14 Aug 2018
Mariage Frères, the world’s most exclusive purveyor of luxury teas favoured by haute couture fashion houses and the likes of The Beckhams, Charlize Theron, Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue, unveils its 2018 Christmas Collection.
Filling the shelves of its new flagship store on Covent Garden’s King Street (opening September 2018) and available online at www.mariagefreres.com, the range simply oozes savoir faire and features beautifully packaged limited-edition teas, confectionary, tea-scented fragrances, gift sets and distinctive homeware.
NOËL HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION £29 each Handcrafted, beautifully designed and each one a style icon, the Haute Couture collection of teas tastes as elegant as it looks. Each white and gold canister, emblazoned with a Christmas tree, contains a special festive blend of either organic black (Esprit de Noël®), white (White Noël®), green (Noël Nouveau®) or blue (Noël Bleu®)tea. This range introduces immediate style to any shelf and a touch of class to any cup.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING TEA® 90g £26 This special creation has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, harmonising perfectly with raisins, candied orange and cherry, crushed almond, apple morsels and vanilla.
CHRISTMAS CAKE TEA® 90g £26 A gourmand black tea with all the marvellous aromas of Christmas cake – think candied fruits, vanilla and caramel.
NOËL BLEU® 70g £26 Open this purple tin, festooned with gold stars, to be met with a blue tea blended with notes of cinnamon, vanilla and orange.
CARRÉ D’OR® 90g £26 Inspired by the iconic Mariage Frères dessert of dark chocolate gateau wrapped in 24 carat gold leaf with a caramel core and red currant coulis, this rich and sensual brew blends chocolate, caramel and red berries.
HALLELUJAH® 90g £26 Inside the decadent red and gold cannister you will find a gourmet blend of loose black tea. Festive notes of citrus fruits and sweet vanilla create a velvety, festive flavour and scent.
NOËL® TEA TRUFFLES 150g £12 Traditional melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles with added sparkle. Choose between the classic Marco Polo tea-infused treats, covered in silver glitter or opt for those containing the harmonious spiced orange zest and vanilla and hints of Esprit de Noël tea, decorated with flecks of gold leaf.
CHOCOLAT DES MADARINS® 120g £17 The perfect balance between a crisp layer of fine chocolate and a smooth chocolate ganache is a creation that founder Henri Mariage first presented in 1860. Made from the finest cocoa beans and decorated with precious loose tea leaves, the 16 individual chocolate squares are available in white chocolate infused with Thé Noël or milk chocolate with Marco Polo.
GÂTEAUX, BISCUITS & JELLY
TEA GINGERBREAD 400g £14 Indulge in artisan French gingerbread infused with Marco Polo® tea. Other flavours include an apple and cinnamon gingerbread infused with Wedding Impérial® tea and Earl Grey French Blue® tea, sprinkled with pearl sugar.
TEA SABLES 150g £8.50 A favourite festive biscuit in France, ‘sablés’, meaning ‘made of sand’ refers to the sandy texture of this delicate shortbread. These buttery biscuits are flavoured with Esprit de Noël® tea, infused with notes of orange zest, festive spices and vanilla.
NOËL ÉTOILÉ CHRISTMAS LOGS £38 each (4 servings) or £96 for the forest of three (12 servings) Three stunning Christmas tree-shaped cakes made with a light génoise sponge, infused with one of the Mariage Frères teas on a crisp, fondant meringue with bourbon vanilla and decorated with stars. Choose from festive red (infused with Esprit de Noël® black tea, wild strawberries and raspberries; midnight blue (using Noel Bleu blue tea, blackcurrants, marrons glacés and a fondant buckwheat biscuit); or glorious gold (White Noël white tea, candied kumquats, caramel ‘fleur de sel’ with roasted hazelnuts, with gianduja chocolate ganache) for the ultimate Christmas centrepiece. *Please note this product is available for collection only from the flagship Covent Garden tea shop.
TEA JELLY Marco Polo® 240g £8.50 Discover the famous Mariage Frères Tea Jelly, still made the old-fashioned way from the Mariage family’s original 19th century recipe. This silky, aromatic jelly with sweet, delicate notes of red fruit and berries is delicious enjoyed slathered on a warm scone topped with clotted cream or melted and drizzled on vanilla-scented Pain Perdu.
CONNAISSEUR Black Tea and Jelly Gift Set £39 This sleek black gift box contains a beautifully sophisticated tin of Earl Grey Impérial® (100g), and a traditional glass jar of Mariage Frères Jelly infused with Pharaon® tea (240g). Also available using the Esprit de Noël® or Marco Polo® teas.
SWEET NOËL Rooibos and Green Tea £49 This gift set includes the festive Noël Blanc red rooibos tea and the Earl Grey Haute Couture Charisma green tea in a chic, understated black gift case. A French Noël version is also available containing Rooibos and White Tea.
GRAND TEA GIFT SET HENRI® £79 Give the gift of a tea trip around the world with this gift set of 12 flat canisters of teas from various harvests and grand blends. Use the silver-plated measuring spoon and The French Art of Tea book to guarantee a perfect cup every time. Available in French, Japanese and Italian.
POUR LA MAISON
FILS DE FRANCE® TEAPOT £210 This chic, cast iron teapot takes its name from the Mariage family archives which reveal a French ship called ‘Fils de France’ sailed the seas transporting its tea as early as 1827. This modern incarnation is available in bold colours of black, white, fuschia pink or blue crowned with a double golden handle and decorated with an iconic fleur de lys. Holds three cups.
GLASS AND GOLD LEAF TEA CUP £28 This modern glass and gold leaf tea cup’s rounded bowl form has been specially designed to nestle in the hand so you can take full advantage of the infusion’s heat. Each cup is finished with a geometric gold leaf print; the perfect festive touch to your morning cup.
TEA PARFUM INCENSE £45 Fill your home with the intriguing and exotic fragrances, unique to Mariage Frères tea houses. A gift box containing a silver-plated incense holder with 50 individual incense sticks comes in nine scents. Thé De Lune®, an intense fresh and sugary perfume with notes of amber; Fall in Love®, mildly spiced floral and warm oriental® aromas dominated by rose petals; and Bois De Thé® – woody, dry and delicate.
MUSIC BOX £65 These beautifully-illustrated music boxes are filled with four colourful packets of tea, open the drawer to hear dulcet tones of either Tchaïkovsky’s Swan lake, Madame Butterfly, Kojo No Tsuki or Giacomo Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.
KARAWAN SILVER 925 TEAPOT £6000 When money is no object, invest in a beautiful piece of history with this silver teapot reproduction of a model exhibited at the V&A museum. Drawing its inspiration from the Orient, created in 1875, this teapot holds up to four cups. Gold-plated €1950 and silver-plated €1850 versions also available.
Evoke all the magic of Noël with Mariage Frères.
Opening September 2018
38 King Street, Covent Garden