drank Martinique by American Tea Room
21 tasting notes

I usually avoid fruity teas, but I am glad I received this as a complimentary sample.

Martinique is the home of Joséphine, the first wife of Napoleon I, and I associate the name with her childhood memories of a beautiful and colorful island. The tea is, indeed, colorful in appearance, and it smells and tastes colorful! The mango is obvious immediately. I like marigold flowers; their scent is difficult to convey. I could feel it here in the brewed tea—a bright floral note. Without this floral note, the tea would have been boring for me. I had this tea on a gloomy day, but I think it would be best described as a sunny summer day in a cup.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I grew up drinking herbal tea, in many cases tea that I picked myself: chamomile, linden flowers, lemon balm, thyme, and hibiscus teas were an important part of my childhood experience. I learned to appreciate their delicate flavors. I am not new to black or green teas, but somehow, I had found them boring. My introduction to flavored teas—oolong, black or green—was a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked since then. Today, I still enjoy herbal teas. I’ve always been very sensitive to smells, so to me, the balance between flavor and aroma is very important. Tea is one of those small luxuries in life that allows us to combine our olfactory senses with taste.

I tend to like: herbal teas, “dessert” teas with vanilla, chocolate, or other flavors, and floral teas.

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