Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Le Palais des Thés Thé des Amants (Gourmet Tea Bag)

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with visible apple chunks
Ingredients: black tea, apple, almond, cinnamon, vanilla and ginger
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup
Liquor: dark amber

I was given a sample of this tea when I visited Le Palais des Thés' Prince Street location in New York City. The first thing I noticed was that it was incredibly aromatic. As soon as I opened the foil pouch, the room was filled with the smell. Even through the woven tea bag, I was able to see the large chunks of apple. Upfront the taste was all sweet fruitiness but the cinnamon and ginger kicked at the end for a spicy, somewhat dry finish. There was just a touch of astringency but there was no bitterness to speak of. The base black tea was earthy and mellow, providing a perfect stage for the other ingredients to shine. This blend would work with a touch of sweetener if you prefer your tea that way but I wouldn't suggest using milk. The name translates to tea lovers, which I thought was quite appropriate because the people behind Le Palais des Thés are great lovers of tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.