Prince Igor

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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From Mariage Frères

A rich blend of green Japan tea and black Ceylon tea, flavoured with rare citrus and other fruits.


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Prince Igor is a Borodine’s Opera and a fantastic tea.
As it is a mixed black and green tea, don’t steep it too much (5 minutes are enough)
you’ll taste a fantastic and sweet taste of vanilla, agrums, red fruits and light sunflowers.

Personnaly I drink this tea in the morning but it may be a better afternoon tea as it is very perfumed and soft.

I’ve always been surprised this tea wasn’t very well known in the Mariage & Frères fabulous card.

I’d love to get your american views about it !


I like the thought of this tea. My mother sang Opera and my memories are haunting. It would be wonderful to write a review and think on those days. (By the way, my Nephew David lives in Paris and would live nowhere else in the world! He has been considering changing his citizenship because he has lived there for 10-12 years now. A handsome,educated young man too!)


I have not seen this ne available in the US. I used to sing a bit of opera and now teach voice. It would be a fun tea to try! Perhaps it can be ordered from the website and shipped to the USA.


Ashmanra, you teach voice?! I had no idea?! La La La La!


Hi Ashmanra, yes you can order it on the website, the company is shipping to the USA with UPS


I’ve tried to use Mariage Frères online site and it always gives me trouble. I would probably buy the whole store if I had the money!

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This was a sample Ysaurella so kindly sent me, thanks so much! The joys of receiving great tea in the mail, made my week!

At my first thought when i sipped this was “oh my, Marco Polo and Thé à L´Opéra had a child together! And this is it!”. The red fruits and vanilla, the strong strawberry (?) note, the mixed green and black teas. And I just can not shake that impression from my head.

This is a very lovely tea – a blend of green and black, with vanilla and strawberry and a few things more indeed to make it more mysterious. It is IMO an afternoon tea, and I can see why they named it after an opera, it is such a perfect tea for an evening occasion. Lovely.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

I’m glad you loved it so much ! and so happy to see another review of this splendid tea. Now I’m looking forward to see Nicole’s one :)
This blend is to me one of the best MF I had and it deserves to be better known, and why not become as famous as Marco Polo around the world.


It is a lovely tea indeed. But I think it being a mix of green and black might be something counting against it being very popular and well known. I think this, like Balthazar and another mix of green and black I got are lovely, but I am not sure when to have them or when to reach for them. Dunno. But I think the green-black is a complicated thing.

On a tangent, Casablanca has some black tea indeed, which is hardly noticeable and something I only realized after making lots of cups of it. Don´t try Casablanca if you can avoid it – without much fuss or feeling like love at first sight, Casablanca just might make all other mint green teas “wrong”, might ruin you for cheaper mint teas.

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Another of the samples Ysaurella sent me – thank you again! Cara and I had this the other afternoon, but I had no chance to make a note then, so finished off the last of it in a small cup just for me. I think if this one had tasted as good as it smelled, I’d have been in trouble. I sniffed and pondered and sniffed some more, and finally came up with strawberries and cream with vanilla sugar. And some undefined but gentle floral note. Now, I haven’t eaten strawberries and cream for ages (although soya cream is a really good substitute these days), and have no idea if cream actually smells, but this is still what my sniffing was telling me. The cup itself didn’t have quite the same richness and depth of flavour, and again, my imperfect tasting gave me very slightly underripe strawberries, vanilla and again, that elusive light floral taste. (Is it the sunflowers? They sure look pretty, but even tasting one gave no clue as to whether or no they taste sweet. Yes, I do regularly taste the leaves after infusion!) Very nice, and the black & green tea base is very good – though I wouldn’t have got green myself, I don’t think. Perhaps if I hadn’t had Ysaurella’s careful preparation notes to hand I might have got the green in the bad way?

I’ve tried the Pleine Lune as well, but going to brew it up again for tasting note for that, but so far, I’m extremely happy that the Pouchkine has been the hit of the teas Ysaurella sent for me. This way, I know which Mariage Frères teas I want to get when I get to the London shop, but am not so smitten I have to pay MF shipping rates to Ireland Right. Now.


Glad you liked this one too, the unrecognized MF blend ! it suffers from Marco Polo’s reputation :)
But Prince Igor is really a complex tea with citrus, vanilla and strawberries, I prefer it to Marco Polo.


I don’t think I’ve ever actually had Marco Polo, though of course, as you say, it is so famous. Fun to be part of the appreciative minority on Prince Igor. :)

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I received a sample of this in the wonderful swap package Ysaurella sent me. Thank you so much for including this one.

Honestly, I didn’t look it up – I had no idea what what Prince Igor was or should be. Sometime I like not looking and then seeing if I “get it right”. Even after looking I’m not sure what “right” is.
“A rich blend of green Japan tea and black Ceylon tea, flavoured with rare citrus and other fruits.” That’s what the description is – kind of vague. I’m not getting any citrus at all. I’m agreeing with the other reviewers. For me this is red fruits, vanilla, and maybe a hint of floral. One of the other reviewer said it reminded them of Marco Polo – I can see that but I think what it really reminds me of is Fruits d’Alsace by Harney & Son’s. This is more “French”. I think French teas are more scented than flavored. It’s like you get a whiff of a scent and that translates into taste rather than being hit over the head with flavoring like the US teas are. Does that make sense to anyone other than me?
I really liked this (I know Fruits d’Alsace isn’t getting much love on my dash board tonight but I like it). It’s fruity and vanilla and not too floral for my tastes, it’s subtle and gentle, nice and comforting.
Thanks Ysaurella for introducing me to this one. It just makes me love the French style even more. :))


your comparison between French and US teas is absolutely right and it makes really sense to me !
I am glad you loved this one, this is one of my favourite even if I don’t have it very often since 2 or 3 months

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