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Flavors: Cherry Blossom
A friend went to Paris and brought me back a bag of this stuff. She was told by the sales guy that lapsangs weren’t legal in the EU because of something to do with the way they get their smokey flavor. Strange info considering every other tea shop I visited in Paris has a lapsang. I think my friend got the new guys who doesn’t know his tea very well yet.
I was expecting not to like it as I haven’t been impressed by the selection of PDTs that I’ve had and was happily surprised to find that I really dig this one! It’s smooth, smokey and fairly well balanced. I’ve probably had a cup of it 4 out of the last 5 days and can already see a dent in the giant bag!
When I received this tea from my French friend, my boyfriend decided to try it…. and he loved it! He piqued my curiosity and I decided to try it weeks later for my french blog. And I liked! If you love cacao, vanilla and caramel, it’s really a good combination. But, but I found that there was a lot of bitterness.
Midafternoon cuppa from earlier today; I’m split this weekend between a deep desire to work on sipdowns and also to continue my “2019 Goal” of drinking more straight teas at home in addition to at work (even if it’s not always Gongfu Style brewing). Thankfully, this was something that fell into both categories.
I did add a little bit of buckwheat honey to this because I was finding it pretty brisk/harsh just based on first little baby sips after steeping. I think honey was a good choice; it softened the sharp malty edge of the profile, creating a more balanced cup with malt, citrus, and rye bread notes and a slight cocoa/raisin undertone. I really enjoyed this one, actually!
(Even if it was a tea sachet)
Another one from the tea box! Not since my early days of loose tea have I really sought out chocolate teas, but if one comes my way, I’ll give it a try. With sugar and milk, this makes quite a nice treat. The chocolate is very present, and you can really taste the rooibos as well. It’s silly, but I still prefer the Stash chocolate teas over most loose ones I’ve tried. But this is definitely good for what it is!
Another inoffensive offering here. It’s nondescriptly lightly fruity, a tiny bit floral but not offputting (I generally dislike floral). The weird thing is it leaves an oddly metallic feeling across the middle part of my tongue. I’ve never experienced anything like this, and it really is almost more of a feeling than a flavor. Based on that combined with the fact that there’s really nothing to hugely recommend this tea, I actually don’t recommend it.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Metallic
This one was just OK. It was light and refreshing, but the flavors were kind of muddy and indistinct. It had definite general floral aromas and flavors, which I usually don’t much care for but I’m OK with in this tea. I never truly dislike Palais des Thes, so this is still fine, but I wouldn’t search it out again.
Sorry, guys, I thought this one was awful. Very woody and sour, though perhaps slightly a higher quality than the woody sour I’m used to from red rooibos. The vanilla is present, but more an aroma than a flavor. I couldn’t finish this one.
Flavors: Sour, Wood
As with most of the Palais des Thes teas I’ve tried, this one is mildly flavored, fairly light, and generally likeable. I don’t get any bitterness from this, but I also don’t get any real floral notes. (For me, that is a good thing, as I’m just not into floral teas.) I mostly taste blueberry and smooth tea that does have an astringent note in the finish. It’s nothing spectacular, and yet I really like it. It would be a lovely tea with some shortbread.
Flavors: Astringent, Blueberry
Picked up this tea again a few days ago, and I must say I enjoy it still as much as the first time I smelled it in the Palais des Thés shop in Tours.
Not too sweet, not too mellow, but very smooth, what isn´t always the case with a fruity blend on black tea (from Sri Lanka+China here) basis. The fresh, acidic side of the rhubarb is balanced by the aromatic notes of the lavender.
Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Rhubarb
During my recent visit to the Palais des Thés (PDT) shop in Tours, I not only picked a tea I had wanted to buy after having tried a sample given at a previous visit, but I also looked (and especially smelled) through the teas on offer…how I love the way PDT shows off the fragrances of their teas with the small glass bell jars! So, after testing quite a few different blends, I decided to buy this Montagne Bleue blend : you can clearly identify the notes of lavender and rhubarb indicated on the label.
Although PDT´s tea sommeliers say this blend can also be taken iced, I´ve taken it now a few times hot, and it is really enjoyable : the aromas stay and one can easily recognize rhubarb and lavender in mouth as well. My personal experience with a lot of teas using rhubarb is that it´s almost entirely present in nose, as in mouth it has disappeared, especially when the blend includes strawberry (which seems to overwhelm the rhubarb most of the time). Here this is not the case, so if you´re into rhubarb – as I am – and you like black tea, this is a wonderful blend to enjoy! If I still have tea available next Summer, I´ll need to try to prepare it iced as well ;-)
Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Rhubarb, Strawberry