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Received a sample of this in a swap with QueenOfTarts. Thanks a ton!
1.5tsp / 10oz
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
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!)
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.
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.
I added milk to this morning’s cup and I think it’s a good thing I did. The milk adds a bit of creaminess and fullness to the cup. Without it, it could get a little bit thin and almost coppery? The start of the sip is mostly vanilla and rum for me and it slowly turns into a thick and sweet butterscotch flavor. This flavor works really well with the tea base which comes as a surprise since I thought the two would clash. The tea leaf and the flavor are balanced quite well!
This was a nice and sweet cup of tea to start my day. I don’t think I would buy more simply because there are other flavors that I enjoy more, but it’s certainly a must-try for those who like butterscotch! Thank you ToiToi for a sample of this.
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.
This comes out of my MissB box of tea (I’ve kept all the samples she sent me in the original box, because it feels like a present each time I open it… haha). I wanted a full flavoured black this morning, and boy am I pleased.
Cinnamon is the predominant flavour to me, but followed right on its heels are toasted nuts, raisins, and baked apples….
It really reminds me of a yeasted breakfast bread, heavily spiced, with a drizzle of sweet glaze on top…. Maybe like a “King’s Cake”? The yeasted, woven type (I make one every year at the holidays…).
This is incredibly delicious and probably one of my favourite ‘cinnamon’ teas I’ve tasted so far. Thanks so much, MissB!
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Raisins, Roasted nuts
A good formosa-style flavored oolong. The initial steep is floral, almond and cherry scented. There’s some sumptuous and dessert-like about the scent.
MF did a great job with the flavoring – it’s not overpowering, and all but disappears on the second steep.
Queued post, written April 30th 2014
I got this one out fo the EU TTB round 2, because it was something to do with vanilla. Might as well be honest here. Vanilla lures me in every time. (Except when it’s in rooibos with no other flavour than vanilla. That vanilla rooibos from Simpson & Vail that tasted like a mouthful of shampoo is quite unforgettable). I’m also attracted to autumn blends for some reason. Much more than I am to blends related to any other season.
Looking at the description, though, I’m not sure how autumnal I find it. Chestnut, yes, that’s pretty autumnal, but vanilla? Not really. If vanilla is anything at all it’s winter-y for me. This is a subjective matter, though, and it’s not so winter-y that I won’t happily consume all the vanilla-related things all the year round.
I’ve had roasted chestnuts before and thought they were… well, frankly, quite strange. Not unpleasant, but certainly not my idea of a treat either. Sort of a mix between a sweet potato and a nut. I have also had them cooked in food where I find them far more appealing, but I’ve never had them in tea before.
I used all the leaf in the sample, sharing a pot with Husband when he came home from work, and wish I could give you a complete description of it, but it was had while we were having our bit of a chat about our days and such and then later I was… distracted.
I do remember, however, that I found it a pleasant cup. Not super chestnut-y as I’ve got to know them in my limited experience, but there was definitely something nutty in there. And also a fair bit of quite sweet vanilla. It felt a little bit sugared really, which was a little too much for me.
alors thé vert de pâque je l’ai eu par ma maman pour pâque justement j’ai eu les deux versions thé vert et thé noir et je les adore il sont frais agréable un vrai délices de les prendre je préfère le vert qui est plus frais … je l’ai aime beaucoup je les mets avec un sucre speciale le sucre candi blanc de chez Mariage frères aussi car j’ai eu se sucre en même temps que ces thé voila la raison … kiss
Ce thé malheureusement ne va pas franchir la barre des 80. Ce thé est vraiment trop parfumé trop fort etc … Mais je l’aime bien malgré sa je me le fais environ une fois par semaine c’est un thé de chez mariages frères qui pour moi est la plus luxueuse marque de thé . Je me le suis acheté en version plus douce qui est Full Moon Party que j’adore . breff les odeurs de ce thé me plaise beaucoup mais peut être un peut trop chargé malheureusement … kiss
coucou , les fille je suis française et ne parle pas très bien anglais j’espère que vous me comprendrez en français et que certaines d’entre vous parle français . Donc ma première revue se porte sur le thé Full Moon Party , c’est mon thé préféré de chez mariages frères qui est inspiré du thé Pleine Lune que j’ai également dans ma collection de chez mariages Frère . Ce thé es mon thé préféré car j’avais gouté le Pleine Lune qui était un peu trop fort a mon gout alors j’ai cherche pour voir si il y’avait une version du pleine lune mais en plus doux et oui je l’ai trouver . Dés que je le prends j’ai l’impression d’être autre part pas chez moi c’est une sensations unique que je n’avait jamais ressentit avant quand je prenez mon bol de thé tout les matin . Résultat je le prends pratiquement tout les jours et c’est un vrai bonheur je l’ai fini hier mais je le rachèterais évidemment . Le seul petit problème c’est que ce thé ne peut pas être acheté avec le grammage que l’on souhaite il est vendu dans une boite magnifique … Bref j’ espère que cette revue vous aura plus … kiss …
This is the third of four teas that I snatched from the bargain bin at Dean & Deluca last weekend. I tried two black teas by Mariage Frères a while back and found them both interesting. I’m not a huge Rooibos participant but I’m not a hater either.
