Le Palais des Thes

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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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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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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
366 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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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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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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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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I do agree with the marketing text on Palais des Thés Le Citron: it’s a classic flavor for sure. In fact, it smacks somewhat of the grocery store “classic” Bigelow Lemon Lift! The concept is very similar, and the quality of this blend might be better, but I do hold fond memories of Lemon Lift from years ago—before loose tea started to become readily available, and long before the advent of “silken sachets”!

I won’t buy this blend again, but it’s nice to have a 1 ounce tin, which I’ll surely finish up. Each time I brew a cup, yet more Lemon Lift memories bubble up. The other “classic” from Bigelow of which I consumed quite a lot back in the day was Constant Comment. Both were “do not add cream or sugar” teas for me, unlike the vast majority of grocery store blends. (To say nothing of the ghastly “Orange Pekoe” filter bag fiascoes, many of which clearly contained lint swept off the floor after all of the serious tea buyers had left the room…)

I suppose that if I did a side-by-side test today, now that I fashion myself something of a tea sophisticate, I’d find that my memories are more positive than the reality…

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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This sample came from Sara. I find myself liking rooibos (and caffeine-free in general) blends more and more recently for some reason. It’s interesting how tastes change. Anyway! Visually, this tea is just red rooibos with some yellow cornflower petals added in for flair. It smells vaguely vanilla-esque.

The steeped cup mostly smells of red rooibos, with a bit of an almond extract flavor added in. Hmm… It tastes like straight rooibos. There’s a little hint of an almond flavor at the end/aftertaste, but otherwise it’s just woody rooibos. Since I’m unsure how old this sample is, I’m going to withhold a rating. Sad face.

Flavors: Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

I used to hate rooibos and now I like it!

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I had to review this tea again. Apparently my hubby is trying to fatten me up. I don’t know what’s his actual plan but he started bringing desserts 3 rd day in a row.
Today he went to some Italian bakery and got lobster tails, cannolly, apple strudel and rum soaked ( I don’t even know what the actual name) BOMB.
Omg it’s delicious but too much. I was cutting tiny pieces.
Back to the tea. Since I got 100g( the min in a shop) I have to use it. This tea was perfect with pastries. The citrus in tea really complimented these rich sweet pastries.
Everybody enjoyed it including me. Now back to make sure everybody finished their homework.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Wow! That all sounds delicious! :)

mrmopar

He got it cause he loves you.

boychik

Nicole, it’s just proved that tea needs second and third chance.

mrmopar, I suspect he is getting sweets because he wants them ;-)

yyz

Well at least he’s bringing them back to share. :-)

boychik

yyz, sure he doesn’t want to gain weight alone, haha. But I forgive him because it was delicious. You know this type of bakery probably like 30-40 yrs in business far from main streets but there is always few people in line. Very reasonable prices.

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bought it yesterday by accident. i was with my kids at American Museum of Natural History. We spent the whole day there. on a way to subway station my DD noticed this tiny shop. i wouldnt cause it was dark already. But she was like lets go inside.
The lady (she actually is a owner of these 2 shops) talked me into this tea. And i bought 4 oz without trying. Im ashamed. i dont need any more tea especially flavored one. Sigh….
Im trying it now. 3g 8oz 200F
Not bad, not great. just meh. Bergamot is barely there. Citrus is not strong either. it has some Kusmi similarity. But i prefer Anastasia. its strong and does the job.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame! :P

boychik

Yep, i have an excuse – i was tired, tea free for 8 hrs. at least its not Lipton ;)

Cameron B.

