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From Mariage Frères

Mariage Frères’ most famous secret is this mysterious blend that takes you to distant lands and strange countries. The aroma of Chinese and Tibetan flowers and fruit lend it a uniquely velvety taste. Its extraordinary bouquet makes Marco Polo the most legendary of flavoured teas.

Succès incontesté de la Maison Mariage Frères, ce mélange secret vous fera voyager dans les plus lointaines et mystérieuses contrées. Les senteurs de fleurs et de fruits de Chine et du Tibet lui confèrent un arôme velouté unique. Un bouquet extraordinaire pour le plus mythique des thés parfumés.

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411 tasting notes

Ok, so I’ve been putting off rating this tea for a while. Because everyone loves it, and I initally didn’t find it particularly special. I wasn’t getting the amazing dessert overtones that everyone else got.

But, it’s been growing on me. And now, I really like it. Especially when I have it with half and half and sweetener. Fruity, smooth, and just pleasureable.


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I had it a week or two ago and this tea definitely grows on you. Then again I feel that most teas do if you keep drinking it. Well it either grows on you or gives you a disgusted feeling.


I agree with Ricky the first time I had it it was good the second time I had it okay and the third time (like last week) I thought to myself THIS IS GOOD! :)


It’s a roller coaster tea!


How can you go wrong with half and half! ha ha

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396 tasting notes

The quiet life was nice enough to send this to me, in its own little sample tin (which I love, and will definitely reuse for travel tea afterwards). Another tea from my shopping list! I feel like I’m really doing some work on it.

Anyways, the tea itself smells fruity and sweet and chocolaty (is it supposed to? Huh) and reminds me somewhat of H&S’s Paris (which makes sense because I remember a few tasting notes saying that it’s probably a nod to Marco Polo anyways).

She was nice enough to provide the steeping instructions on the side, so I shouldn’t be messing anything up. Hurray!

I’m trying this plain first. Maybe I’ll add milk and/or sugar to the last cup from the pot, or just wait until next time.

The wet leaves smell just as delicious (and a bit stronger), perfumy and a bit like strawberry, with a good black tea smell in there as well.

First sip… I got black tea, and then a sudden aftertaste of strawberries. The tea taste is strong (astringent, but somehow ALSO very smooth), and is then followed by the berryness, and almost sweetness. The more I sip, the stronger the berry flavour comes (and the more it fades away from strawberry and joins just ‘berry’).

There’s an almost chocolatyness to it as well, I think. Hrm.

Added a bit of sugar and milk to the last of this cup. Okay, maybe too MUCH sugar. I realize I am not very adapt with sugar portioning. But there is definitely a sweetness and taste that isn’t from the sugar in there. The addition of the milk also makes it unbelievably smooth, almost silky. I think just milk and no sugar would taste very nice as well. Otherwise, I would have just jumped past the sugar for the honey, but I assume the taste of the honey would have overwhelmed it.

I went to throw the rest of this cup back and smelt vanilla. Mmm.

Back to no milk/sugar. And I think I can taste that vanilla I smelled a moment ago. I don’t know. Weird. Still, delicious.

I always wish I had more experience with flavoured teas, since most of the tasting notes I read rave about the flavour, and most of what I get is only in the smell, but I’m glad I got to try this anyways (and I still have a fair amount left in my tiny sample tin!). It is delicious and smooth, and the flavours are subtle, but actually there.

Edit: A continuation, as I resteep this. The smell is much stronger now, and I realize that it reminds me a lot of The O Dor’s Place Saint Marc. A lot!

The taste is a bit more evident, which is nice. Although the smell is really reminding me of Place Saint Marc. Berry and vanilla.


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Well, that was unexpected. Of all the lovely Mariage Frères teas sent to me by Ysaurella and cteresa, I seem to like Marco Polo the best. I feel I’ve let you both down. :P I was really wondering, after disliking Harney & Sons Paris so much, whether I just was losing even my very picky liking for flavoured black teas, but apparently not. Something about the hint of toffee taste that stops the strawberry from being that sharp note that strawberry too often is in tea (for me, anyway). I say strawberry, but only because that was the predominant fruit. I might manage a slightly more detailed tasting note in the future, but this is as good as it gets at the moment, unfortunately. Thanks again, Teresa – this is delicious!


cteresa loves this one too, I am more picky about Marco Polo maybe because my strawberry tea is clearly Prince Igor as I enjoy the mix with citrus.


Did you enjoy Mandalay, Pleine lune and rouge d’automne ?


Ysaurella, I did like them, but can’t remember now which one(s) I made tasting note on and which I saved one cup’s worth for the purpose of tasting note. And this morning my hall ceiling fell down, so today might not be the day for catch-up notes. :(


Not letting me down at all – I love Marco Polo! It is so very comforting!

ceiling?!? Oh my, poor you!


Right then, it’s just ysaurella I’m letting down, rather than you both – somewhat better! :)

Yes, came downstairs this morning to find it that way. I was (unsurprisingly!) upset, but we’ve known the house needs major work for a long time, just trying to get into a place where we can move out so it can be done. The important thing is that some of those chunks of plaster could have really hurt the puppies. Doug might have been able to move out of the way in time, but Bell not so likely. So anything else other than losing one or both of them that way doesn’t look so bad!

