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Kiki:

“Ok, I though it was strawberry at first and grape candy but it tastes like, uh, bergamot and black tea. It tastes berrylike. That’s good. It’s got a little tartness in there, too. Maybe it’s a little hibuscus or something. I like it, it’s good. I could drink it again. I’d say it’s an 8.5. It’s got that exotic smell, you know. Can I have another cup?”

derk:

This smells really good. I see where Kiki is getting grape candy, it has that tone but lacks the sweetness. I interpret it more as blackberry. It’s a smooth, dark woody but mild black tea that transitions to some tartness and astringency. Seems mostly like a Ceylon black. Bergamot is definitely there, stronger on the swallow, but I think it melds well with the berry and black tea. Dang pleasant. This tea oozes French. I’ve never been to France, but I think about its Mediterranean coast and while there is no lavender in this blend, my mind keeps wandering there. I enjoy this one. (Edit: except now I have a headache.) Thank you, Cameron B. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Berries, Blackberry, Citrus, Dark Wood, Smooth, Tart

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Thank you for the share Roswell Strange. As far as detox teas go, this was pretty enjoyable. I was a fan of the berry flavor. However, being branded as a detox tea really kills it for me. I am happy I got to try it and it certainly surprised me but I am also okay saying good bye to this tea.

Autistic Goblin

Detox and skinny teas are names I hate for teas.

VariaTEA

Completely agree!

Mastress Alita

Same; even if the tea tastes good, I often can’t get past the use of “detox” or “weight loss” as marketing ploys and am completely turned off.

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I made this tea. Then I ate part of a cookie that was so big it was stuffed with an entire krispy kreme cake batter donut, among other things. Then I watched The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Now I’m drinking the tea. The tea is cold but alright. It’s got a natural berry flavor. It’s also not too verbal-tasting despite being a detox tea. I almost always expect to hate detox teas and was even mentally preparing to drink this and pass off the rest of the sample Roswell Strange was kind enough to share – thank you!! Thankfully, I don’t feel like I need to since it’s alright.

Shae

I haven’t had a Krispy Kreme doughnut in so long and now I feel like I NEED one. Do you have pictures of this epic cookie? I’m trying to imagine it but I just can’t.

Leafhopper

That cookie must be as big as a sandwich!

VariaTEA

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMIsLdmjo2_/?igshid=4b3geabmykfn I forgot to take a picture of it but this is the company’s picture. It’s hard to see just how big it actually is in their picture. We also have the Reese’s one so I will try to get a picture of that one next to something for scale.

Martin Bednář

Oh well, that is so huge! Maybe even that much for me. But it looks so tasty!

VariaTEA

It was giant – thankfully I share with my sister and brother-in-law. Though this was still a bit too much for my tastes. Fun idea but just too much!

ashmanra

Holy cow!

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Kiki:

“Ahhh… Fruity smell. I think it’s herbal. It’s really tasty though, I like it. I don’t taste one thing but a combination of many. Fruits, like apple or orange, lemon, berry. And some kind of spice. It’s very good. I drank it all, hahahaha and I’d say this is an 8.5 for sure, if not a 9. Thank you, Cameron. Or is that cherry? I have nothing left so I’m smelling the bottom of the cup now. …Very nice, I really love the quince. You know how quince has that really fragrant flavor, like perfume… It all disappears quickly, but the smell is really good.”

derk:

Smells sweet, fruity and floral – apple juice, quince. Tastes like dry grass, clean, then the swallow blooms fruity and sweet like nectar, apple, quince, yellow plum, pear. I get a hint of cherry, too, like Kiki. Well rounded fruit perfume. Really easy drinker and great thirst quencher even when hot. I think it would be really good as an iced tea. I’m with Kiki, I give it a score in the 80s. It would be higher if there was more to the actual taste than the dry grass of the green tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Dry Grass, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Nectar, Pear, Perfume, Plums, Sweet, Tangy

Cameron B.

Yay, I’m so glad you both liked it! I tried to send several fruity greens, hoping Kiki would enjoy them.

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drank Grand Himalaya by Palais des Thes
5828 tasting notes

This is the second tea in today’s tournament style sipdown challenge pairing. It went head to head with another single-estate Palais des Thes tea, Genmaicha Yama. Check out the note for that here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/415972

Normally black teas trump green teas for me. That said, I do enjoy genmaicha quite a bit so I didn’t think this would be such an easy defeat for this black tea. Drinking it now, I am surprised that my preference is actually for the genmaicha.

While this may be a black tea, its not the type of black tea I usually go for. I like smooth, malty, bready, dessert-like black teas and this is not that. Instead, this is more brisk and a touch astringent. It’s got the floral quality of a darjeeling (I looked it up and it is a darjeeling) that might be nice for many but to me always reads drying. So this was a miss for me and thus Genmaicha Yama is moving on!

