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Spot of Tea: Mariage Freres Thé de Paques
I can't get this tea out of my mind, and I'm not alone. The Serious Eats office is pretty well stocked with tea, but this is what we've been reaching for over and over; we're brewing up so many pots of this that we're going to run out far too soon.
Thé de Paques, a special Easter loose leaf tea blend from Mariage Freres, smells intensely sweet and floral. But the richness and full body of this black tea brings the perfumed cup back to earth. Think bergamot and lavender, Jordan almonds, and a freshly scraped vanilla bean, but calmed down by bitter earth and spice. Clove and nutmeg notes make this tea milk-friendly; a scone on the side is highly recommended.
My one complaint? This stuff is pricey, and the canister is beautiful but far too slim.
Mariage Freres tea can be a bit tricky to track down if you can't swing a pilgrimage to their Paris store. Here's a list of official locations, but their teas are also available at Dean & Deluca, Market Hall Foods, Porte Rouge in Chicago, as well as many gourmet shops.
Disclosure: We received this tea as a press sample for review.