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Backlog from Wednesday. I’ve been visiting a friend in New York for Thanksgiving break and I had this tea at a bakery while eating the original cronut. The tea was very smooth but a bit weaker than I expected. It may also be because the water didn’t seem hot enough. Anyway, a lovely surprise of a tea to accompany my first cronut!
I felt this tea a little bitter taste and I can hardly find the taste of toffee.I thought it would be better. Le palais the thes have better teas to drink.
I purchased mine from TeaGschwendner.
A good standard Assam, medium-full bodied, very easy to drink. Reminds me of milk chocolate, dried figs and raisins, hay. I prefer a bigger Assam for the morning, this would be a good post-lunch tea.
Been awhile since I’ve talked about a tea on here…and it had to be one I didn’t like very much. Oh well. This one meant well.
This is the first blend that I’ve delved into since…uh…yesterday. (That English Breakfast teabag shouldn’t count!) First impressions: It was a blend. A green tea blend. Specifically, Chinese sencha as the base with orange and red bits strewn about. On smell, it was…well…fruit sugar. Not sure if they were aiming for apples with the aroma, but I got the impression caramel dipped apples. And we’re almost two weeks out from Halloween.
I obeyed the brewing instructions to the letter(ish) – 1 tsp. of blend in a 6oz. steeper cup, infused for three minutes. The water used was “about” 170F degrees. Couldn’t say for certain.
The liquor brewed a pale, somewhat foggy green with a leafy (but sweet) aroma invoking a sense of honey-dipped peanut butter. When I sipped it, I must say I recoiled a little. There was an unwelcomed syrupy texture on the forefront. It settled down, allowing the rest of the tea aspects to shine through, but it was definitely jarring. Like, “flavored tea” jarring. The middle was sweet and lightly floral. Some of the natural grapy lean of the Chinese sencha even poked out like a prairie dog. But…the finish.
No polite way to put it. The epilogue and aftertaste were…soapy. Astringent, still sweet-ish, kinda lavender-y…and just unpleasant. If only everything from the middle and top note had remained. I think that the blended elements themselves could’ve held this infusion up better without the flavoring agents. ]
A second infusion was a drastic improvement, keeping hold of the fruitier aspects, while ditching the soapy palate texture.
Really tasty! The cherry notes do not taste of cough syrup, at least not to me. It tastes like an authentic cherry taste and the mango notes are very nicely balanced with the cherry.
A little bit tart to go with the sweet, and a pleasant creaminess from the vanilla. The tea base is a green and black tea base, and it was a little bit earthy and a little bit vegetative.
I liked this one.
Margaret’s Hope offers a very different experience in the bag. The dry smell is lush and woody, which becomes noticeably brighter once steeped. As we saw with Nudo, this Second Flush Darjeeling takes on a manner of being sun-warmed, evoking brighter weather and a more engaging cup.
Definitely all warm tones here, to complement the golden liquor. Whoever Margaret may be, it’d seem that her hope was that the world would be pulled into everlas-tea-ng summer. Unfortunately, she may get her wish, but luckily this cup is so good-humored that, at least for the next little while, you’ll be content to forget about the impending roast-ification of our planet. Each sip brings you… Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/10/29/snooty-tea-review-palais-des-thes/
The dry bundles of Jasmine Pearls, our tiny curled-up snow dragons, immediately lambast you with their flowery breath. It’s beyond walking into a perfume store. It’s walking into a sauna full of botany and someone’s locked the door behind you. No escape. Such heavily scented teas may mellow out once steeped, but this one has hardly such amicable in-tea-ntions. Until you’ve let it sit for a while to collect itself, the fragrance continues to invade your senses with everything its got.
And then some magic happens… Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/10/29/snooty-tea-review-palais-des-thes/
This is my second Earl Grey of the day, and it just doesn’t compare to the first (Lupicia’s). The bergamot’s not as strong as I’d like, and the green base just isn’t working for me. It’s quite grassy, and while grass plus bright citrus sounds like a perfectly pleasant combination—and I know it can be; I’ve had some wonderful greens with strong natural citrus notes—I’m not enjoying it here. Plus, there’s something about the aroma of the brewed tea that reminds me of stale cigarette smoke. It doesn’t carry through to the flavor, but still. I’m not picking up on the florals, but then I also can’t see any petals in my sample bag (ETA: There actually were some petals; I just have terrible lighting in my apartment). This was interesting to try, and now I know that green EGs aren’t really my thing. Thanks for the sample, Nicole_Martin!
Tea #32 from Another Traveling Tea Box
Now here’s an Earl Grey I can get behind. Probably because it’s a rather subdued, almost sophisticated tasting EG.
The more delicate approach to the Bergamot really lets the Yunnan base come though. It’s woody and earthy,and ever so slightly sweet — a perfect play off the light citrus.
I’m letting the last cup go on, but I’d consider getting some of this for myself in the future.
Tea #21 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I actually found this to be bordering on too flavored for my tastes, which I wasn’t expecting because the common consensus seems to be that it’s not flavored enough?! What is here, though, is a lovely balance of floral and more subtle cherry, but it’s quite potent.
I think I would have preferred something more delicate that allowed more base to bleed through.
6g / 400ml ceramic pot, water from Kunzan tetsubin.
One infusion: 4m @ 90C
Ah this is my favorite breakfast tea. It manages a powerful cup of ripe fruit with the perfect balance of astringancy. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Jummy!
Tea #35 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This was another interesting tea and one I just can’t figure out how I feel about. I didn’t actively dislike it, but I did get tired of the tea and kept setting it aside for other things, so I’m not sure that this is something I would order for myself.
