Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tea Review: Paris Breakfast Tea (Mariage Freres & Watson Kennedy)

Paris Breakfast Tea
Watson Kennedy/Mariage Freres
Type: Flavored Black & Green
Origin: China, India
Product Description: Here, the city of Paris shines in a new light: introducing Paris Breakfast Tea. A cross between traditional savoir-faire and clever imagination, this eloquent and passionate tea, rich in aroma, hovering between gastronomy and poetry and handcrafted by Mariage Frères chief tea blender is simply marvellous.

A zesty, honeyed note caresses the nose, promising pure delight in the cup: the blend of grand, flamboyant black teas gives a smooth, round texture to the liquor and evolves over time.

Held together by the tasty notes of malted chocolate, tender vanilla and warm brioche and adorned by a sweet fruitiness not unlike candied tangerine.

A hint of China green tea unfurls at the end, freshening the palate, sparkling and harmonious.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet aroma with notes of candied citrus peel and aged wood.

The dark red infusion has a spicy and sweet aroma with citrus and vanilla notes.  The taste is lively and bold, sweet with citrus notes, just a touch tartness, and moderate astringency.

The best flavor is in the first infusion, though a second infusion is worth exploring with the aroma developing intriguing and delightful notes of spice cake. Steeping for 3 minutes produced bold and flavorful results, ideal for a breakfast tea.  For those like myself who prefer slightly less astringency, steeping for 2 minutes produces mellower yet flavorful results.

This tea was purchased by me.

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