Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Le Palais des Thés Thé Du Hammam

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small and flat, dark green with bright flowers
Ingredients: green tea, rose, berries, orange flower, green dates
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 170 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: yellowish gold

I had previously tried this tea in the form of an iced tea bag so I was really excited to try it "loose and hot", so to speak. It was fruity, floral and sweet all at once with a pleasant vegetal finish. I'm obsessed with the green dates because I think that they are a very unusual and tasty addition. The astringency was light and pleasant, though I would be careful not to oversteep this one as I have a feeling it would get quite bitter. I felt that the flavor profile had more dimension to it than the iced version. The aftertaste was lingering and somewhat perfumy but not overwhelmingly so. Since I was in need of a snack while sipping this, I paired it with some mango cream cookies and the combination really made the fruitiness come alive. The blue metal canister that this tea came packaged in was beautiful. No need to hide this one in the pantry!

You can find out more about this tea here.


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