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    Le Palais des Thés Tawaramine Shincha Ichibana 2014

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, glossy Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 160 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: bright green Shincha is not a tea that I get to indulge in often, especially not one that is $115 for 3.5oz. The dry tea was beautiful to look at, needle-like with a glossy sheen. This tea is part of +Palais des Thés‘ Grand Cru line. I love the extra depth of information that they provide in the description on their website. It’s not often that you see a larger company name their farmer. A tea like this tastes very mellow at first but then the complexity unfolds after you…

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    Le Palais des Thés Feng Huang Dan Cong Special

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry, twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 6 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: amber I was really excited to try this selection from Le Palais des Thés’ Grand Cru collection. The name Feng Huang means Phoenix and Dan Cong refers to tea that originates from a single tree. This type of tea is usually categorized by fragrance and I wish that they had included that information. The taste was woodsy and spicy and if I let it cool for a bit a hint of stone fruit popped up in the background. Phoenix oolongs are renowned for their lingering floral aroma and…

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    Le Palais des Thés Pure Indulgence Lavender Oolong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong, lavender blossoms Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold I’m not usually one for floral teas so jasmine and rose usually don’t do it for me. Lavender on the other hand is a whole other story. There is just something about it that makes me incredibly relaxed. Paired with this Chinese oolong, they are a match made in heaven. The taste was very floral but not perfumy or soapy at all. The base tea was fairly green but had a really nice buttery quality to it. There was a lot of…