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TTB #6

Chocolate-flavored teas aren’t usually my thing, but French tea definitely is so I gave this blend a go. What a lovely surprise! The chocolate flavor is sweet and rich and full-bodied with a note of vanilla in the scent and aftertaste. With a bit of milk, this made the perfect bedtime treat. Excited to be adding this one to my collection!

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

In terms of flavored teas, this one is pretty good. It’s fruity and floral with a good balanced base. It has a strong fruit/floral smell that dissipates when it is brewed. It is still a strong flavor- you can’t miss it. Takes milk well and is great with pancakes or oatmeal. It might be a touch fake tasting, I can’t reallly tell.

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80

I had chosen this tea when shopping in the Palais des Thés shop in Angers last Summer, but although I had intended to drink it iced, I hadn´t opened the packet over Summer. I brewed a pot (in a new cast iron tea pot) and it was nice : more fruit (natural) than herbal, and nicely balanced (not overly sweet, nothing artificial, overall quite subtle in taste… maybe therefore named “romantique”?)… naturally w/o theine, this makes a wonderful late night drink!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I cold steeped this to see if it made it any more interesting. The verdict: not so much. It’s green, it’s fruity and it doesn’t really stand out to me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I wish LPDT didn’t have such a large minimum for their teas, which I have found to be mostly a miss for my palate.

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50

This is ok. It’s a little weaker than I typically like for this time of year especially. This might be a nice summer tea.

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85
drank Long Jing by Le Palais des Thes
141 tasting notes

I’m so excited! I’m usually so bad at picking up the various notes, and I’ll read reviews and be wondering what the heck I drank compared to what everyone else has to say! This time, I actually DID figure out the sweetness and the chestnut notes, so I’m honestly rather proud. It’s a very light tea in steeped color, so light it made me wonder if I’d done something wrong. And unsurprisingly, it doesn’t have a super strong flavor, but it’s still plenty strong. It’s lightly astringent in a good way, and doesn’t have any grassiness or spinach flavor, which is my turnoff in green teas. I wouldn’t necessarily rebuy just because it’s not my – cup of tea – but it’s very nice.

Flavors: Chestnut, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

I’m sorry, this one really didn’t impress me. There was nothing wrong with it, but absolutely nothing to stand out. It was very nice and smooth with almost no astringency, but it just made me think of a run-of-the-mill but decent restaurant hot tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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77

This needs a little more oomph to be a first thing in the morning tea. However, it’s a nice smooth option for midmorning or lunch. It’s both lightly malty and lightly sweet tasting (not sugary, just tea sweet).

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80

I’m not the biggest Earl Grey fan in the world, but if I liked it more, I think I’d love this one. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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88

When I visited the The Palais des Thés shop in Angers, I could try this tea in its hot version, and I immediately thought of buying the tea and having it iced. The pink grapefruit makes this a very fresh and refreshing drink, ideal for the hot Summer months. It can be taken hot, but also cold it´s really nice. Morever, the aroma´s are present when opening the tea pouch, but are still wonderful when brewing the tea, and even when the tea is iced… and drunk the day after brewing it! For me, this is definitely a positive point. As my “jardin à la française” blend ran out, this blend is now my “summer iced tea” blend!

Flavors: Grapefruit

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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90

This is my review of the other sample (tea bag) I was given when buying tea at Palais des Thés shop in Angers last week. I´m rather overwhelmed by this tea, as I didn´t expect me to like it as much as I did : it´s a minty green tea which really does justice to its name of “glacial”, as it´s like having a polo mint in your mouth for quite some time after having drunk the tea!
When I go to have a “couscous”, I always finish the meal by having a mint tea, and the sugar dose of these mint teas are high enough to not have me going for another one for the rest of the year…so, what I really love here is the freshness of the mint w/o the sugar levels associated with mint teas. I have drunk the tea hot, as indicated on the tea bag, but I really believe this could be a wonderful iced tea, so I definitely want to buy more when visiting a Palais des Thés shop next time.
“Deliciously combines the fresh, peppery flavor of mint leaves with the herbal notes of a green tea from China.” …indeed, a lovely combination. Moreover, I believe this tea can interest both herbal tea lovers as green tea aficionados.

Flavors: Green, Mint

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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80

As the Jardin à la française tea from Palais des Thés was quite successful as a tea to have iced over the Summer, and my stock was running out, I organised to get some more at the shop in Angers. Bought another tea I am going to try out as iced tea, as long as the warm weather continues, but first I wanted to try the samples (tea bag) I was given.
This Thé du Hammam was one of them. Palais des Thés really takes care of the way it packs the tea : although I prefer loose tea (and buy it in practical pouches which can be closed again after use), their tea bags are very “chic”. It says “Inspired by a traditional Turkish recipe, this green tea smells of orange blossoms, roses, berries, and the flesh of green dates.” I think there also might be some vanilla present, which combines quite nicely with the berries. I am not a big berry flavoured tea fan, but here they don´t dominate the blend. I maybe had the tea steeping for a bit longer than indicated on the tea bag (5´instead of 3´), but the colour was still very pale strawlike. Not too aromatical, and also in taste the berries are very well detectable…but fortunately don´t dominate the taste either. Couldn´t really tell the other aroma´s (orange very subtle, rose ?, green dates maybe more indirectly through the tea´s sweetness), but on the whole it is balanced and easy drinking, not too grassy (what I hate about a lot of green teas). Nice to try, nothing to drink regularly though…for me at least.

Flavors: Berries, Dates, Green, Orange Blossom, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Fancy by Le Palais des Thes
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Melange du Cap by Le Palais des Thes
2356 tasting notes

Mmm this is a tasty dessert rooibos. Thank you to VariaTEA for sharing! I coldbrewed this one because I’m too lazy to brew things properly. Instead I dump some looseleaf into a gravity steeper and fill it with water. No strainers, brew times, or water temperatures to worry about.

