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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “I went to the DF shop to buy in person the tea Figue Fraîche but they didn't have it ! I wanted a tea with fig so I bought this one at the MF shop. MF rarely blends figs (Boléro has some but it's...” Read full tasting note
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    Ysaurella 363 tasting notes
  • “Fig! so that was what the fruit was. I smelled it and was thinking plums or nectarines or something else, but they are right it is fig indeed. And I got to say this is the weirdest named Mariage...” Read full tasting note
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    cteresa 331 tasting notes
  • “This one came as a surprise in my swap with *Ysaurella*. For some bizarre reason, teas with fig just smell like baby food to me. So there's that. The fig here is apparent, yet not overwhelming....” Read full tasting note
    Courtney 696 tasting notes
  • “ Hm. Fig tea, like Figue Fraiche? Sounds yummy. I'm getting little fig out of this however, although there is the mouthfeel of having just bitten into one. Something rich and fruity, with some...” Read full tasting note
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    MissB_Tea 1144 tasting notes

From Mariage Frères

Black China tea flavoured with flowers from the Pacific Coast of the United States.

Pleasantly surprising.

Du nom du navire qui, en 1620, transporta les colons anglais fondateurs des Etats-Unis, ce mélange allie un thé noir aux fleurs poussant sur les rives du Pacifique avec en figures de proue la figue fraîche et une pointe vanillée.

Agréablement surprenant: à découvrir.

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I went to the DF shop to buy in person the tea Figue Fraîche but they didn’t have it !
I wanted a tea with fig so I bought this one at the MF shop.
MF rarely blends figs (Boléro has some but it’s clearly not the leading note).I found this one by chance just looking at their website and when I didn’t have the chance to buy at DF, I did know what to do instead.

So I am the first to review this tea and it is strange because the name of tea is an homage to you dear North Americans.

The aspect of the dry leaves is really beautiful : beautiful big petals of a mysterious blue flower (MF says this is a flower which is growing on the pacific coast…any idea dear pacific coast residents?)

Once I steeped it 5 minutes and it’s too much, astringency was really there and I disliked it.

I did it again with 4 minutes steeping and this is perfect, no trace of astringency nor bitterness.

The scent of the steeped leaves made me very happy : I had the fruits and especially fig.

Drinking it is a little bit different, I got more vanilla & exotic fruits (weird because not mentioned by MF but I picked Mango first I think)and the fig but behind.
The black Chinese tea base is nice

This is a very nice afternoon tea, it’s probably not to me to say but I think is this is a beautiful tribute to America.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

This sounds good. My mother just told me about a fig tea she tried recently and liked. Might have to see if I can find this somewhere.

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Fig! so that was what the fruit was. I smelled it and was thinking plums or nectarines or something else, but they are right it is fig indeed.

And I got to say this is the weirdest named Mariage Frères tea I ever had. According to them an hommage to America and its pilgrims so they but blue flowers which according to them bloom in the Pacific (! It´s a whole continent away!) rivers and they flavour it with fresh figs and vanilla. Oh dear. Ah, geography.

This was a sample so kindly sent by Ysaurella, thank you so much! I love trying these lesser know Mariage Fréres teas, and often they can be so very good. That is the case this is a very nice smooth black tea base (Ysaurella reports some trickiness while brewing it, I had not read that note yet and was admittedly careless in that first brew but either I got lucky or it just likes my tap water). I do not get much vanilla though I would swear I keep getting a note like plums! Merci, Ysaurella!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
CrowKettle

The blue leaves in that blend look gorgeous. Maybe they picked a blue flower that “blooms in May” as a play on words? I’ve never had a fig or date tea but it sounds good.

cteresa

I suspect it is just plain old cornflowers, it looks a lot like lady grey cornflowers or any other tea which has cornflowers. I think cornflowers and marigolds and sunflower petals are ubiquitous fillers, not sure they ever really had anything noticeable.

And I do not forgive them making a tea called Mayflower, mentioning the Pilgrims and them mentioning the pacific ocean #facepalm LOL. ouch!

This is nice and fruity. Though nothing too special IMO, a perfectly pleasant tea. America should not offended about this hommage, though seriously it would be so much more on topic than fig! OTOH I think Mariage Frères American Breakfast tea sounds totally incredible and will buy one of those days!

Ysaurella

happy you liked it cteresa.
this is really a blend I learnt to appreciate more & more drink after drink.
Like you at first sent I detected nectarinesbut this is really Fig and I am sooo happy because it was exactly what I was expecting a nice fig tea

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This one came as a surprise in my swap with Ysaurella.

For some bizarre reason, teas with fig just smell like baby food to me. So there’s that. The fig here is apparent, yet not overwhelming. I’m finding it most in the aftertaste and the scent. There’s a bit of a floral quality that drowns out the fig in the initial taste. If this one didn’t have a floral quality and was only fig and vanilla, I may have been able to get on board. It’s more up my alley in the fig department than was Figue Fraiche.

Thanks for the opportunity to try more from Mariage Freres Ysuarella!

P.S. I love how “fish broth” is a flavour option, but “fig” isn’t.

Ysaurella

ahaha Fish broth…and not fig…Steepster is quite weird sometimes yes

Hello.Kiki

lol, I hear you on the flavor options! I’m surprised at some of the flavors that aren’t listed.

Fjellrev

I’m forever searching for that perfect fish broth tea.

Courtney

Being a Swedish chef Fjellrev, herring would be best.

__Morgana__

Yeah, fish broth is so specific. I wanted to use “broth” but not fish and it wasn’t an option. And most of the flavors I try to find aren’t there.

Courtney

I’ve sent three flavour emails now Morgana and they haven’t been added in yet. I sent the first one well over a week ago, maybe even two weeks now.

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Hm. Fig tea, like Figue Fraiche? Sounds yummy. I’m getting little fig out of this however, although there is the mouthfeel of having just bitten into one. Something rich and fruity, with some vanilla. Or perhaps I underleafed, and this required a bit more tea than I’m used to? It’s pleasant, however likely something I’ll finish up and then leave it off my wish list in the future.

Thank you to Ysurella for sharing this with me; I doubt I would have been able to try it otherwise.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kittenna

Creamy fig tea? I might have to get in with Sil on all this Mariage Freres business. Sounds like they have some fascinating flavours. Of course, I’m also endeared by anything that’s creamy, haha.

Anna

Haha, I declare your tasting note a success – I’ve never really wanted to try this one… until now.

Sil

you’d probably like a bunch of them kittenna… and they do creamy very well

MissB

Creamy – agreed! They’re a tricky one to get for a decent price, in North America anyway.

Ysaurella

glad you appreciated this one too.

Kittenna

Rraaghh of course I see your comment now Sil, and want Marriage Freres even more… :(

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Ysaurella sent this my way and after smelling it, i didn’t actually think i would enjoy this one. Well, I was wrong. :) It won’t be my favourite MF tea but there is something intriguing about this particular blend even though there is a note in there that confuses me. This is a pleasant fruity tea with maybe a hint of floral to it, but clearly nothing overly strong or i wouldn’t like it. The fig is hiding in this a little but it’s there if you look for it.
Thank you madam! this was a pleasant surprise :)

Ysaurella

this is a nice blend even if not among my favourite MF

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