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My favorite vanilla black, finally back in my cupboard. A friend of mine was going to Paris and asked if she could bring back any tea for me. I kind of felt bad, but, as long as she was asking, I said, “Sure!” and proceeded to extoll the virtues of this tea. I said to her what I always say when describing it: “It’s so vanilla, it’s practically chocolate!” And so it is – you just have to taste it and then you’ll understand what I mean. Anyway, I just opened the package today to have some for the first time in way too long. It’s still the same, excellent vanilla black I remember. Luscious, not-too-sweet vanilla flavor along with a subtle smoky, woody aspect. Very satisfying, especially when it’s what I expect and remember.

Could I have ordered this myself instead of getting my friend to bring it back for me? Of course. But I always seem to have an excuse not to do that (“I already have too much tea!” or “I need to try new ones!”). So glad I relented, it’s like having an old friend back for a visit.

Flavors: Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
2194 tasting notes

OM NOM NOM.

I’m doing an experiment. That experiment is weaning myself off of coffees every day. Hahaha. We’ll see how that works.

I needed something strong. Something flavourful. Something good with eggnog. And this tea is excellent.

If I could find it locally, I’d totally buy it. So delicious. But I do have some other strong black teas, so I think I’ll be OK. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
2194 tasting notes

As an eggnog latte.

:D

In other news, it’s raining lots but I have to go out and do shopping. Oh how I wish I had a car… :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
2194 tasting notes

A tea from MissB! Thank you!

So since I love the intensity of a balled CTc tea, it’s no surprise that I love this one. im drinking it right now hot, with brown sugar and coconut milk. I need to open a can of sweetened condensed milk I think… That would be divine.

The flavour is super malty and thick, lightly spiced. I don’t know that I taste chocolate notes, but this is what I think of (minus the star anise!) when I think of a Thai tea.

Yum! So glad I snagged the rest of it at the tea meet.

2 minutes at 195F. Definitely resteepable. I’ll be making iced tea at some point as well.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

yay!

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This is interestingly a bit almondy today in my travel mug.

Pretty good. I don’t know that I’d hunt it down again though, even with as freaking adorable as the little muslin tea bags are.

Sil

it shows up at holts every year if i’m not remembering wrong

Fjellrev

Yeah I think I saw this one there this holiday season.

OMGsrsly

Oh right. I tried to answer on my phone and it didn’t work.

“Hunting it down” means going out of my way to get it. And this isn’t worth waiting till Christmas and then paying the $25-30 for a box of bags. Even though they’re cute. If I buy a tea at Holts 9/10 times it’ll be Chandernagor. :)

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Had this tea out of my box. It’s yummy! Kinda nutty, kinda sweet. Definitely enjoyed. :)

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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.

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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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Silver Himalaya by Mariage Frères
7534 tasting notes

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.

Fjellrev

Shocker that you like the white tea! And the description of this sounds amazing so I can see why he went for this.

Sil

the white himalaya tea is RIDONKULOUSLY expensive… but i will steep it like 8 times and it’s super delicious.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh my word, Sil is resteeping….

Sil

i do it sometimes…just not always since typically i find the latter steeps are just weak facsimiles of what i find delicious about the first cups. :P

Sil

i also don’t typically mention resteeping in my notes, so i do it more than people give me credit for haha

tigress_al

You keep making me add teas to my wish list ;)
I agree about resteeping, I generally only resteep straight teas

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drank Silver Himalaya by Mariage Frères
7534 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Finished this off hot and, yeah, just not feeling this one…

I still get Moroccan mint more than anything else with this blend; I want a more interesting/strong bergamot flavour when I drink this! Otherwise, it just seems like a dull mash up of two very common tea blends.

Yawn.

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Confession Time:

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.

Christina / BooksandTea

Oh yes, Casablanca is a wonderful movie. Lovely little humourous moments if you know where to look. Personally, I find the relationship between Rick and Renaud (Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains) more fun to watch than the one between Rick and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).

Kaylee

You are very much missing out. It’s a classic for a reason!

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Sipdown (139)!

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!

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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…

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
631 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

French breakfast is awesome. Paris Breakfast, not so much. Still haven’t tried the American :)

Dustin

I didn’t know there was a Paris Breakfast! Guess I’m not missing much!

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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
12 tasting notes

I have stopped spending money with other companies. It’s been 4 years since I left Europe, and with all my endless search to find a good local tea company, I just gave up. I ordered my teas now from dammann freres and mariage freres, and I am happy again. This tea is just delicious!

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drank Rouge d'Automne by Mariage Frères
2183 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

so agree ! I love this one so much :)

Lariel of Lórien

Red Autumn? Anyway, it sounds good.

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drank Aida by Mariage Frères
12 tasting notes

Very nice. Smokey earl grey notes but very smooth and no bitterness!
Love this tea

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drank Yuzu Temple by Mariage Frères
41 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
2183 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I finished this sample off earlier today. Wow, is there a tea that Mariage Freres doesn’t do well? I really like this one. Smooth, mellow, creamy. Someday, when I finally get down to my dream tea chest of only 20 teas -hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?- I always want a Mariage Freres tea to be in there. And maybe more than one.

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Even though I can’t smell or taste this tea, I can tell it is superior by the silkiness and the mouthfeel. Absolutely no bitterness or astringency. Very, very nice tea. Love it!

Inkling

That’s one of the best dessert teas I’ve ever tried!

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84

Another hit from Mariage Freres!

I had this one on my mid-morning break. Pleasant flavor, not too strong, not bitter or astringent. I couldn’t taste individual flavors, but it smelled sort of buttery, creamy. Really nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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