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drank Thé au Tibet by Mariage Frères
1915 tasting notes

Trying this one again today since it’s been a long time since I’ve had it and I just tried a similar Thé des Moines by Le Palais des Thés. I think the main difference here is the addition of rose petals to this one, which I am certain that the LPdT blend does not have. I steeped this one the same way as the LPdT blend, which happens to be the recommended time and temp for this tea as well even though it’s a little hotter than I would normally brew a black/green blend.

Oh vanilla and jasmine, you are so not a combo that is good to me, and it’s not getting any better. It just smells… weird and unpleasant to me. I can’t place it. However! The flavor on this one is pretty nice, at least when it’s hot. It surprised me! There is a hint of sweetness, even, and the vanilla and jasmine tend to spend their time apart more, though there is some of that weirdness I dislike. But then, it’s cooling, and… bleh. Very similar to the LPdT blend. Better because it still seems smoother, but very very similar, and thus not my style.

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

hmmm. don’t think I need to try this!

Dinosara

Yeah if you’ve tried the Le Palais des Thes version then you don’t really need to since they’re so similar!

TeaBrat

What would you suggest trying from Mariage Freres aside from Marco Polo?

Dinosara

Hmm, I don’t think I’m the best person to ask because I haven’t tried a ton but the ones I have tried I haven’t liked all that much. There is something about the base tea they use in some of their blends that I dislike but some others don’t even seem to taste (?)… it’s weird.

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TeaBrat

hmmm. don’t think I need to try this!

Dinosara

Yeah if you’ve tried the Le Palais des Thes version then you don’t really need to since they’re so similar!

TeaBrat

What would you suggest trying from Mariage Freres aside from Marco Polo?

Dinosara

Hmm, I don’t think I’m the best person to ask because I haven’t tried a ton but the ones I have tried I haven’t liked all that much. There is something about the base tea they use in some of their blends that I dislike but some others don’t even seem to taste (?)… it’s weird.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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