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Here’s my scavenger hunt “licking the peel on a black table grape” tea. It definitely has a Darjeeling temperament; however, it didn’t dry my mouth out like some DJ’s do, and it had a little bit of morning-level strength. A nice surprise on a very bleary-eyed, post-thunderstorm morning.

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drank Violette (Violet) by Palais des Thes
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Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

Circling back to try a couple of blends I botched the first time around. I’m afraid this cup’s no good either. Maybe this tea’s just not for me. I hope someone else down the line really likes it!

Flavors: Sour

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Violette (Violet) by Palais des Thes
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Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

Ever since Amanda introduced me to violet candy and violet tea (via AU’s Black Metallic), I’ve been itching to get my hands on more and more violet blends to try. Dustin kindly included this violet option in the TTB, so I added it to my list of teas to sample. I should have read through everyone’s notes again before steeping because this came out slightly too strong/bitter. It probably would have benefitted from a shorter steep. I’m enjoying it more as it cools – the violet flavor seems to be stronger while the base has mellowed out. I may try this one once more while I have the tea box to see if I can produce a better cup. As it stands now, I do like the flavor but Black Metallic still reigns supreme for me.

Flavors: Violet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Long Jing by Palais des Thes
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I had a particularly rambling but poetic note written for this one that just went poof. You may be glad it did, because now you get the short version.

Dragonwell is my favorite straight-up green tea and Palais des Thes has captured a particularly nice one. It’s the color of sunshine on my golden oak windowsill and tastes a little like dried sweet clover and fescue hay smells like. Little sugary finish at the end. Perfect for an early spring afternoon.

Kittenna

Awwww. I hate when notes go poof. A really nice feature on this site would be some sort of draft autosave.

Also, your descriptions make me crave dragonwell… mmmmm.

gmathis

I’ll ramble another time :)

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drank Grand Himalaya by Palais des Thes
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Back to work tomorrow. If I hadn’t felt so lousy, the past several days would’ve seemed like a mini-vacation: feet up, rocking chair, crocheting, binge watches (That Girl and Moonlighting), finished a couple books…and finally, enough going on in the tastebud regions to enjoy a good cuppa this afternoon.

I wouldn’t have pegged this as a Darjeeling had I not read up on it first. The leaves were a nice melange of brown and green, and it steeped to the color of a new penny. One of my office favorites is a Tetley’s black and green blend—this reminds me of a fresher, more elegant version. The Palais des Thes description mentions “planty notes,” which come across nicely in the flavor and “floral notes,” which are more evident in the scent.

AJRimmer

Finished a couple books? That’s impressive! I read every day, but I’m a super slow reader, so I only finish 1-2 a month. Ha, teach me your tricks!

gmathis

Clarification: finished a couple that I had been milking day by day and bubble bath by bubble bath for weeks :) Nothing from scratch! One of them was from the Irish Country Series from Patrick Taylor, if you like gentle reads. Think All Creatures Great and Small with a saltier, feistier people doctor.

Michelle

I’m always adding to my reading list, but rarely seem to finish books these days. I do like the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith for a nice easy read.

gmathis

Seconded! I’m a few behind, I think—last title I read was The House of Unexpected Sisters. I am amazed at his prolific-icity. Another one that’s on my stack for a re-read isn’t part of a series: La’s Orchestra Saves the World.

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Gmathis wrote a note for this one recently and I remembered I had a teabag floating around here, so I thought I’d find it.  That teabag is from TreeGal (a while ago)!  Thank you!  An odd shaped teabag and really, there doesn’t seem to be as much leaf here as I would want to steep up for a ripe puerh… I would probably use three times this amount.   So of course this is a very light colored cup for me, though honestly I steeped it lightly too.  Another starchy cup.   Nothing bad but too light for me.  Even the second steep, when I went full tilt and steeped for twenty minutes.  The resulting flavor was still not very dark, but points for this being a puerh teabag without any offensive puerh characteristics.  But if I want to steep up a puerh, I want it dark!
Steep #1 // 22 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 20 minute steep

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Due to last week’s Sunday morning tea fiasco, I am writing this note with one eye on my cup at all times lest Minnie decides to tip it over with her hindquarters again.

