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Advent Day 23

What a dirty rotten trick! Took this tea out and noticed the name didn’t contain any “In Love” in it, it’s labeled as a green and smelled slightly savory. Not a black, but at least it isn’t ANOTHER peaflower tea. Joke is on me! It steeped up blue! It’s peaflower in disguise! Is that what the name was about? Masking and hiding it’s true nature?
This tea is really light on the flavors. It tastes like a green tea with old ginger and orange peel. Like preserved orange peel, not a bright bold vibrant orange. Same with the ginger… or maybe it’s ginseng? I can’t tell. The blue teas reflect my mood about this advent all together, it leaves me feeling blue. It’s almost comical how blue tea heavy this advent is!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

Fantome de L’Opera is actually a novel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera

My friend have seen a theatre play and says it is awesome, but that’s all I know about it.

Evol Ving Ness

They could’ve thrown in some glitter for a change.

CrowKettle

lol, glittery Fantome.. It would be a twist on the tried and true ending at this point..

Your reaction to the blue mirrors my reaction when I saw my steeped cup. Whhhhhyyy.

Dustin

I’ve never read the novel, but I did see the play and didn’t enjoy or get it at all… much like this tea!
Blue glitter perhaps? It could be like a fancy bathbomb turning the water blue and glittery.

Evol Ving Ness

And who wants to drink that? Gah.

CrowKettle

Maybe if the tea is called Rainbow Dash & Twilight Sparkle’s Fun Bash Tea… I’d drink (once)! :P

I only ever heard the musical soundtrack. The book’s on my longlist.

Dustin

My mind steers towards the name “Magic Pony Vomit” for a tea like that which makes me think of the time a tiny roommate of mine got car sick after eating a red and blue shaved ice! All we needed was glitter to make the disaster complete!

CrowKettle

Oh, man… lol. “Magic Pony Vomit” is such a great name though. There was a tisane from David’sTea we nicknamed “Unicorn Vomit” (ie – Unicorn Dreams); I think it steeped purple-pink but don’t remember if it sparkled.. The concept exists!

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drank Black Léopard by Mariage Frères
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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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

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 :)

Dustin

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.

CrowKettle

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

Dustin

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.

CrowKettle

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. :|

Dustin

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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drank Milky Blue Absolu by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 21

I saw “blue” in the name of this tea and nearly groaned after the onslaught of blue peaflower teas in this advent. Luckily for me it’s an oolong devoid of peaflower. I’m not usually a fan of oolongs, but this one is really nice. Slightly floral at the start of the sip, creamy smooth with an almost sweet caramel sensation that lasts long into the finish. It’s very lovely. If I didn’t already have a favorite french oolong (Theodor’s JE Oolong Milky) then I’d seriously consider having this on hand. To me this tea is a great example of MF’s capabilities of producing a great tea with balanced and interesting flavors. I was really hoping that this advent would be exploring more of those teas instead of two collections specifically. Still, I’d consider getting this advent again another year in the hopes that they mix things up a little and go with their classics.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Ooooo, yas, JE Milky is DA BOMB.

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Advent day 20

This smells like a light EG. It is supposed to be white, but when I opened the bag the tea looks chopped up and green like a mate. It steeps up really pink which made me think hibiscus, but it doesn’t have that hib tang that I so despise. It think it has beet instead. It just tastes like a very light barely recognizable EG that has a minerally taste when it cools down.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

All the Rhapsody teas have been pinkish and it’s like.. ok, I guess this is their thing. :|

Also glad it isn’t from hibiscus.

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drank Flower Moon by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 19

I see that after a hearty breakfast tea yesterday we are back to our regularly scheduled blue teas. MF is really pushing those in this advent. I opened the bag and spotted cinnamon and clove bits along with the tea and pea flower. It steeped into what looks like a deep inky indigo color when peering down into my mug. The flavors are so light and delicate. I can pick out the baked cinnamon flavor and other spices. The clove isn’t prominent enough to stand out on it’s own. I don’t taste the pea flower thankfully or the tea base. All these blue teas are so ethereal and light in flavor. There isn’t much for me to grab onto and love. I do like this one much more that the others, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

So disappointing that they don’t seem to have included many (or any?) of the classics in this advent…

CrowKettle

“our regularly scheduled blue teas.”

