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drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
325 tasting notes

I have certainly been having trouble making a taste note of this tea. There are no less than 3 entries for it on steepster, and I could not seem to add any taste notes to the original entry for it. (and accents on tea titles seem to just not work with steepster search). testing now….

And it worked, wow! to add the taste note now

This was a sample for a swap with Toitoi, thank you so much! This was a tea which had been on my wishlist for a while and which I was so glad to have a chance of trying. Ysaurella was the one which pointed out that it had hazelnut flavours, after I had already had a couple cups of it without identifying those, and she is totally right. Not sure where my nose was what, except that I think the brewed liquor smells quite different than the loose leaf. The dry leaf, particularly concentrated on the awesome foil bag Toitoi used smells intensely of sweet hazelnuts, with caramel and vanilla (that is: sublime). The liquor itself, at least how I brewed it, the hazelnuts meld and it´s the caramel vanilla which rules. And it is a lovely tea indeed.

But, I had my other Mariage Freres tea around and remembered to compare this tea´s scent with Wedding Impérial and Pleine Lune. Comparing just the scent of the dry leaf, Phénix wins it: smells much more balanced (Pleine Lune has that sharpness of the bitter almonds, Wedding Impérial that malty ovomaltine like smell) more delicious, just more right. But and this is a big but, the liquor seems to have less character, be less memorable than for those other more famous MF tea (and I also prefer Thé du Loup to Phénix). Not sure if this means the others are more justly famous, or if it´s me being biased towards the teas I have had more often and am more familiar with. Interesting.

This tea would, by the way, be a buy-more if I ever get the chance without being lured away from it from all the other so-alluring hard to find Mariage teas…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Barbara

Love Thé du Loup as well…

Ysaurella

Glad you get the hazelnut ! agree, Wedding impérial and Pleine Lune have more personnality. I really liked this one as well for different reasons, it’s not a “in your face” tea, it’s more a sweet tea but the way hazelnut and caramelly vanilla work together pleased me a lot.

cteresa

Barbara, Thé du Loup will be a rebuy for me (though not on my next Theodor order, but for next winter surely! I will finish my other chocolate teas first, but so far Thé du Loup is the one I preferred of it all).

Ysaurella, Phénix is lovely indeed though i think harder to describe. For any other company it would be a top blend, it´s just competition is quite fierce for it – but this, like Aïda, would be a rebuy for me.

Sil

mmm more MF teas to try lol

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Barbara

Love Thé du Loup as well…

Ysaurella

Glad you get the hazelnut ! agree, Wedding impérial and Pleine Lune have more personnality. I really liked this one as well for different reasons, it’s not a “in your face” tea, it’s more a sweet tea but the way hazelnut and caramelly vanilla work together pleased me a lot.

cteresa

Barbara, Thé du Loup will be a rebuy for me (though not on my next Theodor order, but for next winter surely! I will finish my other chocolate teas first, but so far Thé du Loup is the one I preferred of it all).

Ysaurella, Phénix is lovely indeed though i think harder to describe. For any other company it would be a top blend, it´s just competition is quite fierce for it – but this, like Aïda, would be a rebuy for me.

Sil

mmm more MF teas to try lol

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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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