On a recent day trip to Paris I treated myself to a tea experience at Mariage Freres. Situated in the heart of the Marais area, this tea salon is a perfect respite for legs aching from a long Parisian promenade. Once seated in the small colonial style dining room I was handed a tea menu and a little book, titled ‘The French Art of Tea’, to help in my selection. The book was perfect tea table reading covering history, selection, characteristics and food matching for all the main varieties of tea. It was so informative that I bought one to bring home with me! The menu was similarly impressive, a vast list of teas that are all available to taste. Their storage must be huge.
I selected the top tea on the right hand column (and it wasn’t just because i was overwhelmed by the choice), called Tibetan White Tea. Like any good white tea, it was delicate with a hint of fruit and beautiful perfume. The tea came prepared and strained in a beautiful pot with it’s own felt insulation layer, so my brew stayed warm as I enjoyed my other indulgence. Nothing marks a perfect Paris afternoon more than a cheeky cocktail so I selected the house named ‘Mariage’s', Marco Polo red tea with champenoise methode sparkling white wine. The red tea was sweet and syrupy and added a lovely depth to the fresh and fruity wine. Gorgeous!
I will definitely be going back one day, after all there are so many more teas to try! The menu also includes a whole range of snacks and meals prepared using different teas. I can picture many more indulgent afternoons to come, I just have to get back to Paris. It is such a pleasure to enjoy an experience where tea is front and centre, where it belongs.