside for Cavocorax. I have enjoyed this one, though I have found many other teas that i love more. However, i wouldn’t turn this one down ever, if it was offered :)
I think I’ve only actually had one cup of this, which is a shame as it’s a really nice Earl Grey. The bergamot smells quite strong initially, but it’s not overpowering once brewed. The black base is strong enough to withstand milk, but smooth enough to drink without, too. I like a versatile EG.
I’m going to try and pay more attention to the MF teas in my stash, I think. They’re not crazily flavoured, or brightly eye-catching like some of the other teas I’ve collected, but they are really nice. Yay for that.
Sipdown, 118. This one turned out to be a good one to finish up via cold brew. This brew in particular came out really well. The flavors are nicely balanced and the result is overall slightly sweet in the aftertaste. The last MF tea in my stash!
Lovely vanillic overtones, with notes of hazelnuts and apricots. Lighter than expected, very little malt. Clean finish with mild tannins. Dark, reddish color in the cup.
My lips and mouth are still swollen and burning from Bolero earlier today, so I should probably hold off on rating anything else until I’m done. :( Still, I did brew a few cups of this and therefore wanted to log it.
Smells like marzipan a bit as I opened the tin, and something chemical-ish. It’s normally what I associate with some sort of processed nut flavoring, although I’m still puzzled by it. Steeped, this smells more like cloves and cinnamon than anything.
This tastes like a nice black chai with some almonds in the finish. The orange is very subtle, and I only got it after adding some Truvia. It’s well into the sip, and lingers a bit along with the cinnamon/spice. Oddly, I get zero almond or marzipan taste, although this does feel creamy.
Would be delicious as a latte! Will have to try later when the reaction has disappeared completely.
Oh! Also, this is listed as “Esprit de Noel” on my tin.
This is a beautiful tea, both in how it smells and what it looks like. My immediate thought was Mediterranean, which is a bit odd considering I think more olives, feta and pasta -like smells when thinking of that part of the world. The apricot/peach is strong, as is something else fruity and deep.
I was a bit concerned with my first sip that there are strawberries in here, which I’m allergic to. I tried finding a list of ingredients however I gave up; the box just says black tea, cornflower, mallow and flavors. Sigh.
I took two sips, even though the first one confirmed for me there are strawberries in here, I just had to taste to make sure. (Call me willful). It’s a tart, earl grey -like black, with apricot and peaches at the forefront, and I think a flowery fig in there somewhere, too. Definitely strawberries as well, and something rosey. I’d love it and drink more if I could, and it would likely hold up well to some cream and sugar.
And so, I will package this up for my teenage daughter to drink, because I know she’ll love it. If anyone would like to try some of this in the impending swaps, let me know.
Which, incidentally, three packages showed up today, however Canada Post just left the note to pick them up tomorrow. I’m really hoping it’s my Red Leaf and 52Teas orders! :)
Nom. Om nom nom.
This is exactly what I wanted this morning. And I think it might be my favourite chai, so I might have to get another container of it. eep!
Today the ginger, cardamom and pepper came through strongly. Delicious with some cream and a little honey.
It did well with a 4 minute steep as well. I might even try 5 minutes next time!
I think one of the reasons I like this chai so much is that there isn’t a sickly sweet cinnamon flavour. Cinnamon is sweet, yes, but I don’t want my tea to taste like Mike & Ike’s Hot Tamales.
I had this one tonight – we went out to visit friends who had a baby about a month ago. He is adorable! I have pretty much not accomplished any sipdowns this weekend, which is a sad, sad, thing since i know i’ll be picking up a couple teas at winners/holt’s tomorrow simply because the opportunity to pick up french teas are far and few between here in canada. While that means an increase in cupboard size, i’ve been pretty good about not buying teas recently. I still love this tea, and i’m sure that once it’s gone, i’ll find some way of restocking it :)
I think I may have lost it today. First I got this tea – $24 for 100g. Then I got the new DavidsTea Nordic mug with trees. Then I went to Bayswater and got 100g of each tea rather than the 50g I actually needed. Then I got a sample at Steam Tea House (as well as some tea for a friend).
Anyway, I really like this one. Really REALLY like it. This is the masala chai I’ve been looking for. Totally worth it. And I love my mug, too, even though I would rather have multicoloured mountains on a Nordic mug. This is a lovely 2nd choice. :)
(6g tea, 16oz water, a couple spoonfuls of maple whipped cream.)
A while ago I cold steeped this but then declared that I preferred it hot to cold, so I never tried to cold brew it again. Howeer, I was curious so I decided to go for it, and as it turns out, it is quite good cold. Perhaps it was just a better batch this time. And the cold brew has officially brought this one down into the sipdownable category, so yay.