Reine Des Prés Tisane from Les 2 Marmottes

Les2MarmottsTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Tisane

Where to Buy:  Les 2 Marmottes

Tisane Description:

Draped her velvet dress and crowned with delicate flowers, it emerges from this plant a benevolent sovereign sweetness.  When she let them approach, it is possible to leap at his flowery fragrance . . . this is a sweet herbal notes to sing the melody of the long summer evenings.  

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I remembered meadowsweet was one of the ingredients in the Retour a La Ligne blend (also by Les 2 Marmottes), but I really can’t remember having a pure meadowsweet tisane as this is until now, so I was interested in trying it.  If nothing else, it expands my repertoire of herbs and their flavors.

So, I didn’t really know exactly what to expect from this tisane.  When I go into a tisane tasting like this – without any significant first hand knowledge of what the herb tastes like – I’m a little apprehensive (to say the least!) but I’m very happily surprised by this Reine Des Pres!  This is really quite tasty!

It’s a near perfect combination of flowery and herbaceous tastes.  I taste a pollen-y, delicate flowery taste, and I can taste herb-y flavors in there too.  But mostly what I taste is SWEET.  This is deliciously sweet, like honey!

I steeped the tea bag in 8 ounces of near boiling (195°F) water for 10 minutes, and the result is a golden amber colored liquid that smells sweet and a little bit like a meadow of wildflowers.  Now, I can’t say that I recall the last time I was in a meadow of wildflowers.  I can’t even say that I’ve ever been in a meadow of wildflowers except for maybe in my daydreams.  But on those days when I had those dreams, this is what I imagined that meadow of wildflowers to smell like.

Sweet, reminiscent of pollen, honey, and delicate hints of flower.  Notes of herb.  It’s really quite enjoyable to sip.  It feels quite soothing and relaxing.  And as I sit here, sipping this tisane, I wonder why it is that I’m only just now trying a pure infusion of meadowsweet.

How is it that this is an herb that escapes the notice of many a tea blender?  It’s quite delightful, and I think that more tea blenders should be adding this to their blends.  I can imagine how much more tasty it would make blends with some of my less than favorite herbs like ginseng or chamomile or hibiscus, and with it’s honeyed taste, I think it would amplify those honey notes of rooibos and honeybush.

I hope to find more teas and/or tisanes with meadowsweet in them … I’m enjoying this!

Retour a La Ligne Green Tea Blend from Les 2 Marmottes

Les2MarmottsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Les 2 Marmottes

Tea Description:

This Tea will be your partner throughout the day as part of your weight loss mission.  Flexible, it adapts to any situation.  It is hot, warm or even cold, it is always delicious.  Temptations no longer have control.  You’re all set!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It was exciting to receive this box of samples – all the way from France!  This Retour a La Ligne Green Tea Blend is the first that I’m trying from this new-to-me company, Les 2 Marmottes.

When you visit the Les 2 Marmottes website, you’ll find that you need to translate the website … unless you are able to read French.  Alas … I am not, thankfully Google Chrome will translate it for me.

The dry leaf smells strongly of mint.  Of course, this could be not only because of the spearmint but because of the meadowsweet.  It’s a very fresh and uplifting fragrance.  The brewed tea has a slightly softer mint aroma and I can detect the notes of the green tea and verbena now.

The flavor is much more subdued than I expected it to be, given the strong minty fragrance.  The mint notes here are subtle but refreshing.  The green tea has a sweet, buttery taste.  There is a herbaceous overtone to this, tasting a bit more like an herbal tisane made of green herbals rather than a green tea.

I taste distant notes of fruit too, but they are a little difficult to discern because they’re off in the distance somewhere behind the stronger herbal notes.  It’s a calming drink to sip, I find myself relaxing more with each sip I take.

Overall, this is a pleasant, mild tasting beverage.  I don’t know if I taste anything from the tail cherries (or cherry stems), then again, I can’t recall ever having a tea with tail cherries in the list of ingredients so I don’t know what kind of contribution this ingredient makes to the overall flavor of the tea.  I do taste spearmint and I do taste green tea.  I taste notes of verbena and a slight sharp note from the meadowsweet.

It’s an interesting cuppa!  With my first few sips, I was a little unsure if I was liking it, but now that I’ve nearly finished the cup, I find myself wanting a little more, so that’s gotta tell you something, right?