Héritage Gourmand - Mousse au Chocolat

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Black Tea
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Chocolate, Creamy, Custard, Dark Chocolate, Sweet, Cream
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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From Mariage Frères

The heritage of “sweet treats”—gourmandises—is more than a mere childhood memory.
The evocative flavours of those creamy, fruity, wonderfully smooth and mouth-filling delights can still inhabit our lives. Rediscover the warmth of childhood treats through a succulent yet mischievous new composition—a fountain of youth concocted from black tea flavoured as mousse au chocolat.
It has been lovingly wrapped in a colourful, paper-covered canister with decorative silver motifs harking back to the blissful days of yore.

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5241 tasting notes

shmiracles! I will have your little tea babies for this one :) i think there IS magic in this box after all.

So part of the reason i REALLY wanted to try this tea is that there’s an ongoing joke in my family about mousse au chocolat. My grandmere? She was from belgium and back in the day was one of the few woman in her day to train at le cordon bleu. It was there that she learned to make mousse au chocolat. As the story goes, she taught my dad to cook and shared with him the family recipe for mousse au chocolat. My entire life i have heard about my grandmere and her famous mousse au chocolat. Which my dad promised me when i was about 7, he would teach me to make…which he has never made in his life for us…which he still has not taught me how to make. And folks? i LOOOOOVVVEEEEE real mousse au chocolat…not to be confused with “chocolate mousse,” that they often serve in restaurants here in canada…which never seems as delicious as it ought to be…as the mousse au chocolat that i’ve had in france.

So when i found out about this tea via shmiracles, i had to try it AND coicidentally my parents were in Paris at the time. So my dad got an email from me: If you can manage it, i’d love for you to pick up this tea while you’re in Paris. I figure it’s the least you can do since you refuse to share grandmere’s recipe with me. :) All in fun of course. So now they’re back…and i suspect they found it somewhere in Paris, since i clearly challenged my father, but i won’t know until i see them again.

So for now, i’m content with this sample from Shmiracles…which is downright amazing! I lost track of steeping it..but this is delicious. It’s not sweet, it’s more like a rich dark chocolate mousse. i think with a bit of milk and sugar, this would turn into an amazing cup of chocolate goodness, but i love this the way it is. Dark and sinfully delicious.

Edit: resteep of this in the morning is also delicious!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I want some!

Sil

If shmiracles isn’t sending you some and my parents DID manage to find some, i will for sure share with you.

tattooed_tea

Salivating

ifjuly

Man that sounds good!

Shmiracles

i’m so glad i got to share this tea with you! i’m gonna totally savor the portion i have left xo

Kittenna

Sounds awesome. Except no, I need to focus on drinking what I have. Haha.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That sounds amazing! :-)

cteresa

Oh this one sounds tempting indeed – and I have been coveting these tins, so an excellent souvenir from France indeed!

Any chance you can get the mousse au chocolat recipe? If it´s the official recipe from the Cordon Bleu school, it must be known! Good luck with it.

Sil

cteresa, i’m hoping to see it someday :)

cteresa

And just noticed, Héritage Gourmand is absolutely perfect to describe your family´s history with the chocolate mousse!

Scheherazade

The MF Héritage Gourmand teas sound pretty amazing. If only the MF site worked on my computer, I’d be in tea ordering heaven. It’s probably a good thing for my bank account that it keeps freezing on me, although I’d love to try some of them one day. Yum! That’s all I have to say.

Sil

i wish shipping/duties etc for france to canada weren’t so ridiculous lol

tattooed_tea

haha Sil I JUST added this tea & the macaron one to my chart & got as far as the payment to see how much it would be. With conversion $99.
UGH I want these.

Sil

i think someone had mentioned there are charges added on when they arrive here too. So the only reason i have any MF teas is because my parents or friends have gone to Paris (or through swaps) I DID find a place online that you can order from but it’s a limited selection and obviously doesn’t have any of these special ones. I can share that when i’m home later if you like.

