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drank Nil Noir by Mariage Frères
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The perfect lemon tea. I have several Mariage teas in my stash and this is the one I find myself craving most often.

Bold and dark amber in colour, scent is bright and cheery lemon with underlying tones of honey, malt and the slightest hint of peach nectar. Light cooling element at the back of the throat after each sip. Just gorgeous.

Delicious both sweetened and unsweetened. Have only tried it hot but I am sure this would be delicious iced on a warm day. If you can find some, definitely try it. I highly recommend.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Malt, Nectar, Peach, Stonefruits

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drank Paris Ginza by Mariage Frères
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Delicious black tea with bright but elegant flavours of strawberry and raspberry.
Had it hot with light cane sugar and it was divine – like drinking a fresh berry compote.
I could see this being delicious iced as well in the summertime. Glad I requested a sample from the Cultured Cup.

Flavors: Berry, Burnt Sugar, Raspberry, Strawberry

Flavors: Berry, Burnt Sugar, Cherry, Fruity, Raspberry, Strawberry

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drank Paris Ginza by Mariage Frères
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Nightcap to a dinner of homemade green curry. I’ve never had straight verbena. Pleasing, mellow aroma. Sip is citrusy and herbaceous followed by a unique, light sweetness. The aftertaste is fantastic and lingering. I couldn’t figure out how to describe it beyond green-sweet-citrus-floral(ish) but then I saw Mariage Frères mentions a taste of candied citron. That’s it. Lovely.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Green, Herbaceous, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

That sounds so soothing!

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drank Bal Masqué by Mariage Frères
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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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I’m really surprised I haven’t written tasting notes for this tea before! My brother went to France several years back and brought some of this back for me. I have several people trained to get me tea when they are pondering souvenirs for me. <3
This tea is really fruity. It’s hard to pick out the individual fruit since they all blend together so well, but if I had to pick a prominent flavor it would be peach. I get flavors of tea in the start of the sip with a little peach, then something a little ashy and alkaline in the middle to end and the finish is all fruit that lingers for a while. It’s enjoyable, but it hasn’t grown on me significantly in the time that I’ve owned it. I think I’d like to try it cold steeped once the weather warms up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My housemate brought home a 30-muslin sachet box of this from her employer’s tea drawer. Best before 12/2012; it’s 01/2020.

It’s clearly a victim of neglect. Very light red fruit-cream aroma and taste. No discernible green tea flavor. Very drying.

Going to drop the box in the work tea cupboard. Somebody else might appreciate it or throw it out secretly.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Leafhopper

How sad that such a pricy tea was so neglected. I tried the black version over Christmas and really enjoyed it.

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I overindulged at breakfast and now feel the need to have a cup of something refreshing and light. I love the mist of matcha around the teabag and the light green color of the cup once it’s brewed. This is a very gentle, lightly grassy green tea. For me, there isn’t a lot that is special about this cup. It is soothing, vegetal and delicate. I definitely needed such a cup this afternoon.

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drank Ruschka by Mariage Frères
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I was expecting this tea to be far stronger for some odd reason, but it’s surprisingly light and a bit boring, if I’m honest. This seems to be a rather benign black tea with a hint of citrus. I wish that there could be a little bit more flavor, but it’s nice and drinkable. I think this one could be rather nice iced as well.

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I was really expecting not to like this tea very much.. reading that this is a lemony green tea just seems more appropriate for the summer. It is cold and windy here today which makes me want to snuggle up with something else. Sipping this tea, it is so light and fruity. The lemon comes across as more of a sweet lemon drop instead of the punchy tart fruit I was expecting. It’s simply lovely with the green tea base that partners with the fruitiness so well. What I really like is that the green tea is there, but not overpowering and truly is the perfect match for the other flavors. I’m sure that this would be a delicious treat to have in the summer… very reminiscent of a candied lemonade.

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Hmm.. I was in the mood for an herbal blend and this one seems like it would do the job.. mint and bergamot. It’s an interesting combination because those two flavors seem to be so strong and overpowering on their own if not blended right. Sipping… I taste mostly the mint and maybe something that resembles citrus on the tail end of the sip. Strangely, it reminds me of those fruity and minty gums. I suppose I’d prefer to have one or the other instead, but I’ll finish the cup.

Dustin

This one is SO good cold steeped and iced! Hot… ehhhhhh.

QueenOfTarts

Dustin, I wish I had known about this before I had it hot! Will try it cold next time!

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This one is interesting…I don’t think I’ve tried a tea like this before. It’s softly sweet and floral at the same time. The green tea is the perfect base for this blend as it doesn’t get in the way of everything else. I really can’t put my finger on the flavors only that it tastes like flowers, fruit, a bit of mild spice like those in a pastry or cake and some very faint vanilla. I would drink this because of how unique and strange it is.. but I don’t know if I would repurchase.

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I believe this is the tea I have from Sil, originally from Ysaurella, but it’s possible I read the name incorrectly… anyhow, it’s a green, and I’m sad to say it wasn’t very good. Very bland and tasted like older tea. Which, of course, it is. I’ll give it another shot in case I brewed it poorly, though, as I seem to be doing that a fair bit lately.

Thanks, both, for the chance to try it, though!

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drank Nil Noir by Mariage Frères
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Thank you Cameron B.!

Refreshing and light-bodied tea with citrus notes, stonefruits, fruity… Not in your face type of tea. Really well balanced. Slightly malty to make it more satisfying. It’s also perfectly sweeetened with honey(?) so it’s not too sweet either. Enjoyed this sample in my daily sipper.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Delicious black tea with bright but elegant flavours of strawberry and raspberry.
Had it hot with light cane sugar and it was divine – like drinking a fresh berry compote.
I could see this being delicious iced as well in the summertime. Glad I requested a sample from the Cultured Cup.

Flavors: Berry, Burnt Sugar, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea looks, smells and tastes very much like a medium oxidized oolong, so it’s probably not exactly a green tea though it is sold as such. High temperature recommandations fit for this one and it reacts very closely to an oxidized Tie Guan Yin. Gong fu cha works well too and as expected reveals more complex aromas.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetables, Vegetal, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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Sipdown! 161/397

I’m so so sorry to the person who sent me this, but it’s not on my spreadsheet and I have no idea why not! I have a feeling it was either Tea Pet, OhFancyThat or Red Fennekin based on the way it was packaged, so thank you all for your swaps and apologies again for not knowing which one this came in.

I was really excited about this tea. It’s gorgeous, smells divine and I have had nothing but positive experiences with Mariage Freres. It is a nice tea, but I think because I had such high expectations I was disappointed. The flavour combination seems bizarre and cluttered – too many flavours, not enough thought behind the combination. The description is pretty vague, and I couldn’t detect many pronounced notes except for a thick, syrupy cherry at the end of the sip. The mouthfeel was very thick, too, and was accompanied by a little astringency (even though I steeped it at a lower temperature for a black) that made me think of cough syrup. This is all sounding more negative than I meant it to, I promise I enjoyed the cup. It just didn’t blow me away or live up to my high expectations. I guess it lacked the subtlety and complexity of most Mariage Freres and other French teas I’m used to. I paired it with homemade sunflower seed bread, which I think actually went very nicely and brought out more of the subdued spice notes in this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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