This is my first outing with the Assam selection in the Palais des Thes sample set that was under my Christmas tree. It has the lovely melba toast scent I associate with the very best Assams. The scent stays in the cup and won’t come out to play when you drink. Medium body with a little bit of stiffness after it cools, but mostly, it’s kind of a big tease.

As always, my first instinct with an underperformer is “next time with milk.” Might boost the elements that are evidently in hiding.

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Backlog. Tea #32. It’s the year 3030. I’m down to my last tea reserves. I thought I had planned ahead far enough, but one can never plan far enough when it comes to tea. Woody this one. Woody. Mmmm. It’s the Yunnan, so delicately but firmly woody. Usually I would not enjoy such a woody tea—I prefer a tippy tea, tinny even. But now as I sit here I find there is no longer much of a difference between tippy, tinny, or woody tea. As the venomous leaches eat away at my flesh, and I sip this tea in my final moments, all I can feel is a state of calm. Then the Yunnan kicks in and I feel nothing. Total paralysis. Although that might just be the leeches.

Flavors: Amaretto, Ash, Baby Powder, Barnyard, Chestnut, Clay, Dark Wood, Decayed Wood, Dirt, Fireplace, Hay, Meringue, Mud, Oak, Rainforest, Roasted Chicken, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sap, Sawdust, Smoke, Spinach, Wet Earth, Wet Wood, Wet wood, Wood, Woody, Yams, Yeasty

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 17 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
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Love the name BergaMONSTER! Welcome to Steepster!

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drank Pu Erh Impérial by Palais des Thes
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drank Pu Erh Impérial by Palais des Thes
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Unless it was part of a blend, my poor, impaired tastebuds never equated pu-erh with much more than cave water or sweet tree roots. To see some of you mention menthol or camphor as flavor notes mystified me.

Well, today, I finally got it. Cave water first, tree roots next, but then I caught just the smallest breath of mentholated sippiness just after each swallow, which immediately created a mental image of Mama Bear lining the cave with pine and wintergreen branches so that it wouldn’t get too stinky while she hibernates. I’m ready to go back to bed now.

Skysamurai

Yeah. This one was weird for me too. I can see how it equates to being a pu er but… idk

Mastress Alita

Most puerh I try ends up as either “dirt” or “marshy swampwater”. Whenever I taste something else I get pretty excited, hahaha.

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Nice day in: little snow outside; enough to be pretty but not enough to be inconvenient. A little productive writing, a slightly cleaner bathroom, beef stew for lunch, sixty-seven loads of laundry (well, maybe only forty-two). I am, however, done whether the housework is or not. Treating myself to a little time to enjoy a selection from my Palais des Thes tasting sampler.

Genmaicha may be one of those teas that are always going to taste like genmaicha; however, this tin was beautifully fresh and fragrant. The green tea is sharp and bright like fresh spinach, and the rice scent makes me want to go stick my nose in a box of Rice Krispies. A light and gentle change of pace from the heavily flavored and spiced stuff I’ve been leaning on all month.

Skysamurai

I have yet to try this one in the pack I got for Christmas. Guess I know what I’m trying nexT

gmathis

I hoard old tea to the point of embarrassment…the concept of “fresh” just makes my taste buds tap dance!

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It’s bound to get you eventually. Just like the cold. Covid has stuck our house. But so far only my son and I are positive. I’m praying my husband and and daughter stay negative because we leave for vacation soon. But this brings me to why I am drinking this blend. It is called Natural Defense, seems like a good thing to drink right now. The aroma is sweet and fruity and I love the bag! It’s cute and not full of chemicals. The taste is very soothing. Berries and different fruits. Very soothing.

gmathis

Hope it is mild, quick, and GONE very soon!

Evol Ving Ness

Oooof. That sucks. Hope the healing is swift.

ashmanra

Ooooooh no! I hope you feel better soon and no one else in the house gets it!

Skysamurai

Thank you all. My 4 year old also caught it and I’m pretty sure it came from his preschool. My son is fine. I feel like I am on the mend but my body is still telling me to take it easy

mrmopar

Hope you recover quick. I had both shots and still caught it..

Michelle

Feel better soon!

