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95

Stronger tea with an aroma! Very nice Yunnan and well worth the purchase!

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75

Light and sweet flavor of the apple and the spices.

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93

About a month ago, I tried this tea in the convential way and I really liked it. Summer has arrived and from the beginning, temperatures are high, very high even (up to 40ºC), and then I want my water to be a little bit less tasteless. I had already picked this tea to make home made ice tea, and I have started to make batches of it daily this week : what a lovely iced tea this Jardin à la française makes! Basically the same aroma´s as the hot brewed tea, and the sweetness of the pear works very well in this iced tea. I already know I´ll have to plan a visit to the shop when returning to Belgium (or France) in August, as I´m sure this pack will have gone.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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93

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 ;-)

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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An oldie from Sil, I think.

I really like it. Nice and sweet and fruity, and I do like the bergamot as an addition.

Sadly, the primary ingredient is apples, and so I will probably be regretting this cup of tea in a couple hours. Darn apples are everywhere.

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80
drank Vive Les Fêtes by Palais des Thes
1474 tasting notes

This tastes and smells like Christmas to me. Almond spice, light and creamy (like a marzipan), it’s quite lovely and unexpected.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Creamy, Marzipan, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

A surprisingly light tea, considering the ingredients, with mentholated flavours making it super refreshing! Anise takes the predominant note, with mint close behind and lemon barely making an appearance.

Flavors: Anise, Menthol, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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90

i love with one. There’s something that makes me think to a sheng pu er.

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76
drank La Framboise by Palais des Thes
1806 tasting notes

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76
drank La Framboise by Palais des Thes
1806 tasting notes

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Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Green, Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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76
drank La Framboise by Palais des Thes
1806 tasting notes

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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76
drank La Framboise by Palais des Thes
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Flavors: Astringent, Berry, Fruity, Green, Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry

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76
drank La Framboise by Palais des Thes
1806 tasting notes

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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82

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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82

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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65

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
8843 tasting notes

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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68

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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