Le Palais des Thes

Recent Tasting Notes

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This tea smells like tootsie rolls, though sweeter. The vanilla and the sweetness of the rooibos are more obvious. It doesn’t become bitter from overbrewing, and has a natural sweetness that tastes even better with the addition of sugar/honey/stevia. It tastes like it smells, both dry and brewed. It was very mellow and I could see myself drinking this at night. I drank this last night, but I think I’ll make some more tonight. I really should consider buying flavored rooibos teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Vanilla

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76

Another tea from my November 2014 Steepster Select box!
(The Des Amants means "The Lover’s Tea. Maybe the February Select box would have been more appropriate?)
I was worried about this tea from the get-go. I have a strong aversion to red hots. When I stuck my nose in the package that was all I could smell. When I brewed the tea, it looked like liquid red hots. Sniffing the brew smelled like nothing but fucking red hots. Oh no.. I took a sip and….
No Red Hots.
It had an assortment of other flavors besides cinnamon, although that was the major player. I got a sweeter flavor, like maple syrup and marzipan. There was also a bread like quality from the black tea base. Hmmm. I noticed that there were little pieces of something in the packet as well. Curious, I popped a piece in my mouth. I have been watching too much Korean Dramas to not want to investigate and find out the truth before making assumptions. Almonds! They were blanched, so you couldn’t tell what they were without the skins on.
This is a nice Christmas tea, if cinnamon makes you think of Christmas. Maybe a European Christmas perhaps?

Flavors: Almond, Brown Toast, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Marzipan

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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95

What a tea! I love Japanese greens. I have had a little trouble getting into them at first, and looking back on it, this is what I would recommend to people who say “I don’t like Japanese greens, they have too much of that iodine flavour!”
This is buttery, this is smooth. This is much less astringent than other Senchas. This just very well may be my new favourite green.

Flavors: Butter, Marine, Umami

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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50

Hooray, this is my last untried Palais des Thés tea! I purchased a sampler that contained all three versions of this tea (black, green, rooibos), and found the black version to be a cinnamon tea, but quite liked the rooibos. So we shall see which side this one sits on! It’s another sencha base, and there are pieces of apple mixed in. Dry scent is pretty much just cinnamon candy.

The steeped tea also has a very sweet cinnamon aroma, reminiscent of red hot candies or those gummy cinnamon hearts/bears. Hmm… This basically tastes like a very mellow sencha base with a bit of cinnamon in it. And it’s not really candy cinnamon in the taste, it’s more like I’m eating ground cinnamon itself. Not terribly pleasant…

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

This is another one from the Palais des Thés mini-tin set I bought on MyHabit a little while ago. I must admit, I’m a bit scared of this tea. It managed to make the entire package smell like peppermint extract… And not in a good way, either. This one is also a sencha green base, and it has a very harsh and strong peppermint aroma that doesn’t really appeal to me… Hopefully it’s not as strong when steeped.

Luckily, the aroma has toned down a bit in the steeped tea, although it still reminds me more of straight-up peppermint oil rather than the leaves themselves. The mint is a little too much for me in the taste itself, it’s almost tingly in my mouth. This one is definitely not for me, heh. :P

Flavors: Biting, Peppermint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

Welp, this one is the next oldest tea in my cupboard that I haven’t tried! I got this during a Palais des Thés sale on MyHabit, it came in a little mini-tin set with three other flavored teas. At this point, I’m unsure what I was thinking, as three of the four teas are green, which is generally my least favorite base for flavored teas. Oh well! The leaves are quite flat and long, and there are little curly flower petals mixed in, along with a few pieces of citrus peel. Dry scent is somewhere between orange juice and orange candy (orange juice candy?).

This is definitely a mellow tea, in both base and flavoring. The orange here has that sweet, slightly artificial taste of orange candy, but it also has a tartness as in orange juice. So it really is orange juice candy! The base is so mellow that I can’t really taste it at all. I guess that’s an improvement over it being bitter or super grassy. Overall, not bad.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Orange, Smooth, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is another one from my swap with Sara. It’s described as a black/green blend, but I don’t see that many green leaves mixed in among the black. There are pale flower petals thrown in as well. I thought Monk’s Blend was generally a grenadine and vanilla flavored black tea, but this one smells strongly of bergamot. I went with a steeping temperature of 185, just in case there was more green tea than I realized.

