The Mariage Frères Darjeeling Princeton is a refined black tea blend made with first flush teas from different estates. It has delicate aromas, with woodsy notes. On the palate, it has flowery flavors, with subtle fruitiness and a musky sort of spiciness. It’s the perfect “tea time” tea, a relaxing and refreshing cup for a mid-afternoon break.
Pair your Darjeeling Princeton with classic tea time fare, like scones with cream and marmalade, lemon shortbreads, carrot cake, and pastries. If you prefer something savory, instead, enjoy it with some smoked salmon and creamy goat’s cheeses.
In the middle of the 17th century, tea trade in France experienced a boom, with King Louis XIV and the French East India Company encouraging various expeditions and explorations to far off lands in the hopes of attaining exotic goods. It was in 1660, during these expeditions that Nicolas and Pierre Mariage joined in the tea trade, with Nicolas exploring Persia and India, and Pierre exploring Madacascar. Their descendants continued in the trade, until their experience and knowledge led them to open their first wholesale shop in Paris in 1843.
But it was in June 1st, 1854 that Henri and Edouard Mariage founded what we now know as Mariage Frères Tea Company. It imported the highest quality leaf teas from the Orient, trading with first class hotels and Parisian tea shops. And in 1983, the company shifted from wholesale to retail, opening tea houses in central Paris. In a turn of fate, its first tea emporium and salon opened in the same building where Henri Mariage had his offices more than a century ago, in rue de Bourg-Tibourg.
There are now five Mariage Frères tea rooms in Paris, and their tea is now distributed in over 60 countries around the world, offered in premium hotels, and to first class passengers on Japan Airlines.
Store your tea in odor-free, airtight containers. Keep them in a dry, dark place to avoid exposure to heat, excessive light, and humidity. Properly stored, teas will retain full potency and flavor for 18 to 24 months.