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Black Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Candied Apple, Floral, Malt, Powdered Sugar, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Tannic, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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  • “Mariage Frères Advent 2021 – Day 11 I cheated and peaked at this one before going to bed last night; the sugary red fruit aroma is so vivid it stuck with me until I faded out. This fruity floral...” Read full tasting note
  • “Advent Day 11 A black tea! Wonderful! It smells lightly floral with some sort of deep red berry scent. It tastes like that too. Maybe a hint of apple in there too? I’m trying to sip it while it’s...” Read full tasting note

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LOVE STORY® is a beautiful declaration of love for France – its joie de vivre, its gastronomy, its romantic charm – in the form of a seductive gourmet black tea with accents of velvety, fruity and flowery notes.

The most irresistible of the THÉS FRANÇAIS®.

PREPARATION TIPS :
1 muslin / 20 cl – 95°C – 5 min

Characteristics : #Fruity & flowery #Black tea #New Scented Tea #Scented Tea
Presentations : Muslin Tea Sachet
Box of 30 round original French cotton muslin tea sachets – net weight : 75g

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Mariage Frères Advent 2021 – Day 11

I cheated and peaked at this one before going to bed last night; the sugary red fruit aroma is so vivid it stuck with me until I faded out.

This fruity floral black tea feels like a sibling to Marco Polo – all red fruits and a relatively robust malt base. The finish though is sweeter than I remember: like cotton candy, strawberries covered in powdered sugar, and a sweet red apple. I think I also pick up some vanilla but hard to judge on one pot; it creates an almost cream pastry effect. It’s lovely, and after a couple sips couldn’t bring myself to add milk; it’s perfectly smooth and balanced to my tastes already.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Astringent, Candied Apple, Floral, Malt, Powdered Sugar, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Tannic, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Advent Day 11

A black tea! Wonderful! It smells lightly floral with some sort of deep red berry scent. It tastes like that too. Maybe a hint of apple in there too? I’m trying to sip it while it’s hot because I have to go somewhere. I might leave the rest of the cup and see if I like it better when cooled.
I’m realizing that a lot of the MF teas I’ve had and really enjoy are not ones I usually like after one cup. They have to grow on me over time and an advent calendar isn’t really conducive to that method of finding new favorites. Still, I wouldn’t change having gotten the advent. I’m still thrilled at getting to try 25 new to me teas!

Update: Back to half a cold cup. This is way fruitier than before. I’m tasting strawberries very clearly. The finish is a little bitter, but the sip is still smooth. I usually favor greens cold steeped, but this might be a good black to try iced.

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

I really do need at least two cups to make up my mind about a tea.

Maybe one needs to get two of the same calendar.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, because French teas tend to be layered and complex, I especially need more than one cup.

AJRimmer

I agree, I almost never leave a tea review until I’ve had a tea multiple times, prepared various ways, so the advent calendar style is very different for me!

CrowKettle

The dilemma with hit n’ run tea sample notes.. I’m enjoying this advent so far, and there are a couple I want to revisit, but I also wish I had longer with each tea.

I personally like recording fleeting first impression notes and then comparing them to later encounters though. Sometimes my experiences line up and other times they don’t; I find it insightful keeping a personal record of inconsistency, missteps, and preference shifts across the years too! :)

Dustin

This would be a pricey advent to buy two of, especially with shipping, but I’d like to have more than one cup worth of each tea. It’s too bad they don’t offer a deluxe version like Theodor does some years or Fortnum and Mason. The only thing that is a bummer about MF is that to get another few cups of any of these you’d have to buy 100g which is a lot for a tea you are uncertain of.
I also love seeing how my feelings on a tea changes over time, good or bad.

CrowKettle

Yeah, I agree with you. They don’t have good options for sampling; maybe “Grand Coffret HENRI” but it’s pricey and has a lot of unflavoured teas. A joint order with a few people would be a good way to divide 100g quantities, but those area hassle to organize. MF’s catalogue is also huge! Even with this advent, and ignoring 100g sizes, I don’t know where I’d start..

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