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    Le Palais des Thés Cinnamon Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: puerh tea, natural cinnamon essence Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: very dark, almost black I’m terribly behind on tea reviews and this one has been calling to me for months. Sorry about the wait +Palais des Thés! Even though the weather is warm now, the comforting cinnamon spice really hit the spot. The base puerh was very dark and earthy but a little one dimensional. In the case of flavored tea, that is not necessarily a bad thing. A big, complex puerh would not have allowed the cinnamon to shine through. I did find myself wishing…

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    Le Palais des Thés Vive le Thé

    Photo: Le Palais des Thés Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark green, lots of citrus pieces Ingredients: green tea, ginger,  orange pieces with peel, lemon peel, orange oil, natural flavor Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 170 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold When I first opened my tin I was greeted by the biggest slice of orange I had ever seen in a tea. I can’t explain it but things like that just make me happy. The name Vive le Thé definitely evokes the freshness and vibrancy of this blend. It was vegetal and sweet with lots of citrus zing. The lemon and ginger added a pleasant…

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    Le Palais des Thés Big Ben G.F.O.P. (Gourmet Tea Bag)

    Country of Origin: China and India Leaf Appearance: small and dark Ingredients: Yunnan and Assam black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup Liquor: reddish brown This tea is billed as an English breakfast but it wasn’t quite as forceful of a tea as you might expect. It was mellow and somewhat sweet with a subtle spiciness. It had a slight astringency but only so much so as to make the finish clean and refreshing. It was invigorating but being made of a higher leaf grade (Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), it lacked the bitterness that you would find with a typical breakfast style tea. I rather prefer…