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I got this as a free sample in my Mariage Freres tea purchase. It’s Darjeeling with a kiss of yuzu flavoring. This is my first Darjeeling I have have had that’s flavored. I drank this iced, since I prefer Darjeeling iced. It seems to bring out the muscatel more.
It’s medium level astringent. It brewed to be a deep white wine color. Yuzu is at a very delicate level. I have been brewing most the Mariage Freres teas at 2 minutes, rather than 4 minutes. I like keep the astringency at bay. They recommended 4 minutes for this tea, but I don’t think it would of done well.
I had stopped cracking open new green teas during the holiday break because I had a lot of black teas I wanted to taste — and since I didn’t have to sleep well during the break (though I did, fortunately) I spent a lot of time on them.
But now it’s back to work, and back to green tea sipdowns.
This is a reminder to myself (not that anyone else would be interested) that my current note process is: initial tasting note and sipdown note. In between, I typically don’t write notes unless I’m really moved by something different that happens in the taste of the tea or in a connection I make between the tea and something else in my life or the world at large.
In the initial note, I give detailed impressions of experiencing the tea for the first time. Usually for oolongs I’ll take them through multiple steeps (and if I ever get around to my pu erhs the same will apply). In the sipdown note, I sum up my impressions over the course of experiencing the tea, including whether I intend to buy more.
As a practical matter, I try to time initial tastings for when I have time to write the aforementioned detailed notes, which means weekends or holidays. During the week, I just drink what I’ve already written an initial note on.
Since I drink a lot of green tea during the week, I’d gotten into the habit of cracking open new ones during the weekend so I could write initial notes at my leisure. Resuming that trend now.
In the tin, this has dark scent. Darkly vanilla, with some floral around the edges. It’s a beautiful tea to look at.
The aroma is a perfumey vanilla, like Shalimar perfume. It’s a beany vanilla, which I prefer. There’s a floral note, but for me, anyway, it’s minor. The tea is golden yellow and clear.
The flavor is unexpectedly refreshing for a non-citrus flavored green tea. There’s a freshness in the mouth that must come from the tea itself. My sense is the underlying tea has a grassiness that cuts what might otherwise be cloying aspects of the flavor.
It also has that French thing going for it.
I’m rating it on the high side mostly because I was so pleasantly surprised by what this tea wasn’t.
Flavors: Floral, Vanilla
I really like this tea, although it’s not my favourite from this company.
It is very, very sweet and has a really nice overall taste and palette. It tastes fruity and really reminds me of powdered sugar. It’s not my favourite, as I said, but I still love it because all their teas are really well-made and so this tea doesn’t easily over-brew or over-steep and doesn’t have a super strong taste.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Strawberry, Sugar
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
Next time I’ll use hotter water and less time, after reading an article about hojicha.
This is a very toasty looking and smelling dry leaf. It’s basically a uniform chocolate brown.
Steeped it makes a gorgeous medium-light orangey-coppery liquor and has a deep, toasty aroma. Hojichas’ aroma sometimes make me think of rice, but this one doesn’t.
The flavor is very mellow and smooth, with a thick-ish mouthfeel and a lingering iota of sweetness. It’s toasty, but it’s basically the essence of toasty. Not toasty rice, not toasty veggies. It’s just toasty.
I wonder what a higher temp will do?
I am finally finishing my reviews of GCTTB because I lost my samples in a box but found then yesterday.
1.5 tsp leaf, 500 mL hot (not boiling) water, ~5 minutes (although I kept the teabag in and it has now been about 30 minutes)
This is a comforting, warming black base that is both flavourful and smooth. The spices are reminiscent of winter. It was sweater weather today where I live, and so I grabbed this for my morning cup. The clove and cinnamon (mulling spice) are there, but not overly strong. I can taste citrus peel (orange). From the ingredients list, I can see there are a few ingredients present in the flavor that were subtle in the background: molasses (raisins?), nuts, and vanilla. Definitely more molasses/raisins and not very much nutty or vanilla flavor.
