drank Mareld (Milky sea) by Tehörnan
303 tasting notes

I don’t technically ‘need’ this tea, particularly not as I’m moving back to Italy tomorrow morning and plan on bringing every single leaf I own, but hey, I had a discount coupon. (Any excuse is valid when it comes to tea.)

Adding this to the database was a bit more of a challenge than it usually is, seeing as ‘Mareld’, you know that eerie glow of the sea most often encountered (at least by me) in Jules Verne books, closely translates to ‘Milky seas effect’, which makes it sound like the yoghurt is far, far heavier than it is in this one.

Besides, ‘Mareld’ has this wild, poetic nuance to it, suggesting the unpredictability and mystery of nature and the elation and terror of being lost at sea, and… ‘Milky sea’ just doesn’t really do it. I know some people refer to it as sea fire, which is a fairly direct translation from the Swedish, but it doesn’t sound quite right. The scientific term would also work, I guess, but would you really drink a tea called ‘Bioluminescence’?

Well, yeah, of course you would, you tea maniacs. But I (really) digress.

(I think this is another one of those blends from Kahls sold by Tehörnan, as the only place I find any reference to it is on their website.)

In the bag, this is all berry bubblegum. But it’s a natural bubblegum, no matter how contradictory that may seem, and it does has a freshness to it that appeals to me. The scent isn’t very complex, and the simplicity carries through into the cup; this is very much a ‘what you smell is what you get’ tea. This is not as elegant as I would have hoped, and not particularly interesting. Additionally, it gets this vaguely artificial note in the cup that I can’t quite put my finger on, but that I don’t love. This is my usual problem with berry teas – they’re either too tart or too artificial-tasting.

[Purchased at Tehörnan in Uppsala, September 2013.]

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.


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This will be a year of in-betweenness and logistics. Where to put the teas. How to arrange the teas. Which teas to replenish – which ones to say goodbye to.

Still doing Project Green.
Still doing Project Jasmine.
Still doing Project Peach.

Dr. Tea is the name, I’m ahead of my game
still, steeping my leafs, still f*ck with the temps
still not loving Assam (uh-huh)
still rock my Bosch kettle with its high-pitched shriek
still got love for the greens, repping Lupicia
still the cup steams, still doing my thang
since I left, ain’t too much changed, still

(With apologies to Mr. Young.)


This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.


Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.


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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.


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