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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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From Mariage Frères

« Little Leaf »

Similar to Ti Kuan Yin but gives a darker liquor and stronger taste.

An afternoon tea.

Thé de l’après-midi.

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Another tea I have the chance to taste thanks to cteresa , obrigada Teresa .

It is an Oolong and an highly oxidized variety .

I decided to brew at 100 ° c as Teresa wrote no indication and because I am a phenomenal lazy people and don’t want to go to check on MF’s website (which by the way often gives wacky brewing indications on this site)

The liquor is quite dark for an Oolong , meaning we are drinking an highly roasted variety.

The taste is strong too. The flavours that emerge in the first place are earth, malt, wood.

The aftertaste reveals some cocoa notes and a fairly pronounced fruity note . I am unable to identify the fruit, stone fruit but which one?

It is not a great roasted Oolong but it is more than respectable .

Ultimately the site Mariage gives no recommendations for infusion , incredible isn’t it?

Pics of the session are available here :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/se-chung-mariage-freres/

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

This is a very strange tea – I got it from a local retailer (and to be frank, it was not expensive, for a Mariage Freres tea), they had just a little. Even the site does not have much info. I have the Mariage Freres teas, with photos of the shop 10, 20 years ago and I kind of suspect it´s a bit like the teas the old mariage freres company used to sell. even its catalogue number, quite older than more modern blends…


yes it is quite an old blend for the company.But it is still a nice one. I’m glad you gave me the opportunity to drink it.

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At the moment, I’m drinking a sample from Cteresa, which she tells me might be Se Chung…The leaves look similar to the photograph on here, so I’m going to pop my note here for want of a better location!

I let the water cool to around 180, added 1tsp of leaf, and gave it 3 minutes. Fairly standard oolong treatment, for me. Unfortunately, it looks like this is one of the varieties of oolong I don’t get along with so well. It tastes a little like a hojicha green, roasty with a sort of background seaweed/saltiness. I generally prefer my oolongs sweeter and more buttery, definitely greener.

As roasted oolongs go, this is super smooth, with absolutely no bitterness or astringency. There’s a clarity to the flavours; no over-complexity or muddiness here. Sadly, it’s just not for me. It’s good to keep trying and challenging my tastebuds, though!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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This is an oolong which Cteresa shared with me AGES ago. I don’t know anything at all about it because the description in the database is in French and nobody else has posted about it yet. I only a smattering of French words but I can make a qualified guess that it says that this tea resembles Tie Guan Yin in some way, but I’m stumped for the rest of it. I know ‘avec’ = ‘with’, but that doesn’t really get me very far.

The aroma is quite cocoa-y and wood-y, so at least at this point it doesn’t particularly remind of TGY at all.

It tastes a rather fruity and a little bit cocoay and a little bit woody. But mostly surprisingly fruity. Even now when it’s at a sort of lukewarm stage, it’s very fruity. I’m not sure which fruit exactly, but probably a kind of stone fruit, because this is generally the sort of fruit I find myself leaning towards when I don’t know what kind of fruit I think I’m tasting.

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