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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
144 tasting notes

This is another of the premium imported teas that we picked up at the local Williams Sonoma store this weekend. I wasn’t going to buy it because it also carried a premium price. However, my sweet wife insisted that I do it. OK, she twisted my arm.

I had never tried a French tea before. I realized that the leaves weren’t grown in Paris, but I still thought it would be fun to see if a French twist had been applied to the beverage.

The product came in some impressive packaging. A sturdy and glossy black carboard box protected the black metal tin inside. The tin was capped with a solid metal lid. Beneath the outer lid was a sealed peel-back inner lid with a pull ring, like vacuum-packed food items use.

When I pulled back the inner lid, I immediately smelled strawberries. It wasn’t an artifical aroma, but quite natural.

No steeping instructions came with the product so I opted to brew the black leaves for four minutes at 212 degrees. The steeped liquor was a reddish golden brown.

I could smell strawberries again as I raised the cup to my mouth. My first sip had a strong fruity taste. Again, strawberries seemed to be the dominant resident. There also was an underlying floral flavor, but it was a partner to the fruitiness, not a competitor.

As a rule, I am not crazy about fruity and floral teas. The main problem I have with them is that I feel like I am drinking perfume. I also find these teas to have a strong chemical-like aftertaste that lingers much too long for my liking.

This Marco Polo selection had none of those negative characteristics. The strawberry flavor was natural, fruity, sweet, and smooth. The floral attribute blended softly and amiably with the other flavors. The aftertaste was light, pleasing, and sweet. Bitterness was nowhere to be found. The black tea taste was so far in the background that it was hardly noticed. But, the overall body, taste, and mouth-feel of this brew left no doubt that this was a bona fide card-carrying member of the tea family.

I may have to rethink my philosophy about fruity and flowery teas. I really like this one a lot. Thanks to this Marco Polo blend, I say, oui, to trying more fruity and floral teas, plus grand oui, to tasting more French teas, and, le géant oui, to sampling more Mariage Frères teas!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you definitively should ! Mariage is a giant as you mentioned and the MF compositions are always so natural, you’ll never have an artificial blend and artificial flavours.Dammann Frères is the challenger but MF flavoring is really much delicate & refined.

Stoo

Hi Ysaurella!

I am very glad that I took a chance with this tea. It gives fruity and floral teas a good name. I’m going to look for other MF teas. Hopefully I’ll find some on sale. Thanks for your comment!

Bonnie

Well Stoo, you are a refined Southern Gentleman too!

Stoo

Thanks, Bonnie! All of these fine teas are giving me class…maybe third class…but class nonetheless!

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Ysaurella

you definitively should ! Mariage is a giant as you mentioned and the MF compositions are always so natural, you’ll never have an artificial blend and artificial flavours.Dammann Frères is the challenger but MF flavoring is really much delicate & refined.

Stoo

Hi Ysaurella!

I am very glad that I took a chance with this tea. It gives fruity and floral teas a good name. I’m going to look for other MF teas. Hopefully I’ll find some on sale. Thanks for your comment!

Bonnie

Well Stoo, you are a refined Southern Gentleman too!

Stoo

Thanks, Bonnie! All of these fine teas are giving me class…maybe third class…but class nonetheless!

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I ventured into the world of serious tea drinking in the Summer of 2011. I started out slowly and gently with bagged tea but climbed to the incredible flavorful heights of loose leaf teas in October of that year. Once you go leaf, you never go bag (except when you get free samples)!

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