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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)…
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
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!
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
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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…
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Flavors: Lemon Zest
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Flavors: Orange Zest
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