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Finishing off this mug currently, it’s what I’ve been sipping tonight as I work on tasting notes. I steeped it for a long ass fucking time because i got distracted, but it actually seems to have taken the time exceptionally well. Too tired to check what the flavour of the blend is actually supposed to be, but I’m definitely getting sweet nutty pastry type vibes. Like a flaky almond or pistachio financier or croissant. Maybe not a croissant, it’s not especially buttery. It’s good, though!
I was concerned with this one due to the Turmeric. Nothing against Turmeric personally as I do eat it and sprinkle in oatmeal, unable to taste it there, but with tea it’s been pretty miss when it’s added into the blends. My experience with Palais de Thes has also been mixed – some teas are great, some meh, some awful.
Surprisingly this one was very good actually, and is something I’d reorder for more supply. Not sure how detoxing really is, but the taste is good.
I drank tea in December - I just didn’t really log it apparently.
I am not sure from the bag sampler if this was supposed to be a black blend or an herbal blend. It got confusing
It’s not bad, though. Light colored, citrusy. Grapefruit with a small smudge of lemon. Bright but nothing memorable for me.
More back-logging, oh dear, Christmas cheer has come and gone but I was slow to get these copied over.
For once I get strong apple and spices in the background of a tea that proudly declares itself as containing “apples”. Or the company does, whatever, you know what I mean.
It’s not bad. Also not memorable really. Heavy on the spice. Sugar and spice do not always make everything nice, but this is drinkable for the holidays.
Sadly, it doesn’t make me think of romantic anything.
I had a coworker who was in France not too long ago, and she brought back some different blends from PDT as a gift – this being one of them.
It’s hard to describe the flavour of this blend as anything other than citrus. I mean, there is a whole seven different types of citrus flavouring and oils used within the blend so it makes sense this it just evokes this strong and aromatic generally citrus kind of vibe. I will say that the bergamot comes through the most though; it’s just so potent and has a distinct floral undertone that the rest of the medley don’t. The black base is really brisk and full bodied, and it works as a solid canvas for the different flavourings.
I’m not totally sure how I feel about the blend overall; it’s such a highly European blending style and the different flavourings are quite potent in aroma that they come close to veering more on the perfume-y chemical side than being as “fresh” as I’d expect/like to be tasting. Like, this isn’t a light blend of zesty bright citrus. It feels heavy. Not in a bad way, but just in a way that is less typical for citrus teas in general.
PDT ´s citrusy blends are indeed not for the faint-hearted, but I kind of like them. And although I haven´t tried this exact blend, I´m quite certain the aroma´s will still be natural.
To be honest, that´s the reason why I rarely buy citrusy blends, as they easily seem artifical to me. I need to add that I´m fond of citrus fruits, but that I prefer to eat the fruit, not to have them “processed” in something else (I have a similir thing with chocolate : I love a chocolate tablet, but am not too keen on a chocolate cake or icecream, for instance).
I´m fascinated by your remark about this “highly European blending style” however…could you tell me what you mean by that? Is American blending more subtly done, or how should I imagine this difference?
Oh, dear. My husband bought this as part of a set for me back in… 2021. I think. I’ve decided I can’t buy anything else till I really go through things. When I first had this I thought it was meh. Still think it is meh. The marine attributes have tapered off quite a bit. The grassiness is a bit more buttery and creamy. It’s not a bad sencha. Just nothing worth a second buy in my opinion. Would be good for a genmaicha blend. Ooo… I’m going to try to make my own hojicha!
I had this tea at the end of 2021, yes, more than a year ago, at my father-in-law´s place, and I still hadn´t checked this one in. This is another of the Palais des Thés teabags I had picked up at one of the Accor group hotels where we stayed on our way from Spain to Belgium or back, and another illustration of the difference that a well selected tea provider can make, when you´re away from home.
The combination of verbena leaves, orange peel and mint is truly nice and refreshing. As none of these three main ingredients overwhelms the other two, it makes an elegant cup of tea and even if the blend is herbal, I believe also the most fervent black tea drinkers (like myself) can enjoy it…a lot!
Flavors: Citrusy, Green, Mint, Orange Zest
This is another tea bag I must have picked up during a stay at one of the hotels of the Accor group. A nice enough herbal tea with tropical fruit presence up front. I had it hot, but I can imagine this blend making a wonderful iced tea over summer. In the past I have tried quite a few Palais des Thés infusions of their Jardin-themed series, my favourite being the jardin andalou, but this jardin tropical will no doubt please a larger public. I like that the sweetness of the tropical fruits is contrasted by a subtle lemongrass citrusy touch.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Mango, Pineapple, Rosehips
Oh dear. I realized I should have consumed this a while ago. I did not. It is now over a year old. I can tell by the pale green color that it is past it’s prime. But even when I first tried it, cough last year cough it wasn’t remarkable. But based on what I have been learning about Long Jing / Dragonwell, I can tell based on the leaves that this is a lowe grade. Not as many large leaves. Not as consistent. The first aroma I am receiving is decent. Stone fruits and bright veggies. The flavor is a bit dull though. As is the wet leaf aroma, though also with a bit of nutty and bready notes. I am only giving it 60 because I liked the first aroma. The flavor is metallic. Green wood. Like the green wood you try to burn at a campfire and can’t. The rest will be fed to a plant. >.<
Day 21 of the Advent Calendar (did this one on time, haha)
Described on the bag as a “mellow and honeyed black tea” – thought, perfect!
This is actually not really mild. Would be a great brisk breakfast tea. I Steeped at five and can see that it could be over-steeped if you didn’t watch it. Not getting much honey or nuances other than a relatively strong black tea. Have allowed to cool and the taste does not alter. A good basic tea that would work well sweetened or even with a touch of milk if you like your black breakfast type tea this way.
Day 12 of Advent Calendar
I actually loved this one, which is a relief as I had a few disastrous samples in a row and had to take a tea break
I have fallen awfully behind on everything advent.
I wasn’t too excited to try this one as I am picky on mint and there are so many of them lately. It seems the blend of mint with blueberries is absolutely delicious. A favorite of the advent samplers, perhaps my favorite mint total
This was Day 8 of the advent calendar
I wanted to try two teas in a day and was cursed. I sniff the bags when opening and it went through my mind that this one smelled slightly fishy.
It was either psychological or something, but after the first sips of this I kept getting a fishy undertone, got sick, and had to throw the whole thing out.
I am SOOOOO behind on advent and doing terribly. Many untasted from both, terribly behind, and also behind on logging.
This was day 15 – 7 Citrus Russian Blend
A bit light. Steeped 6 oz 5 minutes. Excited for description but too light. Dipped in a tinned cookie which went well :)
I added some sugar, and then some honey. I generally do not like honey but the lemon was coming out as it cooled and my throat was a bit sore. They do complement each other. It got better letting the bottom steep over 10 minutes of the mini tea pitcher and adding sweetener.