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Well, sad of not being able to get a sample of their oriental beauty, I lower my sights and asked for a sample of this tea. A full change of registry! But I also wanted to taste this famous tea.
“Butterscotch” the term for a French, does not really mean anything. In fact I know by now there is a kind of Scottish caramel made of brown sugar mixture and butter, molasse. But before I thought it was a kind of cake … well … I had to taste a butterscotch shortbread … which explains my mistake … I’m ignorant :)
The dry leaf displays a very strong fanatic fragrance (yes fanatic, not fantastic) of caramel: even with a big cold I don’t think possible for anyone not to detect the caramel because it is really so strong. And it’s not the smell of a light, sweet caramel; it smells like an aggressive caramel, very very red, not the little light caramel found on a tiered cake!
The leaves are cut rather short with a lot of very small twigs: suddenly I get scared and decide not infuse it more than 2 minutes 30 and at 90 ° C.
I get a wet leaf that looks like “packets”. I wonder what taste I’ll get in the end…
The liquor is a very dark amber brown very …caramel … actually …
And the surprise happens at the very end and essential chapter in the art of tea: the taste ! this tea is amazing! It is relatively smooth, very soft and the taste of this caramel is truly unique, very present but not too strong – that unique taste that I do not know, I love it … it’s probably that… the butterscotch … it should make sense isn’t? :)
Some pic of the tea (dry, wet leaves and liquor) are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/butterscotch-mariage-freres/
Lune Rouge (Red Moon) is a delicate tea with a twist of wildness. I am not a huge fan of honey and I was happily surprised by the subtile mix they made at Mariage Freres. This tea was a great discovery during my lazy summertime. Made a review on it on my blog (in French):http://www.monarmoireathe.com/2014/08/degustation-the-vert-tendre-lune-rouge-mariage-freres.html
Flavors: Floral, Ginger, Honey, Rose
Sipdown! Getting ready for my trip to Germany, discovered I’ll be 8 minutes to a Mariage location! So…I’m sipping down all my Mariage teas so I’ll hopefully know what to purchase there.
The dry leaf smells fairly fruity. Once brewed it actually smells a bit of cherry like.
Doesn’t taste too bad, probably let the sample get too old. I don’t think this will make it to my purchase list. I get a hint of almond that I’m sure would be stronger if new.
This is a great cup of coffee one might say. So dark …
However,everything started with a pretty long Ceylon tea leaf . the smell is honey , heady. It suggests a tasty breakfast.Well, once infused this beautiful leaf turns out to be a cut leaf. awww.
The taste is fruity and honey dew but actually I get a hint of bitterness at the very end of the sip. I think 4 minutes were a bit too much for the infusion of this tea but I stupidly thought it was a whole leaf tea. So I need to repeat the experience tomorrow with a 2 or 3 minutes steeping, it should be really much better.
This tea is very pleasant, unpretentious. It’s not a big tea but it is very correct for € 5.50/ 100 grams.
Some pics of dry leaf and wet leaf and liquor are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/pettiagalla-op1-mariage-freres/
Thank you, MissB, for sharing this with me! :)
So the internet says the main flavour is vanilla, but I’m calling it an alternative Earl Grey. Mostly I taste citrus, with fruitiness and creaminess behind.
It’s tasty, I like it, but I still like H&S Paris better. :)
Thanks for letting me try this one!
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Fruity
Make no mistake, this is an intensely floral tea, with gratuitous amounts of lavender and a rather large amount of rose petals (so the flavor is “dry rose petals”, not “rose essential oil”). If you dislike lavender, stay away as far as you can.
I don’t really like lavender myself, but the tea became very interesting once I realized that I should use lower water temperature. Lately I’ve been using 80-85C for spring Darjeeling teas – which only works when the tea is very high quality, I think – and when you do that to Paris-London, you get a rather interesting mixture of floral notes in the cup. Some of them come from the Darjeeling, others are products of lavender mixing with Darjeeling notes, etc. Very intriguing and captivating if you’re into detailed tasting. So while I’m probably not going to brew this again, I’d recommend Paris-London to anyone interested in fine mechanics of tea blending, and, of course, to lavender enthusiasts.
(Also, it’s incredibly soothing for a tea, very much a beverage for the evening.)
