Most people would think go to England to get the best tea. But, believe it or not - France actually had tea nearly 25 years before the English. I am talking 17th century, in the 1630s. Tea became popular in French aristocratic circles and its rumored that the French actually initiated the addition of milk to tea. Well, that doesn't surprise me one bit, they put cream in everything. Today, I am touting that the best tea is in France, and you can get it at Mariage Frères (Mariage Brothers) tea company in Paris; which today the oldest tea house in France, founded in 1854. The Mariages have family roots in the tea import biz, since late 1700s.