Rouge Métis

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Rooibos
Flavors
Black Currant, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Jam, Lavender, Sweet
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
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Average preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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  • “Bonsoir Steepster! I’ve just returned from another trip to Paris, a daytrip this time, and again I’m loaded with various teas I’m all excited to try :) First off: I bought this tea because of the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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From Mariage Frères

This ‘cross-breed’, as its name implies, is a fine hybrid of red tea with fruit, citrus fruit, spices, and flowers. It is flavored with pink grapefruit, elderberry, rosehip, blueberry, red fruits, seasoned with vanilla and lavender.
A heady bouquet, 100% theine-free.

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Bonsoir Steepster! I’ve just returned from another trip to Paris, a daytrip this time, and again I’m loaded with various teas I’m all excited to try :)

First off: I bought this tea because of the name. As a classics student anything with a mythology or ancient language-inspired name is going to catch my interest. However Artemis seemed too similar to another rooibos I had which I didn’t like, and Apollon was out of stock – so this is the next best thing! Métis, which called to mind resourceful Odysseus’ cunning plan when he told the cyclops that his name was ‘me tis’, “nobody”. Turns out Métis is also the name of Athene’s mother whom Zeus swallowed. The more you know!

The scent is very pungent, not purely because of the rooibos base, but there’s a hint of spice and, dare I say it, the lavender seems to be the root of that floral liqueur, as well as the sharpness of the red berries. The taste is overall very complex and floral and sweet without being like a perfume (as lavender and mallow flowers can be!) – more like a sweet, candied-flower dessert? Apparently spices are in this tea as well but they aren’t coming out as strongly as they do in other MF rooibos teas such as Nil Rouge – if they’re there at all I wouldn’t say they do anything other than round off the flowery, fruity flavours to something clean and fresh-tasting.

Something different, and with such a pretty name I don’t think I’ll have any problems getting through this :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

in addition of the mythology sense, métis is also the adjective we use in French to speak about a “mixed-race” person – the word in English seems awful for a French-we avoid to use the word race (anyway there is only one race – the human one)
Can we consider this blend to be a mixed of several very different tastes ?

meliorate

Ahhh I didn’t realise! I’ve had my head in classics books so much that I didn’t think about looking it up… That’s probably a better reading of it. The only thing I could find in common with mythology was that the Artemis tea was also rooibos!

Ysaurella

MF probably plays on the double meaning :)

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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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