80 Tasting Notes


THIS IS DELICIOUS (but lacked in steeping instructions).
Sweet like sugared flowers, or more like flowers made of sugar.

Conversely, the smell reminds me of cherry losanges and I was bummed with the quantity in the tin. But don’t let this put you off from a solid Bai Mu Dan with an addicting flavor.

This is unlike other sakura teas I’ve tasted. In fact, I don’t know what I’m tasting, but it is pleasant. The texture is thick, the taste is fruity. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Me gusta.

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First of all, this is primarily a black tea. Not a rooibos.
Secondly, well, that was good! I’m not usually a black tea person, I don’t like them, I don’t buy them… I can’t appreciate them for ‘’what they are’’. Failed romance much?

Candied marrons, with a spicy aftertaste, making it automnal, changed my mind. It’s very round, but tolerable. Reminds me of David’s Pumpkin Chai, which is also my sort of thing. Someday I will understand…

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drank Iskandar by Mariage Frères
80 tasting notes

Alexander the great smells like violets.
Sweet, bold, aromatic, flowery.
Fit for a king, great hot or cold.


I absolutely need to buy this tea when I’ll finish my full tin of Dammann frères ’s violet black tea !
I had the chance to eat a Mariage macaron Iskandar and it was a great pleasure.


You make me wish I lived near Paris! And yes, this tea is one of ‘’the greats’’.

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50% zesty fruits, 50% quality china green, indeed refreshing. I bought this for the collector tin and to get a break from all the floral Mariage Frères stuff. I might get Iskandar next. I am toying with the idea of making cocktails with those.

Iced 4 min, 0 sec

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Could you meet me in your dreams tonight?
I would like to fly with you in Astral Flight
We could pretend we were lovers again
and dance in the pale moonlight….
-Shop owner

I was attracted to mugwort for its medicinal purposes. (Astral projection? Sounds good!)
Anyways, it did deliver the goods. I do feel more relaxed and enhanced when I drink this tea/herb. I can’t speak for everybody but I seem to make very interresting dreams and remember them vividly and in color. If nothing else this is very good to release tension and enhance focus.
The taste of the tea itself is very surprisingly mild and pleasant, sweet and wood-like.

I have a few teabags of this I’m keeping for days I have the blues.

8 min or more

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drank Swan Lake by Mariage Frères
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Devastatingly floral sencha. I added rose syrup to make it less heady/spicy. It does smell like a garden only an old lady could properly take care of.

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drank Violette by Mariage Frères
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I’m not really a black tea * shame * fan but this tea’s good on it’s own and has a great violet aroma. Might try it iced. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.

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drank HAPPY QUEEN by Mariage Frères
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What a beautiful tin! Well, it does hurt my eyes a little.
I think this one is limited edition, so I’m reviewing this one more for fun than posterity.
The dry smell is ultra-citrusy – but – when brewing you can smell the peonies and fruits alot more. The color of the tea is clear forest green (!).
On to the taste, it’s so sweet (and without tartness), flowery, an fruity. Refreshingly green. Not one bit harsh or bitter. This tea is a miracle. You could just leave it steeping, forever, and it would never turn it’s back on you. It’s a feminine beauty. It’s the happy QUEEN.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t think I would want to drink this hot, but iced? Very sour and refreshing. You read that right.
All you hisbiscus haters out there obviously have to steer clear. It is indeed very playful and fruity, tropical-but-not, with just a dash of flowery goodness that wasn’t really needed to begin with. But then the hisbiscus takes things to a boil. Goes without saying.


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I get everything from the cake to the cream, to the strawberries of course. Which is great considering some flavored tea descriptions can be a stretch sometimes.

Note to self: Must nectarify this one and add it to a real strawberry shortcake batter in the near future. Or better, in strawberry jam. Ok I’m done.

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My interests range from astrophysics to running marathons and I kinda like Davidstea and MariageFrères best.
Bonus points: Anything involving matcha.


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