I forgive you. I may swap you for a sample of this sometime, it was one I was curious about from them. :)

boychik

Now Im thinking maybe because its Russian blend. but honestly we didnt drink anything like this in Russia. Mostly Indian and Ceylon.
Oh, sure. 4oz is a lot. i will send it to you;)

mrmopar

DD is that a “designated driver”? That was a great place for the kids to visit though.

boychik

lol, mrmopar, my middle daughter is always DD. even her name starts with D. She is special to me despite being a middle child ;)

Ag

Oh man, I love the AMNH. I could probably spend a week or more there and never get bored (then again, I did anthro/bio in undergrad, haha).

boychik

@ Ag, i really dont know how many times we’ve been there. we buy a membership every year. Every time we go something new discover. this time we explore Human Origins and Cultural Halls. Amazing. i used to be tax accountant btw in my previous life (boring!)

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This is part of the Amants (Lovers) miniatures sampler I purchased when Palais des Thés had some teas for sale on MyHabit. I tried the black version first, and found that it’s pretty much a cinnamon black tea, and because of that I’ve put off trying the other two (there’s a green version as well). Well, for some reason I opened up this little tin and gave it a sniff, and to my surprise it smells more like apple cider than cinnamon. So, I decided to give it a try tonight! The leaf itself is mostly rooibos, with a few scant pieces of dried apple mixed in. Dry scent is tart apple cider with some cinnamon.

This tea is actually quite nice if you enjoy rooibos. The main flavor is a rich apple flavor, though I don’t find it to be either sweet or tart. Normally I would add sugar to this type of tea, but I’m trying to move away from additions lately. I’m unsure how to describe the difference between apple and apple cider flavors, so I guess I’ll go with that it has more depth of flavor and richness. There is a touch of cinnamon here, but it’s quite subtle compared to most spiced teas, and the slightest hint of a pastry note. I am left with a lovely lingering apple taste on my tongue!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pastries, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Here’s a sample of tea offered by my mother. She went to see the " HOKUSAI " exhibition at the Grand Palais and Le Palais des Thés ,for this occasion, created an exclusive tea sold at the Grand Palais (and also on their website) .

Green teas and I is not the best pair but I like to drink some of them time to time especially in the evening . Last night the time had come to test this Hokusai.

The blend is really pretty and generous with all these pieces of citrus peel and these pretty little electric blue flowers .

I bought a small bohemian glass teapot at Nature & Découverte . Less than 20 € , perfect. I do prefer those from Mariage Frères but … I’ll wait to win the lottery :)

The good point is that you can see the infusion step by step even if I find the filter a little tight on this teapot .

The taste is delicate and refined . Citrus fruits are on the first line but the sencha base used for this tea remains perceptible.This is invigorating thanks to the addition of ginger here . A spicy ginger.

The liquor is a lovely pale yellow.

This tea is very successful and even if I won’t rush to buy a box of this tea, I drank it and could drink it again with great pleasure.

You can see pics of this lovely tea & of the glass teapot here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/le-the-hokusai-le-palais-des-thes/

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Beautiful!

cteresa

This glass teapot might not be from Mariage Freres but I could not tell the difference from looking it – it´s just as beautiful as their usual teapots!

Ysaurella

The difference is 230 € :) Of course this teapot is lovely but has less details and is maybe less refined vs the Mariage’s ones but anyway I can’t afford them unfortunately.

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Another old one from Shmiracles!

I’m having a hard time with this, I drank it twice before writing anything, because it’s not easy for me to describe.

I guess if I had to use one word, I’d call it “nondescript”.

I was a bit surprised to see it’s an oolong. My sample was probably a bit crunched up. It would explain some of that roasty/floral aspect.

So, it was smooth and pleasant and subtly fruity, but nothing that really stood out to me.

Another fancy French tea to cross off my list! :)

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This was quite a nice green blend, despite the fact that I really didn’t take good care of it (it lived in a plastic baggie…). The peach notes really came out quite nicely. Didn’t get much watermelon, but perhaps the juicy nature of the overall flavor could be attributed to it. :) This tea definitely was juicy, without tasting too fruity. The green tea was smooth and vegetal, like asparagus, but no bitterness. I really enjoyed it!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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