oh my goodness. I have limited history with Mariage Freres teas - love Marco Polo, did not like French Breakfast tea. I was very unsure about ordering this tea - I relied heavily on the reviews to convince myself to purchase. I do not like Earl Grey tea and thought I don't like it because I don't like Bergamont. But I took a chance and I am so glad I did. I LOVE this tea. I ADORE this tea. My house will never be without this tea. It is so different, so unique and so incredibly lovely.
I concur with all the other reviews! This is a favorite! Relaxing, but invigorating, all at the same time! A vibrant, and unique combination of flavors. I have tons of teas, a few that I will continue to reorder - and this is one I will keep coming back to!
I am a big fan of Mariage Freres in general, so I doubt I'd ever try a tea of their that I didn't like, but this one is especially good, super minty and yummy! I was also told an interesting fact about it, not sure if its true or not so take this fact as offered, but that because this tea has bergamot in it then it is classified as an Earl Grey. Could fooled me, based on what I know of Earl Greys, as this tea is far superior to any Earl Grey that I've ever tried.
I can't say enough positives about this tea. Simply delicious. I also have been drinking this tea for almost 20 years. The *only* down side is that it is actually a black and green mix with mint and bergamot. This came as a shock to me, as I have been unable to tolerate this tea for over a year. Then I noticed on the Marriage Freres website that they described it as black and green. News to me. That explains why I have been doing so poorly with my most favorite tea. This is just a heads up in case black tea is a problem for you -- try it, maybe you won't have a problem. I dream of the day when I can start drinking Casablanca again -- in the meantime there are many other Marriage Freres teas to satiate my tea habit.
This tea is my absolute favorite of all the Mariage flavors I have tried. I have yet to have anyone I have served it to not rave about it or ask for "that tea you made last time." It's got that Moroccan mint flavor- spearmint with a slightly smoky gunpowder green tea base, but made more complex with notes of bergamot, the primary flavoring in earl grey tea. It's fantastic with or without sugar and I always make sure I have a steady supply.