Thé au Tibet

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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1962 tasting notes
  • “The description of this says "very refined". Yep. It is. It is also remarkably easy and comforting. I keep forgetting about this, it´s one of the cinderellas of my tea collection, and it is so...” Read full tasting note
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    cteresa 330 tasting notes
  • “I received a sample of this tea from Cteresa - thanks again ;-) - and liked it so much that I recently bought Histoire Tibetaine from THE O DOR as it resembles this tea ingredient wise. These...” Read full tasting note
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    Barbara78 59 tasting notes
  • “I think this must be a blend of Chinese blacks and greens, despite the description. An utterly delicious and delightful blend! It tastes like magic. It's totally different from Rosy Earl Grey, but...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes

From Mariage Frères

Black China tea scented with vanilla, jasmine, mandarin orange, rose, and bergamot. Very refined.

PREPARATION ADVICE FOR 1 CUP :
Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 3-5 min

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16 Tasting Notes

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1962 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.

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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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The description of this says “very refined”. Yep. It is. It is also remarkably easy and comforting. I keep forgetting about this, it´s one of the cinderellas of my tea collection, and it is so unfair.

Just brewed a cup, and oh my it was so lovely. And because the small cup was just not enough, I did not resist trying the rest of the pot, which had been steeping for 10 minutes or more. And it was still good which is something rather miraculous. For all the chic and elegance of this tea, it´s also so forgiving and right for just about all occasions.

It might spoil me for all other earl greys. And it just might destroy my relationship with Lady Grey.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I received a sample of this tea from Cteresa – thanks again ;-) – and liked it so much that I recently bought Histoire Tibetaine from THE O DOR as it resembles this tea ingredient wise.

These teas are similar in some respects but certainly not the same.

Starting with the basis: both teas contain vanilla, bergamot and jasmine. The HT adds marigold and uses a base of black and green tea. The TT adds mandarin orange and rose and uses a base of black tea.

Although the vanilla and jasmine are very recognizable in both teas, they vere into entirely different directions taste wise.

In the HT the vanilla is really in the forefront, both scent and tastewise. De jasmine prevents the brew becoming too sweet. The bergamot and marigold aren’t really recognizable, at least not to me (actually I don’t even know what marigold smells and tastes like). The tea is warm, sweet and comforting in character. The floral notes remain in the background.

In the TT on the other hand the floral notes – and especially the rose – are at the forefront. Together with the black tea base this makes for an edgier tea with a slight smokey feeling. The vanilla is cetainly present but seems to be in a supporting role rather than a leading one. As the tea cools the vanilla becomes more noticeable btw.

It’s really great to see how two teas with for a great part the same ingredients can be so different in character. They actually aren’t comparable at all :-)

I like both teas. For the TT that’s something, as I actually don’t like rose in my tea and usually try to avoid rose scented teas. The HT is more of a ‘happy feeling’ tea as the TT is more elegant and sophisticated. Being a sweet tooth I’d probably choose the HT over the TT most times, but I can imagine that being different for others.

Prep details: HT 80 C/ 4:30 min & TT 95 C/ 4:30 min

Rating is for TT only. This review has been posted under HT too and give it’s rating there

cteresa

loved to read your opinion, thank you! It sounds like two great teas, each their own thing.

a quibble, I think Thé au Tibet is also a mix of green and black or it has some green on it, maybe not too much, but I think it is there (the same way mariage freres casablanca which everybody classes as green tea has some black tea in the mix as well!). It is indeed very refined, like their description but a totally charming nice refined!

And funnily enough Palais des Thés famous Thé des Moines also uses the tibetan “secret” recipe thing, and is also a bergamot with fruity-flowers thing.

And calendula, I am not sure they give any flavour at all – nor cornflowers or mallow flowers, I think they are just there to be pretty.

Barbara

Yes, I saw that some of the reviews mentioned that, but the website of Marriage Freres only states black chinese tea… so I stuck to that. Do you have the tin or an original package with an ingredientlist? You could check that then… Either way, it’s a very good tea :-)

Do you mean marigold is the same as calendula? That I do know, albeit only from soap :-) And you’re right it doesn’t really smell that much.

I love cornflowers in tea, they look so pretty.

cteresa

a whole lot of plants get called marigold, real old-style marigolgs are calendula officinalis and that is what should be included – it is one of those plants which are eaten safely. But tagetes, which are a newer to Europe family of plants (new as in a few centuries, not a few decades) and I think they are not used to much in salads. So theoretically marigolds in tea should be calendula officinalis.

