Rouge d'Automne

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 344 ml

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From Mariage Frères

Autumn, which turns maple leaves fiery red, is a good time to indulge in a delicious treat that erases the bitterness of rainy days. That is why Mariage Frères has employed an almost forbidden fruit – marrons glacés, a famous French indulgence ever since the days of Louis XIV – to create its new “Autumnal” tea.

A black tea, has been combined with the flavour of fine candied chestnuts and Bourbon vanilla, yielding a most striking yet smooth cup, warm and festive, with fruity and slightly spicy harmonies that precede a final note of honey and dried fruit.

Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 3-5 min

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8166 tasting notes


And i have to say, i added a bit of extra leaf to this one today and man there are the chestnuts! totally nutty delicious in my travel mug today while i got busy at work. I am really digging this one :) Thank you so much ysaurella for sharing!


you’re more than welcome Sil :) Rouge d’Automne is going to become one of your staples ?


it may very well. Mes parents vont a Paris dans une semaine alors il y en a quelques un que je viens de leur demander d’acheter pour moi si’ils ont le temps. :) Je crois que j’ai mis wedding imperial et charlotte au chocolat sur ma liste aussis. :)

Terri HarpLady

I really liked this one too!


hum tell your parents to take raincoats :) you’ll see these teas are not so much expensive in France (rouge d’automne is one of the most, 10 €/100g)


thank you for letting me know Ysaurella :)


I found a tea shop bd Montparnasse where they can buy MF teas by 50g :
be careful they ONLY accept to sale 50g during the week, not the week end.They are a little bit more expensive than MF shops but you can taste more


they should have at least 120 MF teas in their shop


I wish I was going!

I’m sending my parents to MF, DF and theodor :)


Excellent choices :)

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615 tasting notes

I love tea.
I love tea tea-y tea tea
Here it goes down
Down into my belly
Mmm mm mmmm.

I added an extra half teaspoon and dropped the steep time today and it’s all candied chestnuts and sweet vanilla.

This is like candy.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

LOL! I could totally hear you singing this song. So funny. I sing to myself like this all the time too.

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3255 tasting notes

This is another tea sample from Ysaurella! Thank you!

I initially thought I would add some stevia to this cup, but when I smelled the tea, which smells rich & sweet, I decided to leave off with adding anything & enjoy it plain. It is very tasty! I like chestnuts, but have never had them candied, & that sounds interesting!
I love vanilla as well. There is also a hint of spice. Maybe I’ll sweeten the next cup, & see if it enhances the flavors. Then again, maybe I won’t! :)


if you add stevia please use white one…I hate the green one as it gives an aroma of licorice to any meal! and licorice +chestnuts is just so weird ! brown crystal sugar is perfect with this tea (but maybe you prefer not use real sugars) I’m happy you like this one too !

Terri HarpLady

It is nice as it is, but I will also try it sweet. The stevia I use, Sweet Leaf, is the white one. I grow stevia in my garden, but the powdered leaf is as you say, too much of a licorice taste for most of the teas I like to drink.

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1355 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea in terms of flavour and experience. Chocolate, maple, nut, vanilla, dry, sweet, indulgent. It’s like one of those expensive truffles that you only eat on special occasions (like Christmas or weddings). It’s smooth and sweet (not overbearingly so) and the nuttiness leaves a dry after taste.

I wasn’t expecting much from this blend if I’m honest so it was a nice surprise. My husband liked this one too.

Edit: – That’s what it reminds me of, rice pudding. Like a flavoured rice pudding.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

This is one of my favourite tea and even I don’t like very much eating candied chestnuts I do love this candied chestnut tea

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807 tasting notes

Thank you Yasurella – what a nice surprise – a black with rooibos sweet tea that is quite delicious. Vanilla, spices, and a fruity lift every now and then. Pretty good stuff here!
Equally good as it cools. I love nutty teas this one is a keeper! :)


I’m happy to see you back with tasting notes and so glad you liked it !

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358 tasting notes

This was from a sample swap with Ysaurella, oh many thanks for the generosity, this is lovely. It really tastes just like marrons glacés, well with maybe some vanilla.

A couple of random notes because can´t really focus too much but before I forget it:

  • I thought I was being generous at scooping this up, but I should have been even more generous at dosage. Not too hot and not too long (for a black tea) seems perfectly suited to this – enough to bring all the flavours of the marrons and some body for the tea underneath and not a hint of bitterness or bad manners from the tea. And it is rather sweet on its own. It might be better with some milk, must try but when I brew it stronger.
  • This is to my mind an afternoon, or even an evening tea. And like its name, oh such an autumnal thing. Weird of me to impose such rules to just a tea, that there is a time of the year and a time of the day for it, but this is it.
  • It really really tastes just like, intensely like, marrons glacés. Just repeating, but I kept thinking it from first to last sip.
  • On the other hand, marrons glacés do not quite taste like roasted chestnuts or what I sometimes call a “chestnuty” note to some chinese black teas. Chestnuts roasting for me are one of the ultimate Autumn smells and I even divide mentally into different smells flavours – raw chestnuts (can be very good if of a variety where the the inner peel gets loose easily), the smoky charcoaly smell of chestnut sellers´s carts on the street, the little almost burnt bits on some street bought chestnuts, the different taste to home oven roasted chestnuts. Marrons glacés are lovely, but a different kind of chestnut. And not one I got any emotional ties to – but maybe that is lucky, if I had any strong feelings for marrons glacés I would have ordered somehow a tin of this before finishing my cup! It really is that amazing at being a marron glacé tea.
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

