Birthday Tea

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Bergamot, Muscatel, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 339 ml

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From Mariage Frères

A history of savoir-faire. This nostalgic blend was inspired by the 141st anniversary of the founding of Mariage Frères. A festive tea now associated with every birthday and anniversary worth celebrating, this harmonious blend adds the fragrance of rare citrus fruit and spices to the refined bouquet of first flush Darjeelings. A hint of honey and ginger bread. The perfect balance.

Un art de vivre. Les cent quarante et un ans de Mariage Frères nous ont inspiré ce mélange nostalgique. Désormais indissociable de ce merveilleux moment qu’est la célébration de tout anniversaire, le Birthday Tea, synonyme de fête, associe harmonieusement le bouquet raffiné des Darjeeling de printemps aux parfums d’agrumes rares et d’épices nobles. Il rappelle le miel et le pain d’épices. Un équilibre parfait.

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17 tasting notes

and as I am thinking about it, I don’t like darjeeling, that could also be it.

Pamela Dean

@BrookeM – I feel similar to you, perhaps, about Darjeeling teas. They tend to have kind of sharp, rough edges, and make me pucker up, which I don’t like. It’s that — the astringency — that I dislike generally. And most bitterness.

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328 tasting notes

This is supposed to be flavored with bergamot and vanilla. First, I should be clear: I am not a fan of bergamot. Unfortunately, in this tea, the sole flavor is bergamot. Maybe someone, who is a Earl Grey fanatic, would be able to discern the other flavors. I could not. So as a basic Earl Grey, this would be OK. But nothing special…Sooo, I was disappointed….

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2036 tasting notes

I got this through the Cultured Cup. The packet says it’s India black tea with vanilla and bergamot, which is interesting given the “rare citrus fruits and spices” description here.

In the packet, the smell is strongly bergamot, but in a citrusy way, not a perfumy way. I can also smell vanilla, though it is less.

After steeping, the beramot aroma is very dispersed, and the vanilla more pronounced. The tea is an interesting color: a medium-light amber/copper, which is proof (if any was necessary) that the base is darjeeling.

The sharp, piquant muscatel note that I associate with darjeelings is present, but the vanilla tamps it down nicely. Though if that’s your favorite part of a darjeeling, that’s probably not a good thing.

For me it is, as I like darjeeling flavor but don’t love the sharpness.

I don’t know whether it’s my mood, or the fact that I’ve been using zinc to stave off a cold (maybe it’s true that it does a number on your ability to smell), but my experience of this tea is good but not spectacular. It does have the expert blending of the French thing going on, which would ordinarily send me into a happy place. And it does, just not the happiest of happy places. I might have liked this better with a China black tea base.

Flavors: Bergamot, Muscatel, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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16 tasting notes

A flavored darjeeling…light body, lightly favored – honey-vanilla with a touch of something floral. Very pleasant if you’re not into strongly-flavored teas.

I didn’t get any bergamot, but they may have changed the flavor in the last year.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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