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Mariage freres tea

The issue I have with the laquered canisters are, depending on the tea, they cannot hold the full 100g. They are attractive thou and I have nine of the 100g and four of the 200g. Be careful opening the tin with a knife as they scratch easily. The lid should loosen up with usage and time

Feb 12, 2014
yshuto in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

I like green rooibos because it is usually unflavored. The last time I purchased it was from Upton. The leaves are green but when brewed, the tea you get is of a very red color. Since rooibos contains no caffeine, I drink it at night,

As for FF Darjeelings from Mariage Freres, you might also consider the Jungapana SFTGFOP1. At 28 Euros, it is the best cost performance wise. This is also a very good tea. Others you can try are Bloomfield SFTGFOP1(30E), Margaret's Hope SFTGFOP1(36E), Namring Upper (SFTGGOP1(35E), Castleton SFTGFOP1 DJ5 (40E). They are all very good, all similar in many ways since they are all Darjeelings, yet each one exhibits flavor and character which is very particular to the estate. There are others I have tried but these are the FF I would recommend. As you probably know, the label on the teas will have brewing instructions. Use this as a baseline and modify accordingly to suit your tastes. Happy Steeping!!!

Feb 20, 2012
yshuto in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

Have you tried other vendors for green teas?
http://www.hibiki-an.com/
http://www.kyoto-teramachi.or.jp/horaid ... mation.htm
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/shop/en/
http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/
http://www.zencha.net/index.php
There are probably a dozen others.

There is a reason why I buy the FF Darjeelings from Mariage. No other retailer or distributor can come close to the aroma, taste, and flavor Mariage offers. The 2011 FF Castleton has a complex set of delicate flavors and it takes a brewing time of 5 minutes to extract every bit of taste this tea offers. Even at 5 minutes there is only a hint of astringency so it is very smooth with almost no aftertaste. The 2011 Namring DJ1 was surprise this year as it joins the Namring Upper with a grading of SFTGFOP1. It has a lighter "green" taste and is full of flavor as all the other premium Darjeelings. The aftertaste is a slightly nutty "almond" taste. I could recommend 6 or 7 other MF FF Darjeeling teas which, IMHO, I consider as premium Darjeelings. Since I drink green Rooibos which is neutral in taste, I'll buy it from various retailers. For the Oolongs, I go to a small shop in Taipei which I have been buying tea from for the past 20 years.
Find me a less expensive online retailer that can match the caliber for FF Darjeelings and I would embrace such a retailer with open arms since i hate putting up the premium in addition to the shipping price and adding to that, the ridiculous US handling fees.

Feb 20, 2012
yshuto in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

You can find a wealth of information on all types of tea, online retailers, etc. at
www.teachat.com

Jan 26, 2012
yshuto in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

I have tried the FF Darjeeling teas from Upton and although they are good, they cannot compare to the complex, delicate yet full bodied flavor of the FF Darjeeling teas from Mariage. In particular, I have tried the 2010 FF Arya and the 2011 FF Margaret's Hope from Upton. i wish it were not so since i hate paying the high price of teas from Mariage. This is my honest opinion for FF Darjeelings. For Oolong, I will continue to buy from my favorite shop in Taipei, for Green Rooibos, I buy from a number of retailers including Upton, but for Darjeelings i still seek retailers on par with Mariage Freres. i have tried Harrod's, Thunderbolt, The Brook Bond tea salon, The Shiseido tea salon, Fauchon, The Marine de Bourbon tea salon, Fortnum& Mason, Upton, and yet none can compare to Mariage Freres. Mariage does offer less expesive FF Darjeelings like Orange Valley and the Princeton FF Darjeeling blend but they too fall short when compared to the Top Tier Estate Teas.

As for shipping, it is 28.50 Euros to California. i have ordered from 600grams to 1.0kg and the shipping has been the same at 28.50. This does not include the ridiculous brokerage fees.

Jan 26, 2012
yshuto in General Topics

Mariage freres tea

Mariage requires stiring of the tea as the final step of the steeping process. This is to extract the full flavor of the tea. It may not be important in some of their less expensive teas, yet

Jan 25, 2012
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Mariage freres tea

If you have the chance, try the top tier Spring Flush Darjeelings offered from Mariage. They never disappoint. FF Castleton, FF Namring, FF Namring Upper, FF Margaret's Hope, FF Junpana, FF Bloomfield, FF Moondakotee are all outstanding 2011 Darjeelings. This is where Mariage excels above all other retailers.

Jan 24, 2012
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Mariage freres tea

You can try tea in the Ginza Mariage Salon but it will cost you since you will have to pay for the tea. i've been to the Ginza store so many times that the store manager knows what I like and offers advice accordingly. I tend to stay with their Darjeeling teas. Princeton is a decent blend and not very expensive. Queen Victoria is a better blend and is moderate in price. Then there are the premium estate teas which I like. For Spring flush, Castleton, Margaret's Hope, Bloomfield, Namring Upper, Moondakotee, etc.. For Summer flush, Ambootia, Happy Valley, Namring Upper, Puttabong, etc. Then there are the vintage Darjeelings which is limited in supply and represents the best of the season offering the finest taste, flawless appearance of the leaves, and a high proportion of tips. If you like milk in your tea, then try the relatively inexpensive Cha Thai (not a Darjeeling).

Mar 07, 2011
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Mariage freres tea

The Mariage in Ginza is amazing. The employees, especially the store manager knows what they are talking about and can explain the teas in detail. I have not tried the Rose D'Himalaya or the Darjeeling Rose Camelia. You should try experimenting by altering steeping time, water temperature, etc. Since Mariage is pretty expensive, you might want to try a Darjeeling sampler offered online at Upton Tea imports or other online retailers and decide whether you like Darjeeling or not. If you do like Darjeeling then Mariage can open up that world with over 50 types of Darjeeling, Spring, Summer, Monsoon Flushes, Darjeeling blends etc. I sent Mariage (Paris) an email inquiring about some the teas they offer. They promptly responded by sending me a phone number and they were more than willing to offer advice on their teas. Mariage is expensive, but for black teas, they are the best. For Oolong, I go to Taiwan to buy my tea. I consider myself fortunate as my work takes me to Asia about five times a year.

Feb 25, 2011
yshuto in General Topics

Irvine

At Kitayama, always sit at the sushi bar in front of the chef named "Yama" and ask for his Omakase. The sushi they serve at the dining tables is always sub par. Yama-chan has a loyal following and he's been our go to guy for over 30+ years, even when he started at Tokyo Kaikan in Downtown LA. In Fountain Valley, there is a place called Kasen. Kasen can compete with some of the better sushi restaurants in Japan. However, beware. They are extremely prejudice toward their clientele.

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Kasen
9039 Garfield Ave, Fountain Valley, CA

Kitayama
101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Feb 24, 2011
yshuto in Los Angeles Area

Mariage freres tea

I frequent the Tokyo-Ginza Mariage Freres store to buy my tea. 20 years ago, Twining Darjeeling was good enough for me. Then I tried the Princeton blend from Mariage. Night and day difference. After that I tried the Queen Victoria blend, Princeton was not good enough anymore. Then I stepped up to Castleton. The quality and the selection of Darjeeling offered by Mariage trounces all other stores, even the online stores. Yet you will pay a fairly large premium on Mariage teas compared to other online retailers. You can buy their full selection in Paris, Japan, or online. You will be hard pressed to find the best of the best teas Mariage offers at any store with the exception of the ones listed above.

Feb 24, 2011
yshuto in General Topics