1605 Tasting Notes

drank La Route Du Temps by Mariage Frères
1605 tasting notes

I was super excited to see Mariage Freres teas being sold near my hometown on a visit. I decided to buy one black and one green tea to get a feel for the brand since I had never had their teas before. This one smelled really nice and gingery so I decided to give it a go. I have to admit that I was less than thrilled with it the first time I tried it, but I have been giving it another go and found it much nicer this time. When it is hot, the ginger seems a bit harsh and dominating, but as it cools the ginger mellows out and I swear I tasted a carmel like note at one point. I’m now on my third steeping and the ginger is still going strong. It is hard for me to pick out the green tea base, but there is a second or two in the middle of each sip that I can taste it. As the cup cools even more to room temperature, I find the tea less enjoyable again. It seems there is a middle temperature window that I prefer for this one. I like this one, but I feel like I might have picked a different tea to purchase if I had tasted it first.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I could have sworn I smelled cherry in this, but I guess it is that almond/cherry crossover smell! I’m really not getting much flavor from this at all which is disappointing considering how delicious the ingredients sound.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

…and yet, the black teas are the ones I think are the most flavourful of DF’s blends. The greens are just too wimpy for my tastes.

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drank Lichee Red Premium by Teance
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Got a sample of this when I went into their Berkeley store. The first steep was super flavorful! They aren’t kidding when they describe it as tropical. The lichee is very distinct and the tea is really smooth and balanced. I could have gone lighter on the sugar, but I was in a rush to get out of the house with tea on the go and just spooned it in quickly and thoughtlessly. The second steep isn’t as nice as the first. There is a strange taste to it like stale water or something. Maybe I need to clean my kettle, but I’m chalking the second steep tasting odd to user error for now.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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I have been having the hardest time finding a time and temp to brew this tea at to get the delicious results everyone else gets. I think this is the best so far with a low temp and 2 minute steep. I’m getting blueberries as the dominant flavor, but I still don’t get the cream cheese, danish or buttery crust flavors. I have been noticing that my favorite 52teas are ones that don’t have a black base. I’d be really interested in trying the green tea version of this, but the black just isn’t winning me over here. Too bad for me. :/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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I am on a roll today! This is the second tea that I have over steeped and ended up with astringency. It tastes fruity, but I’m not picking out cherries as the fruit. It seems more like a blend of fruits to me. There are little green leaves almost like dried rosemary in it and I’m not sure what they are. I have been dipping almond biscotti from Trader Joe’s in this tea and it is so delicious. Sweetening it up and adding milk mellows out the astringency and makes it enjoyable again without the need for cookie masking. I’m really glad to have this as a decaf version for the evenings, but I’d like to try the caffeinated version at some point to compare the two.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Toffee by Palais des Thés
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I have had this before and enjoyed it, but today I did something wrong and had an astringent toffee flavored cup of tea. The directions say 4-5 minutes and I choose 4. It is black tea so I used boiling water, but it was not a good combo. Second steeping wasn’t very tasty. I’ll have to play around to figure out what I did to get a good cup in the past.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dune d'Épices by Dammann Frères
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Day 10 of the advent calendar.
Smells like more citrus. Taste a little like mango. It is very light on the sip, but has an almost dirt like after taste. I give it a meh.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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The pearls seem like such a novel way to form tea. It smells nice and jasmine like when dry and the smell once brewed is the same, but the taste is a little lighter than I expected. It is a nice clean jasmine taste with the leaves tasting a little buttery at the end and no bite like some jasmine, but it lacks the strength that I prefer in my jasmine teas. Still, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it. I might try a heavier leafing next time and see how that goes. I’m a little unsure of how many pearls to use for a cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This has been sitting around for a while, so it has that not going for it. It is mostly cacao pieces with some cloves and stuff tossed in. The first sip was sharp and clovey, but it did mellow out a little. The aftertaste is a little sharp on the spices. Better with milk and sugar. It tastes a little stale in a way I can’t pinpoint. Meh. Must be why it’s been lying around for so long.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
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I love this tea. This is the first tea I fell in love with at Teavana and the one that alerted me to the nasty fact that they discontinue tea. My heart broke. I have been hoarding my meager stash ever since, unable to truly say goodbye. I want to keep it around so I have it to compare to other teas that I think may be a match, but sadly I haven’t found one. Tonight is NYE, so I decided to make a cup instead of letting it go bad sitting in my cupboard forever.

It has this faint but heavy coffee like scent to it. I think I can pick out the almond, but the orange peel is hard to pick out. My favorite way to have it is with cream and sugar. It doesn’t exactly taste like the tiramisu dessert to me. It has hints of it, but I think I’d be disappointed if I was looking for a match with the dessert. It isn’t quite as delicious as the pedestal I have put it on in my mind, but it is close even after aging for a couple of years. Someone else noted that it tastes similar to Teavana’s My Morning Mate, and I’d have to agree that it has similarities but isn’t an exact match. I get only the slightest rooibos dry mouth after drinking it. If they ever decide to bring this tea back it would be a dream come true and I’d buy enough to fill a tub and roll around in it. Not even joking.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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