French Breakfast Tea

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Black Tea
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Alcohol, Biting, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Tannin, Tobacco
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 17 oz / 508 ml

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  • “Feeling better today, so I started the morning with this tea. I’m going to have a Mariage Freres tasting day today, I think. I’m still not in the mood for anything heavily flavoured, so I’m going...” Read full tasting note
  • “This was sent to me by the wonderful Sil. Having this tea as I’m getting ready to go out. Whoa! Did not expect to like it this much. I have no idea what’s in a French Breakfast, and Mariage Frères...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Scheherazade for this sample. This tea is strong with malty and smoky tones. Thick and velvety with sweetness and a touch of astringency. A drop of milk smooths it out nicely and brings...” Read full tasting note
  • “Casey and I are drinking a pot of this tonight. We are maybe two pots away from a sipdown. This doesn’t taste as strongly flavored as last time, but I’ve been drinking a lot of flavored teas...” Read full tasting note

From Mariage Frères

This perfect marriage of great and elegant black teas produces a rounded taste of malt and chocolate.

Its highly developed flavour is both powerful and refined. A felicitous blend in the best tradition of the French art of Tea.

With or without milk, perfect with a continental breakfast.

Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 3-5 min

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58 Tasting Notes

3 tasting notes

Birthday gift from my sister in law who actually read my Christmas wish-list this year and looked up who Mariage Freres was. Delicious vanilla and bitter (in a good way) almond flavor. Silky followed by a kick of tannin. Crazy enough, I think I will use less tea on the next steep to pull out the lighter flavors and maybe not end up with such a dry tongue. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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421 tasting notes

I need to logon to steepster from a proper computer and not an iPad to up this tea’s rating. It has become my favourite morning tea with milk brew. There’s something about it that just comes to life with the creaminess of milk.
Yesterday at around 17:00 there was another rocket siren. I was still at work, so we made our way downstairs. A lot of parents with kids were stuck outside the building, so on our way to the underground parking lot we let them in.
Hoping for peace and quiet. Drinking tea in the meanwhile.


I am tired for you. Will be praying for you today.


I am tired too. Praying as well.
There was a terrorist attack in Jerusalem just now. Things don’t seem to be looking up.


I wish I good just transport you here for at least a little while, so you could experience a period of peace and relative safety. Thankfully, I have never had to experience what you are going through, but I have had friends who have survived through civil war and assassination attempts even as children. I feel for all of you. Keep safe. Sending you warm thoughts and wishes for your continued safety and security.


Glad to know you are safe.


Thank you all for your kindness. I can’t tell you how much I rely on Steepster and Steepterites to keep my sanity lately. Bless you all.


i have an extra bed in my house if you ever need to hop a plane to get away from it all ;)

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75 tasting notes

I’m upping the rating on this one because it really is pretty much my favourite ‘simple’ black tea that I drink with no milk or sugar. I still can’t decide if there is added flavour in this tea or just incredibly aromatic black tea. I definitely can’t see any non-tea bits in it, so if there’s anything it’s one of those ‘added flavour’ things. Whatever it is, though, it’s a wonderfully smooth, not heavy yet very strong on character, black tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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103 tasting notes

Oh, this tea is super lovely. I took a sip this morning and had forgotten what it was going to be, since I barely remember driving here to work today. But I’ve had goat cheese & marmalade toast and now French breakfast tea, so I should be having a better morning than I’m having. I love malty, caramel, strong black tea, but this one is really refined and not fake tasting at all. Beautiful. Thank you to Shmiracles for letting me sample her box o’ samples! And thank you, Steepsterites, for sharing your teas. If I can make it to lunch, I’ll get to read more of the pointless coffee shop AU I started this week.

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773 tasting notes

two entries for this tea. but this one has more notes so it wins.

it’s rainy here.
i stayed up until 5am dancing.
i made a dress from gold lamé.
it started to fall apart slowly but it held up for the whole evening. yay win!
the weather was great and made the whole evening even better.

but waking up this morning?
it was harrrrd.
so… French Breakfast!
it’s delicious!
like really delicious.
i love the malty ones.

thanks a ton for the sample Sil.

this is my 700th tea :)
but it won’t look like that because i’m MANY many logs behind. and i’ll probably re-enter most of them when i get around to writing the review. but yup. 700 yay tea yay.


this one makes me happy..though american breakfast wins a little over it..but i’d have both in my cupboard.


Woo! That is a lot of different teas. :)

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3283 tasting notes

First sipdown of the day, from the BBBBox, one of Sil’s inclusions.


i’m watching you lady lol

Dag Wedin

French breakfast? Coffee and cigarette blend?!?

Terri HarpLady

You got it Dag! LOL

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8 tasting notes

A good, solid black tea blend. Unlike English or Irish breakfast blends, though, this seemed a bit two-dimensional to me. I did not detect the flavors of chocolate and malt.

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5 tasting notes

Really good, with about a teaspoon of sugar.

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52 tasting notes

I really like this tea. It is strong and has good flavor throughout the cup.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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336 tasting notes

Sightly reddish color – very pretty!

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