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drank Thé au Tibet by Mariage Frères
328 tasting notes

This is as tibetan as Marco Polo is related to anything Marco Polo himself might have encountered – that is, no relation at all. This is, to my mind, the fanciest, most french, most feminine earl grey blend ever. There are other things there, but bergamot is most emphatically there and puts it clearly on earl grey territory in my mind. But if Guerlain made Earl Grey tea, this would be it – I can sense the vanilla and rose there, and it just amplifies the other many little scent notes, this is like a symphony of flavours, with bergamot as soloist and all those many other support notes as an orchestra behind it.

(I got no clue why they think this reminds them of Tibet. Then again i do not know why they call Marco Polo that)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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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.

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