Our tea of today is a breakfast blend from none other than Mariage Freres. Every tea lover know and perhaps dream to buy tea blended by them. I came to know of them through my tea lover brother. I googled and of course I too fell in love with their diversity and products. Mariage Freres has a long history of tea merchandising.
In 17th century French East India Company like all the other similar European companies searched for exotic goods all around the world. Nicolas and Pierre Mariage started their journey on behalf of the royal court. Since then, the generations of Meraige family is in the tea trade. They founded the company in 1854, which means they have almost 300 years of experience in blending and trading tea. Which also means, they have some major blends to play around.
This breakfast blend created by mariage freres’s chief tea blender, is absolutely stunning. Mishael got this blend from his recent trip to Paris. The sweet citrus hint blended with the black tea is perfect for a smooth soothing morning tea. As the website mentions “A zesty, honeyed note caresses the nose, promising pure delight in the cup: the blend of grand, flamboyant black teas gives a smooth, round texture to the liquor and evolves over time. Held together by the tasty notes of malted chocolate, tender vanilla and warm brioche and adorned by a sweet fruitiness not unlike candied tangerine.”
The tea has a light green tea after flavor. While we were drinking, we clearly could feel the after taste. I like the blend of black and green with a hint of citrus in it. The tea is best without any added sugar or milk, however a little honey can add value, I did add and I loved it too. The colour of the final tea was dark copper as any black tea would be.
We steeped two teaspoons tea in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. We first boiled the water then brought the temperature down to 95c, before we gave the tea in the pot. If the water is more hot and steeped for a long time, the tea gives out a bitter taste which is not very pleasant. You need to make it to precision to taste what is written on the tin. Mishael got some more teas from Paris. Stay tuned for more teaventures.