Check out a picture of the teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMA1JvPgOwi/?igshid=17oukytf2p49j

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G is for…Genmaicha

These little tubes of tea hold quite a lot. This tea got through a large part of the March sipdown tournament and I was able to pass some along for a friend to try. After all that, I am on my last cup so I decided to finish it off on my day of “G” teas.

I have already said so much about this tea that I don’t think I have much new to say in today’s sipdown note. Being the last of the leaf, I expected the green tea base to come out a bit more and to perhaps be a little bitter but honestly, this is consistent with every other cup I had. It really highlights the roasted rice on a smooth base. It’s comforting and warming and delightful while still managing to stay light. A really nice genmaicha.

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Entering Round 3 of March Sipdown Madness – this tea is facing off against What the Fluff? by 52 Teas. I think I have an idea which tea is not only going to win this battle but which tea will win the whole tournament. Still, I will work through the blends and enjoy my teas.

I don’t have a lot new to say about this one – it’s consistently very roasty without much flavour from the green tea base. As I mentioned several times, that’s my preference but I know others enjoy green tea and would want that more present in their tea. That said, this is one consistently good tea against another and at the end of the day, even though I do enjoy genmaichas, I prefer marshmallow.

Check out the flavor for What the Fluff? here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416535

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Yesterday was the last of the first round of battles in my sipdown tournament. While I thought through the initial pairings, I didn’t think to pair the pairs so that the winning teas were also well suited. So today I have this genmaicha going against a TeaG Caramel black tea. Weird combo. Also, I did it again and overestimated how much I had of Caramel so this one wins, even before I drink either. Oops.

Thankfully this is a pretty nice genmaicha. The base stays muted which means its mostly a whole lot of the roasty rice notes. That is my preference so I have been enjoying this one.

Check out the tasting note for Caramel here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/416358

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Thank you Mastress Alita for the fun way to encourage us to sipdown teas! I learned of the tournament style sipdown challenge when Roswell Strange asked me to help her pick 16 teas and I thought it sounded like so much fun that I decided to join as well. Thankfully, Roswell was kind enough to return the favour and picked 16 teas for me to work on. Today’s clash is between two teas from the single-estate teas box by Palais des Thes that my sister bought me for Hannukah. I paired this tea with Grand Himalaya since those were the two straight(ish) teas, Ros had picked.

As far as genmaichas go, this one is pretty good. It leans more heavily into the popped rice, at least in this cup and that could have been because a lot of the rice made it into the filter. It’s smooth and buttery and not bitter or grassy at all. Honestly really comforting – popcorn tea for sure.

To see how it stacks up to Grand Himalaya, check out the note here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/415973

Check out a picture of the teas here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMA1JvPgOwi/?igshid=17oukytf2p49j

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I am surprised by this one. My sister got it for me for Hannukah and she got me a large amount, which isn’t ideal since its a green tea and I don’t usually drink those. This is pretty smooth and has a lot of caramelized pineapple notes. Sort of like the pineapple you would get at a Brazilian churrascaria. It’s actually pretty tasty but not something I think I would drink often so I am putting the bag into the TTB to be enjoyed by many.

tea-sipper

oh this sounds amazing! I had to look up the ingredients.

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drank Sencha Ariake by Palais des Thes
5828 tasting notes

As part of my Hannukah gift, my sister got me a box of single origin teas from Palais Des Thes. Thankfully the box is mostly black teas, which are really the ones I tend to drink straight. However, a couple plain greens are in there, including this one. With that in mind, I am working on filling a TTB and am trying to include both straight teas and flavored. I am also trying to have a variety of tea types and so I figured that I would give this a try and toss the rest into the TTB, since the likelihood I would drink it over other options, even if I like it, is low.

As someone who doesn’t drink greens, I think this is decent quality. Mild flavor. Not overly grassy. No bitterness. It has notes of sweet spinach. Sort of creamy. Honestly, as far as greens go, its nice but it is still a plain green tea that I don’t care to drink again.

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sample from VariaTEA and i think? it was a tasty one. I got distracted with work so i’m glad i have a few more bags to try lol. oopsy!

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For Channukah my sister got me two Palais des Thes samplers – one with straight teas and another with flavoured teas. I likely wouldn’t have got either for myself but now that I have them, I’m intrigued. Over the years, I’ve grown to really like straight blacks but I don’t usually buy them unless a store specifically focuses on straight teas. In my mind, Palais des Thes does flavoured stuff so I wouldn’t have thought to explore their blacks. Now I have a few to try though so that’s fun.

This tea is middle of the road for me. It’s smooth with the tiniest twang at times, but not astringent. It’s a little bready. It’s robust. And there is a muscatel/floral element, which I think is what’s reading metallic/coppery to me. It’s fine but like I said, middle of the road.

