Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mariage Frères

Mariage Frères has been selling tea in Paris since 1854. They have several locations in the city. I prefer the one near my apartment in the 8th. I am a huge fan of tea and when I discovered that they had over four hundred different kinds, I decided I would try every single one before I left. I'm currently up to 234. My favorites are Caramel and Pistachio, but if you must choose one, go with their signature blend, Marco Polo. It has a hint of sweetness which subdues the bitterness of the black tea, and the bouquet of exotic fruits and flowers is complex, yet well balanced. I would, however, avoid the Jasmine Monkey King because it does smell like a monkey. Really.

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