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    Erborian 3-in-1 Mask Matcha Green Tea Blast Mask

    It’s not often that I write about beauty products here but I recently won a Twitter contest run by +Palais des Thés. I received a box of 8 packets of this mask as well as a box of their Sencha Ariake. I was definitely intrigued because one of the ingredients of the mask is powdered green tea from the Korean Boseong botanic garden. The packet contained a clay-like powder. It was fairly simple to use. Just add water, lather and apply. I have fairly sensitive combination skin so using new products can be dicey. It did have an exfoliating affect it was not irritating or overly abrasive. I was skeptical but I have to say that…

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    Le Palais des Thés Dong Ding Jade Oolong Tea

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I’m not always a fan of jade style oolongs. They are often too green for me but this Dong Ding from +Palais des Thés had just the right amount of balance. Prominent floral notes gave way to a pleasant vegetal background. There was a sweetness that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Marzipan without the cherry? Toasted coconut? Needless to say, it was delicious! The mouth-feel was fairly thick with an almost buttery texture. It resteeped very well, staying strong through at least six infusions. This tea is…

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    Le Palais des Thés Long Jing Premium Green Tea 2014

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 170 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale gold Long Jing, also known as Dragonwell, is one of my favorite types of green tea. This particular one is from +Palais des Thés‘s Grand Cru collection. Although this is last year’s harvest, the leaves were still in fairly good shape. The taste was sweet with the signature nutty aroma that I have come to expect from this tea. That roastiness was accompanied by a pleasant vegetal quality that reminded me a bit of asparagus. There was also an interesting minerality that I wouldn’t have expected from…