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This tin was gifted to me and my wife by a friend. Even though we have a Palais des Thés shop 10 minutes away from our home, I must admit that I don’t recall ever tasting any of their teas. And so, yesterday afternoon, my wife and I sat down for an afternoon tea tasting and opened this green tea.
What a nice surprise when we opened the tin! The leaves are beautifully long and unbroken. They’re mixed with bits of fruit and curled up in the nicest way – not saying that other teas are ugly but these leaves look so regular? Their smell made us think of candy and cake, it’s very sweet which is probably due to the citrus and ginger bits. The marine side of the tea is quite nicely combined with the citrus and ginger, there’s no one aroma overshadowing the others, it’s a pretty elegant mix. Both the citrus and ginger seem authentic; nothing to do with other teas I’ve tasted in the past (cough Terre d’oc cough).
Brewed this for 3 minutes. It has a cloudy aspect, in a good way – the cup in which I drank it was grey, it looked like water I had fished out of a lost pond deep inside a thousand-year-old forest. Like a moss infusion. But in a good way! It scratches a very specific itch.
The brew itself smells like a citrus cake with a ginger spin. My wife thought it was the opposite – a ginger cake with a hint of citrus. We agreed on the cake element though, this tea is incredibly creamy, almost butter-y, both in smell and taste. The marine element of the green tea is still very present though. Overall a blend that works well.
The first sip was incredibly sweet, in a nice way, because of the blend quality. It’s not too sweet and it didn’t bother either of us. My wife noted how the orange in the citrus brings that sweetness to the tea. It definitely brings some balance to it, as well.
In my opinion, this blend is a great one for both people who aren’t huge fans of the marine side of green tea and need some aroma with it, and for people who, on the contrary, love green tea for what it is and are looking for a well-blended, good quality and interesting citrus-and-ginger spin on it. A previous review of this tea mentions the Kusmi green tea one, which I will try to taste before I run out of the Palais des Thés one, as a comparison.
I would suggest drinking this tea on its own, without any biscuits or sweets, because of the blend’s own sweetness. If you usually like your tea sweetened I would advise trying it without any sugar first.
Rating it at 76 according to my own scale – rating may be edited as I keep tasting more green teas.
Flavors: Cake, Candy, Creamy, Ginger, Marine, Orange Zest, Sweet
Another from Donatzsky, little sample package (good for my collection at least (if tea is bad))
I wantede do it western. Ratio tea/water would be bad. Grandpa – I was afraid it would be too strong. Decided for gong-fu then.
4 grams/85 ml.
Well, this tea sounds interesting. Cinnamon is my fav, pu-erh is still hit or miss. And I think this is shu.
I rather did not made any rinse, I was kind of afraid all cinnamon would be gone. So here we come:
1st steep, 20 seconds (why so long, Martin?)
Earthy for sure, but with mellow cinnamon notes. Those for aroma. In taste it is, unexpectably, similar. It is earthy, but thre cinnamon mellows it a lot and it actually tastes like some cinnamon cupcake. Good start I think.
2nd, 30 seconds
pours really dark liquor, much more earthy and no more much cinnamon. It is there, but weak. Not a good one. It is “muddy”.
3rd, 30 seconds
Yep, this is like first steep. But without cinnamon. It all flushed away? Earthy.
4th, 40 seconds
Longer, but more watery. Even clearer when poured, previous ones were very opaque, this one is actually clear. Probably it wasn´t meant to be made gong-fu. In taste it is some kind of cheap pu-erh.
5th, 60 seconds
Last one. It is almost clear. No colour, no opaque. No taste. Okay, little bit of taste – earthy something. But even that is so weak.
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Earth
I had it actaully in muslin sachet.
One steep only, 4 minutes long.
Yesterday was kind of crazy day. I had two exams (hard ones), and I passed both. I was drinking beer in the evening with friends – I did not had much (usually I have more) and it just went not good.
So, I took some strong taste tea and as I was lazy to make gong-fu, I decided for pu-erh from tea bag. I am rather sceptical, I never was friend of pu-erh (that changed) esepcially when in tea bags.
But this tea is actually really good. Very woody, but still very mild. It not very complex, though. But for tea bag it is good one.
This tasting note is not very long, I know. But I just do not feel writing in English today so much. Or at least, this morning.
Muslin sachet, 75 degrees, 90+ seconds.
I unpacked it from foil wrapping expexting at most pyramid sachet. But It was muslin one. At least I think it is a muslin one. That was nice surprise. I boiled the water and let it cool down on its own. No fridge, no ice – just slowly cooling down. Then it hit 75 °C mark and I put the bag in.
After recommended (half between Cameron B’s and half what is written) I took from yellowish-green liquor sachet out. It is clear, nice colour.
In taste it is nice grassy tea with notes of spinach I think. Quite unexpected – sweet.
