Le Palais des Thes

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This is an odd tea. I would guess it is the Yunnan base that makes the bergamot stranger than in other Earls. It both smells and tastes highly perfumed but there is also a depth to it that isn’t in other Earls. It is thicker. I haven’t decided yet if I like this blend. It is, at the very least, interesting. But I need more cups to decide. :)


I have a polish earl grey on a Yunnan base and it took me a while to determine if I liked it, especially since it is a licorice and leather rich base, but in the end it makes an interesting base for a holds bergamot earl grey.

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I love lavender more than people should. I opened the bag and was punched in the face with it. I was worried it would get that perfumey, soapy taste, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was soft and floral and I could taste the oolong alongside the lavender. It tasted great with a few steeps too, but the balance of lavender and oolong differed a bit each time. Highly recommend.

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

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You guys! So. Much. Tea. I’m going to be glad I brought just enough clothes and I can wad them up on the way back along with a spare empty bag to use as a carry on.

I must not have done my homework well enough because I completely missed that there was a Palais des Thes store in NYC. I stumbled across it completely by accident. We had just had lunch on 71st & Columbus after leaving Central Park. Decided to walk a bit south on Columbus since there was a Magnolia Bakery location within a couple of blocks. Couldn’t find a cab right off so went ahead and walked down a little further and there it was!!

They were sampling this one. It was really, really good. Steeped very well, not bitter at all, medium bergamot with a really nice base. The ladies in the store were super nice as well. This is their smaller boutique store. Apparently there is a larger store in Soho. So happy to have stumbled across this one. I almost bought some of this but decided at the last minute to go with the Blue of London – an Earl with Yunnan. And a couple of other things… My husband is being so patient with all of my tea, chocolate, bakery obsessions… :)

Cameron B.

I only live a couple of hours from NYC and still haven’t gone! XD I’ll definitely need to look up all the tea stores ahead of time.


Oh no… I’m going to New York this coming weekend and fear for my wallet and cupboard!


I hope you are enjoying your trip! Enjoy a cup for me.

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Here’s a really good example of what I was just talking about in my tasting note on Norbu Margaret’s Flush FTGFOP Autumn Flush Darjeeling (http://steepster.com/Shera%20Pop/posts/248914).

Palais des Thés sachets in the shiny silver foil envelope offer zero information beyond the fact that this darjeeling came from Margaret’s Hope estate. It’s aimed for people who don’t even know where Margaret’s Hope estate is, as revealed by the text:

A superb tea from the high Himalayan plateaux.

Of course that gives no clue as to ftgfop1, first, second, or autumn flush. That means that the company is free to throw n’importe quoi together in the sachet and call it a day.

All of that said, this sachet darjeeling tastes pretty good. I used the same steeping parameters and the resultant amber liquor is definitely grassier and a bit rougher than the Norbu. Still, this is certainly a good example of the general category of darjeeling for people who are working their way through the sampler box.

(Blazing New Rating #67)

Flavors: Grass

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
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i think? this one came from variaTEA and i figured today would be a good time to revisit an old friend. I quite like this one and it’s nice to get to check in again with this tea and see that i STILL find it a tasty cup :)

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Thank you Dexter for sending some of this my way. I was holding off trying it in hopes of having it when I freed my variable temp kettle from storage jail but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon so I just decided to go ahead and make it. My first few sips were a nice fruity flavor, though not a distinctive flavor. Then, I ate dinner, and as I ate, the tea cooled and the green base took over and left a grassy taste in my mouth. So this isn’t bad when hot but really should not be given the chance to cool. Hopefully this isn’t reflected in the cold brew of this that I made a couple days ago…

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With the memory of another sakura-style green tea fresh in my mind, I decided to go ahead and try Palais des Thés Fleur de Geisha. This is also a Japanese style green-tea base (theirs appears to be from Japan), but the flavoring is somewhat more floral and less intensely fruity.

The liquor is pale greenish gold and the taste is rather more harmonious than I’ve come to expect from cherry-scented teas. According to the description, cherry blossoms, not cherry essence are used to flavor this tea, so that must make the difference.

I’m looking forward to trying a second infusion of the spent sachet (which plumped up quite a lot) later on tonight.

(Blazing New Rating #59)

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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This Tamaryokucha Imperial is definitely my favorite from Le Palais des Thés so far from among the green tea offerings. (I do like Thé des Moines probably as much!) The texture is very smooth and the flavor midway between a darker Chinese and a lighter Japanese variety. I have only tried one other tamaryokucha before, and this one seems better than my memory of that one.

The liquor, which I prepared using one of the cotton muslin sachets, is pale greenish yellow. The flavor is not really like sencha or gyokuro. In some ways it reminds me more of genmaicha, though there is no popped rice here—only green tea. There is something of a cereal note, however.

