Review: Mariage Freres Marco Polo

Black Tea, Fruit Flavored Tea, Mariage Freres 3 Comments »
JennH’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Marco Polo by Mariage Frères is every bit as good as you've heard it is. Seriously."
JennH’s Teaview: 10/10
Other Teaviews: David gave it 10/10, James gave it 9/10
Your Reviews: 7/10
4 reader reviews | Add your review »

mariage-freres.jpg“Oh, hello Marco. My friends speak so highly of you, and I have to admit that I’m really excited to finally get acquainted with you myself. You have such a reputation! Hey, is it hot in here? No? Well, that’s strange because you’ve been steeping in my mind all day.”

And that’s when Marco, if I weren’t talking about a type of tea, would excuse himself and then promptly escape out the bathroom window. Thankfully, the only Marco in my life is Marco Polo an exotic and intriguing tea from the famous Paris based teahouse Mariage Frères. A dear friend told me that I had to try this tea because it would be perfect for me, so in a way Marco Polo and I were set up.

Mariage Frères was established in 1854. I think that it only stands to reason that with 157 years of experience and 500 varieties of tea, they know a thing or two about how to make a fine tea. However, what they know about Marco Polo they’re not divulging. The mysterious blend of Chinese and Tibetan fruit and flowers mixed with black tea to create this captivating enigma are a closely guarded secret.

The leaves have an enchanting and puzzling scent, and there are pretty red flecks (flowers?) mingling with the black tea. I smell fruit and flowers, but mostly fruit. The liquor is a distinct copper color with an aroma that’s fruity and intoxicating. I just want to close my eyes and breath it in. At first sip, I taste fruit but I can’t for the life of me tell you what kind… berries of some sort would be my best guess. The fruit flavor develops into a brisk, full body. The finish is sweet and clean. I’m in love with the lingering sweetness of this tea. I brewed this beautiful mystery at 212 degrees for 3 minutes, and I was able to get three flavorful steeps from the leaves.

Mariage Frères teas can be a little tricky to find stateside, but I promise you that Marco Polo is worth the search and the extra cash. I sometimes find myself disappointed by much lauded teas because they often can’t measure up to the hype. Marco Polo is not one of those teas. I’m going to keep this one out on the kitchen counter for quick accessibility.

I admit to having an insatiable lust for tea, but please rest assured that it’s not in a creepy anthropomorphized way. I’m just a normal(ish), tea-obsessed gal forever searching for a new tea to drink in.

— To purchase Mariage Freres Marco Polo, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: JennH JennH
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on JennH's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by JennH.

    


Review: Big Tea House Safari Serenade

Big Tea House, Rooibos Tea, Vanilla Tea No Comments »
Jamie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"It's mild and enjoyable but full of mellow sweet vanilla flavor, and that's a serenade worth tasting!"
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Sophie gave it 7.8/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

This is a simple looking rooibos blend punctuated by pretty blue cornflowers. Using a heaping teaspoon of Safari to a cup of freshly boiled filtered water, I allowed a five minute steep and poured out a dark copper cup of rooibos with a strong scent of vanilla and some hint of citrus that must have been imagined as it is not a part of the ingredient list. The creamy vanilla taste of this blend is heavy and luxurious and reminded me not of a safari serenade, but of flowers blooming at night in the sub tropical south of Florida.

There is a curious flavor component to this tea that I can’t quite place. At the hottest temperature I enjoy tea at, I can very much pick up strong vanilla tones that are very enjoyable. There’s also a sort of creamy citrus flavor that is excellent but I think is just part and parcel of the good organic rooibos base used as a backdrop for a simple and delicious vanilla flavor. The flavor is enjoyable, part sherbet and part, oddly (and far better to the taste) though it sounds of bubblegum.

I’m not sure how the serenade figures into the title of this blend, but if you are looking for a simple and good tasting warm beverage to infuse for yourself before departing to the land of dreams, this would make a pleasant choice. It’s mild and enjoyable but full of mellow sweet vanilla flavor, and that’s a serenade worth tasting!

— To purchase Big Tea House Safari Serenade, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Jamie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Jamie.

    


Review: Teasatia Da Hong Pao

Oolong Tea, Teasatia No Comments »
Shaiha’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"At first taste, this tea appears to be lacking in complexity. That is until you meant the aftertaste."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 8.1/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 6.0/10, Katie gave it 6.1/10, Jamie gave it 8/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

I have really been slacking off on my reviews this week and I figured that a good way to dive back in was with an oolong. And what better then a Da Hong Pao or as it is more commonly known Big Red Robe Oolong.

Dry the leaves are long spears and almost black. There is a faint sweet slightly floral aroma to them. I set them up to brew using my normal oolong parameters since the brewing instructions are for a gong fu style. Once brewed, the liquor is a rich gold and the aroma is now that of roasted nuts. What a change form the dry aroma.

