drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1112 tasting notes

With 1 teaspoon of sugar and a splash of half and half, this tea tastes exactly like the incredible strawberry shortcake baked at Isgro Pasticceria in the Italian Market area of Philadelphia. Juicy perfectly ripe strawberries, moist barely sweet cake redolent of good vanilla, and fresh whipped cream. I had this cake every year for my birthday my entire childhood. This tea is moving me to tears.

The flavor is incredibly delicate and not artificial in the least. It’s an absolute work of art as far as I’m concerned. I never want to be without it, and it was worth every penny.

EDIT: decided to resteep – very pleasant strawberry taste but the cake and whipped cream and tea are gone. Tastes too sweet. The next time I make this tea, I might resteep then drink the resteep without cream and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Love your story, and I really love this tea. Mmm. I haven’t tried it with milk or sugar or anything, but your experience makes me want to try it!

fcmonroe

Beautiful!! A tea that brings back childhood.

JacquelineM

I can’t guarantee it will be quite so Proustian, but I hope it will be delicious :)

Ricky

I was tempted to have this earlier today but I went with Rishi’s china breakfast instead. I was going to have it with some sugar n milk, but then I was like wait would it get too sweet? Now I’m going to try it next time =P

takgoti

I love this log. I’m making this tea today because of it.

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teaplz

Love your story, and I really love this tea. Mmm. I haven’t tried it with milk or sugar or anything, but your experience makes me want to try it!

fcmonroe

Beautiful!! A tea that brings back childhood.

JacquelineM

I can’t guarantee it will be quite so Proustian, but I hope it will be delicious :)

Ricky

I was tempted to have this earlier today but I went with Rishi’s china breakfast instead. I was going to have it with some sugar n milk, but then I was like wait would it get too sweet? Now I’m going to try it next time =P

takgoti

I love this log. I’m making this tea today because of it.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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