I found myself wandering through the Louvre one day on my Paris adventure, and I found myself in the Carrousel du Louvre which is kind of like an underground mall. As I explored the shops, I came across a tea shop/ tea room called Mariage Frères Tea. The room was closed for the day, but the shop was not. So, I shopped around and picked up two blends from the shop.
The packaging is very simple and nothing special. It is black and has a parchment color logo. The logo is super busy, and I would have preferred something more minimal, but that’s just me.
Maori Noir New Zealand
As I entered the shop portion, a handsome man around my age waited on me, and I fell in love. He didn’t speak a lot of English, and I didn’t speak a lot of French, so that was fun. Everyone joked that I would fall in love in Paris and this exchange was the closest I got. I asked him for black tea recommendations, and he was happy to show me the store had. I ultimately decided on something called “MAORI NOIR New Zealand .” This blend has very light amber for a black tea. It doesn’t have a strong scent at all. When tasted I first picked up on an earthy, brothy vibe, which is common in Darjeeling blends but this is not a Darjeeling. This blend feels very light for a black tea. It has a pinch of sweetness but could be improved with sweetener. Overall, I liked it but nothing special, would not buy again.
I ended up learning about a new type of tea called “Blue tea.” I expected the “blue tea” to be something like this, but I was told that this tea was a combination of green and black tea not a blue pea flower blend. I am unfamiliar with the term, so I tried to do some research and came up kind of empty. Anyways, I picked up their “Blue Valentine” tea as well. When I steeped this blend, it was a vibrant ocean blue much like the pea flower. I was shocked at how dark the amber was. It smells slightly floral but not one flower just overall flowery. The flavor is very light and citrus like with some floral undernote. It’s much different from the Bella Luna blue from Adagio. Overall I liked it and thought it was a unique blend.
Would you ever try a blue tea?