The steeped tea has a much milder bergamot aroma, which is further softened by sweet vanilla and soft jasmine scents. This is actually very well-balanced, I feel. The bergamot is definitely the strongest of the flavors, but the sweetness of the vanilla really helps to tone it down, especially in the beginning of the sip. I consider bergamot to be a fairly heavy flavor, so the jasmine here really helps to lighten the whole blend. I’m unsure whether I can tell that there’s green tea in here, but the base as a whole seems very mellow. A nice earl grey with a little twist.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

Continuing on with trying my older tea samples! This one came from a swap with Sara. Honestly, I’m not sure why I asked for this one, it doesn’t seem like something I would like. Oh well! It appears to be just green tea leaves and flavoring, nothing else added in. Dry scent is very stange and powdery in a candy way, like Smarties or something. Maybe a touch of floral as well.

The steeped tea smells somewhat sweet and candy-like with a light floral overtone. This has a strange powdery cherry taste that reminds me of chewing flavored Tums. Disappointing since I actually like the delicate floral note that’s also present, but rather overpowered. The green base is mild and unobtrusive. I think I would quite like this if it weren’t for the Tums aspect.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Floral, Powdered sugar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I had purchased 4 ounces of this tea in March of 2014 from the Upper West Side shop in New York and just finished the bag. Enjoyable to the last cup! I wish it had more roses, but it was one of the teas I reached for if I wanted something floral but nothing too sweet or foodie-tasting. Great for tea parties, as everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Flavors: Almond, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

From *Nicole*’s Christmas card! Thank you! Brewed Western-style.

I’m wary of non-“pure” oolongs, but the lavender and oolong surprisingly complement each other. The aroma is clearly in favor of the lavender – very fragrant, a good thing I’m a lavender/aroma lover. However, in the liquor, the notes of this lightly oxidized oolong are able to appear without effort. Floral, creamy, and slightly mineral-y. The floral flavor is what allows the lavender – which isn’t overpowering at all – to be able to steep so well with the oolong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This is super flavorful – it is primarily fruity, but has some floral notes too. Methinks it is rose, given how much I love rose. I imagine this would be phenomenal iced, but I am happy drinking it hot too. I like how this brand doesn’t skimp on the flavor.

The black/green base is fairly light, but not wishy washy in flavor either. I think I like it, and I think it works best for not competing with the other flavors too much.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is fantastic – I LOVE peach, and rose, and this is fresh and juicy. The green tea makes it nice and light, and I imagine it would be just as good iced as it is hot.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Sipdow (102)!

Man, I’m making no sipdown progress because once I finish one tea another manages to get added to my cupboard (by my hand or otherwise). Blah.

Thanks Cameron B. for the sample! I’m excited to try just about anything with pear, so definitely excited about this one. It smelled so vibrant and juicy too. I decided to cold brew my sample, and then I ended up drinking it late last night after getting home from tea with Robyn (and some unplanned shopping for myself at the comic stores; got a couple BTVS comics). It definitely did taste fresh and juicy like expected. Basically, to summarize, it was just like Bartlett Pear puree. Mmmm! And the vegetal base was so very in check too.

Definitely, definitely impressed by this one – and would totally drink again. Might restock, if I could get a hold of it in a smaller quantity (like, 1 oz.)…

Cameron B.

I’ll send you the rest of what I have sometime, I didn’t like it much. :P

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83

This is one of the Palais des Thés teas that I purchased when Rue La La had them for sale (at about half price!). It was part of the Indulgences sampler. The tea itself is a blend of generic black tea leaves and beautiful pale yellow helichrysum flowers. Dry scent is lemony and sweet and reminds me of lemon drops! :D

Once steeped, the aroma is a mix of black tea and lemon candy. Hm, this is a perfectly pleasant lemon black tea! The tea is strong enough to hold its own, but not too strong or at all bitter. It doesn’t really have any distinguishing characteristics, just a generic “black tea” flavor. The lemon is mild, but it’s somewhat sweet and more of a dessert lemon (sort of like Butiki’s Lemon French Macaron). Overall, this is yummy! And I bet it would be fantastic with a bit of sweetening.

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (102)!

Thanks Cameron B. for choosing this as the random sample in our most recent swap; I don’t think I’d have found it worthwhile as a pick myself but then I’d have been missing out…

So I cold brewed this, to use up the whole sample in one go. Just gotta note that it brewed up especially dark red, even for a rooibos. A nice, sold rust/brown kind of colour. Taste wise; pretty good with different notes playing together – but not overly complex either. Faintly present rooibos base with a kind of “baked apple” flavour, some cinnamon, and a sweet nutty note that faintly reminded me of baking, like an apple pie or crumble, maybe? At the time I drank it I thought there was a bubblegum note too but now I’m realizing that was more from the sweetness of the almonds.

