Black Léopard

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Dates, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Roasted, Smoke, Smooth, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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From Mariage Frères

Mariage Frères invites you on a sensory journey to Southern Africa.

Tucked away at 1,150m in altitude lies a family plantation known for the quality of its teas for the past three generations.

Southern Africa is a territory with nearly infinite natural resources and a climate structured by the rainy season between November and March. Local tea bushes have adapted to this unique Terroir and produce artisanal harvests rich in flavour. The young, freshly hand-picked leaves are quickly sent to the atelier to be crafted into this particular tea which is then delicately smoked with the leaves of guava trees that grow on the plantation.

To enjoy throughout the day, hot or cold.

Dried leaves : The long, obsidian black leaves release unique notes of smoked ebony accentuated by strong, malted aromas.

Infused leaves : The colour of marron glacé, heart notes of tonka bean blend with hints of pink peppercorn.

Liquor : Lucid caramel brown. The smooth, smoky sweetness of the liquor caresses the palate with notes of woody nougat scored with a glaze of creamy date.

Round and flavourful for the afficionados.

Label Jardin Premier

2,5 g / 20 cl – 95°C – 4 min

Characteristics : #Black tea #Africa #New Tea Garden #Smoked tea #Finest Harvest
Presentations : Icône® – Tea in black canister

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1546 tasting notes

Advent Day 22

I’m thrilled to be trying another black tea! This one smells smoky. I was drinking it while eating breakfast and my food totally drowned out the flavor of the tea. When I was able to taste it again it didn’t seem as smoky, but had a smooth flavor. I had to dash off for the day and am now retuning to the last few sips left all day in my cup. There is a light fruitiness to it with just a hint of smoke. It’s still smooth and doesn’t have a hint of bitterness. It’s very nice and I’d like to drink it again someday.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

How does this one compare to Smoky Nara? MF name drops tonka bean notes for both of these and I still haven’t tried tonka :)


The Smoky Nara is MUCH heavier on the smoke with a leathery taste and slight umami, almost seaweed like in miso soup. I was sad to realize the tonka was notes and not actual flavoring in the tea, but I can pick out the notes. I like Nara way better than this tea. It’s so much more flavorful and complex.


Interesting! I don’t always like leather or heavy smoke notes, but definitely want to see something “punchier” from MF after this advent.


This advent was not the impression I expected to have from MF. They have teas with more solid flavors, but only a couple seemed to make it into this selection which showed more of their newer blends, not the tried and true classics. Casablanca is a really nice Moroccan mint that is excellent cold steeped on a hot day. They have a very good jasmine mandarin tea. French Breakfast was good, their French EG is pretty solid which I unexpectedly went through rapidly. It took a while for me to warm up to Black Orchid, but once I did no other vanilla tea compared.


I felt similarly about the bold and well-balanced flavouring of Thé de Lune, the one tea I purchased alongside the advent. I wish I’d taken a chance and bought others, since the advent didn’t deliver, but I wrongly assumed quintessential teas like Thé de Lune or Chandernagor would be included anyways. :|


It’s so hard to take a chance with MF when their minimum is 100g. You could have ended up with several 100g bags of tea like the peaflower line and that would have been a huge disappointment!

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1517 tasting notes

Advent Day 22

A perfectly nice smoky black tea. Another welcome break from the fruity blue blends.


May the fruity blue-dyed oolong teas not return for the remaining few days D:

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Mariage Frères Advent 2021 – Day 22

Mmm… this is a fine smoked tea. Besides the delicious smoky malt flavours, it also contains some caramelized fruit and vanilla-esque notes. Dates is an accurate descriptor. I wonder if I added milk if this would taste like a smoked date milkshake (out of every kind of milk atm, so it’s not happening). So tasty. I’d be tempted to get more of this.

My tea bag tag says this is “gently smoked over guava leaves.” Interesting.

My mom can’t drink this one; smoked teas are her “nope”. More for me!

Flavors: Dates, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Roasted, Smoke, Smooth, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

What a peculiar thing for them to decide to smoke this tea with!


Yeah, it’s neat! I’m glad they included this one :)

Evol Ving Ness

Ah yes, my Thyolo Malawi tea from Tea Rebellion is also smoked over guava leaves. Quite delicious. This sounds good too.

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