Wedding Impérial

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 294 ml

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  • “I had this one tonight – we went out to visit friends who had a baby about a month ago. He is adorable! I have pretty much not accomplished any sipdowns this weekend, which is a sad, sad, thing...” Read full tasting note
  • “The dry leaves were smelling so good ! Caramel and a hint of chocolate for sure it was so sweet…I bought it ! I met an angel… Then it was just a demon ! I struggled with this tea all day long. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is delicious cup of mostly creamy caramel, with a tiny hint of chocolate at the end. It’s really quite lovely both hot and cold, although I do prefer it warm-ish. I think (?) I bought this...” Read full tasting note
  • “thank you to sil for this gem….. i didn’t get caramel and toffee out of it (i never do) but i got SOMETHING! it wasn’t just tea…. i got brown sugar, coffee? or something akin to. vanilla. an...” Read full tasting note

From Mariage Frères

A paean to love.

This glamorous blend is steeped in the passion that weds the malty power of golden Assam tea leaves to the sweetness of notes of chocolate and caramel.

Perfect clarity.
Evidence of a peerless marriage.

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

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303 tasting notes

The all-faves birthday week tea consumption concept clearly calls for some more Mariage Frères. If you’re still on the fence about getting this, and like Cookie, or if you’re on the fence about getting Cookie, and like this – Cookie is like Wedding Impérial with popcorn.

Now I’m off to pick up cakes number 1, 2 and 3 so I can spoil the staff tomorrow. They really are the very best and take care of me so well.

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Aww, baking cake for the staff! Thats so nice. Happy birthweek!


mmmmm i have this in my mug today as well…stupid work, so busy


Oh, happy birthday week then. Favorite teas sounds like a great way to celebrate!

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776 tasting notes

holy crap imperial wedding!!
i only steeped it for 2.5 minutes because everyone seems to comment on how strong it is.
and it IS only our first date after all.
and yes, though i will try longer steeps just to see, i think for me 2.5 minutes is very good. definitely malty and hearty assam. and i can smell the chocolate caramel notes on the nose very easily.
i guess it’s darling subtlety is what has gotten Mariage Freres it’s reputation over the years.
i did buy two capital D dessert teas while i was there, plus 2 straight teas (one black and one green).
this will probably turn into a pre-run staple during the upcoming race season. i can see it already.


I got my local fancy tea shop to add my name to a list for an order of this. $33 cdn for 100g but I need it. Tried it once and fell in lovvvvve!!


totally worth it. TOTALLY. when i think of how much glee i get from a cup or tin of yummy tea, i know the price is always cheap compared to the experience. always.
drink up whatshesaid!!!


I probably won’t get it for awhile but I. Can’t. Wait!

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6770 tasting notes

This is very nice! I received it in a swap! You can smell a tad of chocolate and a tad of caramel. I think it smells and tastes a bit nutty too. The taste is more caramel than chocolate. It’s a medium brown color. Yummy, tho!


Turtle-ish w/o being a flavored tea… yummy!

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An episode of Poirot and a nice cup of tea to start the week off right. Bliss. Wedding Impérial is an unapologetic caramel tea that’s not too sweet despite being very fragrant, no doubt the Assam base working its magic there. It has a sort of minty aftertaste which I love. Can’t feel any chocolate even though it’s in its description. Gosh it’s good. I don’t have a clue what’s wedding-like about it though as any wedding-themed tea I’ve seen so far has been a white floral. Could be an attempt at irony though I wouldn’t give snobbish Mariage that much credit.
Enjoying that a lot.


this one is now one of my fav too after have found the correct way of brewing it. I need to restock it along with Earl Grey French Blue and Pleine lune, I planned a visit to a Mariage shop on Wednesday

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Oh, excellent! Happy shopping :) I’ve never tried Earl Grey French Blue, I need to look into that.


I always assumed Wedding was a pun, a joke on their own name. mariage, wedding, see?

Imperial seems to be internal code, and confirmed in their book – apparently their quality ranks are, by order of increasing quality – royal (but I can think of nome of their blends which is called that, no?), imperial (wedding imperial since they have a plain wedding blend, lapsang souchong imperial, yunnan imperial), d´argent e d´or. I expect silver needle is always just so! Not sure how true that is, but indeed they put that on print on the book.

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Ooo alright, that makes more sense. Thanks for the input! They seem to put a lot of effort into their names!

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Many thanks to cteresa for this one! She left a careful note saying to watch out how I brew this one because it’s difficult to get right, so I took every precaution to time this one on a stopwatch. (I don’t normally time at all- maybe I should make a habit of this?)

It smells incredible… Both the unsteeped leaves and the brew have a lovely, fragrant, vanilla-y malt smell, but without being perfumey or, on the other hand, too off-puttingly malty. It’s almost like the flavoured syrups you get in coffee at this time of year, strong and sweet, practically alcoholic.

And the taste… my first thought was “I’m drinking chocolate”! It’s more like a chocolate bar in taste than any chocolate tea I’ve tried so far! And I’m actually willing to overlook the Assam a little for something with such a smooth, strong kick to it as this.

I can’t decide if I want to buy some of this for myself- the caramel’s syrupy and strong, nearly too strong, but the chocolate taste is so, so tempting. Might try this with milk.