Cameron B.

I’m the same way with straight vs. flavored teas!

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I do not like tasting flowers. As I have said in past reviews, I wish I liked tasting flowers; it seems like the kind of fairy-tale loveliness that appeals to my soul. However floral flavors always make me feel like I got some shampoo in my mouth. This blend, despite the addition of rose and orange blossom, does not taste like flowers to me. The first two brews definitely tasted like fruit. On the third steep, more of a sweetening of the grassiness of the green tea. I love sweet things and I love fruit – particularly berries, so this tea is definitely one of my favorite flavored green teas from Palais des Thés.

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Made this as a latte. I think it’s better as a latte than a plain tea. The latte method sort of dulls out the base and brings the spice blend together in a way that’s not muddy. This sort of has a spiced orange cookie vibe to it. It’s good but not something I need more of once I finish the teabags I have left.

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This is one of the many teas my sister bought for me from Palais des Thes for Hannukah. Seemed fitting to have this today since it is their Christmas tea after all. It’s fine but like Cameron B, I am a little disappointed with this one. It has the classic Christmas tea profile that teas tend of have of orange and clove. This adds rose and vanilla, neither really stand up against the other flavors. The clove is also making this appear slightly astringent. Like I said, its fine.

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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 23 (from November backlog)

Hmm, I have mixed feelings about trying this. I love pear, but blackberry leaf is another story… It can be so cloying.

So this mostly tastes like apple to me. Maybe with a little bit of pear mixed in there? But it’s definitely cooked pear. I don’t really taste the blackberry leaf much, which is a good thing. Maybe a hint of earthy herbal flavor at the end of the sip?

I find this to be a very boring and somewhat bland tisane. The only real flavor here is apple, and even that isn’t very prominent or dimensional. It’s a bit like what I would expect to get if I just steeped a bunch of dried apple chunks in water. Meh!

Flavors: Apple, Earth, Herbaceous, Pear, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Palais Des Thes Advent Calendar Day 21:
This one sounded really good pistachio and almond yum. The dry sachet however smelled very strong like almond extract or something.
Brewed up it’s a very pale colored tea and tastes quite light unlike the dry sachets smell. It’s sweet and tastes like marzipan. A quite subtle tea overall. I think it could be a little stronger in flavoring and I can’t taste the green tea at all. Pleasant to sip on though and I wouldn’t mind drinking this again. I don’t think it’s one I’d buy considering the price and how it fell a bit thin.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 21 (from November backlog)

The Marvelous Tea! Sorry, the name of this just cracks me up… It also claims to be “bursting with flavours and emotions” which is equally hilarious. Dry scent is strong marzipan and nuts with cinnamon.

The flavor is very cinnamon-forward, which is surprising given the wrapper doesn’t mention cinnamon at all. Strong, sweet cinnamon and marzipan are the predominant notes here. I think there’s a hint of apple as well? It’s reminding me very much of amaretti cookies, which isn’t a bad thing. I don’t taste the base at all, in fact if you told me this was a black tea I would probably believe you (aside from the color).

It’s not unpleasant, but I’ve had my fill over the years of marzipan or almond extract-flavored teas. The cinnamon does add a bit of interest, but it’s still too sweet and too marzipan-y for me to consider having in my cupboard. But very festive, I suppose! :)

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

I wonder if it’s a French way of describing things or a strange translation to English, but I’ve found a lot of descriptions of French teas to be odd and amusing.

AJRimmer

I love translated tea names! My family and I still talk about a linden tea I bought at an international grocery store years ago called Time of Calmness. I bought it just for the silly name, but it turned out tasty too!

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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 20 (from November backlog)

Oops, forgot to post this last night…

Ooh, this sounds nice. I have an apple cinnamon chamomile blend from another company that I really enjoy, so I’m optimistic.

The apple and spice part is very subtle here. Mostly I taste chamomile, which I do enjoy so it’s not a bad thing. There’s a slight apply hint in the background, along with perhaps a bit of added sweetness. It also adds a tart taste to the end of the sip. Honestly I’m not detecting any spice at all…

This is tasty and very relaxing for the evening, but mostly it’s a chamomile tea with a hint of apple so not terribly special. But yummy!

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Honey, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Chamomile and apple do go nicely together. I am still grousing that Celestial Seasonings pulled their Sweet Apple Chamomile.

Cameron B.

I have an apple cinnamon chamomile tea from New Moon Tea Co that I need to pull out tonight!

Mastress Alita

I love Stash’s Apple Cinnamon Chamomile, mostly because all traces of chamomile (a flavor I don’t like) are completely drowned out by the hibiscus base (a flavor I do like… so much so I always double-bag it cause I like a really strong cuppa when I make it). I imagine no one else here would like it.

Lexie Aleah

I totally forgot to drink mine last night. This one sounds good though.

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