When I opened the French company’s trademark black tin, I was smacked between the nostrils by a very powerful aroma. It may be because I have been a teetotaler (teatotaler would be more accurate) for a long time, but the smell did seem to be strongly like bourbon. If so, I wondered if I could pass the breathalyzer test after the huge snort I took of the unbrewed red leaves.
No brewing instructions were on the package so I used the ones I found on Steepster: 205 degrees for five minutes. The steeped liquor was bright reddish-gold. The aroma brought flashbacks to the last time I drank Rooibos tea. Again, the remainder of the odor contained my recollections of bourbon with a splash of vanilla.
The flavor of my first sip was overwhelmingly vanilla. I could taste the Rooibos underneath and perhaps the bourbon in the background. If there is no bourbon in the ingredients, the power of suggestion related to the title of the tea got the best of me.
As I continued sipping from my cup, the flavor of the tea became totally-vanilla-times-10 to my taste buds. I do like vanilla so that wasn’t a problem per se. However, I would have liked more complexity in the taste attributes. The aftertaste screamed…you guessed it…vanilla.
All in all, this selection was not unpleasant. I’m sure I will eventually empty the tin. I just was not bowled over by anything in the taste (except vanilla). I expected more of a flavor bouquet from this French tea maker. Since I didn’t pay a premium price for it, I won’t complain…too much.
I had my last cup of this tea and decided to add milk to see how it would taste. I don’t pick up on the caramel or chocolate flavors, but am tasting a weird coconut flavor instead. It’s not gross, but is just rather surprising. This coconut flavor isn’t super strong or sour, so it’s good for me as I’m not crazy about strong coconut. I wish that more of the caramel and chocolate came out with milk, but this tea is lovely either way. I’ll have to buy more of this in the future!
I pulled this tea from a traveling tea box and I think this afternoon is a good time to drink this one. The dry leaf smells incredible – chocolate, caramel, vanilla. I recall having this tea for the first time at a children’s tea fair and remember it being severely oversteeped. Not the fault of the kids! Hopefully it won’t be nearly as bitter today.
Sipping… this is just lovely! I am finding the tea base to be a bit stronger than I expected (only because the scent is really very sweet caramel and vanilla). The caramel is most present with the black tea and a dark chocolate + vanilla note finishes the sip. This tea is sweet, but is very balanced with the strength of the assam. I have to say that while I enjoy this tea, I would like a creamier, softer tea base. I typically like to have some milk with my assam teas, but worry that it would kill the caramel/chocolate flavors. Might give it a try as I have enough for one more cup. Yes, this is a beautiful tea and I would buy this again, but it’s bolder than I expected. Delicious, though!
Good, but not great. I know, I feel like I should be getting 50 lashes for saying that, or something. What I noticed most was the base, and much less the fruit notes. I got a slightly bitter and astringent base, so I think that just hid the flavours. I din’t steep too long, and I did let the water cool slightly before using. That said, it was generally an ok taste, not terribly unpleasant, but not amazing either. I may consider cold steeping the rest.
Thanks to Dexter for sending this my way.
At last I am finally tasting this famous tea, kind of Mariage Frères holy Grail for me.
This is an expensive tea and I didn’t want to go for a full 100g bag without tasting it. I requested a sample and they accepted. I even received a generous sample , large enough to serve 2 big mugs.
This is a low oxidation tea and a very green type of Oolong. With a name as Jade it seems quite logical.
The taste is much on the floral side rather than the biscuit side mentionned by MF. There is the typical buttery and creamy Oolong texture in this tea.
The biscuit comes more at the end of the sip for me, very light.
It reminds me a little Teguanyin green Oolong of Dammann Frères on some aspects.
I like it ,really, but now this is maybe not a tea I’ll buy to get on my cupboard. Happy to have had an opportunity to taste a sample before buying.
I went into the Mariage Freres tea shop on Place de la Madeleine, in Paris. Being pretty new to tea, I asked the salesman for some help. He was really helpful and told me that the difference between Japanese and Chinese green teas were that Japanese teas had much more iodine flavor to them. After smelling different teas, I settled my mind on Fuji-Yama.
It tastes exactly as advertised. Really fresh, with an iodine flavor to it. Definitely a great green tea for me. It’s one of my go to’s when it comes to non-flavored green teas.
For me this tea is a little like a collage of food memories. I smell blackcurrant like ribena but taste a sharp mix of cherry, grapefruit and grenadilla, mixed with crushed almonds, and a spice note that reminds me of barfi ( an Indian milk sweet), flavoured with rose water, cardamon, pepper, and cinnamon and a reference to Vanilla.
In the second steep the cherry notes are much more apparent.
Its very warming and makes me think of fall and winter. The tea brews to a maple colour and has a thick dense texture provided by the tannins in the base and the spice.
Quite a lovely, fruity, spicy tea with nice almond notes apparent. Thanks JustJames for this fabulous sample. I quite like this tea but I think I like Thé de Lune even better.