Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Flavor, Flower Petals
Flavors
Citrusy, Floral, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Stonefruits, Apricot, Citrus, Dried Fruit, Fig, Lemon, Round , Smooth, Straw, Sweet, Dates, Nectar
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 13 oz / 394 ml

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  • “Doulton has struck again! Thanks D!!!! I am drinking even more Black and Black Flavors than normal today! usually by now I spring into Greens, Whites, Rooibos, Herbal mixes, etc. I LOVE IT...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts Act I scene 6 Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough briar, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire, I do wander...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This darling sprang forth from the bag smelling of summer fruits kissed by the sun, dried and cradled by black tea. Brewing it brought about more of the same. The flowers were a charming addition...” Read full tasting note
    53
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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From Mariage Frères

This whole-leaf black tea produces a brown liquor with a grand, fruity scent. The gentle roundness of the black tea is blended with accents of citrus and other fruits highlighted by hints of citronella.

Time to enjoy: Afternoon
Origin: Other Countries
Main flavour: Fruity

PREPARATION ADVICE FOR 1 CUP :
Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 5 min

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9 Tasting Notes

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6770 tasting notes

Doulton has struck again! Thanks D!!!!
I am drinking even more Black and Black Flavors than normal today! usually by now I spring into Greens, Whites, Rooibos, Herbal mixes, etc. I LOVE IT THO!!!!! :)

I wasn’t getting much scent from this one prior to infusion. Once it gets infusing the fruit and citronella scent come out a little.

This is a medium brown color with reddish tinge to it. Very nice color!

It’s quite a bit bolder than I anticipated! YAY!

There is a creamy-semi-fruity-sweet-ness with dessert like after tastes to it. It has a fairly unique flavor…and I must say I am pleasantly surprised by it.

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Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act I scene 6

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats, spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In their freckles live our savours.
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II scene 1

I awoke this morning with the thought of Carpe Tea-um! Cheesy, but true. I’d been holding off on this and a few other teas and realized that I should just go for it. Why wait? There’s so much tea and so little time.

I have found my A Midsummer NIght’s Dream. I swear that fairies must have made this tea! I sniffed it and couldn’t tell what was in this tea. I still can’t tell you after reading the description. The description is all about fruits, and my tastebuds don’t see it that way. Is Puck tricking me? Perhaps the most apt description I can come up with is that this tastes like the flowers of a fruit before the fruit is born. It’s this beautiful, subtle, nectarish tea that I adore. I’m on its third and obviously final steep. It’s turned almost completely to a nectar sweetness. For me, this tea is the definition of lovely. TG

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This darling sprang forth from the bag smelling of summer fruits kissed by the sun, dried and cradled by black tea.
Brewing it brought about more of the same. The flowers were a charming addition but this tea smells very much of pulp. Not berries or rich red fruits nor was it the hiss of dried orange. This sings of the sun and the former life of a stone fruit. I am reminded of peach or apricot and their golden flesh… more so that area of change where it turns red as it kisses the stone. The brew if fair in the way of black tea and perhaps I didn’t nab enough leaves. It is of a nice taste and I think this blend would be perfect iced with peaches on a summer day.
It’s lovely… cheery… I will have to remember this brew when the sun shines again. It screams summer… and is very enjoyable plain. I think my grandfather would have liked this tea.

Honestly, in my re-drinking of this tea… it tastes like an over priced Lipton. Nice… pleasant and safe. Tee-hee and ho-hum.

Ricky

Uhoh, Mariage Freres being compared to Lipton, what has the world come to. Definitely no sunshine here. And what…. _ citronella scented_ umm keeps the bugs away?

Alicia

LOL I know I know. Imagine the epic let down but so it was. I don’t get the bug spray scent in this one though. It really smells like dried peaches or some sort of fruit roll up.

cteresa

I do think the original thé sur le nil has a bit of citronella (or lemongrass, or the herb we call around here erva-príncipe). It is (IMO) divine in the green tea, just right to give it a oomph. But the whole concept of making a black tea version of thé sur le nil, dunno, that is one tea flavour which might not (and sounds like it did not) transition well to a black blend.

BTW I do like Nil Rouge! Though I do like rooibos in general and MF rooibos mixes in particular.

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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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365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 28

Almost done with the first month of my challenge!

I haven’t tried that many teas from Mariage Frères (if I remember correctly, they only sell in 100g bags and their shipping is even worse than Dammann Frères). I actually bought this one at the Paris airport based on the good ol’ sniff test. And I guess my nose is trustworthy, because I love this one!

This is definitely a French tea – it has that French flavoring sense about it. I’m not really sure how to describe that… Musty? But not in a bad way? That just sounds weird.

Anyway, this one is lovely and smooth with some nice, rich honey and dried fruit notes. In particular, it reminds me of fig and dates. There’s also a nice mellow lemon flavor that really helps lift the blend and balances out the richer flavors.

There is a bit of a light floral note, but I mostly attribute that to it being a French flavored tea. ;)

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Flavors: Dates, Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kittenna

I also find French teas to have that distinct… something about them. A good something. Could never figure it out either (although I haven’t had a ton of them).

lizwykys

My theory about French flavored teas is that they tend to be in many ways like French perfumes, all about the layering and supporting characters, with intentional top, middle, and base notes (broadly), and many ingredients that are not always apparent in the tasting (or smelling). They are rarely “bright,” “clear” flavors, although they are lovely as their own thing, and this approach tends to make the Thé Français recognizable in its own way.

Evol Ving Ness

^ Agreed. Great explanation of the French tea je ne sais quoi.

LuckyMe

I’ve only tried Dammann Frères and it felt like drinking perfume. Way too much going on for my liking.

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