Pretty easydrinking sencha – with not so complex flavours. But I understand it is nice for morning – they even suggest it. Let’s see how it will wake me up :)
Flavors: Grass, Spinach, Sweet
Oh wow – this is very much that SUPER generic European “red fruit” flavour that just tastes like generic red fruit, maybe with something peach-y in addition and some vague floral undertones? It’s not bad but it just tastes like SO MANY other teas that come out of European tea companies like Palais des Thes, Dammann Freres, etc. It’s such a generic flavour(ing). Plus, this is a little bit bitter from the green tea base – so it doesn’t even have a leg up on that whole ‘genre’ of tea flavours. It’s fine for now; not something that will stick out in my mind months, or likely even days, from now…
This was actually my least favourite of this line up, which surprised me…
I thought that the mango notes themselves were fine, albeit quite generic. Especially when paired up with a rooibos/honeybush base. It reminded me a lot of Tea Taxi’s Tropic Thunder, actually – just less sweet/juicy. The thing that really sort of ruined the cup for me was the surprisingly strong smokey characteristic is had? Like, I have no way of even attempting to guess where it came from but it was super powerful and reminded me a lot of hickory smoked wood? With a gamey sort of quality to it too? It was REALLY unpleasant, and completely unexpected given the tea description.
I might try this again just to see if it’s consistent, but wow… It was not good.
A little bitter, and distinctly grassy – no way someone doesn’t immediately peg this as a green tea blend when doing a blind taste. Also has that dewy/floral pear flavour that I love though; the one that reminds me a little bit of Loreal pear scented hair detangler; but, like, in the best way.
Still like this more hot – but it’s nice cold brewed too!
It’s been a while since I last had this tea, but it was a delightful selection for an evening “relaxing” cuppa last night after I got home from work. I’ve been having headaches off and on for the last two weeks, and last night’s was really bad so all I wanted to do was having a nice, long soak in the tub and then hide in my room with a warm cup of tea and all of the light’s off, in complete silence.
This was very smooth, with a more floral/perfumed pear flavour and hints of very relaxing rose – sort of like my own “spa day” in tea form. I really, really love pear teas; and in particular I tend to enjoy the more dewy, juicy and floral pear notes often used in European blends (sweet/bright or creamy pear are also good though!) and so this really hit the spot. I certainly felt very zen/calm and while my headache didn’t go away, it was tolerable which is still a win in my books!
This was my second favourite of all the Palais des Thes DETOX line up, but I still really adored it. One of my all time favourite flavours done by European tea companies is pear; they just always seem to perfectly nail the lushness of the flavour, while capturing the sweet, floral elements and that sort of “dewy” quality.
This is definitely an amazing pear flavour! I think the choice to put it on a green base actually makes sense in this case too because the greener/natural notes of the tea base lean in very heavily to the natural qualities of the pear flavouring. Adding rose? A stroke of genius, as the pear itself has very floral undertones. The whole thing is just really well balanced/crafted, and right up my alley. In fact, every time I smelled the dry leaf or steeping/steeped cup I was hit with this huge pang of Deja Vu and I think that’s because pear is just a flavour that European tea companies deliver on so consistently?
But yes – if you like pear I 100% recommend trying this tea.
Had this as a hot cuppa earlier in the week and it just really struck me as tasting eerily like some kind of cranberry flavoured cereal or granola that I’ve had in the not too recent past. It was delicious but also strongly a deja vu type moment, and I couldn’t pick my finger on exactly what type of cranberry cereal/granola type thing I was being reminded of…
Damn if it didn’t make me hungry though!
This is my third tea of the Palais des Thes “Detox” line up…
This is my favourite so far, and by quite a bit. I think that the cranberry flavour is really quite spot on; and has a beautiful juicy/sweet quality with just a tiny, tiny tinge of tartness. That’s something that I like a lot about cranberry in European blends: it’s far sweeter than the way many companies in North America interpret it. Here, the focus always seems to be on tart cranberry notes (usually with accompanying hibiscus). That can be really nice too; but I love that sweet/plump cranberry vibe.
The woodier elements to the blend are phenomenal too; I think it adds a great naturalness to the tea and helps with balancing out the flavour. Definitely enhances that whole “forest berry” vibe, and I feel like sells me a little more on this being a “Scandinavian” inspired blend. I also feel like I get a biscuit-y element in the profile? Like, as an undertone – not a prominent part of the sip. Not sure which ingredient is doing it for me – though it could easily be a flavouring too that’s contributing it: those are so hard to track…
I’d definitely drink this one again though!
Second of this “Detox” line up that I’m trying…
Of the collection, I think this is the one that is least exciting to me. I just feel like I’m at a place where I’m like “Ok, I get it… Turmeric is a big wellness ingredient right now, and a popular spice in Indian so makes sense for spiced/chai type stuff. Haven’t we had enough of it though!?” Like, I’m just so over turmeric.
This is fine, I suppose. The turmeric is strong, as is the cardamom and ginger. Cardamom is the saving grace for me in this cup/what kept me from prematurely dumping it. It’s also pretty brisk/full bodied with a STRONG finishing astringency that lingers for a long time after the swallow. I’m not the market for this kind of tea – clearly. However, even just in comparison to turmeric chai type teas I’ve had in the last few months I find that this one is very middle of the road for me…
This tastes familiar, but I’m having one of those moments where I’ve just tried so many teas that I’m having a bloody challenging time figuring out exactly which one it’s reminding me of. It’s nice for what’s in it; but I’m not meshing with the more buttery and strong/full bodied green tea base. In general, I find that sort of distinct buttered greens note just simply doesn’t compliment something sweet and tropical like passionfruit/mango.