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Oh it got there safe and sound, good! Yours arrived yesterday! Thanks. So much fun to have new teas to sniff and try :)

And I was bit precious about this one :). But I think this one is sort of tricky to btw, maybe it is the Assam. Dunno. I don’t brew everything paying attention to time but some things won’t forgive you that and others will strangely enough nil rouge is also one of those where it is better to be careful with time and temperature – I used to be very lazy with rooibos but am reassessing how to make rooibos :)


@cteresa yes, I’ve been waiting to get into the packet! And I can see how it would be tricky to brew… normally I can’t stand Assam, and caramel flavours always seem a little tempramental in tea, so I’m pleased that it turned out well.

I’d like to see how you get on with rooibos since I’m not much of an expert on brewing times for that either!


Rooibos, I used to brew it with free boiling water and let it steep for ages, till cool enough to drink before straining. But I saw the instructions at the Mariage Freres site – do 95C water and only 5 minutes and it is better indeed. Particularly with Nil Rouge, I think the citrus and lemongrass can be a bit too much if you let it steep too long! so 5 minutes and not quite boiling water for all rooibos now and it seems to improve just about every single one.


I am not a big fan of chocolate teas but this one is really nice because the balance between chocolate & caramel is perfect to my palate. But I can’t steep it more than 2 minutes otherwise I hate it for its bitterness

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652 tasting notes

I got some of this from Dustin in a swap and also Scmiracles sent me some because she is totally awesome!!

I tried this once a few months ago at my local fancy tea shop, but then she never had anymore in stock. Speaking of fancy, I feel fancy when I drink it.

It does get pretty strong pretty fast and I remember the lady at the tea shop telling me this, so I steeped it at 95 degrees and only for about a minute and a half, I do not regret that decision as I can actually taste a hint of bitterness even at that time!

It’s delicious though, chocolatey and caramelly and the scent of the tea is intoxicating. I know it’s all in my head because it’s my curse to always want things I cannot have, but I swear it even SMELLS like quality. It’s so nice to be able to try this!

My ultimate life goal of visiting Paris one day (and England for that matter) is just emphasized now because when I get there someday, I will absolutely be raiding Mariages Freres!

Thanks so much for the samples, you guys :)
I am truly enjoying my cup of this while I rewatch Season 5 of True Blood, two of my favorite things at the same time, too much awesomeness!!

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361 tasting notes

Another tasty treat from shmiracles. I read the reviews ahead of time and was planning a 2.5 minute steep but I was 15 seconds late and this tea gets bitter fast! Luckily it wasn’t too bitter and the creamy chocolate and caramel still shine through. I really like this. I would really think about ordering more of this.

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It doesn’t smell like tea. It smells like a candy shop >_< TOO sweet. This is even worse that Vanille des lles – it’s disturbingly sweet and lacks any tea flavor at all… I doubt I will ever touch this again…

There really is a world of difference between naturally sweet honey-nectarish Huang Zhi Xiang dancong and this… abomination

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surprising, generally people find this tea strong as it’s a robust assam. This assam tea base is detectable immediately even if for sure it’s a caramel & chocolate tea.


I can’t feel anything behind the absurd amount of flavoring :(


let it steep for more than 2 minutes and a half and for sure you’ll feel it (on the bad sense !)


I was steeping it for any amount of time between 15 seconds and 5 minutes. The result was more or less the same…


really, you didn’t get an absolutely awful bitterness after 2 minutes ? I cannot even drink it after 2 minutes steeping :S it becomes sooooo bitter I had to throw it


2 minutes was the final attempt I stopped trying. I always try from 10 secs and work up or down from that. This tea was not acceptable on all of the intervals I tried

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828 tasting notes

I was in another town today (giving my last presentation until October!!) and stopped by a store I had never visited but had heard had a great tea selection. And wow, they did! I picked up several things from my shopping list as well as a few things that I hadn’t heard of. And I found this! A friend let me have a little of hers a few years ago. Back then I was interested in tea, but not near the degree that I am now. I’d been looking for it since, and had about come to the conclusion that I’d have to order it from France. So yay for A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC!

I was so excited that I didn’t want to underdo it, so I think I might have used too many leaves for this first cup. It’s still amazing, but not quite what I remember. A little sugar makes up for it, though. :)

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512 tasting notes

Thank you Shmiracles for this sample!

The dried leaves smell incredibly yummy. I checked on Steepster before I brewed it and took the advice to keep it short. I did 2min30sec.

I am picking up on the coconut flavor that one of you other reviewers mentioned too. I do absolutely love a good macaroon (and, incidentally, so does my siamese cat) or German chocolate cake, but I’ve never liked coconut in teas. It usually makes me feel sick. But this isn’t coconut though, now is it? It’s coconut-esqu minus the horrid after-taste that real coconut teas give me.

I do like it quite alright, but I’m not in love by any means. I’ve been pretty picky about dessert teas, so no surprise there. However, I like it a whole lot better than most of what I get from Della Terra. The sweetness of this one is not rediculously-over-the-top. Unfortunately, the coconut-like flavor, while not at all nauseating, is too reminiscent of the teas I don’t like and it is putting me off just a bit.

I’m afraid to try too many samples from exotic over-seas companies because i am afraid that I will love them and won’t be able to acquire them easily! I let my husband take a sip from my cup and he loved it. I told him, well, that’s too bad. (^o^)

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haha i’m WORRIED TOO!! i used to lazily make virtual shopping carts of tea while i’m at work all the time, usually closing the tab and not buying anything in the end. and that fad has been dormant for a while, …but now it’s back with a vengeance! and the MF & DF carts i make are NOT fooling around OH NOES!

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