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The environment is fantastic : in the cool of the mountains, at the end of a very scenic road travelling through the tea plantations with no traffic sound.
There’s a small museum (free entrance) with some exhibits singing the praises of Boh Tea, a visit of the old factory still in use despite the age of the machines, a very nice tea-shop and a tea-room. Both tea-shop, tea-room and part of the museum are in a very modern beautifully arranged building made with wood, metal and glass. The tea-room especially has 2.5 walls almost completely in windows, often opened, and is built on stilts overlooking the rolling tea plantation. The view is really really nice.
The fare is however not exceptional, though very fresh. It’s quite noisy and really packed on weekends. It’s a good place to try one or two cups of tea out, before buying them ;)

Mariage Freres in Paris, Ile-de-France
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The tea shop is absolutely incredible, with a colonial decoration and spirit.
I really enjoy being able to smell the teas from the huge containers before choosing and buying them. To enjoy that, it’s much better to come during the week, rather than on weekends, when the shop is always between quite full to completely packed.
I am already preparing with relish my shopping and to-be-smelled-before-choosing lists for my next trip to Paris.
The tearoom is also a very good place for the afternoon tea and a quite nice place for a brunch; I probably have been eating / taking tea there a small dozen of time over years, both in the teashop located in Le Marais, rue du Bourg Tibourg and also in the Rive Gauche, located 13 rue des Grands Augustins, also very nice. I have never been to the other two places in Paris though.



I’ve started drinking much more tea quite recently, almost completely quitting espresso for it!
I’ve been introduced to high quality tea by one of my best friend, MF Marco Polo addict since more than 20 years. I’ve only rarely bought tea-bags since then, preferring the quality-price ratio of loose leaves.
I drink my tea natural, without any milk, sugar or sweetener. I only add honey when a sore-throat is coming along.
I usually either brew a large pot at home or resteep my leaves at the office. I cannot seem to learn to master the use of a gaiwan in an elegant and not clumsy way…
My tea preferences :
- I really like flavored black teas, with a preference for fruity flavors, from a tangy Earl Grey to a real fruit smoothie-like tea. I’m trying some single origin unflavored blacks from time to time but always end up having trouble to finish them. I usually do not really enjoy the strong breakfast teas.
- I do not like chai or teas with strong spice flavors. Strange considering I really like spicy food, but not what I drink.
- I am quite afraid of pu-erh and lapsang souchong, though I probably have never drunk any real good ones and I’m quite sure it can make a huge difference… A few years ago, I had been introduced to scotch whisky and can definitely attest that you cannot say you don’t like whisky, if you’ve only drunk blended stuff and not tasted yet single malts. I hope to get the same happy discovery for those teas.
- I discovered very good oolong, without going through the step of drinking bad-one first, and really enjoy it, especially with a meal. I’ll definitely try some flavored oolongs in a near future.
- I’ve just started discovering white teas, which feels very delicate. The only problem is that those can be awfully expensive…
- I also really like rooibos which I discovered a few years ago while searching for low-theine/caffeine teas that I could drink at night without suffering from insomnia.
- As with green tea, we’ve had a long-standing difficult relationship. I’ve occasionally had some that were real smooth, refreshing and so very many that turned bitter very quickly. And I cannot stand a bitter tea.
- As for jasmine tea, I used to like it but have indeed drunk too much of some bad quality bitter brew, and now I even have problem finishing the high-quality pearls I bought in Beijing.
- Yerba Mate: I’ve had some in one blend and am quite convinced that I would never like that as bitterness is one of its main characteristics. I’ll try to avoid it like the plague.
- Herbal tea: I used to drink more or those before discovering rooibos; finding good ones is unfortunately really difficult – even in organic shops, the herbs sold are far from great.
I loathe artificial flavoring of any kind in any beverage or food.

I’m quite opiniated and try to leave room for further improvement and better discoveries, which explain why I haven’t rated any tea in the 95 and above range.
Teas above 80 are among my favorites
Between 60-80, I could or could not give them a second chance or recognize that they are made with high-quality ingredients though their taste does not please my buds.
Around 50, it starts to be rather bad and a not so pleasant experience to drink.
25 to 40+ cover low quality products that I manage to drink when nothing else is available.
Below that, it’s really vile and basically almost undrinkable IMHO.



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