Le Palais des Thes

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84

This was lovely. It is bergamot-y, but subtle. I enjoyed it with a little lavender honey and milk and I was a big fan. Lately I have been using almond milk because it doesn’t spoil quickly, but have also noticed it giving my tea a distinctive almond flavor that doesn’t always agree with it. Using regular skim milk today showed me that I should use skim milk when I have it, it does make a difference, and save almond milk for other things.

Today marks my first full year on Steepster. It has been an awesome one, and inspired me to reorganize and recommit to getting my stash (aka hoard) under control. Pictures and explanation in my blog post for anyone curious: http://myliferevamp.blogspot.com/

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

hey! grats on a year here!

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Sigh. I swear I’ve seen Sil review this. Boo. Regardless, having this this afternoon and it’s still lovely. Not amazing, but I’m sure that’s just the limescale-filled kettle.

whatshesaid

is it like, if Sil hasn’t reviewed it, it doesn’t exist??

lol

whatshesaid

(if a tea is drank in the forest…..)

Sil

hahahaha

MissB

Ha! It’s more that Steepster is losing reviews again… but I love both of your interpretations so much more!

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Second time and it’s just as good as the first, minus the crap way I have to make tea at this new place (in a old pot with that yuck nonstick coating).

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange, Rose

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Wow. This is just wow. Creamy and light, yet with thick, strong flavors like spiced orange and vanilla, along with a hint of something almond and rose? Neither of those last two are usually things I appreciate in tea. Except, I’m learning, in French tea. Holy wow.

Sil

YES! The french do almond and rose about the only way i can tolerate it haha

Suziqzer

Love your final sentence… Holy wow. :)

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82

This tastes like spring. Flowers and fruit. You’d never know it was supposed to snow tomorrow afternoon. I am a fan, though I can tell it doesn’t take well to oversteeping or overleafing, it gets a bit bitter. For now, I will think of it and not about the fact that it is 23 degrees outside and real winter is here and there are small amounts of snow predicted 3 times in the 10 day forecast. Snow season is here, and I have very mixed feelings about that.

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

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90

This is delicious. I LOVE vanilla. Pretty much all the perfume I own that smells phenomenal on me has a vanilla base. All of my favorite desserts, controversially, are vanilla based and not chocolate.

It makes this green tea super smooth and evening appropriate. Win.

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

Mmmm!

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80

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

Cold Brew Sipdown (115)!

Ok, so my first review of this was pretty glowing and my second a little more critical and negative…

This, my third, is somewhere in the middle. Not as bad and bitter as the last time I tried it, and not as pure and teaming with Bartlett flavour as the first time I had it. Just like a mild pear flavour and very grassy/leafy base. So, I was kind of both simultaneously relieved and let down. I really wanted to taste the wonderful flavour I wrote about the first time around! Guess that’s not happening though.

Probably wont revisit this one unless someone sends it to me down the road at some point; if nothing else I’ve just learned it’s pretty temperamental and hard to produce consistent cups – and ain’t nobody got time for that.

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80

Cold Brew!

I’m currently stuck on a bus for the next three(ish) hours with not a lot else to do but write tasting notes. That’s good, ’cause it means progress on my queue – but it also kinda sucks because typing on a moving bus is really, really hard. There may be a quite a few more typos in my next couple tasting notes than usual.

In case anyone’s curious; I’m on a bus because I’m headed back to Regina to visit my Mom, sister, and brother for the next four days. I still have one very late Christmas left to celebrate and that’s finally happening now! Other than that, it’s just kind of going to be a mini-vacation sort of thing. Hopefully my family wont be too bummed that I’m going to want to spend most of my time working on backlogged tasting notes!

This cold brew was able to be made thanks to the generosity of Cameron B. Since I liked my first one so much she sent me a whole bunch of the tea leaf. Maybe revisiting wasn’t such a great idea though, because this cold brew tasted so very, very much different than the first did.

It had an overwhelming amount of cut grass and seaweed notes and was very bitter and harsh on the pallet. And yes, the pear flavouring still did taste fantastic and juicy and wonderful, but not enough so to make up for the overwhelming grossness of the base. Sadly I don’t remember how long I let this cold brew sit for – though I know I used the same amount of leaf.

I’m not going to change my rating of 80 yet; I’m still holding onto the hope that with some tweaking I can make another batch of cold brew that tastes as good as the first one I did.

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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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76

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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