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Ah boo to buying mandatory large packages of unfamiliar teas! I absolutely HAD to buy more Macaron tea and my mother wanted Wedding Imperial so we split shipping charges to order from Mariage Frerès. I figured I ought to get something extra to make the order efficient. I saw that this was a best seller and went for it.

At least it is palatable. It has a wine aroma from dry leaf to cup and I’ve already expressed my dislike for alcoholic-like flavors. Perhaps that is why this one is so popular though. Fortunately, for me, the wine notes aren’t too strong and there is a pleasant fruitiness about it. When it is very hot, it kind of gives off a perfumy aroma like the smell of department store samples in a catalogue. That wore off as it cooled and doesn’t come through in the flavor.

I’ll be taking a sample of this to my parents and if they aren’t so keen on it, I’ll have plenty for swapping! :)

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I so wish MF sold sample sizes! Or even 50g packs. They have a bunch of blends I’d like to try, but I’m hesitant to shell out for such large quantities (especially given that my one and only MF experience so far was somewhat of a letdown).


I probably never would have ordered from them if I didn’t first get some samples from swapping. It would be more sad to spend all that money on overseas shipping to get a whole box full of duds! I’d be happy to swap samples of the few blends that I have now if you want to try them. Just let me know :)


I was lucky enough to be able to get someone to bring the tea back to me from London, so at least I didn’t have to pay shipping. I’d love to try a sample of Marco Polo (and wouldn’t mind trying the Macaron as well, although I totally understand if you want to hold on to that one). I only got the Bouddha Bleu from them; I still have a bit of it but I think it might be too floral for your liking (although I found it more fruity than floral, personally). Take a look in my cupboard and let me know if anything looks good to you – I have swappable quantities of most things except for the Butiki teas.

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Ok, maybe I’m losing my mind.

I received this from Ellyn awhile ago and haven’t logged it until now. I had a cup of it when I first got it, but I guess I forgot to really take note of the details.

I made some more tonight, and my mind was blown because it tasted exactly like a version of Monk’s Blend to me. (The two Monk’s Blend I’ve tried so far were from different brands and had slightly different tastes). Is that what this is? I haven’t skimmed down for the earlier reviews of this particular tea but this info was irrelevant to me the first time I drank it, now I feel it really compares to those other two teas, since I’ve gotten a taste.

Anyway, it’s creamy and fruity but there’s something unique about it. I am telling you it tastes like Monk’s Blend. I love Monk’s Blend!

Thanks for the sample, Ellyn!

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Marco Polo = strawberry heh ill drink that but not monks blend :)


I’m sure I’d notice the difference if I drank both side by side, but they’re pretty similar in my mind!! Maybe next time I’ll have a bit of each to compare.


I’m half asleep at the moment but remind me and I can likely point to a few others you might really enjoy along the same sort of tea

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124 tasting notes

This smells like chocolate with a little bit of brandy.
This tea has some of the “sparkling” feeling to it. It has a spiciness that lingers on for a long time after drinking, almost a white pepper kind of zing.
There is a nice smokiness that underlines the brandy type flavor.

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328 tasting notes

A big THANK YOU to RICKY for sending this tea sample to me. I was really suprised as I wasn’t expecting him to send me any more teas. I was even more thrilled when I opened the package and it was sample of Marco Polo, which I have been wanting to try forever.

Upon sampling this tea and its yummy strawberry goodness, it erased any yucky memories of the overly salty crawfish that I had earlier at dinner. To me, this is a guiless, childish tea- reminding me of Frankenberry cereal or jujubees or jolly ranchers….

Unlike most other French blends I have sampled, this one is not some frilly perfumy, hot-mess, but a solid, true, and not really sophisticated strawberry flavor.


“this one is not some frilly perfumy, hot-mess” LOL!

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285 tasting notes

While looking through my little sample box to see what I should have, the bad of this stuck to the adhesive on the box and ripped open. For some reason, I always look over this, so I took that as a sign I should finally drink it. So far, I’m glad I did. It’s sitting next to me, and I’m getting some lovely smells. There’s a very sweet, creamy, vanilla smell, and under that a bit of a fruity scent. I wasn’t super careful with the steep time, so hopefully that didn’t throw off the taste too bad.
Hmm, I’m not getting as much flavor as I expected. Perhaps I needed to steep it for longer. I’m definitely getting a bit of sweet, creamy, fruity flavor, but it’s a hint. I have had this for a while, so there is a chance it could be old too. How disappointing, everyone else seemed to really enjoy this one! Oh well :(

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That’s too bad! This one has always intrigued me, and sounded like it would be bursting with flavour.


The scent definitely seemed like it was bursting with flavor as well! Like I said, I think there was a mess-up somewhere, whether it was me or just old tea. I definitely want to try this again sometime, it sounds like it’s a pretty good tea.


Ashmanra taught me to go easy on steep time and temperature with Marco Polo—a little less on both. That may help.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea – it’s one that I’ve wanted to try for a while now!

The floral notes of this tea are very pleasant – sharp yet sweet, and an excellent contrast with the brisk flavor of the black tea and the sumptuous flavor of the fruit.

Delicious! I’m really glad I got to try this!

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