Terri HarpLady

$99 for 2 teas?

ifjuly

Yeah, the other downside is I’ve heard rumors that the tea MF sends to distributors for North America is sort of their…leftovers, like, the surplus selection. Explains why the choice is so limited at the places that do carry it over here. Alas.

tattooed_tea

Yup Terri, the teas are $25 euros each & $25 euros for shipping.
Sil I did find one site, but this one & the macaron are the only ones I’m interested in.

cteresa

I like Mariage Frères very much, they are so very reliable to me though they price things at precisely the top end of how much I would ever consider paying for something. I have never ordered from their site though, because I can find their teas locally, including (luckily) a few of their teas by the weight which is so much more affordable. I pay from 7 to 11 euros per 100 grams for their teas by the weight. The regular black and gold tins are usually from 16 to 19 euros though I lucked out on a half price promotion once and got a stock.Their shipping costs usually start at 25-30 euros though they seem almost flat rate, whether you order 200 grams or 2 kilos, it makes little difference to price.

Heritage Gourmand or the yearly Sakuras, or the new Lily of the Valley or the colored cannisters for destinations (Maharajs) or the totally droolworthy glass apotechary style cannisters for teas to do iced (40 euros! 40 euros) are a different thing from their regular tea and priced much more than their loose leaf teas- I think they are geared for tin collectors (they know me very well, b**tards) or as gifts, so they are very expensive IMO, 25 euros and more for a tin of 100 grams of tea. I have so far resisted.

And if you are likely to be tempted, never ever ever check their teapots and teaware. I am ignoring it all, and pretending never ever seen it.

But weird as it is, how expensive their collector tins and teaware and fancy stuff like jellies and all; the loose leaf by the weight regular teas are priced OK indeed – or better said they are priced high-endish for the sort of tea they are, but are usually top quality for the kind of tea they are and worth it IMO.

tattooed_tea

Oh don’t even get me started on their teaware. So beautiful

ifjuly

Agreed. My jaw dropped the first time I looked at their teaware. First in awe of the beauty, then the price tags, ha.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never looked at the tea wares, & now I probably never will!
Tony & I have talked about taking a trip to Spain & France. I’ll just have to wait & buy their teas then…whenever that happens…

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2006 tasting notes

Sipdown, 167.

When I started this note I was angry at having not gotten my car back from the mechanic even though he promised it to me today, but I just got a call and it’s done. This is especially important because I am driving it to DC tomorrow!

Anyway, this tea was made to soothe me… This time I made it strong with milk and sugar and it is deeeelish. So so chocolatey, and more mousse-like now. An indulgence, but a slightly less indulgent than actual chocolate mousse.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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744 tasting notes

2013-05-23
late night. a rare occasion that i’m alone at home. watching Merlin and drinking a Mousse au Chocolat latte in my brand new tea cup.
http://instagram.com/p/Zra-kDIc83/
and here are the strawberries we picked from the garden!
so many!
http://instagram.com/p/ZrTabjoc-k/

2013-04-26
wow there are huge chunks of chocolate in this tea. mega decadent!
and dark. a dark decadent tea. it’ll be easy to drink this one up.
and i bet it will be AMAZING as a latte. like it should be outlawed or something.
dramatic effect.

(further notes redacted)
:P

tattooed_tea

This sounds devine!

Froogle_jimmy

mmmmmmmmmmm, sounds crazy GOOD!!!

Sil

shmiracles – hoard the rest of this. my parents were in paris and couldn’t find it anywhere lol

Shmiracles

oh no don’t say that! that is awful! and you’ll give me no choice but to obsess about ordering them all online. today. arg.

Sil

haha my mom got it in her head that that was the one tea she had to get me…so her and dad were calling around to stores etc while they were there. It might be re-stocked i suppose but they had difficulty finding it…still not sure if they managed it since they’re keeping the tea they bought me a surprise heh

Shmiracles

oh hah maybe they’re trying to fake you out! like they got the tea and are trying to bum you out for the big reveal.

Sil

oh that’s possible, but it’s likely they still ran into issues trying to find it. heh

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3046 tasting notes

A tasty treat from Sil!
Thanks!!

Shelley_Lorraine

gee, what kind of a tasting note is that? ;)

Terri HarpLady

I know I should offer more description, but all I can say is this: One of my students has a french au pair nanny who brings her to her lessons. I might ask her to pick up some of this when she goes home for a visit. We’ve had some nice conversaions about tea, & what a wonderful company mariage Freres is.

