Elephant Blanc

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From Mariage Frères

According to a legend from Siam, the capture of a magnificent ‘White Elephant’ guarantees the king a long and prosperous reign. This sentimental blend is composed of essences of wild spices and festive fruits–long may it reign.

Time to enjoy: Afternoon
Origin: Other Countries
Main flavour: Spicy

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

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Doulton provided this as a lagniappe when she sent me the Dammann Freres I’d ordered through her organized buying efforts. How nice to have something unexpected show up, and something I hadn’t yet tasted to boot!

It’s also something of a mystery as I can’t find a list of ingredients for it. Clearly there is black tea. There are also red and blue flowers and a slight rose scent to the dry tea. So I’m going with Alicia on this — rose and cornflower. Apart from that, mild spiciness, like a spicy perfume. Lovely fragrance.

I steeped this for a full 5 minutes, as suggested on Doulton’s label (with a giraffe on it, how cute!) I get a light floral note and some gentle spice as well as smooth tea in the aroma.

The flavor has this, too, plus a suggestion of citrus. I cheated and read the notes others had posted and it seems the consensus is this is bergamot and that this is in fact something of an Earl Grey variation. Hmm. I don’t think I would have got that at all had I not read it. If it is supposed to be an Earl Grey variation, it isn’t succeeding, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I liked the Earl Grey Special from Teafrog even though it didn’t seem much like an Earl Grey to me.

I like this, but it isn’t my favorite Mariage Freres, and it wouldn’t rank among Earl Greys for me.

I think next time I’ll try it steeped for less time and see what that’s like. I rarely steep anything for 5 minutes anymore except herbals and very late oolong and pu erh steeps.

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80 tasting notes

Simple, clean and perfect after a day of clearing brush from hiking trails.

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68 tasting notes

I’m not a huge Earl Grey fan, and this sort of tasted like a more sophisticated version of Earl Grey.

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