drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
237 tasting notes

I am a great fan of Mariage Freres teas, and having had the great good fortune to have recently spent two years in Paris gave me many opportunities to sample their wares. If I had to pick one favorite of theirs, this would be it. It’s similar to their Vanille des Iles, but with a deeper and slightly sweeter flavor. It stands up to milk and sugar well and leaves a hauntingly beautiful aftertaste. I’m no longer in Paris but see that it may be available via mail order to those of us in the US – this is very good news. If you like vanilla tea which is rich and tasty, give this a try.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!


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