Very “European” feeling though – I’m beginning to build up quite a familiarity with that difference in flavour approach versus a North American type of flavour. Contrasting this against DT’s Green Passionfruit blend would be a good example of this difference…
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 23
So this is the companion to the “Paris for Her” blend, which was very rosey and definitely not for me. This one sounds much more interesting – vanilla, citrus, coriander? Definitely an unusual combination.
Unfortunately, this one is not for me either. It’s like drinking perfume… I think it’s the orange blossom that’s overpowering and is tasting so floral in a chemical perfume sense. I can taste some vanilla and possibly the sage.
Nope, this is vile. Down the drain it goes.
Flavors: Citrus, Orange Blossom, Perfume, Sage, Vanilla
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 24
This is one of the PDT blends I wanted to try, yay! It’s an almond, vanilla, and spice green-oolong blend. Almond teas tend to disappoint me, but still I find myself intrigued by the concept…
This is stone cold now that I’m getting around to drinking it. But that’s okay, I usually prefer my teas room temperature anyway. There is a lovely sweet cinnamon note that’s warming but not overpowering. I do taste the almond as well – it has a marzipan-like flavor but is mild enough to not be cloying. The two together taste quite cookie-ish. Maybe something like a snickerdoodle but with added almond? The base is smooth and fairly docile – I can taste maybe a hint of the green tea’s grassy and leafy notes.
It’s yummy! I would consider ordering this one.
Flavors: Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Grass, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 19
Ughhhh, I am so beyond irritated with the whole mortgage process. We found out today that our house was appraised at a lower value than the purchase price (about $20K lower), which basically means we’re paying $20K more for it than it’s objectively “worth”.
So now we have to pay the difference at closing, and since the mortgage is only for the appraised price, it doesn’t even count as a down payment. So we’ll just be an additional $20K out of pocket beyond what we’d planned for the down payment, and it doesn’t even help our interest rate at all.
Really really frustrating.
Anyway, back on topic. This is the fourth DETOX blend I’ve tried from PDT. I can’t say I’m terribly excited for it, but that’s not its fault – I’m just not a big fan of turmeric in tea.
It’s actually better than I expected. The turmeric is fairly restrained, which is nice change from other turmeric teas I’ve tried. It adds a nice earthy note without being overpowering and making my mouth dry. The black tea is very light for an Assam. I’m not sure I really get lemon, but I do enjoy the herbal flavor of the tulsi here and it really goes well with the turmeric. It’s almost lightly minty in flavor? I don’t have much experience with tulsi, so I’m not sure how it’s meant to taste.
Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Malt, Mint, Smooth, Spices, Tulsi
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 18
Hmm, a rose tea… Rose is one of the few flavors that I really can’t stand. So this doesn’t bode well for me, heh.
It’s mostly just a somewhat grassy and dried leaf-y base tea with rose flavor. I can taste the lychee a little bit, and maybe just a hint of raspberry. But the rose is definitely the main event.
Nope, it’s not for me! :P
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dry Grass, Floral, Lychee, Raspberry, Rose, Smooth
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 17
Another straight tea from Palais des Thés today. I’ve been surprised by how many unflavored teas they included in their advent calendar.
It’s perfectly pleasant. The main flavor is earthy and mineral. I’m not really getting the sweet potato that I’ve come to expect from Yunnan black teas. There is some baked bread and a bit of hay.
Overall, it’s smooth and drinkable. I’m not sure I would know specifically that it’s a Yunnan tea, it tastes more generically Chinese.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Hay, Mineral, Smooth
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 16
Hm, a fruit tisane. Womp womp…
I steeped the sachet in 8 ounces of water rather than 12, because it looked to have very little volume in it.
Even with the reduction in water, this is quite weak. It’s vaguely apple-y and vaguely spiced with clove and cinnamon. There’s a bit of orange and a bit of sweetness. I am thankful that it’s not drowning in hibiscus, and the steeped liquid is a lovely pale pink.
I feel like this would be decent if there had been more leaf in the sachet. But it’s definitely not unique, just another fruit & spice tisane.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Orange, Spices, Sweet, Tart
Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 15
Hmm… Well, Darjeeling isn’t generally one of my preferred black teas, but I haven’t had that many experiences with it either. This one is a second flush, so it has that going for it! I followed the recommended parameters and steeped this for 3 minutes at 200°F.
This is quite nice, actually. It’s extremely smooth, without even a hint of bitterness. And it reminds me of a Chinese black tea in a lot of ways. It’s very light-bodied, with strong notes of malt and freshly baked bread accompanied by soft hay, grains, and wood.
Definitely pleasantly surprised by this one! It would be lovely as an afternoon tea or perhaps a milder breakfast tea for lazy weekend sipping.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Hay, Malt, Smooth, Wood