Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Butter, Cedar, Clover, Coconut, Floral, Honey, Incense, Milk, Mineral, Orchid, Sandalwood, Silky, Smooth, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Wildflowers
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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  • “Well, the first tea I’ve ever tried from New Zealand… And I wasn’t disappointed! Dry leaves: sweet, typical oolong scent, with a hint of condensed milk Taste / Mouth Feel: The sweetness of the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Mariage Frères Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 15 Oh, this is a lovely green oolong. Initially, I thought it was scented – it has delectable notes of vanilla, milk, woody incense, and subtle gold honey...” Read full tasting note
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  • “A totally unique Oolong. There are other New Zealand Oolongs that are more floral and are higher up on teas I traditionally like. The toasty peanut notes in this one are great!” Read full tasting note
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From Mariage Frères

This time our explorer’s spirit has led us far from the beaten path, where we discovered an autumnal harvest, an unusual, unique tea grown on a new, southern continent.
Now, like Australia, New Zealand makes it entrance on our list of teas. Located in the district of Waikato (Maori for “flowing water”) known for its ecological diversity with its green hills, caves, forests and lakes—a small tea estate on North Island has devoted itself to producing 100% organic tea.
The dark green leaves have a pronounced aroma dominated by clover honey with notes of biscuit, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of camphor.
They yield a brilliant, silken cup, with rich shades of butter and vanilla brioche sustained by a grassy, floral bouquet (buttercups, poppies) and a light, refreshing hint of resin.

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Well, the first tea I’ve ever tried from New Zealand… And I wasn’t disappointed!

Dry leaves: sweet, typical oolong scent, with a hint of condensed milk

Taste / Mouth Feel: The sweetness of the vanilla really comes through; it reminds me of a milk oolong in some respects, like the relatively heavy, silky mouth feel. There is a ‘green-ness’ to it that the milk oolongs don’t have, though this doesn’t – to me! – taste as pronounced as the usual difference between a ‘standard’ and a milk oolong. This tea reminds me of a custard cream biscuit dunked in some oversteeped assam – biscuity, custardy sweetness with a tinge of bitterness.

Brewing Particulars: I used MF’s recommendation of 95 degrees for 5 minutes.

Subsequent brews: This tea carried itself for two brews, but by the third steeping, it was losing the sweet notes, and gaining a little bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Mariage Frères Advent Calendar 2022 – Day 15

Oh, this is a lovely green oolong. Initially, I thought it was scented – it has delectable notes of vanilla, milk, woody incense, and subtle gold honey fused with butter to finish. Subsequent steeps are silky and sugarcane sweet.

I’d definitely consider picking up more… except it’s 68€/100g. Err… so the long list, then. I respect MF for including one of their pricier selections – and not colouring the tea with blerghy blue pea flowers!

Steep count: 4 (3min, 3min30, 2 × 4min..)

Wait. They sell this in 50g. That is slightly easier to swallow (still on the longlist).

Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Clover, Coconut, Floral, Honey, Incense, Milk, Mineral, Orchid, Sandalwood, Silky, Smooth, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Wildflowers

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A totally unique Oolong. There are other New Zealand Oolongs that are more floral and are higher up on teas I traditionally like. The toasty peanut notes in this one are great!

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