Cornflowers are pretty but I get the feeling cornflowers or sunflowers or marigolds are annoyingly just fillers, you are paying tea prices for you know fillers – if a lot it weakens tea if you do not had more tea to balance the space used by the fillers.

about the green tea, oh I think I have the box but the boxes are totally unhelpful, they say in Portuguese or french, tea and flavourings _(really!) and expiration date. Exact flavourings is always a guess, though the french mariage site is more helpful than the english one. But I think just from looking at the tin you can tell that Thé au Tibet includes some green tea and Casablanca includes some black tea, it´s just there. it´s not too obvious from a sample but looks more obvious in the tin, or even this photo is interesting

http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/FR/ft+the-au-tibet-boite-classique-100g+TC925.html

it might not be really green tea, they might use something in between, but just from looking at it, no it´s not like any “pure” black tea I ever seen! (and admittedly they do admit casablanca has black tea http://www.mariagefreres.com/boutique/FR/ft+casablanca-boite-classique-100g+TC908.html)

Barbara

I see your point. However the green in the Cassablanca could be teh mint or not? (I’m not very good at recognizing plants and such :-)). And there are black teas that have golden tips, or even greenish bits:
http://www.tea-adventure.com/en/black-tea/yunnan-black
http://www.tea-adventure.com/en/black-tea/golden-eyebrow
so I’m not sure… But I agree the picture on Marriage Freres makes one suspect…

cteresa

Nah, I think in Casablanca you can see the black tea (which is the bergamot carrier I think) and the black tea, unmistable, the mint is sadly much less visible and crumblier – Casablanca is one messy tea! As the blend ages, the mint gets crumblier and crumblier, only my beloved magic tea filter can handle that.

and yes indeed some black teas can look very light, darjeelings often! Oxidation is not a discrete variable, sort of a continuum, what i meant is the tea used in Thé au Tibet, even if “black” and not a blend is not at the edges of the black-green spectrum!

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I think this must be a blend of Chinese blacks and greens, despite the description. An utterly delicious and delightful blend! It tastes like magic. It’s totally different from Rosy Earl Grey, but it has that black/green/floral synergy going on. It also has the addition of a creamy vanilla flavor which just knocks my socks off!

You know I’m no fan of green tea, but like in Rosy, it really WORKS in this blend. It provides a delicateness that makes the fruits and florals, and yes even that touch of vanilla, shine! I wouldn’t want this one any other way.

Thank you so much Dinosara! This is fantastic and so different from my every day fare. I am really enjoying it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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THANKS to DINOSARA for this sample…eh..um…huge bag! I’ll be enjoying this tea all winter thanks to you! I really like this one. I’m not a huge fan on straight Earl Grey but love Earl Grey Creme.
I’m going to try steeping this at different temps and times and iced also to see if I can acquire additional flavor.
This first time I did 2 tsp for 16oz, 3 min steep at 208 degrees. I totally tasted the vanilla and bergamot. I did not get any jasmine or orange and I love my jasmine! So overall this is an excellent tea just based on flavor. If you’re wanting jasmine and rose to come through they didn’t for me at this steep. If I don’t get more on other steeps I might try adding a jasmine pearl or two.
I would definitely buy this tea.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Day #4 of 24 and tea of the afternoon……

This tea comes to me from Dinosara and her round the world travels. Thank you! I really like this. It is a fruity/floral version of Earl Grey with a light hint of vanilla. The tea base does look a bit more like a Darjeeling than a Chinese black tea. It kind of reminds me of Viennese Earl Grey from Harney & Son’s, but with a lot more flavors going on. It amazes me that even with all those flavors, they seamlessly complement the tea base. If I ever do order from Mariage Freres, this will be on my list. Very relaxing and enjoyable.

15 oz mug, 2 tsp tea, 209 water, 4 minutes. Very lightly sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is just such a perfect morning tea, especially on cold foggy mornings. It’s milder than other earl greys, which makes me like it more. I could especially taste the vanilla this morning.

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3 min, 0 sec

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I just ordered this untasted from Mariage Freres and it is everything I hoped it would be from the description, which isn’t always the case. It is masterfully blended so that no note stands out to me from the rest, instead it has its own unique quality, which is something I love in perfume as well.

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