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One of my best friends picked this up on her trip to Paris last year and it is AMAZING. It smells sweet like raspberries but has an obvious green tea smell.

When brewed it is very bright but not acidic. I do find the green tea gets tannic if steeped too long, but I usually take the tea bag out and resteep it again later.

This tea is very good hot or iced. I like it with a bit of honey but it is sweet enough you don’t need any sweetener.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Green, Raspberry, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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A surprisingly mild Pu-erh, with a hint of sweetness in later steeps. Initially very woody and earthy. A nice tea for those new to Pu-erh, and for those who enjoy medium complexity.

Flavors: Earth, Oak wood, Peat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I swear I’ve had this before. And that I was able to find it in the database. But apparently not.

Tea from MissB.

Floral citrus spice tea. I guess that makes sense, due to the “Christmas” theme.

It’s… alright. I’m not sure this is really what I wanted right now. It’s somewhat clovey with orange peels and lots of rose petals. So it’s quite floral. I think I would have been happy with Chandernagor, but that was underneath this, so I pulled this out.

Thanks for sharing, MissB!

Edit: Found it in the database. D’oh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

My first pu ehr. I like it. I don’t have enough experience to compare with other teas.

Flavors: Hay, Wet Wood, Wood

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80

very good. I drink it in the morning at the office.

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190, 1 tsp, gongfu. 30 second rinse followed by 30 second steeps. As far as greener oolongs go, it reminds me a lot of Jin Xuan, more so than Golden Turtle, which was extremely floral. This tea is floral but not overpoweringly so, with a delicate fruitiness and buttery mouth feel. I lost count how many infusions I’ve done, but you can really steep the hell out of this tea. I like it.

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i received this as a free sample with my order from PDT. I like mangos, but those of you familiar with me, know that i am not a fan of the blerg despite attempts to learn to love it. This one is pretty good, though i still wish the blergamot was a little less. If it was, i could REALLY get behind this one. It’s delicious mango, fruity, sweet and pineapple. The blergamot adds a floral note to it that i just can’t get behind it.

for those who like blerg – i would recommend trying this one!

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drank Pu-Erh Imperial by Palais des Thes
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free sample from my order. I was looking forward to trying this one to see whether it stodd up to some of my other shou favourites. I have to say, i’m sort of glad that it didn’t. While it was a pleasant enough shou, it was pretty middle of the road and generally average. on the earthy woody side and smooth enough in it’s finish. nothing to write home about.

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While this is better than cold oolongs sold at stores with no sugar, I don’t think oolong makes for good iced tea.

I do like the presentation, quantity, and quality.
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Ahhh! This is the last caffeinated tea I am drinking before I take my vicodin. >> On the bright side I’ve nearly waited a whole 7 hours before taking another pain killer! And I didn’t even sleep in that time! Now that is an accomplishment!
Anyway, this tea. xD
So I wasn’t sure what to think of this tea, for some reason I thought it was a black for the longest time, even though I looked it up a couple times. xD So I don’t know what happened there!
This tea was like half roasted flavor and half flower flavor. Not floral exactly…well not the floral that I enjoy so much in green oolongs. But more of just like actual flowers…if that makes sense. xD I usually dislike roasted oolongs…like a lot. But the flowers in this one made it a lot more bearable. It was such an interesting combo, I couldn’t stop drinking it. It’s alright. Don’t think I’d get it again ever though. A little too roasty for me!
But thanks soo much for the sample, LiberTEAS! I’m so happy to have tried it! :D

Flavors: Flowers, Roasted

leaf in hot water

sending good vibes your way!

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Beautifully fragrant! As I mention in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/03/feng-huang-dan-cong-special-oolong-tea-from-palais-des-thes/ – this aromatic tea impressed me right away.

Sweet, delicious and fruity. Floral notes with hints of spice. It’s a warm and beautiful tea, very autumnal. The sip starts out honey-like. Then I pick up on notes of stone fruit and flower. There is a delicate undertone of spice throughout.

The second cup was smoother than the first, and I found with each subsequent infusion that the flavors mellowed but it was still very flavorful. A very enjoyable tea.

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I’ve almost finished the 100g of this I bought late last week — that’s how much I like this tea. It’s amazing, and I swear I wrote a review already.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MissB

In my defense, I have portioned out quite a bit to you, my family, and my dude. Still, it’s a solid tea! (although I learned last night, not a great one to oversteep)

Sil

haha no judging here :)

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drank Pu-Erh Imperial by Palais des Thes
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Dry leaf smells so woody and soil-like. I am not a big fan of shou :( so this is not to my taste.
The liquor is fairly clear and it’s pretty smooth. If I was ever going to drink shou, this would be pretty good for that type of tea. It is just a type that I really don’t care for so I am not a good judge of it.
It tastes like sweet wood growing out of the ground.