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After a week of burned-out tastebuds, I’m weaning myself off the decongestant and spicy stuff and decided to try something a little subtler this morning.

For a Yunnan, which I’ve characterized as perky and zingy in the past, this is pretty sweet and mild. Other reviews mention honey and hay notes—I get the honey more than hay. There’s not quite enough heft for me to classify this as a breakfast tea strong enough to suit me, but I did get two reasonable, smooth steeps out of the leaves.

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drank Saint-James O.P. by Palais des Thes
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This was my second cup from the Palais Des Thes sampler. The notes that accompanied it mentioned some chocolatey notes—I caught a few, but they were pianissimo. What caught my attention was light, sweet, bread-crusty, and malty. Definitely an afternooner—wouldn’t be heavy enough to open my eyes on a winter morning. But still very, very nice.

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drank Sencha Ariake by Palais des Thes
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Aha! Another scavenger hunt threebie: French, green, spinach and artichoke notes. My tastebuds are a little wonky after four days under the weather, but as I was sipping it, the fresh spinachy greens element was so strong, I was craving sliced strawberries and vinaigrette to go with it. Nice, crisp garden vegetable vibe.

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drank Sencha Ariake by Palais des Thes
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One of my Christmas treats from my son was a beautifully boxed tasting set from Palais des Thes—all single-origin teas in little metal tubes that scratch the itch to fidget and play with toys. All of these are ones I want to pay attention to, so I took a little attention break after a morning of post-holiday pitching and organizing.

The dry leaves were a delicious, deep pine green and the fresh scent reminded me of the big bowls of peas and green beans Mom would bring in for us to snap and shell. (Shelling peas is the most satisfying sensory experience—you really need to try it once.) Tasted almost exactly the same as its scent, with the addition of a little sweet, woody aftertaste on the tip of the tongue.

I keep forgetting that un-tampered, fresh, unflavored green teas can be really fine. I think I’ll hang on to the rest for a gloomy, freezing winter day when I need a reminder that spring is out there somewhere.

Leafhopper

Shelling (and eating) peas is surprisingly satisfying.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Reminds me of lovely childhood summer times.

ashmanra

Shelling field peas and butterbeans until our thumbnails were sore and green underneath…dad always shelled the fastest as hard as we tried to keep up!

CrowKettle

Nothing beats fresh peas and beans, or a fine green tea that mimics those flavours :)

Evol Ving Ness

Also, gmathis, your son has been paying close attention. Well done.

ashmanra

Well done, son! Sounds like a really neat gift!

gmathis

Considering that he calls tea “water with aftertaste,” I thought he did quite well ;) The one exception is an occasional cup of strong peppermint when he’s feeling lousy.

Evol Ving Ness

Very impressive. I suspect he had been well tutored, without even realizing it.

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I used a tea bag “Darjeeling Finest” from Palais des Thés (one I got in my hotel when staying in Calais last time), but I cannot find the blend with that name on PdT´s website, so was looking for the description (a sweet and floral blend from the top Darjeeling tea gardens) instead and figure it must be this one.
This is definitely a stronger character sweet (malty) darjeeling to take in the morning, prone to getting bitter when oversteeping. Nice but once you´ve tried an elegant first flush darjeeling, you tend to ignore these “other” darjeeling teas ;-)

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I very much enjoy this. A bit thin for my typical tastes, especially during the workday when I prefer a stronger flavor. But tonight it’s hitting all the right notes. Lightly peachy, not a lot of green flavor, but it’s there in the background.

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drank Thé des Amants by Palais des Thes
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The #cuppateaathon on Instagram ends Sunday so I’m trying to get in another prompt. This was about drinking a tea from your favourite mug. I wasn’t sure if the mug I picked was actually my favourite, but it’s the one I thought of when I read the prompt.

Since the mug was the focus, I could go with any tea so I did my random number generator to randomly select a tea. This was the randomly selected option. I have to say, I don’t love it. It was a touch astringent and sort of flat maple nut flavour. Just meh. I think it’s going into the swap box since someone else will probably enjoy this more than me.

Cameron B.

I don’t really have a favorite mug either, I just picked the one that spoke to me in the moment. :P

VariaTEA

Yep! That’s usually me lol

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