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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 24

This is one of the PDT blends I wanted to try, yay! It’s an almond, vanilla, and spice green-oolong blend. Almond teas tend to disappoint me, but still I find myself intrigued by the concept…

This is stone cold now that I’m getting around to drinking it. But that’s okay, I usually prefer my teas room temperature anyway. There is a lovely sweet cinnamon note that’s warming but not overpowering. I do taste the almond as well – it has a marzipan-like flavor but is mild enough to not be cloying. The two together taste quite cookie-ish. Maybe something like a snickerdoodle but with added almond? The base is smooth and fairly docile – I can taste maybe a hint of the green tea’s grassy and leafy notes.

It’s yummy! I would consider ordering this one.

Flavors: Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Grass, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nattie

This sounds yummy. I’m curious, since you prefer your tea at room temp, do you try it as it’s cooling or just wait until it’s at perfect drinking temp? I’m wondering because with certain teas I find the flavour profile drastically changes with temperature.

Cameron B.

Generally I’ll drink them as they’re cooling, but never when they’re hot. I’m a warm tea kind of gal, or even room temperature. :P

Nattie

I’m a gulp when hot kind of girl, lol :P

Mastress Alita

So am I, Nattie! All my friends have cat-tongues and don’t know how I do it, hahaha!

Nattie

Haha! I think mine is a result of impatience XD

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Nattie

This sounds yummy. I’m curious, since you prefer your tea at room temp, do you try it as it’s cooling or just wait until it’s at perfect drinking temp? I’m wondering because with certain teas I find the flavour profile drastically changes with temperature.

Cameron B.

Generally I’ll drink them as they’re cooling, but never when they’re hot. I’m a warm tea kind of gal, or even room temperature. :P

Nattie

I’m a gulp when hot kind of girl, lol :P

Mastress Alita

So am I, Nattie! All my friends have cat-tongues and don’t know how I do it, hahaha!

Nattie

Haha! I think mine is a result of impatience XD

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

~ 2022 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
- September Sipdowns: 49
- Total 2022 Sipdowns: 265

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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