Red rooibos base, heavy minerals and vanilla, background flavour of carob, raw cocoa, and honey. It is basically a vanilla/honey/cocoa rooibos. The rooibos is very rooibosy, so avoid this one if you don’t prefer rooibos. I think it goes really well, and rooibos always takes flavour well.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey, Mineral, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced
Sil

haha i know where this one is from!

VariaTEA

Haha Sil, what can I say…I got a generous sample and therefore had enough to share when asked :P

Sil

no i love it! it’s so good to share

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67

A delicate green tea flavour caresses the tongue, encircled by slight floral and cherry notes. It’s simple, which is why this tea invites the same tranquillity of a Zen garden. It’s easy to image the feel of the sun’s heat on your face and it’s stark contrast to the occasional touches of a chill breeze; to see a landscape of cherry blossoms petals, that fall with the gentlest of movements, slowly descending through the air, until they land in a babbling stream of water and are graciously carried into the serenity of a koi filled pond.

Fleur de Geisha is a lightly fragrant green tea that whisks you away to another land. Its gentle and relaxing and exactly what you need in the middle of a busy day.

www.Tastethetea>co.uk

Preparation
1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Pu Er Imperial by Le Palais des Thes
21 tasting notes

Finished this off today so may as well write it up. This was a present from a well meaning friend who heard me mention a while back that I wanted to get into puerh teas. It’s a loose leaf shou puerh and not bad as an introduction, with almost no fermentation flavour. I have to say that there isn’t much flavour or depth to it brewed gong fu.

However, it makes a very nice cup when brewed western style, hearty with a somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, not bad as an introduction to shou puerh but you can definitely do better.

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78

When I visited the Palais des thés shop in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), I got a sample of this Thé des Lords (tea bag). It is basically an Earl Grey black tea, so I was looking forward to tasting this one. Very fragrant in a typical citrusy way, but with a floral touch to it (due to the safflower petals added to this tea?). But the aroma´s after steeping are too floral and too little bergamot-like, as far as I am concerned… resulting in a “light” tea I am not too fond of. A bit of a disappointment therefore.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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70

Cold Brew Sipdown (234)!

Finishing this one off this afternoon as a cold brew, just to do something different with it. I actually really like this cold brew – like, A LOT more than I enjoyed the hot cups of it. It’s really quite silky and smooth with primarily bergamot notes and then hints of jasmine and something creamy in the undertones. It almost tastes like it could be a cream Earl Grey blend, but I don’t think there’s actually vanilla in this tea so I don’t know where that’s coming from…

Really though, it’s great. Even if the vanilla flavour winds up being a ‘phantom note’ concocted by my subconscious, this is a very smooth brew with the perfect ratio of bergamot/earl grey flavours and floral notes.

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70

Drank this one again today at work.

It started off the exact same as the first tasting I had with it, but as the tea cooled down significantly throughout the busy work day it seemed to feel more dull/flat in taste at luke warm/cold temperatures than it does when hot and fresh. Best drink this one hot, I feel.

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Another from MissB!

Is it weird to say that I was more fascinated by the test tube-looking container this sample came in than the tea itself? I felt like I was doing some kind of weird science as I poured the leaf out into the Steeper to brew this up. Tea science. It was satisfying.

So, what I’m gathering from the Steepster page for this tea since I don’t read French well is that this is basically a green and black hybrid with jasmine and bergamot. I guess that sounds alright; not super thrilling though. Not all that unique either. It does brew up pretty nicely though; quite smooth and flavourful with more of the black tea coming through than the green, and a bigger presence of jasmine than bergamot. Still hints of both the green base and the bergamot but very much undertones. It’s nice, I’ll make it through the sample just fine. Probably wont spend much time dwelling on it afterwards though.

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GCTTB

Perhaps it is my steeping technique, but I am not getting any richness here. Apple, yes. Cinnamon, yes. Very light black base. Not satisfying to me. Just not my cup of tea. Back into the box it goes. Perhaps others will have better luck with it.

Thank you, Ubacat, for adding this one to the box.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Thé du Hammam by Le Palais des Thes
1481 tasting notes

Oddly, not enjoying this as much as I have in the past. Mind you, cooled, any tea tastes differently. So I’m chalking it up to the temperature and not the tea. For now. ;)

Cooled, this smells like grassy, pink, cheap bubblegum, the kind you’d get when you were a kid, all soft and gooey even as you took it out of the packaging. Add in some wheatgrass juice smell (not taste) and you’ve got a lovely little mix. Some floral notes, a bit thick and buttery, it’s lovely… just not amazing.

Flavors: Butter, Candy, Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Thé du Hammam by Le Palais des Thes
1481 tasting notes

A beautifully stunning, complex tea. Smells softly of vanilla and something floral (like cornflowers, not jasmine) and sweet. I love this tea. Love like a delicate flower that isn’t too cloying and sweet, yet still magically dances in the breeze joyfully.

Yes, it’s that good.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Clearly, I need this tea.

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drank Thé des Moines by Le Palais des Thes
1481 tasting notes

Okay, not my favorite. I hoped, after smelling it, that I could learn to love this… c’mon, it’s Palais des Thes. But the scents of jasmine and bergamot… nope, nope, nope. Just not my thing. Maybe, possibly, on their own… yea, no.

This might be lovely for someone that loves these flavors in their tea – and thus why I keep on giving this to an ex who LOVES blergamot.

Received another sample box from Palais des Thes because my original RedditGift got lost in transit – and then arrived four months later. So, expect more of these reviews in the next few months.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like something Sil might like. :)

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