This tea was one of Ellyn’s gifts for me in the Pass the Stash 2.0 TTB. I’ve kind of been putting off trying it because, well, it looks like potpourri basically, and I am not a floral tea gal. But it’s Mariage Freres, so I have to try it at least. Dry leaf has large white tea leaves along with small black ones, rose petals, and a ton of lavender. Dry scent is sweet and floral with a spicy note. I followed the directions in the tea’s description here on Steepster and did a 5 minute steep.
Smells very… lavender. I can catch a little bit of rose, which does nothing to improve my opinion. There’s also a citrusy quality which I assume is coming from the lavender. First taste and… noop. This is basically lavender tea. I get a little bit of white tea flavor in the aftertaste, but otherwise all I can taste is lavender. Interestingly enough, it has a certain limey quality to it, but that’s not enough to make it drinkable for me. Not going to rate due to bias, and this one is going into the rehoming box.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Hay, Lavender, Lime
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Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine
I’m slightly torn on this review, and I think as I finish the rest of the 50 g bag, I will be revising this tea. hopefully.
I’m fairly certain that I have over-brewed it. I watched the pot like a hawk, smelling it constantly to try and discern when it would be at its peak; however not much distinct aroma so I decided after the tea had turned a golden light amber that it was enough.
The first taste that hit me was the astrengency and the bitterness. Which leads me to believe that I have over brewed it. I do get the black cherry jam taste, but this isn’t really a taste I look for in a Djareeling. As the tea cools I get more peachy and vanilla undertones. The tea also has an oily quality about it, which unfortunately with the black cherry taste reminds me of children’s cough medicine.
I enjoy drinking teas because they are like flowers waiting to bloom. Depending on how long they are brewed for, and what conditions are present will really impact the ‘flower’. I feel like with this tea it was a blossom that never matured and just withered and died. I noted the standard woody/peppery aroma as I first dipped the tea into the water, but I never received a second or a third ingredient.
New Rating system
Taste = 60
Price = 27.66
Representation = 74
Score = 53.88
This tea was one of my personal gifts from Ellyn from the TTB last week. Yay French teas! For some reason, the dry leaf smells like pickle brine to me. Isn’t that odd? I’ve encountered this smell in a couple of other flavored teas too! Very strange.
The brewed aroma is very sugary and candy-like! To be fair, this was how the Kusmi version smelled too – I’m not sure if violets are super sweet or something? The taste is quite sweet as well, in a powdered sugar kind of way. I think I enjoy violet as a flavor, it’s floral but much less offensive then others. That being said, this is some strong flavoring! I’m really glad I only steeped for 3 minutes. Even with the somewhat short steep, it’s quite perfumey, especially near the end. Not bad though! Especially considering I don’t love floral in general.
Flavors: Candy, Floral, Perfume, Powdered sugar, Sweet
I’m a little slow on my tasting notes on this one, and for tasting it as much as I did, I’m kicking myself for not writing more!
As the tea first brewed, it was very green in appearance, with a light toasted hay and faint muscatel aroma. This grew as it brewed to a light mead/honey like flavor that slowly turned to flowers and fruits like nectarines and white peaches.
The tea itself was quite fruity to me, I tasted honey-dew melon and white peaches, with a faint muscatel grape. A faint honeysuckle flower. The fruit became more pronounced the colder the tea became. When I re-steeped the tea I got a nice woody-oak zest.
Taste = 92
Price = 50
New Score = 75.66
At the risk of sounding ignorant, I am going to call this tea the Assamica version of Bai Mu Dan, which consists of first flush silver bud/two leaf mix. The tea is classified as black on Steepster for previous years, Mariage Freres refers to the leaves as green, and silver tips can be considered a white tea. Someone who knows more about Darjeeling tea can edit the description as needed.
Used 1 tbsp leaves in 140 ml gaiwan, just under boiling water, quick steep. Tea is same color as other white teas I’ve had, ranging from clear to yellow brown. Similar peony taste, and I got a sniff of lavender on the first steep, and camphor in the taste. A little sharper and more astringent than Bai Mu Dan, which is welcome, it cuts the floral taste a little.
Would serve this to my sister as a sweet love fest sort of family tea. Special event. Left to my own devices, though, I can be found digging in my puerh fridge for dirty, wet, fruity, cigar flavored earth.
Flavors: Camphor, Floral, Green, Lavender