Sil

I figured she was saving her. Words for nanothingingmajiggy

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m just used to more words here from Terri, granted they are usually more about gardening and music than about the tea. . but hey it’s something! I just like to give her a hard time :)

Terri HarpLady

Ughghgh I’m so behind on my NaNoWriMo project. I hate to think it, but I might not finish by the 30th this year…I’m just above 12000 words. There is still a bunch of music to prepare for upcoming concerts, including one tomorrow! Oh well, thus is life…

Sil

shelley – agreed..it was either that or she REALLY hated the tea and didn’t want me to know since it’s one of my favourite chocolate teas ever…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I loved it. Did you read the part about getting the nanny to try to get some when she’s in france? LOL

Sil

yes but THAT wasn’t in the tasting note

Shelley_Lorraine

alright you two, get along :p

Sil

always… as much as a pain in the ass little sister can with her big bossy older sister grin

Shelley_Lorraine

Hey!! I’m the oldest sister and I’m my littlest sister’s favorite! (^o^)
ok, I’ll shut up now. But I expect more entertaining notes from Terri in the future!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll do my best! LOL!
Sil, I think you’re the same age as my oldest daughter, so theoretically, I could be your mother!
But I like being sisters better!
Shelley, I’m also the oldest sister. One of my sisters is on Steepster, MsWhatsit. The youngest sister is not, but I think eventually she might be.

Shelley_Lorraine

The sister of whom I spoke is on here too, but not active. she drinks tea b/c I drink tea and she joined steepster b/c Im on Steepster (sweet little 15y/o protégé she is) but I coudln’t get her motivated to keep a tea log. She has a single tasting note. But she reads mine sometimes. she is ‘mountainfountain’ with an avatar of her super creepily cute cat ( the archetypal cat of so-cute-its-scary).

Sil

Terri…i have one pain in the ass mother…don’t need a second one giggling I have no siblings!

Terri HarpLady

That’s good, cuz being a mom sometimes gets a little old. Especially with 3 of my adult children living here with me.
I’m much happier being a sister!! So we will continue on as Tea Sibblings, LOL.

Sil

haha love you lady! hug

Terri HarpLady

Back at ya!

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1212 tasting notes

I had a cup of this last night while I started working on my French again (Je suis une femme! That’s about all I learned. Oh and the repeated use of Les robes et la pomme sont rouges. Got old. Quickly.)

This one is good though not as awesome as the macaron one. It was chocolatey but subtle about it. The black tea blends in really well with the chocolate flavor, which almost borders more on the taste of cacao nibs or cocoa powder rather than like milk chocolate. I really wanted to add a little milk and sugar but got distracted, so definitely next time to make it a bit more like mousse. It’s definitely really, really rich and decadent.

Thank you shmiracles for this awesome tea!

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483 tasting notes

Another decadently exotic sample from Shmiracles.

I was pretty excited about this one. the leaves look and smell good enough to eat! The brewed cup isn’t quite so decadent (for me, anyway). It’s got a sort of tart or liquor-like flavor about it. The chocolate is there, but I’m not too fond of liquor flavor with occasional exceptions. I was hoping for more of a creamy backdrop for the chocolate.

But this really is all for the best. I still fear the day when I am tempted to spend more on shipping than on the tea in order to get it from afar!

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

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708 tasting notes

Wow, I’ve been neglecting these generous Héritage Gourmand samples from boychik (and originally CharlotteZero). To be fair, I’ve amassed a giant mound of flavored tea samples, especially since I started doing my tea rehoming. I was sorting through them today and this sounded amazing, so I had to try it. The black leaves are small and very dark, and there’s a generous amount of cacao nibs mixed in. Dry scent is sweet chocolate heaven, a mixture of milk and dark varieties. I let a heaping teaspoon steep for 3 minutes at 200 degrees. I think I might let it go longer next time.

Mm, the aroma is intoxicating! Creamy milk chocolate combined with the richness of dark chocolate. And the taste is spot-on as well! The texture is somewhat thick and luscious, almost like actual Mousse au Chocolat. I added a teensy bit of raw sugar to mine. I would say it’s mostly milk chocolate here, but there’s a touch of rich dark chocolate mixed in to give depth. It’s creamy and delicious and chocolate heaven! I can’t even imagine how amazing this would be with milk added.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Custard, Dark Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

Hello wishlist.

boychik

I’m glad you enjoyed it ;)

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91
2005 tasting notes

A few months back, my roommate made real Mousse au Chocolat. Not the kind that is made with milk chocolate and served with whipped cream. She made REAL Mousse au Chocolat that was rich and decadent and full of dark, dark chocolate. This tastes exactly like that. Exactly. Though it also has a liqueur type quality to it that is very nice. Delicious! Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try this tea!!