the vanilla base is really present in this blend to my taste as present as in the marrons glacés.
I am very glad you liked it so much ! it is one one my Sunday tea ! Each Sunday morning I have a cup of pleine lune + a cup of Prince Igor OR Rouge d’Automne.


it is lovely! A perfect cup for a sunday indeed!

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408 tasting notes

First : Ruby Woo Scarlett, Mélissa, you are both right : Rouge d’Automne exists in 3 versions : Black, Green and Rooibos.

I do agree the name of the tea itself is confusing as for a French speaker Rouge means as well rooibos – Most of French people probably use more thé rouge than rooibos)

Initially when I added this tea to the steepster database it was for the black blend (the only one I tasted)

So my note is for the Black version : I am desesperately in love with Rouge d’Automne.
First time I tasted it was during a lunch at Mariages & Frères. A tea is included in the menu as beverage and I wanted to taste especially this one.

I sniffed it before the Lunch and wanted to buy a full bag and wanted to ensure it wouldn’t be a mistake.

It was definitively not a mistake : the Vanilla + Chestnut are just a dream : a creamy and sweet dream.

The mix is really working fine – It may be not a very subtile mix, definitevely not the finest Mariage tea but I do really love it and I do really love it very very very much.


You’re lucky to be able to buy mariage freres easily. I’m hoping that I can get back to la belle France next year to stock up teas and visit some tea houses there.


I understand how you feel because I can read on steepster so many notes about wonderful teas I cannot buy in France and cannot buy at all because the companies are not shipping to France…I recommand Dammann Frères,Le Palais des thés and The O dor for your next visit in Paris


Ooh thank you for the recommendations. I’m super busy these days but maybe in the future I can see if there’s a way to get some of the teas you’d like to try over to you. :)

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604 tasting notes

It has just started snowing here — lovely fluffy snowflakes! A cup of black tea is calling to me and this one seemed most appropriate. I actually don’t get much of a scent from the dry leaves. It’s a little surprising since I was expecting something a little sweet or perhaps spicy.

Sipping… Well, I’m not getting very much flavor at all. It’s a nice black tea with that mouth & throat drying aspect. There is a very slight sweetness in the background, but mostly it’s just the black tea base. My experience with chestnut teas says that the drying black tea actually lends itself to the chestnut texture. But in this case, where is the chestnut? The Vanilla? The texture is all there, but not the flavor.

I hope to figure out how to bring out more flavor because I’m not too impressed with this cup.


how long did you steep it ? This is one of my staples and I really get the chestnut and vanilla, I generally steep it for 5 minutes and use a 90, 95° c water.


Ysaurella, I steeped this tea for about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. I will try your suggestion and will give this tea a rebrew!


oh, and add a little rock of sugar as well -this is one of the teas I always have with some sugar.

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73 tasting notes

Okay, might have to revise what I said about preferring Marco Polo to the other wonderful Mariage Frères teas sent by ysaurella and cteresa. I drank this before I broke my elbow, but planned to do tasting note on second drinking, and now that my note-making abilities are very limited, I find I need to bump this up mentally! Love the chestnuttiness, (oh, really, Steepster, chestnuttiness should totally be a word if nuttiness is!), and the smooth, gentle tea base, and the vanilla notes. Still have enough for another sample with hope of a better note in the future, but not too much hope.

Thanks, ysaurella!


of course this one is really superior to Marco Polo ! I decide to be opiniated tonight. This is really a great great tea, alway in cupboard.

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Sorry to contradict Melissa (see her review above) but this blend can be bought both with a black tea base and a rooibos base. I went for the rooibos version as I could tell this would be an afternoon tea for me and the less cafeine after noon, the better in my case.
It smells wonderful – it’s very sweet. I was disappointed with the taste as I think it’s lacking in complexity. Once you’ve hit the vanilla and the ‘candied’ part of ‘candied chestnut’, it’s all over. Needless to say the chestnut is lost in this sweet fest. It’s a shame, I was really expecting a lot from this blend but I’m guessing I’d get about the same taste with a mixture of vanilla, sugar and a touch of caramel. I’m finishing this but I won’t be repurchasing.

5 minutes with milk works best for me.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Love your bio, welcome to steepster :)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

I love your username & thank you! :)


Oops, my bad.

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