| Tea | Pleine Lune

There are teas that we drink in gulps to support us as we go about our daily grind, and then, there are teas that are meant to be sipped. Slowly, so that they luxuriate  on the palate and take us to a tranquil place of higher enjoyment. 

Mariage Frères Pleine Lune is one of my most favourite flavoured black tea blends. The first sip is a cascade of almond and then blueberries, cinnamon and vanilla come to life in a rich but refreshing bouquet. There is none of that artificial flavouring that jolts the senses out of a daydream, instead it is a masterful blend that soothes you into a slower pace.

"Inspired by that heavenly body and the real of dreams, this poetic blend combines fragrances evoking the feast of the full moon: fruits, rare spices and the sweet taste of honey. A true moonbeam". Mariage Frères.

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My teacup sits on a Limoges saucer and is a vintage find that I came across in Tokyo earlier this year. It is made by Noritake and dates to 1968. I bought it because I like its light translucency and it has such a lovely form that sits so well cupped in my hands. The fact that it is emblazoned with the Noritake mark may also have influenced my decision to bring it back to London. At just £6.00 I think I may have got myself a right barrrrrgain! 

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  1. I fell out of love with tea about a year ago, unsure as to why. Started drinking more coffee but slowly getting back on the tea - I have so many in my cupboard.

    Buckets & Spades

  2. mmmmmmmm this sounds so nice! i always find it hard to find a tea that tastes like what it says it does.

  3. All Mariage Freres teas are meant to be sipped, I think - although I've never met one that I didn't love, my very favourite is the classic Marco Polo blend.

  4. Mariage Freres teas are a little bit of heaven on earth. I haven't tried Pleine Lune, but I have a coffret-full needs to be explored & savored.

  5. If you are looking for interesting and refined tea blends then Mariage Freres is the place to go. This is a different level!

  6. I know what you mean! But honestly there has not been a single tea from MF that has failed me yet.

  7. Absolutely Cee! V. different from the boisterous British Cuppa- which is great in the morning but less so towards the rest of the day. I very much like the French use of finer more delicate teas such as Ceylon or Darjeeling over the robust Assam etc.

  8. Oh you must start on they coffret!! Before they are past their best!!

  9. Ahhh...this sounds perfect, wonderful :) x

  10. Wahhh cutest teacup! And what a bargain for
    such piece of history and beauty! Xx

  11. i love tea and i should really give those a try! also, have been on the search for the perfect set of cup and saucer. yours are sooo prettyy, and unique! <3

  12. Thank you for commenting on my teacup and saucer. I am so happy that I found them to add to my collection.

  13. Try vintage shops - they usually have some great deals!

  14. The flavouring reminds me of Christmas! I've been feeling christmassy of late due to the colder weather.

    Loving the saucer. Katrina Sophia


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