Iced tea is the perfect drink for summer – cool, refreshing, no-calorie (unless you add sugar) and full of flavour. For the world’s most luxurious iced tea collection head to French tea emporium, Mariage Frères on Covent Garden’s King Street. The breath-taking range features over 18 blends to enjoy at home or pick up the ‘flavour of the day’ at the store’s iced tea bar, popping up just in time for summer.
Each tea from the summer collection is encased in beautiful apothecary-style hand-blown glass bottles with stunning labels depicting each tea’s distinct style. Every unique tea is specifically blended for the brand, from green and black to red rooibos, each reflecting Mariage Frères’ commitment to quality and attention to detail.
Created to be enjoyed over ice on a warm summer’s day, a must-try is the Tokyo MojitoÒ, a twist on the classic summer cocktail with flavours of mint, lime, yuzu and Jardin Premier green tea, as well as the new Cactus BleuÒ tea blend, a unique composition of blue tea enriched with real pieces of cactus, known for being high in antioxidants, minerals and fiber. Other fresh flavours include Rio SummerÒ, a green or red rooibos tea dressed in summery stripes with mint, rich Yerba Mate tea and fruity acai berries and the Vert SaharaÒ with sweet mint and rose petals. Black teas include the ViolettaÒ with floral and violet notes and the Earl Grey French BlueÒ with zesty notes of bergamot orange.
With enough loose-leaf tea to keep you refreshed throughout the summer, bottles contain 160 g of looseleaf tea (good for up to 24 litres) and comes with Mariage Frères’ clever Filter-Envelopes™ to simplify the cold brewing process.
What’s more, from 10th June, you can keep cool with freshly brewed iced tea to-go from the pop-up iced tea ground floor bar. A different flavour will be available each day for summer sipping, or head upstairs to the salon du thé and relax over a chilled brew (with or without cocktail) whilst enjoying an impeccable French lunch or afternoon tea.
The full Summer Tea Collection is available in-store on or online for nationwide delivery at www.mariagefreres.com.
Eager to dive right in, I opened the jar of BABYLONIA® and followed the instructions to a tee. Unlike other iced teas, which have a tendency to land hard and burst with sweetness and flavour, Mariage Frères offers a refreshing, almost subtle taste that makes it the perfect accompaniment to a glorious summer’s day.