This tea has a medium to heavy mouthfeel with a slight dryness on the beginning of each sip. No bitterness to be found thankfully. The main flavor to come thru is nuttiness. It is almost a meld of cashews with hazelnuts. There is a slight lingering mineral aftertaste which fades away to a lingering reminder of the nutty taste.

When I took my first sip I was disappointed that the flavor wasn’t more complex but the complexity is all in the aftertaste. I have never ran across one that changes so completely within 15 seconds. Also as the cup cools, the nuttiness fades and the sweetness that was promised in the dry aroma makes its appearance again. I did find it to be a rather enjoyable cup but I don’t think that I will be picking up any simply because it really is out of my price range right now.

— To purchase Teasatia Da Hong Pao, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Shaiha Shaiha
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Shaiha's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Shaiha.

    

Review: Runa Peppermint Guayusa

Guayusa Tea, Peppermint tea, Runa No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"I'd prefer a less sweet mint and a more cooling bite."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.2/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 6.9/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

I love guayusa, and it’s still relatively hard to find, so I get excited whenever I find more vendors carrying it. Runa Tea carries loose leaf, but they decided to send bags our way. Normally I prefer loose tea, but since the pieces of leaf in guayusa teas are so small, bags actually make a lot of sense. They don’t need a lot of room to expand, and they tend to escape from anything other than bags or a very fine mesh.

I steep like I would any herbal, 212*, 5 minutes. It smells basically like a peppermint herbal, but it has an extra heft to the nose. The guayusa and mint are somewhat of an odd combination. The guayusa flavour doesn’t come through very strongly, but it makes for a nice, subtly earthy base. It’s surprisingly well balanced.

My main objection to this tea is that it’s more of a candy-like mint than a straight peppermint flavour. It has a sweetness, and I’d prefer a less sweet mint and a more cooling bite. Overall, though, this is pretty much what you’d expect. It’s smooth and easy to drink and packs a nice caffeine punch. It’s a very smooth way to wake up in the morning.

— To purchase Runa Peppermint Guayusa, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Katie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Katie.

    

Review: Jing Tea Chai

Ceylon Tea, Chai Tea, JING Tea No Comments »
Bryan’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Overall, this tea has excellent flavor and is very enjoyable."
Bryan’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 6.5/10, Katie gave it 6.4/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

Jing Teas is an online tea shop that specializes in various Chinese and Japanese Teas. Their prices are in line with their quality.

The Jing Chai is a blend of black tea from Ceylon and various spices, such as cinnamon and ginger. In the aroma, I also detect something akin to orange peel. Overall, the blend looks good, as the leaves are whole and the spices look to be fresh and of high quality.

The initial tea flavor is mild, being overpowered by notes of vanilla, orange peel, and cinnamon, which leaves a lightly sweet citrus flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is moderate, with some rougher tannins sitting on the edges of the tongue. The flavor is rather full as time goes on, with more of the mellow black tea flavor showing up and blending with the flavor of the spices. The Body is medium thick. Cooler liquor enhances the rooty, spicy ginger flavors that heat up the sides and tip of the tongue and gently warm the palate. Swirling the tea around in the mouth, the vanilla and orange peel flavors appear around the back of the palate and leave a ghost of the vanilla and orange peel flavors that were once present before.

Overall, this tea has excellent flavor and is very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is somewhat rough overall, but that is expected with black tea. Otherwise, a great tea for a cool night.

— To purchase Jing Tea Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Bryan Bryan
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Bryan's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Bryan.

    

Review: The Necessiteas Lemon Chiffon

Cream Tea, Lemon Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Rooibos Tea, The Necessiteas No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"This herbal is one of the rare few that's equally delicious hot or cold."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.1/10
Other Teaviews: Chantal gave it 9.5/10, Laura gave it 10/10, Jamie gave it 8/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

I found the perfect lemon cream tea, then the company that made it got absorbed by another one, making that specific blend impossible to find. I found a suitable alternative, which immediately got discontinued before I even got to buy any. If The Necessiteas stops carrying this blend, I might cry, because I have once again found the tea I’m looking for.

The dry leaf smells delicious. The prepared herbal smells delicious. It tastes delicious. I suspect you’ve managed to catch onto the pattern by now.

It’s somewhat tart and strongly lemony, like the filling in a lemon meringue pie. I don’t get a strong amount of creaminess. It’s there, but not enough to complete the feel of the meringue part of the pie. Bright and fruity, sweet and interesting, this is a rooibos I would buy and would love.

Iced, it’s bright and refreshing. It leaves a lingering creaminess that is light and not cloying. All the flavours come through, and it’s sweet enough that I don’t feel the need to add sweetener, which I usually do for my iced teas. It is basically the perfect iced blend. This herbal is one of the rare few that’s equally delicious hot or cold. Another blend I could buy by the kilo from The Necessiteas. Now if I only had time to drink them all.

— To purchase The Necessiteas Lemon Chiffon, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Katie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Katie.

    

WP Theme & Icons by N.Design Studio
Entries RSS Comments RSS Log in