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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 17 (from November backlog)

Ooh, hooray! This is one that I really wanted to try from Palais des Thés. I love rhubarb and this is a strawberry and rhubarb black tea, with some other flavors as well. It definitely smells mostly strawberry in the sachet, though.

Well, sadly I don’t think I get rhubarb at all. It mostly tastes of sweet strawberry hard candies, with a bit of honey and lavender thrown in. I’m not a huge fan of lavender, but thankfully here it’s quite mild. The base tea is adding a nice bready flavor that I enjoy, and is overall quite light in body. I think I would prefer this without the lavender honestly, but it might be quite boring then.

Unfortunately, this did not live up to my rhubarb dreams. Oh well, there’s always B&B’s Rhubarb + Custard… ;)

Flavors: Bread, Candy, Honey, Lavender, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Rhubarb really is the best.

Cameron B.

I know! I wish it were more of a thing here in the States.

Courtney

It really should be! I feel like I know quite a few people here that grow it in the summer. My mom always did!

Cameron B.

It’s a bit more common in the South, in pies and preserves and such. But the UK seems to have it everywhere, and I’m so jealous!

Courtney

That’s fair! Maybe we have it quite a bit in NS because so much of our culture is based from Ireland, Scotland, and the UK!

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Courtney

Rhubarb really is the best.

Cameron B.

I know! I wish it were more of a thing here in the States.

Courtney

It really should be! I feel like I know quite a few people here that grow it in the summer. My mom always did!

Cameron B.

It’s a bit more common in the South, in pies and preserves and such. But the UK seems to have it everywhere, and I’m so jealous!

Courtney

That’s fair! Maybe we have it quite a bit in NS because so much of our culture is based from Ireland, Scotland, and the UK!

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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 piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

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Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
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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
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