277 Tasting Notes



GOing through my Plum Deluxe Sampler’s. This one is an all0out herbal tea with Roobios and flavored with pears and cinnamon. By description, it sounds fine.

Unfortunately like many of my sampling of their teas, I find the black tea a weak backing for the flavoring. Usually at least the flavoring part is strong, but in this case not so. I mainly get the cinnamon.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Backlogging – Adagio Advent Calendar Day 4

This advent calendar is not really for me so far. Bizarre non-christmas flavors and some of my most despised. Lots of Rooibios and such.

I don’t like Cherry teas, just like I didn’t like the prior day’s bananas teas. I will say that this one wasn’t a BAD Cherry – it is NOT Cough Syrup Cherry or overwhelming cherry. As a personal preference not something I enjoy much, but wasn’t awful and I could drink it. The oolong base was standard

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging for Day 3 of Adagio Advent

Another I wont’ rate because I absolutely despise Banana in tea, so I won’t be able to be unbiased here from personal preference.

I will say, though, that the banana and nut come through strong and clear, non-artificial, and if this is your kind of flavor, you should likely enjoy this one.

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Backlogging – Advent by Palais des Thés Advent – Day 4

A mild smell dry, pleasant black tea when brewed with some non-tart and non-artificial strawberries. My unsophisticated mouth isn’t gathering up flowers at the same time, but they may be buried under their somewhere.

Nice and different, but nothing that stands out for me as memorable.

I did use this with my Christmas gingerbread onesie I finally get to pull out of the cupboard :)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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by Palais des Thés Advent – Day 6

A good, no-fuss, black tea. Nothing extra in here. Would make a great base for an iced tea pitcher.

1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’m not going to rate this one because it is an old sampler, and I think it lost some of its flavor from sitting.

The peppermint is not as strong anymore, but it is pleasant with what I have. I added a touch of milk because of the creaminess of the oolong just to taste test and I like the silkiness of the addition after a few sips of it without any additives.

I do enjoy this one as a pleasant cup. Sipping this while watching the show, “The Jury Speaks”, which is interesting and something I’ll continue watching.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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by Palais des Thés Advent – Day 3

I feel silly, but happened to notice today that when you open each Advent box, there is an inspiring quote for the day. Now that I know that, I went back and read the other days I missed previously lol.

I wasn’t sure at first if this was a green tea because of the packaging, but was able to figure out from the back of the box it’s herbal. They list the main base ingredients on the packet but not all the ingredients, which is unusual. I did a full boil with 7 minutes steep for herbal, although perhaps should have done longer.

The smell dry is bright and lemon-grass filled, which I love. Steeped it is very light. I get the lemongrass but not too strong. I added a cube of sugar to see if that helped, and it does bring out more of the flavors.

The flavor profile is very good. -- I love Ginger and Lemongrass combos. That said, my favorite of this blend is a green tea base. I think this would be much better to have some tea added to it. Since this is strictly an herbal base without the tea to back it up, it comes across a little soft without enhancing with some sweetener. Steeping longer may have helped, but I took a gamble with 7 min being a safe bet.

If you want a pure herbal base tea and like lemon, this one is pretty good one, although not the best I’ve tried. Oddly I’m not finding much carrot, but that is mild anyway as an added ingredient. The ginger is kept at 5% they say, so it is not enough of it to give that ginger bite-spice

Flavors: Lemongrass

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Sipdown of this one.

It’s bizarre tea can taste so different with different steepings. When I first had this, it was overwhelming in cherry cough syrup flavor. Perhaps age has mellowed it. Now the smoke comes out, but it’s more of a cigar type smoke than a campfire lapsang type smoke. The ending pot of this one was much more pleasant and cozy.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Day 2 – Adagio Advent 2021 Calendar

I had this years ago apparently and rated it 41 back then. Not my type of tea. The smell is very strong before brewing, but the taste is fortunately less artificial and fake when you’re actually sipping it.

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drank Big Ben by Palais des Thés
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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 2

Loving this tea. It is such a good black tea heavy on Yunnan, no bitterness, complements sweetness, absolutely adore it. May be a little light for a strong black morning tea but for me it’s very pleasant and enjoyable. I don’t like overly heavy english breakfast that has bitterness or hard astringency, so for me it works well.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.


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