Pleasantly surprised by this one!

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85

I’m finding out that I really enjoy spiced teas. This was no exception. It smelled amazing even before I brewed the tea. The spices were a bit more subdued after steeping, but all in all a pleasantly spicy tea experience.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Thé des Amants by Le Palais des Thes
347 tasting notes

It really is finally cold enough to enjoy tea :) so this was in my November Steepster box. It’s okay, smelled nice and tasted cinnamony. I don’t get much of anything else, but it’s a pleasant taste.

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74

I have to say, I am moderately surprised this is a black tea. I honestly wouldn’t have realized to taste it. It definitely tastes like cinnamon, with the apple fruitiness, but doesn’t remind me strongly of chai. It isn’t spicy enough. I like it, though I probably wouldn’t bend over backwards to buy more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (103)!

Well, I fixed the Pledge/Rind problem! On a hunch, I added milk to a thermos of this I was drinking in the morning before work, and it totally erased and grossness and just left a very smooth creamy vanilla lemon treat! Like a lemon Campino, loosely. Or I guess what I’m getting at is that even though it was soft and creamy, it wasn’t confectionery.

Happy I made this one work for me for the last cup; but not one I’ll be buying. I just don’t like lemon with a black base, really…

Kittenna

Do lemon campinos exist?? I think I’ve only ever had… peach, orange, strawberry.

Roswell Strange

Now you’ve got me questioning/doubting… I was sure the did. Searches Yes they do!

Kittenna

:o I haven’t had Campinos in ages, so that might be why. I may have to locate some more though…

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This is what I’m currently drinking.

I think I must just not be a fan of straight/simple lemon and black tea blends. I do love lemon flavouring with almost any other base, but I’ve yet to really find a black tea focusing on lemon that really works for me. Although, admittedly this is probably the best one I’ve had yet.

There is a creamyness/richness and natural sweetness to this but I’m encountering the same problem I’ve faced with pretty much every other black lemon blend I’ve had and that’s a “lemon rind” sort of flavor that’s a little bitter and loosely reminds me of Pledge. In this one, I’m experiencing the creaminess first and then the bitter lemon rind flavour as the aftertaste. Not especially the way you want to end a sip.

And now I’ve let it go cold; I’ve been dragging out drinking it so much. Oh well, thank you Cameron B. for the sample anyway; I’ve got another cup left and I’ll definitely tweak this and see if I can’t make it a bit better – but worst case you’ve just helped me to rule out a tea type, and saved me time and money trying more out, and can’t complain about that.

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drank Melange du Cap by Le Palais des Thes
249 tasting notes

The dry rooibos mix is very fragrant,,smells like vanilla marshmallow treat.
Liquor is red colored and has that rooibos scent and flavor. It is sweet with vanilla notes and a touch of honey. It’s very sweet and rooibos tasting.
If you like rooibos, you would like this. I don’t really care for rooibos so I am not a good judge of it.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

This is really tasty. I LOVE pretty much all things chai, but it doesn’t always work so well for me with a green tea base. Not the case here – the spices are also lighter, so it doesn’t get too overwhelming. I normally put milk in my chai, but that would be strange to do with green, and this doesn’t need it.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This was pleasant enough, but I can’t say the flavor was unique for me to want to return to it or crave it. It seemed like a fairly basic green tea, which is a bit disappointing for Le Palais des Thes. Still it was fine enough for the one cup. I’m glad it came in a sample pack though, rather than me having a whole supply of it.

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drank Thé des Amants by Le Palais des Thes
249 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells very much of sweet cinnamon. There are tiny little pieces of orange in the black tea mix but I wasn’t getting much orange, just cinnamon. The little orange pieces are very cute and tiny.
Brewed this as instructed, 195F Western style, for 4 minutes.
This tea tastes like you took a Red-Hot Candy and steeped it in hot water for a bit.
There is a lot of cinnamon on the nose and more of a sweet subtle cinnamon in the flavor.
The liquor is a clear orange color.
I really didn’t catch the other flavors that are suggested on the package because I was tasting mostly cinnamon. This is definitely the tea for cinnamon lovers :)

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I like the rooibos version of this tea much better, it actually tastes like something other than cinnamon. :P

Lee

There is a rooibos from them in the Steepster pack as well. It has cocoa nibs and vanilla so that might be good.

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