drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1112 tasting notes

I just finished wrestling with frozen pipes (all is well after hours of water running, heat raising, and blow drying!) AND I finished a paper yesterday which has a lot to do with my childhood, so I’m a bit of an emotional whirlwind right now. I figured, eh, why not drink a tea that always makes me want to cry from nostalgia and get real nice and upset!?


Strangely enough, this time the strawberry, cakey, childhood birthday taste didn’t make me too upset, because some new facets of the tea revealed themselves today. I used milk and agave instead of sugar and half and half, and I can really taste the floral aspect of this tea – specifically a rose taste. I’m really enjoying it! Also, in with the cake is a bit of a chocolate flavor, maybe you would say a cocoa powder flavor. Like a cake made with cocoa powder and not chocolate. It’s so faint that I keep saying to myself maybe it’s just the cakey flavor – no this tasted chocolatey – no, wait…

It’s so subtle, multifaceted, delicious, and beautiful. A most extraordinary flavored tea! Gosh I love the French.

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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


Collingswood, NJ



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