(Blazing New Rating #55)

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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It’s… fine? It tastes fine, it’s not bad or anything. It’s just not noteworthy. It tastes like a basic Japanese sencha. Lightly grassy. I feel like this can become bitter more easily than average, but once you figure out what works for you it’s fine.

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Long Jing by Le Palais des Thes
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Another green tea in a muslin sack from Palais des Thés, this one contains Long Jing. The contents are quite broken up, which is a bit surprising. I’d have expected the opposite, given the porosity of these little cotton knapsacks.

The liquor looks like Long Jing: faint peachy green, and the taste is okay. It’s definitely not as smooth, and there is a touch of bitterness, though I followed my usual guidelines for this type of tea. Once again I find myself in the position of saying that this is better than average for a bagged green, but not such a good example of the named tea in question.

(Blazing New Rating #51)

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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It’s probably not fair to imbibe Palais des Thés Sencha Ariake so soon after having enjoyed ichiban sencha and gyokuro, but it was the luck of the brew.

Sencha Ariake brews up quite a bit more yellow than I was expecting. The temperature was lower than their prescribed 75C, and I kept the brewing time short. Still, the liquor ended up looking more like the color (bright yellow veering gold, not green) I expect to see in a second infusion of many green teas…

The taste is good but less smooth and closer to a bagged green than a true sencha. I am using the muslin cotton sachets, which have the same sort of cotton stitching as the Mighty Leaf Sachets and have the same droopy look. The size is similar to that of the Kusmi muslin sachets.

I don’t know, but the dried tea seemed heartier than I am accustomed to seeing for sencha. It might be that they need to use something a bit more rough-hewn so that the particles will not all rush through the large pores of these cotton sacks.

This tea is pretty good for a bagged green tea, not so great for a sencha. Will not restock once this small supply (from two large sample set boxes) has been depleted.

(Blazing New Rating #47)

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

I really like all of the detail and finer observations you provided here.


Thank you, simplicitea!

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Also received this in my Try the World Paris box… it’s a decent black, but I’ve definitely had better.


Hey, would you recommend that Try the World subscription? I was just looking into it, sounds interesting. Especially starting with Paris. Were you happy with the box?


I definitely liked the Paris box and from what I’ve seen the Japan box it pretty cool too, I should get that one a the end of this month. It’s a bit pricey in my opinion, but that products are really cool and you only pay every other month since it doesn’t ship monthly. I would definitely make sure you get your hands on one of their 50% your first box coupon code before you commit to ordering. The one I used has since expired, but the coupon codes are definitely a really good deal and a great way to try the first box.

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Another one that came in my Try the World Paris box. This was really nice. Full bodied and a hint of sweetness from the rhubarb. The whole time I was drinking it I just kept thinking how amazing it would be iced.

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I had a pot of this one while waiting with a collegue at Gare de Lyon in a kind of design & snobbish café inside the station : le café premier.
Beautiful place but low service level. Not bad, low. More than 15 minutes before the waitress decided to ask us what we would like to drink.

I was happy to welcome a pot (but without lid !) of this tea. Good surprise, no lipton.
No possibility to choice the tea.Having said that I just requested “a tea please” whereas my neighbor asked “what do you have as beer”….of course a lot.

I was a little disturbed by the absence of lid on my pot so I may have understeeped the tea but it has a lack of complexity and body to me.
Correct but nothing more.
More a tea I would drink during a lunch without paying as much attention to.
To be correct with it, I would need to have it at home.

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It seems a little strange that they would bring a tea pot without a lid! Did you end up asking why?


I think they simply forgot as at the other tables the pots had a lid. I didn’t have the force to try to find the waitress to request the lid.


a tea without lid? goodness, that is indeed bad service.


well I am not very difficult I am the kind of personne able to eat a meal I didn’t order and which wasn’t for my table if it can avoid me a discussion with the waitress – of course I need to like what my neighbor of table ordered :)
I am more the kind of client who doesn’t say anything but never come back again if the service is unfriendly

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I got this in the Paris Try the World box with a few other teas from this company. I had to do some steepster research to find out what was what and what to steep things ate because apparently the 4 years of french I had have completely left my brain.

So the dry leaves of this smell a lot like Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog. It tastes similar too, except a little toned down. I get the buttery and slight vanilla, but I was getting something very vegetal and unidentifiable from the green tea base. Then I read LiberTEAS’s review where she said it has a hint of lima bean. LIGHT BULB! yes… so very much lima bean. It’s so weird.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I had six years of french, but never had occasion to use it afterwards. Now I remember next to nothing…so sad

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(backlog from 5/29/14)

This is one of the better rooibos blends I’ve tried. Not at all woody, and the verbena is not sharp but smooth.

Are the muslin bags a copy of Kusmi’s? I ask because Palais des Thes appears to have been established only relatively recently. For some reason they are avoiding the “silken sachet” craze…

(Blazing New Rating #14)

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