303 Tasting Notes

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I don’t know why, but when a tea is said to have “raisin” flavor profile, I want that tea. And I am not exactly a fan of raisins, but when it’s in black tea, I adore it!

This tea reminds me of a black dragon pearl tea cousin. It’s robust, caramelized and sweet, and stewy. I gave my friend a sip, and they usually think tea is bitter enjoyed this. It has no astringency. So many flavors, and so delicious.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Raisins, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Russian Star by Mariage Frères
303 tasting notes

Got this based on all the citrus fruit flavors shoved in this tea. I think I would of enjoyed this tea if it was black. The green tea base was kind of dull. It wasn’t as refreshing as other citrus flavored or earl grey teas I have had.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Rouge Métis by Mariage Frères
303 tasting notes

I have been sifting through the rooibos teas I got from Mariage Freres. None of them were stunners, until I came about this one. It’s loud in flavor, like a sweet, French summer punch. I adore black currant, and this tea has a bunch. With lovely lavender and a kiss of rose, it’s just everything I want. Their teas are either hit or misses, this is a hit for me. Also, it’s a tea that smells lush, but also tastes just as good (any tea drinker knows that some, if not most teas can smell amazing, but their taste doesn’t follow suit.)

Now if they could make a black tea tasting like this, I would buy a pound. Naturally sweet on its own. It reminds me of one of my favorite dessert red wine, the jammy flavor.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Jam, Lavender, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 18 tsp

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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
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When I went on a shopping spree with Mariage Freres, this was the tea I drank through first. I am addicted to their flagship Marco Polo (presently have 1 pound left). This one, I would put up as being a co-star to their Marco.

It’s fruity, full of lush vanilla, and just so tasty iced. If you love Marco Polo like I do, I would totally recommend you try this one for variety!

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30

I got this tea based on how pretty it looked, and the description. I thought if I got this tea, I would get so inspired to do something. Would this release my inner Monet?

Instead, it tastes like marshmallows. I love marshmallows, seared to almost black over a campfire. I am not a fan when that flavor is mixed with flowers and green tea. I got 100g, and I will most likely be ridding of it to friends. It’s just so sweet. I didn’t like it iced or hot. I just couldn’t get myself to drink much of it.

Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow

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drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
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All you tea companies, if you put out a sakura flavored tea, I will buy it.

This one was ok for me. I prefer a greener sencha tea base. The green tea base was just okay. I was interested in their variation of sakura blossom flavored tea. It’s such a distinctive flavor, it’s hard to get right. I had no problem drinking through the 100g I got. It was lovely iced and hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Saint-Valentin by Mariage Frères
303 tasting notes

If you want a peak of spring during a winter morning, this, my friend, is the tea for you. It shoves so many flowers in your mouth, you think you fell into a garden.

This is yet another tea I preferred iced. The florals made it sweet on its own. I always love Mariage Freres for the tea base they use. It’s a good strong black tea. Roses, violets, citrus..it’s a lot of flavor. It’s a little too intense to have all the time. It is nice for a cold winter day, though.

Flavors: Citrus, Rose, Violet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Tokyo Breakfast by Mariage Frères
303 tasting notes

I was quite pleased with this tea. The smell was so fruity sweet, I never felt like drinking this one hot. It makes the best iced tea. It has a lovely sweetness to it. It’s yuzu, but also floral.

It’s lush, strong, and not a bit of astringency. I would buy this again for my early morning iced black tea for work.

Flavors: Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I am a brisk, strong, larged flavored black tea lover. I was won over by the reviews of no astringency. This tea is that, my friend. It has the biggest leaf cut of any Assam I have ever had. I think that might be why there’s no puckering.

I bought a sample, and have drank the whole sample within 2 hours (I am also studying for finals, I need my fuel). This tea is yum.

This isn’t your typical Assam at all. I almost thought it was more similar to some of the Ceylons I’ve had. Still strong in flavor, and 2 tsp is needed per cup. I would purchase this again. I really think Assam tea companies need to follow suit, and not cut up the leaf so much. This was a really pleasant cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I have been on a quest to try all different types of teas from elsewhere. What-cha fills in the need. This is my first Georgian tea. It has NO BITTERNESS. I feel you need 2 FULL tsp per 8 oz. I like my brew strong, so this is what I did. It’s mellow for a black, more mellow than what I usually drink or am used to.

Beautiful leaves. Just good for a mellow kind of day.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I think most the teas I drink are 80% iced, but on some days, it’s opposite that, especially days off! I can’t believe it took me this long to try different teas. Better now than never!

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