I didn’t care for this tea hot, it didn’t really have a lot of flavor, but cooled down nearing room temperature was another story. The cherry blossom flavor began to come out. It was a little salty, a little sweet, and definitely something I would need to be in the mood for before I fixed it again.
Tea #23 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I love yunnan black tea, but I’ve never had one quite like this. It was interesting to see it used as a base for earl grey, although it didn’t up being one of the best EGs I’ve had. Still, this is something that I would consider ordering for myself at some point, just for variety. There isn’t much left in the TTB so I’ll let this one continue on, although it won’t get much farther.
I probably should point out that this doesn’t get steeped at boiling, but rather 185, and I think that will make all the difference in the world in regards to flavor. Boiling will likely produce an astringent cup of tea.
sipdown, since i’m saving the rest for one of the girls here to punk since i do not appreciate oolongs the way that some of them do. This comes across overall to me as boring. There isn’t enough going on here for me to dislike it, but nothing about it encourages me to love it either lol overall just an average oolong.
Yum! A really nice vanilla tea. Most of my vanilla flavored teas have been black tea bases, but I like the way the natural creamy tones of the green tea work with the sweet, creamy vanilla flavor.
A really pleasant, mellow cuppa. Light buttery tones, sweet vanilla, and the green tea has a hint of lima bean taste to it. It doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does, and does so splendidly. A really nice tea.
This was not, in fact, the one I dropped into the pitcher (see the previous note) but I’m going to give it its five points back, because I’ve had massive cravings for this one lately.
I feel like I’m cheating, because I usually write one tasting note per… what? What do I call it? Leaf cluster? Yeah, that’ll do. So one tasting note per cluster, no matter how many steeps. But I’ve had this three times without writing individual notes. Three times! Three clusters! An(n)archy!
Thing is, I’ve been experimenting with temperatures and steeping times, and it’s been so inconclusive it has just seemed pointless to log. What I can say, however, is that this tea, as opposed to the Vert à la vanille (also from Le Palais des Thés) responds very well to a longer steeping time and a lower temperature.
It comes off as far more balanced and flavourful like that, so I’ll keep steeping it for roughly 2-2.5 minutes in 70-80C water.
It is not a bad rooibos with cherry aroma, but I’m not an huge fan of the mix :)
I prefer rooibos des lords and windhuk.
This is worth to try it.
Had the opportunity to taste this one in a salon de thé.
The vanilla taste mix well with the honey taste of the rooibos.
I’m looking forward steeping it…
It had been a while since I tried my last “Monk’s Blend” type of tea before brewing up a cup of this, so it took me a while to recognize this as what it was. This is tasty … I like that the base of this tea is not just a black tea base, but a blend of green and black teas. The green tea brings a crispness to the cup, a lighter flavor which helps to soften the sometimes astringent black tea.
It’s sort of bubblegum-y with it’s fruity notes. This one is plenty sweet without sweetener … it surprised me at just how sweet it was. My sweet tooth was quite happy with this cuppa!
I’m not into black tea (especially when named black instead of red) and even less into indian black tea, but I’ve got a little sample of this from the shop.
Checking the price of this tea and knowing the bad quality of the chinese tea from le palais des thes around this price range I expected the worse …
I made it Gong Fu style of course :-) so that if it’s bad, it’s gonna be undrinkable, what is life without risks huh ?
The leafs seemed small, so I used a zhong to filter those correctly (measured risks).
Boiling water, 3+gr, 1’00, 1’00, 2’00, 3’00 … I even tried 5’00, risks baby, risks.
The scent in the zhong is very nice, flower/chocolate. Hey, it’s actually good, who would have thought. The taste is great, it doesn’t linger in the throat or give any complexity but at least no off taste.
It’s not a great tea, but in this price range it’s a very interesting bargain for an everyday red tea. The last brewing, although weak, had still a slight malty taste – 5 brews, more than fair.
6g / 400ml Ceramic pot.
3m @ 90C
Usually i drink this as a breakfast tea. It is very powerful. But a bit tired today so i thought it might give me a boost. :)
This is the only lowland sri-lankan tea i´ve tried so really have nothing to compare to. The color is that of reddish gold. Smells of ripe peach. first taste is a mix of herbs and ripe fruit. Kinda along the same lines as ripe puerh. The fruit quickly turns to strong astringancy and a tingle of bitterness. It leaves a dry sensation on the palate. The flavours is very well balanced. Good tea!
Perhaps it could handle a splash of milk?
I liked this “green chai” from Le Palais Des Thes. It has a nice balance of flavors. Warm spice, and sweet green tea. This one is great iced!
So I now have my new variable temperature kettle from Bosch to play with. (I finally found the one I wanted through an Italian vendor, so I didn’t have to produce any sort of documents at all to resolve the hostage situation that generally ensues when I receive a suspicious package from a foreign country.)
The Palais des Thés teas are among the greens I’ve been particularly curious about reevaluating. I’m very much against oversteeping greens, so I generally go for 1.5 minutes and boiling, or near-boiling water, as per the usual Lupicia instructions; I’ve found it works well for most flavoured greens, but some of the more delicate ones do deserve a somewhat lighter touch.
This is not one that really benefits from a longer steep at a lower temperature, however; the base still comes off fairly average, the vanilla still doesn’t pop. And still the utter weirdness of a melty caramel nose that’s entirely elusive in the cup.
Maybe if I very surreptitiously drop some kind of toffee bon-bon in and let it dissolve? Or is that cheating?