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Re-review: Mélange de Chamonix

February 22, 2009

Today’s tea: Mélange de Chamonix from Upton Tea Imports

Rebrewed by: caclob

Goodtea has already taken her review of this tea by the suppliers of Upton Tea Imports.  Her conclusion of it being a good smell, but not as strong of taste as she likes it is true, but not complete in my opinion.  The Mélange is a black tea with a supple taste;  like a worn brown leather jacket, it’s comfortable, soft, and timeless.

Visually, in its dry state, the little pods are quite interesting to guess what they are.
But where this tea shines is in its aroma.  A solid nuttiness wafts up from the hot tea, with a back note of chocolate.  It’s almost reminiscent of Nutella, without the sweetness.

As I mentioned above, goodtea said that the taste isn’t that strong.  Normally, I would be very unhappy with this fact.  Teas should taste like a good strong tea.  However, this is one of the few exceptions that I can find.  If it was as strong as it smelled, I think I would be overpowered by it.

There definitely can be too much of a good thing, even in teas.  Some teas just take the oil or flavoring too far and you are almost suffocated with taste (see my review of Decaf Earl Grey), but this one is aware of that danger and stays safely away.

I do agree that it would probably make a nice milk tea as well, but I think I’ll use this one as a digestif and drink the subtle tea on its own.

Conclusion: A subtle tea, this one might not meet everyone’s strength criterion, but as an after-meal treat, it is a nice treat.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. goodtea permalink*
    February 23, 2009 8:47 pm

    I agree, it makes a lovely dessert after a nice meal. Glad you liked it.

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