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I coveted this tin and the others of the same series, or just about almost all of Mariage Fréres special edition tins. I always resist due to prices and so far, when I have had a chance to try those teas I am glad I have resisted the impulse. This is nice, but not quite dazzling enough for that sort of prices (unless you think the tin worth it, and from what I have seen it just might be).

Ysaurella very kindly sent me a sample in a swap and rereading her taste notes I pretty much agree with everything. Wonderful fruity smell, rich juicy goji berries, a grassy slightly astringent green tea, a very refreshing tea. I think this would make a great iced tea! But somehow not quite a great blend for my taste.

And I can not help but wonder, are they going to make a tea called Rat when it cames time for it?

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Ahahaha, you bring up a good point! Sure, a “dragon” tea sounds alluring, and everyone would want that. Rooster? I imagine that could garner some interest as well. But yes, rat…. and perhaps a few others… sound somewhat less-than-appealing!

Ysaurella

snake is this year sign and the name is serpent charmeur …et non pas charmeur de serpent :)
Rat is my sign !!! :( they may call the tea Rat des Villes and Rat des Champs for a dedicace to Jean de La Fontaine (however good marketing ! 2 series of teas to sell :) )

cteresa

Ok, city mouse and country mouse, that would be very cute!Maybe. Wonder what flavours they would use for a rat themed tea (tastes like chicken?) LOL.

Kittenna, Dragon and even Serpent, or Tiger (it is on the chinese zodiac), all chic, but not all indeed!

Ysaurella

I would say lapsang souchong would fit very well with the rat sign…for the dark side of the tea :)

LaFleurBleue

Pu-erh was my first thinking for the rat year.

cteresa

Oh, those are nice guesses, I was thinking hazelnut or something (not very chinese!).

Smoke would have been awesome for dragons though. Pu-ehr, trying to learn to like it (not much luck so far, but still got samples to try ;) )

charab

But then again Ox would need something with a decent rough edge…hmm. Maybe a very rough, smoky blend made of lapsang tarry, pu’erh and maybe even some slightly pungent Russian samovar tea.. or to throw people completely off the scent something with mellow grassy sencha.

Ysaurella

sounds nice yes !

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Kittenna

Ahahaha, you bring up a good point! Sure, a “dragon” tea sounds alluring, and everyone would want that. Rooster? I imagine that could garner some interest as well. But yes, rat…. and perhaps a few others… sound somewhat less-than-appealing!

Ysaurella

snake is this year sign and the name is serpent charmeur …et non pas charmeur de serpent :)
Rat is my sign !!! :( they may call the tea Rat des Villes and Rat des Champs for a dedicace to Jean de La Fontaine (however good marketing ! 2 series of teas to sell :) )

cteresa

Ok, city mouse and country mouse, that would be very cute!Maybe. Wonder what flavours they would use for a rat themed tea (tastes like chicken?) LOL.

Kittenna, Dragon and even Serpent, or Tiger (it is on the chinese zodiac), all chic, but not all indeed!

Ysaurella

I would say lapsang souchong would fit very well with the rat sign…for the dark side of the tea :)

LaFleurBleue

Pu-erh was my first thinking for the rat year.

cteresa

Oh, those are nice guesses, I was thinking hazelnut or something (not very chinese!).

Smoke would have been awesome for dragons though. Pu-ehr, trying to learn to like it (not much luck so far, but still got samples to try ;) )

charab

But then again Ox would need something with a decent rough edge…hmm. Maybe a very rough, smoky blend made of lapsang tarry, pu’erh and maybe even some slightly pungent Russian samovar tea.. or to throw people completely off the scent something with mellow grassy sencha.

Ysaurella

sounds nice yes !

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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