This well balanced creation is a subtle blend of teas from Ceylon and China flavoured with essential oils from citrus fruits and vanilla. This blend has been enhanced with white tips and lavender flowers, giving it a floral, original note. Hédiard strive to communicate the spirit of tea. The original mild and fruity blend creates a tea of rare elegance. Enjoy it at any time of the day.
Ingredients: Black teas, citrus fruit essential oils and vanilla flavouring, silver tips and lavender flowers
Leaf Type: Black and White (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Hédiard Tea Paris
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Water Temp: 210°F
Steep Time: 3-4 minutes
I love this time of year, not because of the weather, which is typically miserable where I live (unless you're the sort that likes the bitter cold and piles of snow.) I love this time of the year because of the flavors associated with it. There are spices like cinnamon and cloves, tart cranberries, juicy oranges, and my absolute favorite— bourbon. I love that I can enjoy a little splash of egg nog with my bourbon, don't you?
Today's tea is unfortunately in no way related to bourbon, which I could definitely use a shot of right now to help ease my chest cold. It also isn't strictly a holiday themed tea, which is what I typically like to review in December. However, the orange flavor does remind me of the holidays, so I thought it was the perfect time to share it with you.
Mélange Madeleine is a tea I picked up over the summer at Hédiard's flagship store on Place de la Madeleine in Paris. It was one of the few teas I squirreled away in my already overstuffed suitcase to bring home and share with my friends. It isn't the type of tea I would typically consider since I'm not a fan of citrus flavors, but I'm glad I went with the recommendation of the store, it's a fabulous tea. The black base is mellow, yet full-flavored, and has hints of orange, vanilla, and lavender. While I've really enjoyed drinking it hot, it makes an excellent iced tea. In fact, most of my tin was consumed during the later part of the summer when the temperatures soared. I'll likely finish off what is left before the end of the week. This is one of those rare teas I could drink a lot of and that isn't something I say often when it comes to things that are heavily citrus flavored.
My Rating: 88/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is one of the few citrus based teas I really enjoy. It's a shame I'll have to make another trip to France before I get the opportunity to purchase more.