Britannia - Thé de la Couronne

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  • “It’s the third time I’ve tried this tea, and it doesn’t quite work for me. Its dry leaves have an absolutely wonderful aroma, malty, with chocolate and cookies, and cornflowers, and I don’t know...” Read full tasting note

From Mariage Frères

Britannia proudly contemplates the globe.
From this empire on which the sun never sets, the British crown ennobled a most faithful subject : tea.
This « Crown Tea » is a malty black variety with overtones of fruit and spices that provide a taste of exoticism – and welcome a drop of milk, of course.

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It’s the third time I’ve tried this tea, and it doesn’t quite work for me. Its dry leaves have an absolutely wonderful aroma, malty, with chocolate and cookies, and cornflowers, and I don’t know what else. Very rich and promising. But I can’t get it out through steeping – being a Britain-inspired tea, this gets very strong very quickly, and I can’t feel too many of those flavors. I’ve taken it with milk today, and while it was substantially better, the tea still doesn’t fulfill the promise made by that aroma.

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These special edition, special tin MF teas seem very hit-or-miss (that is euphemism for almost all miss) to me. But the tins, ah, those tins…

Jashiin Jashiin

That’s very true for me, too. MF’s design department sure know what they’re doing :)


I kinda wish I had never seen the teapots as well. Only problem with those being the price tags.

Jashiin Jashiin

I’m not really a teapot person, but MF’s do seem overpriced for no apparent reason. I’ve sold quite a few of them, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a customer not surprised by the price.


I don´t think myself a teapot person, but their teapots seem to make me a teapot person, they are just so beautiful with often slightly surprising details but in perfect taste. the prices, though, never. Not even if I won euromillions.

The tins, same thing, they really get my number. I manage to resist the tins mostly – I got a strict no-serious-money for paper-lined tins (how can you wash those) and so far what i have tried of the special edition tins has not been inspiring. But maybe the lily of the valley tea will be different, who knows? :p

Jashiin Jashiin

I hate to say this, but I really disliked the lily of the valley black tea – seemed like a bad idea from the start, and… well, I hope your experience is different. Haven’t tried the others.

I think the only special edition tea I’d recommend – so far, anyway – would be “Inde” from the same world collection as “Britannia”. “Inde” is a mix of Assam and Darjeeling, and quite a few spices and nuts (?), and even though I don’t like Indian teas, I had to admit the bouquet was fantastic – multi-dimensional, really getting the various notes of everything that is included. You can have it several times in a row and still find new things in the taste.


I am glad you said that, I was afraid of the idea and only half considering it – I love lily of the valley and the tin, oh so beautiful. But i think we both agree their special edition tins can be lacklustre, except for tin collectors and I am probably not as hardcore as all that.

Inde, noted down, thank you! I tried The des Maharajahs which I think is precisely that one – but sadly the sample I tried was from a tin which was already too old, and that was noticeable. I did like it despite that!

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