From the Steepster Select Box; November, 2014

Flavors: Dirt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Marzipan

Flavors: Dirt, Wood – haha

TeaBrat

yummm. lol

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90

I quite enjoyed this tea, even though I’m more into an oxidized oolong than a jade oolong.

This Dong Ding is quite floral with jasmine and baby’s breath notes. The tea has a really nice texture that is thick and smooth, with notes of sweet, asian pear, leafy vegetables, sweet peas. Later infusions has a bit of acidity and dryness.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/dong-ding-jade-oolong/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Inkling

Your blog is awesome! I love your owls. :)

Oolong Owl

Thanks! :)

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I love the aroma of this tea. It smells so delightfully cinnamon-y. I don’t generally “love” the aroma of a pu-erh tea, but this one is an exception to that, because the cinnamon seems to work very well with the natural earthiness of the pu-erh. It doesn’t smell like a spicy cinnamon, it’s more of a sweet cinnamon like the smell you’d get when there’s a fruit pie with cinnamon baking. That kind of sweet cinnamon smell.

The cinnamon is smooth and rich … which is an unusual way to describe cinnamon, because it isn’t what I would normally categorize as a smooth spice. But with this tea, the flavor comes across as a true, rich cinnamon flavor like something you’d find in the top-notch spice shops. This is not your average grocery store cinnamon.

The pu-erh is mellow and earthy, but again, the earthiness here works to the cinnamon’s advantage. This is a really harmonious combination of flavors.

The early infusions were mostly about the cinnamon, but as I continued to steep I noticed the cinnamon began to wane and more of the pu-erh began to emerge. Deep, smooth and flavorful. Not bitter or astringent.

A really lovely tea experience.

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Too medicinal. Description lists rose as one of the flavors but I can’t smell or taste any rose. I was expecting more woodsy and spicy aroma with the chai spices but it was way too gingery and orangey. Reminded me that of Chinese medicine. Not that Chinese medicine tastes or smells bad, it just wasn’t what I was looking for in this product.

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80
drank Yunnan Buds by Palais des Thes
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This tea’s first review! No pressure or anything. :P

Another Yunnan specimen from Nicole! Looks similar to the Steven Smith version I just tried – mostly dark grey/brown leaves with a few golden buds mixed in. Dry scent is mildly malty, somewhat musty, and quite sweet, although I’m not sure I’d describe it as honey.

Whoa, powerful aroma! Very malty with an earthiness that’s mineral and almost smoky. I can catch a little hint of raisin in there somewhere. The taste is way less intense than I expected from the aroma! Primarily malt and dark bread. There are some earth and wood flavors, but they’re not overpowering. I also taste slight leather and tobacco notes. There’s a little bit of sweetness, but in a rich way, similar to molasses or dark caramel. I was very surprised to find an aftertaste of sweet honeyed toast!

I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea! I had expected it to be very intense and “manly” based solely off of the aroma, but it tastes much milder. I feel like this tea represents a good happy medium between the darker, rougher Yunnans and the light honeyed versions. A nice everyday tea! :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Earth, Honey, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Toast, Tobacco, Wood

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

I’m glad you reviewed this one. I still need to try another couple methods and take some time with it before I was going to put down my thoughts. Thus far, it doesn’t bear up to the price for me. There are less expensive that I like more at this point.

Cameron B.

Holy crap, that is so expensive! Yeah, there’s no way it’s worth that price. The description also says it’s all buds, which isn’t true? Weird.

Nicole

Yeah, not sure what they are defining as “buds.”

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95
drank Oolong 7 agrumes by Palais des Thes
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drank Oolong 7 agrumes by Palais des Thes
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Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Milky Oolong by Palais des Thes
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drank Milky Oolong by Palais des Thes
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(backlog from 5/29/14)

This pleasant rooibos blend from Palais des Thes brews up amber and tastes smooth. The mint and the linden are quite light but serve to moderate the rooibos a bit (not much of a rooibos fan here…).

The pores of the muslin sachet are rather large so that small woody pieces jutted out before brewing, and there were some particles in the bottom of the glass.

(Blazing New Rating #13)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Gilan O.P. by Palais des Thes
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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