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From Mariage Frères

A magnificent blend of extremely fine Indian and China teas, delicately sprinkled with jasmine flowers and silver tips.

Subtle fragrance, refined taste.

A supreme homage to the year the Mariage Frères firm was founded.

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That’s funny, do you know where I get this tea ? I almost have won it !

Last year, during the kermesse (this the name we use in France for a school party at the end of the year)at my daughter’s school, there was a lottery and I never play lottery.But my daughter’s best friend and her mother Karin do and they won this tea…I was just like ohhhhhh you have won tea ! how fantastic ! and it is a Mariage Frères Tea ! Karin told me she didn’t care for tea and never drink tea and she offered me her prize :)

I have forgotten it in my cupboard since but now I am trying to drink more and more straight teas, I decided to have it.

The dry leaves are made of mixed leaves and colours : white (silver tips), green, brown and I can see some jasmin flowers too. Very beautiful. The leaves are from different sizes as well, some are cut, other are full.

The colour of the liquor is really clear and very pale brown.
The taste is flowery but pure jasmin, without any essentiel oil around, the tea base is pleasant, present but I’m happy I have steeped the leaves 2 min only because it may become bitter with 3 min.
2 min are fine, no astringency but a real personnality : not smooth, not mellow but refined, medium bodied (low tannins to my opinion)

I love the way the jasmin flowers come here and how their taste lingers after drinking.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Wonderful! That is a great story!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Lucky you! I love school fairs (I take it your daughter’s in primary school, then?) We’re lucky so many people don’t care much about tea around here :p Ihaven’t had jasmin in ages, this sounds really nice.


Sounds yummy!


yes it is really a very nice tea, no idea why I waited so long to have it !
@ Ruby Woo Scarlett : yes my daughter was in primary school until this year , now this is the big jump in junior high school…and she will learn properly English (she spent 3 years in paris learning Portuguese and just arrived in our new town in January with classroom mates learning English for 3 years ! what a shock for her)

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Aw poor lamb. I wish her a good beginning of term! Portuguese is a lovely language though, I hope she can get back to it in the future.

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http://steepster.com/discuss/6555-dear-steepster-team-dot-dot-dot-happy-holidays-and-thank-you RIGHT OFF THE BAT I THOUGHT I’D LIST A LINK TO A ‘THANK YOU STEEPSTER TEAM’ THREAD. they work unbelievably hard on our behalf for a place that all of us love— tis the season to say a hearty thank you!

it has been MONTHS since my awesome swap with Ysaurella…. you know, the one that changed my whole tea persona? well, THIS blend has been a holdout this whole time. Ysau wrote very clearly on the bag 95 degrees, SHORT STEEP. i did short steeps! several times! i think the problem was not the time, but the temperature. it’s a black tea that wants to be treated as though it’s an oolong!

aha! homo sapien brain succeeds over tea…. wow, that really shouldn’t read as victorious as it does, lol.

very nice feather in the mariage freres cap. this is a jasmined black, but the bend of the two creates a new hybridized tea element. (momentary distraction as i ponder the concept of a periodic table of tea elements….)i taste less jasmine and more pepper, alternating with thyme and mint. quite striking! the base blend doesn’t taste like a back or a green either! instead it’s entirely new.

not happy steeped as a black though, lol. has to be steeped as an oolong. but maybe that’s just in my kitchen… could be a different story in yours.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Thanks for starting the kudos thread!


Thank you for the thread, too.


it seemed important, and we all love this place =0)


I love that thread – it was very thoughtful and just what we needed. :)


so you loved it as an Oolong ? ;)
I liked this one very much and you’re right, in my kitchen it was less capricious and accepted to be treated as a black but with a very short steep.We are all so different and have our tea preference and that’s why we love Steepster ! thanks for the thread James

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stylish tea bags, rich taste.

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A nice, light EG. Can’t pick up the jasmine so much as just a general floral softness. Definitely the mildest EG-style tea I’ve had, but still distinctive enough to be an EG.

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