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Last week I was in my home country (Belgium), and I travelled around quite a bit. It´s amazing how often a tea shop now makes part of those nice little shops one can find in a city´s centre, and Louvain-la-Neuve is not an exception. Near the Grand Place is a wonderful tea shop from the French Palais des Thés chain. As soon as I stepped in, I was offered a taster (I could choose between a black tea and a herbal tea, I opted for the first) and I got an explanation about the way they present the teas here (you can experience the fragrances of the tea by picking up a bell glass), before I started my discovery tour of the shop and the teas they offered. The packaging is really well taken care of, also the design I think is really nice, and the choice offered of tea is alright (not too many “off the beaten track” teas though). As I find it particularly difficult to find a nice fruit based tea (on the real stuff, not on aroma´s!) I can easily cold brew, I finally bought this Jardin à la française tea, which is a herbal tea dominated by a very natural pear fragrance. Back at home, I tried the tea today…preparing it the “normal” way, i.e. hot : the very elegant pear fragrance is present in the loose tea, in the steeping tea, in the final brew, until the last sip, which is definitely a big plus! After 4-5 minutes of steeping, the colour is still very light, but the taste is well developed (and the pear taste always comes over naturally), so I can only imagine this giving a wonderful result cold as well. I only hope I´ll still be having tea when the hot days arrive and I really need a cold brew ;-)
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Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Green, Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Sweet, Vegetal
This is getting to be a few years old now, but I can’t taste a difference in the green base. It is still very berry-ish overall, but the base is extremely astringent and acrid. I should have known better than to hot brew it, it does really well cold brewed because it prevents that weird green tea astringency from showing up. Still, I love this tea because my bestie brought it back for me from her trip to Paris, and I’m really attached to it for that reason.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Raspberry, Sour
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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/
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.
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.