I’m cackling here XD

Dustin

I was really looking forward to trying a variety of teas and not a sampling focused on a single collection.
I swear that if I open another day in this advent and find more blue tea I’m going to throw myself to the kitchen floor and have a toddler style fit. :D

CrowKettle

Despite usually loving oolong, I don’t think I’ll be far behind you on the journey to the floor. I was almost there today :P

Dustin

Maybe we can synchronize our advent inspired meltdowns!

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drank Russian Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 18

A black tea!!!! If only this was strong enough to knock me out of being so cranky and irritable with my household! It felt like everyone needed something from me before I had gotten breakfast or tea in me.
My cup has cooled now that I’ve tended to all the things. I noticed it was brisk when gulping some of it down with breakfast. It doesn’t quite have that smokiness that I have come to associate with teas with “Russian” in the name. There is a citrus flavor in the depths that comes out more when it cools. Took a few sips to get over or past how strong this is. I bet it would be great with cream and sugar, but I can’t be bothered at this point in my cup or take the risk that I’d ruin what is left. I get wood and tannins in this as well. I’m liking how heavy this tea is, but I don’t love it enough to open my cupboard doors to it and invite it in, especially when French Breakfast lives there.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Ah, Russian breakfast with a surprise. No comment.

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drank London In Love by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 17

How are we at Dec 17th already?!
My spirits sank a little this morning when I pulled out ANOTHER __________ In Love tea. No black tea for me today. I was in a rush to get out the door this morning and poured my cup into a glass travel mug. I’m glad I did because this is a lovely blue with a hint of grey tea. It’s cold now that I’m home and able to take notes. It has a light minty flavor that left me wanting more mint. I’m pleased to say I don’t pick up on any pea flower taste. There is almost a light rose flavor in the finish. The color of this tea is so pretty that I want to be really excited about the tea and drink it again, but the flavor doesn’t match the visual.

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

How much you wanna bet we’re going to get a “Noel in Love” and “Noel Rhapsody”? lol

Dustin

OMG, Nooooooooo! Are those the only two In Loves left in MF’s catalog? You are probably right. We are doomed.

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drank Yuzu Bouquet by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 16

Another tea that isn’t in the Steepster database! There seem to be a lot in this advent. This is labeled as a white tea, but it looks like green and kujicha. I don’t know. The sip is very light and a little bland, but I went with way lighter steeping parameters then suggested. The finish is where it gets a little interesting. I notice an almost honey taste. Like the scent of honey that fades into a very light grassy, but mostly hay flavor and then even that fades away. By a little interesting I mean it’s no longer just a bland mouthful of warm pale yellow water, not that it’s something remarkable or impressive. It’s really not to my tastes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Opera Rhapsody by Mariage Frères
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Advent Day 14

I was so excited thinking this was a black tea at first, but it’s not. It’s white and I steeped it at black temps. I thought it was going to be minty based on the large amount of little green flakes, but this is not minty at all. It’s fruity. Was I seeing mate instead of mint? It kind of makes me think of a light Marco Polo. It doesn’t have the depth of MP and the strawberry flavor is weaker and more airy with something else in it. I tried looking it up on MF’s website, but can’t find it. I find a Rhapsody collection and several teas with Opera in them, but not the two together. I know it exists! I feel a little gaslit by a tea company! LOL!

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drank Witch's Brew by Friday Afternoon
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This tea smells really good dry. Rich heavy raspberry with chocolate notes. When I steeped it the cup ended up way too strong with a layer of oil on top and so concentrated that didn’t taste good. Adding cream diluted it a bit to where I could enjoy the taste. When I go in to take a sip I get this quick flash of what I can only describe as the smell of iodine. I don’t taste it, it’s just a quick impression. The sip has a little raspberry at the front, but is a little bland after that. The finish is where the chocolate raspberry come out and lingers. I’m not sure how I feel about a tea being all finish. I think me not saying I’m sure about something is a thinly veiled way to say no me gusta. So far this is the best flavor out of all four teas I got from Friday Afternoon, but I’m not feeling this company overall. I really want a new independent blender who works with unique flavor combos, a Butiki or Quarter to Tea replacement and this isn’t it. This is similar enough to Lupicia’s Chocolat Framboise that has a near permanent place in my cupboard that I don’t think I’d restock this even though it has a badass name.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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