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Tea snobbery for beginners, Part 2 The tastiest gourmet tea purveyors

Tea snobbery for beginners, Part 2 The tastiest gourmet tea purveyors

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The tastiest gourmet tea purveyors
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Published by: Mike Jones on Feb 02, 2010
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Tea snobbery for beginners, Part 2
The tastiest gourmet tea purveyors
Now that you've tasted the pretty good cheap stuff, you must want more--- otherwise youwouldn't be reading this.The second thing you must learn on your tea snob journey is pretty important. A cardinal rule infact.The rule is -- Serious tea connoisseurs don't mind throwing down copious amounts of cash fortea. I can't really say how much money I've spent on tea, but I've spent a lot, been disappointedsometimes, but been delighted most times.These are my favoritegourmet teabrands... must have knowledge for the budding tea gourmand.
Mariage Frères
Mariage Frèresis a French tea company, based in Paris. Itwas officially founded on June 1, 1854.In 1660, the Compagnie des Indes and Louis XIV appointed Nicolas Mariage, a specialist in and
traveler to the Persian countries, to convince the Shah of Persia intocommercewith France andtheir products.In the following years, Mariage Frères became well known as the most important purveyor of teaand its products for tea houses, hotels and for the Parisian high society during the Second EmpireIn 1983, Henri Mariage's granddaughter, Marthe, took two young tea enthusiasts under her wing.Kitti Cha Sangmanee and Richard Bueno were determined to uncover all the secrets of grandteas.They pioneered the concept of a "house of French tea" that incorporated retail outlet, tea room,and museum-a typically French blend ofcommerce, taste, and intellect.Sangmanee, accompanied by Franck Desains, travels some 60,000 miles all across the globeevery single year, tasting over 2,500 teas in a rigorous quest for the rarest of teas.In the 1980s, the first Mariage Frères store in Paris opened on 3 bis rue du Cloître Saint-Merry,now closed.One of Mariage Frères main particulars is that it has never advertised its products in any of thecountries which import their teas. Mariage Frères tea is now available for sale in various high-end stores throughout the US and in some online boutiques.Source: Wikipedia
Dammann Freres
In 1925, two brothers and great tea lovers, Robert andPierre Dammann, created the commercial enterprise known as Dammann Freres.Their know-how and the quality of their teas made of them the official supplier of theCompagnie Générale Transatlantique (the celebrated and prestigious French Line).
After the World War II, the history of Dammann Frères took a different turn in the person of Jean Jumeau-Lafond. Indeed, this great tea lover wanted to share his passion with the Frenchpublic, having still been quite oblivious in this matter.We owe him especially exceptionnal creations as the famous Russian blend "Goût RusseDouchka", the Christmas Tea as well as the Apple tea, which received a triumphal acceptance inJapan.Dammann Frères created the Cristal tea bag in order to preserve the tea leaf. Slight andtransparent, the Cristal tea bag permits to combine all the taste and esthetic pleasures of the tealeaf with the practical aspect of the tea bag.Source: Dammann Frères site
Le Palais des Thés'
Le Palais des Thés is a teaproduction companybased inFrance. It has a number of shops, mainly in France - several in Paris. The company was foundedin 1986 and specializes in direct import and commercialization of tea products.In 1991, after meeting a Japanese tour operator who had ordered a tonne of apple tea a fewmonths earlier, Le Palais des Thés opened its first store as a partnership in Tokyo.A demanding, humanist spirit still motivates Le Palais des Thés team. Consumers will find thissame sense of passion in the stores: confidential teas coming from small tea gardens which arenot selected in the traditional purchasing field...These teas change from a season to the other andaccording to François-Xavier Delmas' discoveries.It is this atypical, ultra high quality and very varied offer that gives Le Palais des Thés itsoriginality.François-Xavier Delmas et Mathias Minet are always eager to share their passion and discoveriesso they published in 2007 The Tea Lover's Guide (Editions du Chêne). The book presents theproducers, estates and plantations that have marked 20 years of travel.

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