Sil

Woohoo! God you licked it, though you may be regretting it lol

Sil

Ugh auto correct. Liked

Cameron B.

Oh my goodness, I want to try Mariage Freres so badly. But those prices! Ughhhh. The Gourmand collection is particularly tempting… :P

TeaBrat

Cameron – I haven’t been that impressed with the Mariage Freres teas I’ve tried so far if that’s any consolation to you….. :)

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404 tasting notes

This tea was kinda disappointment . I probably didn’t brew it right. 195F 5 min produced slightly chocolate flavored water. I just couldn’t figure out parameters fr my Steepster fellows. I had such high hopes. Oh well…
I have 1 tsp left to experiment.
Thank you so much CharlotteZero for sending me many amazing samples. I don’t see your notes lately, but I hope you will come back. Miss you <3

Stephanie

This reminds me I need more Chocolate Eclair from Fauchon. Hurry up Vente Privee! ;)

boychik

Chocolate Eclair is delish. Maybe they will have it for Labor Day?

boychik

Stephanie, I got some Fauchon one Peach and one Pear in Marshall’s . Will send you when I will get back home

Stephanie

I need to visit Marshall’s more often… You know, just in case.

Stephanie

And boychik I have a couple of new things you might like to try :)

boychik

It’s 9.99 a tin. Not bad. I tried them and I liked them. Not perfume , fruity, not extremely bold, but true to taste. Kinda naturally tasting

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451 tasting notes

I must say that I’m feeling a lot better this morning. I felt a lot better yesterday afternoon, actually. I obviously can’t get into too much detail, but suffice it to say that the entire world seems like such a different place when you are disabled and actually have the tools to do your work accessibly. i was in a right panic yesterday morning, and was on the verge of a most unsightly meltdown (those are necessary sometimes, actually), but managed to resolve the situation without feeling like running away to some sort of Victorian novel fantasy island. But when isn’t that in the works? haha.

I’d read such amazing reviews on this tea, and charlotte0 was so thoughtful to include it in the package she sent me. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant, simply because I think I largely fall into the “if i want to be drinking chocolate, I’ll have hot chocolate with all the fixings!” category. But I also know that MF knows what they’re doing, so I took a chance. Brewed it up for about four minutes, threw in some milk and sugar, and set to work enjoying it. And my my, this is a most delicious cup of tea. The chocolate blends so perfectly with the base. By that I mean that you know how with some teas, you’re like “oh hello flavour. Oh, hello there, base!”? but with this, I knew I was drinking a chocolate flavoured tea, but the base was just there, all unobtrusive and coy, and not being like “ooooh! guess what base I am! guess guess! where am I from? what do I do? who do I know??!! come on! heelloooooo!!”. And the chocolate tasted as though it was of the highest quality and I felt quite spoiled indeed.

Thank you, charlotte 0. This is going straight on my shopping list for my eventual mf haul!

Stephanie

Glad you are feeling better! And this tea sounds great :D

keychange

Thanks! yes, it feels as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And this tea is all shades of fantastic!

Rosehips

A victorian novel fantasy island sounds like my sort of place. Glad things are going better.

keychange

We should all go there! and thanks. I feel loads better.

OMGsrsly

Ooo… Victorian novel fantasy island. Sounds lovely today. :) Glad things are going better for you!

keychange

Yes to the island! and thank you. Thanks so much!

Christina

I totally get what you mean when you’re not sure what the base tea is, and trying to figure it out. Glad that this tea was smooth and comforting!

Cheri

I’m so glad to hear that you finally got things fixed at work so you can work. :) and this tea sounds heavenly.

keychange

This tea is ideal!

pyarkaaloo

sounds amazing!! what a tea.. how about a tea island?

keychange

The tea is amazing! and a tea island would be even better. No problems allowed. Not even under the guise of “learning” or “personal growth” or “maturing”. Just. No. Problems.

Sami Kelsh

Tea island sounds magical. I want to go to there too.

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