Apollon - Thé bleu parfumé

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Berries, Citrusy, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Guava, Milk, Mineral, Vegetal, Violet
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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From Mariage Frères

The marvellous APOLLON blue tea is as handsome as the Greek god whose name it bears.
The seductive infusion is adorned with a superb blue colour and a sensual, fruity fragrance.

Please consider: The blue liqueur teas (Marco Polo Blue, Opera Blue, Thé Bleu des Légendes, etc.) owe its signature blue colour to the presence of finely chiselled blue flowers.
Sometimes these blue flowers fall to the bottom of the tin.

As this is a 100% natural product, the beautiful shades of blue may differ depending on the type of infusion or harvest, varying from pale to deep blue.
Before any infusion, we suggest tightly closing the canister then shaking it a few moments so as to distribute the chiselled blue flowers more evenly throughout the tea.

Label Jardin Premier

PREPARATION TIPS :
3 g / 20 cl – 95°C – 5 min

Characteristics : #Blue tea™
Presentations : Icône® – Tea in black canister

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1636 tasting notes

Advent Day 2

Not a fan. It’s a beautiful color, but kind of tasted like nothing? Like fruit nothing. I took w sips and forgot about it, let it get cold, and then dumped it. At least it was a beautiful color.

Cameron B.

Fruit nothing XD

CrowKettle

It’s magically flat

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1335 tasting notes

Mariage Frères Advent 2021 – Day 2

Aww, Apollo gets a bad rap in modern depictions. Lore Olympus , Rick Riordan, or even Osamu Tezuka’s (graphically disturbing) Apollo’s Song – to name a few, have not been kind in their portrayal of this figure. Although, truthfully some of the source myths and old plays are not endearing either (in Orestes he’s an arse). Back in an undergrad course on Classical Myths, a fellow classmate asked why all the female characters (ex – Daphne) seemed so repulsed by the seemingly attractive, young god. The prof answered that it had to do with Ancient Greek gender/age norms and expectations (ie- male youths should be courting the attention of and “learning from” older men, not women and girls. So Apollo chasing after the nymphs would’ve possibly been viewed as icky and presumptuous). And so ends my tangent.

So the tea – it’s a kind of green oolong (Jin Xuan? Four Seasons? Don’t ask), combined with fruit essence (it’s grapey, but also that hard to place MF “citrus-berry” note). Then, of course, is the decorative butterfly pea flower (never been a fan). The oolong base is very light – with creamy, mineral, and floral notes. It’s also slightly drying. I decided to “free” the oolong from its tea bag so it could expand properly while steeping (oolong doesn’t belong in tiny baggies and these ones are the tiniest). There are almost-whole curled leaves, but also lots of flower petals and broken leaves; it’s not a super fancy looking specimen and not really enough for a full pot, fyi. (Not making an Apollo joke).

I thought this was pretty weak when I first started sipping away, but it’s growing on me as it cools. The fruit is sort of guava-like now. My Mom tells me this is now here favourite tea and I must get more for her. At least one of us is ecstatic.

Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Berries, Citrusy, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Grass, Guava, Milk, Mineral, Vegetal, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML
Daylon R Thomas

IF you’ve ever heard of it, there’s a good podcast called Mythunderstood that takes a lot of time to retell all of the myths source by source. They frame him as an artistic sociopath because of his approach to consent. That’s still a modern lens to look at him from, given that several encounters with Greek Gods consisted of rape anyway.

You’re right about the bad rap though-modern retellings spend too much time on Zeus, Hades, and the heroes, forgetting that Apollo was the a patron deity of several Greek city states and was god of so many things….

CrowKettle

I haven’t heard of it, but one of my goals for next year is to listen to podcasts. That’s going at the top of the queue! Mythology retellings are my weakness.

Artistic sociopath is a vibe I get too, but yeah.. the stories are enticing because there’s a lot of nuance(and lost context)to them – often leading to infinite fun interpretations and retellings (hurrah)! Also, Apollo has the corvus association, which is a superficial pro for me. And like the issue of consent – the violent pettiness exhibited in that tale is also not dissimilar to actions of other gods and heroes either.

Michelle

Looks like a fun podcast thanks for sharing. I like to stargaze and mythology is scattered amongst the stars, so I’d be interested in learning more about the stories that lead to the constellations.

Daylon R Thomas

They do ramble a little bit, but it’s fun. I was surprised to learn that my sign Aries had nothing to do with Ares, the god of war, but instead, the magical living ram that would become the golden fleece. They are really goofy and sound drunk half the time, but they both do a really good job finding good translations and sources for the mythology.

Michelle

I like people who don’t take themselves too seriously :)

CrowKettle

“They are really goofy and sound drunk half the time”

This only adds to the appeal :)

Daylon R Thomas

YES! It’s the first podcast I’ve actually binge listened to. Most of them, I pause or stop after thirty minutes and then MAYBE get back to.

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1602 tasting notes

Advent day 2!
This tea steeps up to a nice aqua grey blue. I had to switch to a clear glass to fully enjoy looking at it. Unfortunately it tastes like faded fruit nothing. Like the 2nd or 3rd steeping of something stronger and more interesting. It’s a smooth nothing, but none of the flavors are strong enough for me to even guess what they were supposed to be.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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