An exquisite flavored green tea. Light with balanced, nuanced flavors.
“I believe this is the last of my samples to try from Le Palais de Thes. I do feel a slight sense of accomplishment but I haven’t been wildly crazy about most of these teas. When I was trying this I...” Read full tasting note
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“First thanks to Palais des thés for this rare oriental tea. Why rare would you ask…because for one time we have a very oriental tea without any mint ! And this is an exploit! Green date is really...” Read full tasting note
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Inspired by a Turkish recipe using green tea, Thé du Hammam is a fruity blend which evokes the fragrances used to perfume the hamman: roses, green dates, red fruit and orange flower water. Sprinkled with flower petals in the purest of eastern traditions, the tea’s extraordinary fragrance features a subtle combination of Chinese green tea, celebrated for its freshness and thirst-quenching properties, and rich fruit aromas.
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My mom picked some of this up at one of Le Palais des Thes’ NYC shops. This is my first time trying one of their teas, and I’m quite intrigued by the description of this blend in particular. I’ve never had tea flavored with either dates or orange blossom, and I’m quite curious to see how they’ll translate. Plus I love fruity and floral greens, especially iced in the summer.
This tea is quite fruity, in a rather generic way. I’m getting berries more than anything else, I think. I’m not tasting the rose, which is surprising since I usually find rose to be a strong flavor in teas. There’s a faint floral undertone, but it’s one I associate more with the orange blossom than with rose. I don’t taste anything I’d especially identify as date either, although there is a sweetness that is not unreminiscent of dates. I’m also noticing a faint vanilla undertone.
The base is nice – it’s quite light and neutral (in that it’s not too vegetal, seaweed-y, etc.), which is how I like my green bases. I’m not averse to stronger greens on their own, but when combined with fruits or florals (which are the profiles I go for in flavored greens) I find there’s too much of a sweet-savory flavor clash.
This tea reminds me a bit of Mariage Frères’ Bouddha Bleu, although I like this one quite a bit better. Both have strong, somewhat generic fruit flavors and hint at vanilla, but fortunately this combination isn’t translating to bubblegum here the way it does in MF BB.
I’m drinking this iced (brewed hot, then chilled), since it’s too hot to do otherwise at the moment. I’ll certainly be trying it hot when the weather allows though. I’m also thinking this might be a good candidate for cold-brewing.
the aroma is a mouthwatering mélange of dates & honey…when sipped, a truly delicious, fruity floral golden green tea, sprinkled with rose petals. i also get a definite strawberry note in this, so that takes care of the ‘red fruit’ at least in part. on the whole, no one note prevails save maybe the perfume imparted by a rich honey-date liqueur, but make no mistake, this isn’t thick or overly sweet. as Darjeeling can be likened to the champagne of black tea, so this is for green. taken without sugar, the infusion is dainty, elegant & graceful; the tartness of the fruits & green tea cut the otherwise gourmand aroma with astringent pragmatism, saving it from becoming what bitter purists might call a ¡confection! i imagine with honey this would be decadent. looking forward to try it that way & seeing this transform from Turkish delicacy into delight.
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
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
Wicked cool finding this at Winners. They had quite a few of theirs available but in the end, this was the only one that seemed worthwhile. I won’t be rating this just yet seeing that, in the end, I do have the flu and was luckily sent home today since a co-worker so happened to be scheduled to come in for a shorter mid-shift and was ok with taking my closing hours. All of those times I covered for everyone else has paid off! I insisted on staying if she had plans tonight but she reassured me she didn’t and didn’t mind. Phew, I’ve gotten worse throughout the evening with body aches and fatigue, sorer throat, etc, so I couldn’t imagine being there still.
The dry leaf smells mostly of red fruits, and quite frankly, this aligns with the taste. Granted, my tastebuds are currently compromised, but I bought this before I got sick and it even smelled mostly of red fruits then, as well. Maybe a soft rose note scent-wise, but I’m definitely not getting that in the flavour.
It’s nice to experience a green tea that doesn’t go bitter extremely easily either.