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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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From Mariage Frères

A subtle composition of vanilla, hazelnuts, caramel, and honey.

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Phénix is not a very well known MF blend, no idea why because it is quite good.
It reminds me about Thé du Loup of Theodor EVEN IF there is no chocolate in Phénix but caramel.There is due to the presence of Hazelnuts I think and the smoothness of the both tea bases.
I get honey on aftertaste, really well blended.
I wonder if the tea base is a keemum…we never have these informations with MF. But it’s a very mellow tea.
cteresa this is a tea I would love you to review…if you are still continuing to drink tea at this period of the year (it’s cold in France perhaps the same in Portugal ?)
A very greedy tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Sounds delicious!


Hazelnuts and caramel. Sounds yummy!


Oh, it is so nice of you to think of me! I actually got a sample of it the other day in a swap with Toitoi though for some reason I was just not able to add tasting notes (I even posted on the forums about it, but the suggestion was to send an email to site owners and I forgot all about it).
I was trying to add a note to this entry http://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/9535-phenix and it is still not working! But I still have some tea, will try to add a tasting note to this entry instead when I have it!


I sent them a note yesterday because I wasn’t able neither to put a note on Phenix, so created a Phénix MF to manage to ;)


oh forgot …Teresa…did you like it ?


I liked it, but I should have it again before saying anything. I did not think it similar to Thé du Loup but I did not notice a hazelnut note. To be totally frank (at the risk of being unfair), there is this Lipton caramel vanilla tea which this reminded me of. Though this is not damning with faint praise, that is a not too awful Lipton tea anyway and the MF was much more subtle. But the Lipton tea was a box I had at work under unusual circunstances once and drunk it all (So not too bad a tea) and I think that combination is a bit too much for me right now. So maybe it is too “greedy” a tea for me – what i liked about Thé du Loup was that it was not cloying, it was more sort of a “dry” chocolate thing and Phenix (and the Lipton) are a bit cloying a bit too much, too rich. If I Remember Correctly. I must have the rest of it for a fair trial!


yes because I didn’t get any cloying taste but a lot of hazelnut that’s funny


I will try again, keeping the hazelnut in mind – I think I still have enough for a couple cups.

Cloying might be more of an association thing than a real thing – not sure I am ready for a caramel vanilla tea no matter how subtle. But got to try the rest of it (and still got a sample from Toitoi unopened,which i was saving for another time).

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I have certainly been having trouble making a taste note of this tea. There are no less than 3 entries for it on steepster, and I could not seem to add any taste notes to the original entry for it. (and accents on tea titles seem to just not work with steepster search). testing now….

And it worked, wow! to add the taste note now

This was a sample for a swap with Toitoi, thank you so much! This was a tea which had been on my wishlist for a while and which I was so glad to have a chance of trying. Ysaurella was the one which pointed out that it had hazelnut flavours, after I had already had a couple cups of it without identifying those, and she is totally right. Not sure where my nose was what, except that I think the brewed liquor smells quite different than the loose leaf. The dry leaf, particularly concentrated on the awesome foil bag Toitoi used smells intensely of sweet hazelnuts, with caramel and vanilla (that is: sublime). The liquor itself, at least how I brewed it, the hazelnuts meld and it´s the caramel vanilla which rules. And it is a lovely tea indeed.

But, I had my other Mariage Freres tea around and remembered to compare this tea´s scent with Wedding Impérial and Pleine Lune. Comparing just the scent of the dry leaf, Phénix wins it: smells much more balanced (Pleine Lune has that sharpness of the bitter almonds, Wedding Impérial that malty ovomaltine like smell) more delicious, just more right. But and this is a big but, the liquor seems to have less character, be less memorable than for those other more famous MF tea (and I also prefer Thé du Loup to Phénix). Not sure if this means the others are more justly famous, or if it´s me being biased towards the teas I have had more often and am more familiar with. Interesting.

This tea would, by the way, be a buy-more if I ever get the chance without being lured away from it from all the other so-alluring hard to find Mariage teas…

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Love Thé du Loup as well…


Glad you get the hazelnut ! agree, Wedding impérial and Pleine Lune have more personnality. I really liked this one as well for different reasons, it’s not a “in your face” tea, it’s more a sweet tea but the way hazelnut and caramelly vanilla work together pleased me a lot.


Barbara, Thé du Loup will be a rebuy for me (though not on my next Theodor order, but for next winter surely! I will finish my other chocolate teas first, but so far Thé du Loup is the one I preferred of it all).

Ysaurella, Phénix is lovely indeed though i think harder to describe. For any other company it would be a top blend, it´s just competition is quite fierce for it – but this, like Aïda, would be a rebuy for me.


mmm more MF teas to try lol

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Another tea with just enough for a cup from MissB. Thansk for sending it along! I like to take advantage of getting small samples of MF teas when I can since their bases can be so hit or miss for me. This one was tasty, but kind of duplicates other teas in my cupboard.

This is definitely hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel in the flavor. They are all nicely complementary, and it is overall tasty. However, the base on this has a sneaking bitter note that reminds you to brew this one carefully. I prefer DF’s Fleurilege, which this is very close to in flavor. Still, happy to try it!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Holy cow! This is all caramel with a hint of vanilla, and then some honey poured on to boot. A very sweet tea, almost too sweet and decadent… but not quite. ;)

Thank you Ysurella for sharing this with me. Wow, I can see this fulfilling any sweet cravings I have.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Wow that sounds great!!!


this is why we need the du loup….


Is Thé du Loup better/similar? I’m going to see if I can source out where I can get this, again, for a more reasonable price.


I like this the du loup more than this one but this one reminds me of the du loup….I could probably have both in my cupboard but given a choice, the wolf would win ;)


I’m happy you appreciate this one. Yes thé du loup is quite similar and also different. I would say Thé du loup is better as Sil said

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Ysaurella sent this to me in our swap and it was the perfect tea this morning to help me focus on the last of my work that i need to get done before i can run around the house like a crazy person trying to get ready. I’m trying to get in at least 3 sipdowns before i go lol just so i can end this month at 140. A nice round number :) It’s also a good way for me to make sure i’m drinking and relaxing a little.

This is a pretty tasty tea and i can see why it reminds ysaurella a little of the du loup (i miss that tea!) There is caramel and vanilla here, though the caramel mostly comes through as sweetness. I’d be interested in picking this up again if i ever get the chance to go shopping in france grin


yep, it would be nice if we could organise tea battles on Steester : tonight…Thé du Loup from Theodor vs Phénix from Mariage Frères.
some teas need kind of parallele tasting notes.
Glad you loved it and it helped a little


haha tea battles… awesome :) reminds me of EPIC RAP BATTLES!
www.epicrapbattlesofhistory.com for anyone who doesn’t know what i’m talking about… (mr t vs mr rogers…)


Hahaha. You are both awesome.

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