Overall this is a really nice choice for a cold day. I think it would take sweetener or milk well, but I find it very palatable by itself.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Molasses, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spices, Tannin
Pretty tasty. Orange rind is definitely prominent along with that big-red cinnamon, but in small amounts so it just adds s nice touch of heat and celebration. Has a light candied feel without being cloying or artificially weird. The tea base is prominent enough to hold its own and strike a nice balance. Not my favorite holiday Tea, but very nice nonetheless. Smells fantastic and adds s nice holiday vibe to the house when brewing. Also makes a great iced tea.
Marco! (waving my arms around in a pool trying to find a direction but no idea where I’m going)
I was hesitant to try this after reading all the supposed similarities between this and Harney Paris. I don’t like Paris.
Polo! (oh. I hear you……..whaaa? which direction? not sure)
I had this in tea bag form (a whole box of ‘em) and decided to brew one up because why not. I mean, it’s tea, right? So it’s probably okay. The worst that can happen is that I don’t like it.
Marco! (OK, I think you’re on my right. flailing arms a little less)
Hmm. Smells good. Not artificially weird. and I still smell the tea. Let’s take the teabag out. Oh! okay color…….smells fruity but in a good way, not in a bath and body works way.
Polo! (ah ha. you’re close. I can tell.)
take a sip……oo. Pleasant. caramelized currant. And no headache! The tea is flavorful and there! Very fall-like. Could use a touch of milk but this is just great how it is. I should ice this someday.
Marco! (HA! FOUND YOU!)
Okay, now I get it. No fear anymore. I see the potential to draw similarities between this and Paris. I know Paris has its fans……..I get that everyone has different things that they like and don’t like. I didn’t like Paris because it tasted too artificial to me. Does Marco Polo have artificial notes? I’m sure the ingredients are not 100 perfect natural….but they TASTE like they’re supposed to and don’t trigger a chemical headache for me. It’s like buying a pair of jeans at Target vs. buying a pair of jeans at a Boutique. You’re going to pay more, but the fit is going to be better, and you’re more likely to wear them often…..and in the end, what’s the point in having tea if you’re not going to drink it?
Marco Polo FTW.
“Well, hello, baby. It’s good to see you. I’ve been thinking about you allllll day long and couldn’t wait to come home to you so we could snuggle in bed”.
This is how I feel about Pleine Lune. Absolutely delicious with a natural cherry almond, hints of fruit and nut, and I can still taste tea in it as well. It’s not all fun and games, though. Even though the notes are comforting there is a feel of moodiness to this tea…..like, catch it on a different day or treat it differently and it will show you a whole different side to it. But you don’t care, you are so attracted to it that it could serve you nothing but Cheetos for a month and you would still think it was the best relationship ever. It’s that good (if you’re into dessert-y teas). When I brewed it, the color was a touch lighter than I expected it to be but the flavor was a surprising juxtaposition to the visual substance. The leaves in the tin are gorgeous and smells very much like a cherry liquor. I don’t get a lot of artificiality here, it smells like they used some bitter almond EO, which smells strongly of cherry so the stone fruit strength here would make sense.
In the meantime my husband just got home and this tea needs to go hide in the closet. No one can know of our love. Except you guys.
YEP. I tasted a vanilla tea the other day that I found a bit weak and dull, it really didn’t do much for me except get the response ‘eh’. This, on the other hand, is Vanilla Tea. I can taste a smooth, black tea, and the vanilla used is a mirror of the vanilla bean paste that I buy at a local spice shop……it has the rich sweetness of tobacco without the smoke, the smoothness of rum without the alcohol, and dan absolutely intoxicating, but comforting vanilla scent. The taste of this blew the other one away, hands down, no doubt…..
Even my 15 year old son was all ‘oh. is this what vanilla tea is supposed to taste like?’
Yes, grasshopper, yes. Learn the flavor well. Only good tea for my offspring.
The aroma from the can was shocking, in my opinion. It had a great scent of chocolate, a smell I did not particularly connect to tea. The color was of an amber brown, quite warm-nature. The taste was quite different from the leaves’ aroma, instead of a chocolate taste it had more of a vanilla taste. Overall, the tea was not bad, nothing to overpowering, smooth and slightly sweet.
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Vanilla
This tea is so delightful to smell, it should be made into a candle. Its incredibly sweet chocolate and fruity scent overwhelms the nose, but is light on the tongue. It is somewhat bitter, and takes several minutes to fully steep and extract any flavor.
Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry