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.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.