Today’s tea is French Breakfast, and it is a black tea from Mariage Freres, out of Paris, France.
Ah, oui, oui. I purchased a tin of this tea years ago, and then forgot about it until I was given one as a gift a while back. I discovered the French Breakfast tea at Market Hall, because they have little glass jars of the tea out that you can sniff, bless them, and this is the one that caught my attention. This is one of my favorite teas. The fragrance is to die for: malty, sweet, and hearty, as soon as I open the familiar black and cream tin. The leaves are dark brown, flecked with gold. I suspect there is some Assam in there from its malty nature. The description says chocolate notes as well, and I smell the sweetness, but I never would have said chocolate as the descriptive word.
It smells just as heavenly brewed, and I can’t wait to sip on it. It is malty and rich, and it could be had black, but I will add milk. It is the perfect breakfast tea.
This tea is in regular rotation. Well, it was. I’m savoring this cup because this is the last of it, the tin is empty. Horrors! This tea is pricey, so I don’t know when I’ll be able to justify it, given the amount of tea in my cupboard. I have a couple others from Mariage Freres (how on earth do you pronounce that?), but I don’t like them as well. So I’ll enjoy this last cup on this rainy day. Cheers!
You can get it here: http://www.markethallfoods.com/products.php?product=Mariage-Frères-French-Breakfast