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  • “I prepared this as a dessert tea (a little extra tea, 5 minutes, barely a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of half and half). I'm tasting the most delightful marzipan flavor, which actually reaches a...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “hello steepsterites ! Happy to recover the possibility to send a note. I had this tea yesterday afternoon at a Mariage's tea room. So perfectly prepared by the wonderful & so kind people of...” Read full tasting note
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    Ysaurella 364 tasting notes
  • “Happy 200th tasting note to me! This was my overnight cold steep, and let me tell you, it was delicious. I decided to cold steep this one after my cold steep of Marco Polo eliminated the weird...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1994 tasting notes
  • “Tea of the late afternoon..... And day #18 of 24. Thank you *Dinosara* for sharing this one with me! The tea itself does have a nutty essence. I mostly get almond, some pecan, and I thought...” Read full tasting note
    SimplyJenW 974 tasting notes

From Mariage Frères

A delicious blend of three nut flavours.

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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7 Tasting Notes

1112 tasting notes

I prepared this as a dessert tea (a little extra tea, 5 minutes, barely a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of half and half). I’m tasting the most delightful marzipan flavor, which actually reaches a crescendo (!!!) where it sweetens and almost tastes like orange blossoms and you don’t know what is going to happen!!! then it quiets to a nuttier, deeper flavor. Wow. It reminds me of childhood and my Grandfather and definitely Europe and goodness…what can I say. These French teas can be so evocative for me! So many of them taste like things that simply don’t exist in America any more, and they cut me to the quick! I actually have tears behind my eyes!

Needless to say, I find this tea very dear, and I thank you Dinosara for a little visit back in time and across the globe.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Was your grandfather Italian? French? I wish I had fond memories of grandparents. You are so fortunate. I hope I will be an amazing grandma someday…

JacquelineM

He was Italian but you know how everything is so close there – his ancestors on his father’s side were French (and mother’s side Austrian). As far as I know my grandmother was Italian, and on the my Father’s side Italian, but my other grandfather was from Rome, which usually means they came from somewhere else. Add to that -both grandfathers and one grandmother had blue eyes, everyone with fair skin, and I really wonder! I tried to do the ancestry thing where you give your DNA to get tested, but it only shows the matrilineal line for women (so I would only know my maternal grandmother’s dna, and she is the least mysterious one!)! and my father and both grandfathers are dead, so I will never know unless I try to do ancestor research, which is fascinating but time consuming. Maybe after school is done :) Maybe better to stay a mystery. Sorry that was long!!!

But what I wanted to say too was that marzipan is also an Italian delicacy, and a flavor that instantly takes me back to being a child. The marzipan wikipedia entry is completely fascinating – the culture involved in a little bit of almond and sugar! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzipan

JacquelineM

And to further show how mixed up everyone is – my husband’s father is from Italy but his ancestors came to Italy from Albania! There are a whole bunch of Albanian Italians http://www.initaly.com/regions/ethnic/arberesh.htm

Dinosara

I’m glad to be the catalyst! :) And get ready for more marzipan in some of the other teas… it’s one of my favorite flavors!

ashmanra

I will look up the info on marzipan you mentioned. I think it would be wonderful to have a big huggy Italian family! My mom was raised in an orphanage so I never knew her parents and didn’t get to see my father’s parents, and his mother died when I was 9 so I didn’t really know her well. I am looking forward to being a benevolent matriarch! I will be the grandma who reads aloud to you in a tent and helps you collect bugs! :)

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364 tasting notes

hello steepsterites !
Happy to recover the possibility to send a note.

I had this tea yesterday afternoon at a Mariage’s tea room.
So perfectly prepared by the wonderful & so kind people of Mariage.

The smell was amazing : just like amaretto – we can say the almond overpowers the 2 other nuts (pecan and walnut)

The taste is just not so impressive, nutty, just nutty.
Pleasant but nothing more.more walnut on the taste, impossible to me to detect pecan…

we can just feel a very very little bitterness due to the nuts but it is not a desadvantage, it adds some personnality to this tea.

Better with crystal sugar, it add some sweetness too.

cteresa

I had been wondering about this tea, so glad you got a chance to try it and I can have your opinion!

Ysaurella

to my taste it’s clearly not one of the best MF.
I repurchased 100 gr of Rouge d’Automne and Wedding Impérial during my visit, my tins were already finished !

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1994 tasting notes

Happy 200th tasting note to me! This was my overnight cold steep, and let me tell you, it was delicious. I decided to cold steep this one after my cold steep of Marco Polo eliminated the weird tart/acidic flavor I had gotten on both of these teas. It worked again, and this came out incredibly almondy with a bit of extra nut flavors added to it. The only drink I’ve had that is that almondy is an almond flavored bubble tea, which I love.

It seems like for this tea and Marco Polo I need to add cream/sugar or cold steep to take care of that odd acidic note I taste. I’ll no doubt try this one again hot and plain just to be sure, but if nothing else I can definitely always cold steep it.

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Iced 8 min or more
ashmanra

I just had a French tea today that waws delicious until it started getting cold, the it got the weird, astringent or acidic taste you mention. Must be something these French teas ave in common…

LiberTEAS

Congrats on reaching 200!

ashmanra

Good gravy, look at all the missing letters! Will I ever get used to my iPad, or at least start proofreading?

Dinosara

Thanks LiberTEAS!
And ashmanra…LOL it can be hard to get used to typing on those keyboards! I haven’t experienced the acidic taste on any of the Dammann teas, but it’s definitely there on two different MF blacks I’ve tried.

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974 tasting notes

Tea of the late afternoon…..

And day #18 of 24. Thank you Dinosara for sharing this one with me!

The tea itself does have a nutty essence. I mostly get almond, some pecan, and I thought hazelnut. However, upon reading Dinosara’s review, she found the last nut to be walnut in her research. Usually I can taste walnut a mile away because it never sits well with me (sensitivity/allergy to raw walnuts and hazelnuts so I always notice the taste of them to avoid them), but it is definitely not present in the tea as far as I can tell. (Luckily, an infusion of the nuts I cannot eat raw does not affect me too badly, and if they are roasted or cooked, I am fine.) All that being said, the almond in this blend is nice. I don’t think it is the end all be all for almond tea, but I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to try it. One day, I will find an almond one that I love. One thing I do find interesting is that the tea base Marriage uses in their flavored teas is good, but I guess I just expected more.

Usual teapot method.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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