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Oolong Tea Review: Thé Des Songes from Le Palais des Thés

The Des Songes

Company/Brand Name: Le Palais Des Thés

Name: Thé Des Songes

Category: Flavored Oolong Tea (Wu Long)

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Twisted black tea leaves with noticeable pieces of lemon peel and flower petals

Additions: Flower Petals (Safflower, Lavender, Mallow), Lemon Peels, Aromas

Flavor: A medium-bodied, calming tea blend that has notes of dark chocolate, citrus and lavender

Overall: I was simply captivated by this tea. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. Overall, I unique blend that is perfect for quiet, contemplative moments.

Tea Review:

When I opened Thé Des Songes tea canister and inhaled the aroma of the dried leaves, I was met with an enchanting fragrance that was both lovely and exotic. My senses detected a delicate floral scent with notes of citrus and lavender.

Although, I have to admit that before I even opened the tea canister I had been feeling a bit wary of what I might find inside. For when I saw lavender on the list of ingredients, I feared that I would not enjoy this tea at all. I’ve sampled other teas that included lavender, all of which were entirely undrinkable.

But, no worries with this tea blend; the lavender was subtle and didn’t overpower. Rather, it complemented the other aromas, which made this blend absolutely splendid.

Of course, you’re probably wondering what I actually thought of the taste and I have to say that it didn’t disappoint.

The fragrance of the leaves was a good indicator of the flavor of this oolong tea, except for one intriguing taste that I wasn’t expecting: dark chocolate.

My first impression of Thé Des Songes was an enticing note of cocoa. Then hints of lemon and lavender made their way to my awareness, giving my brew a rich and satisfying taste. But that was only the beginning!

As my tea cooled, I discovered even more depth in my cup. Not only did a slightly creamy texture evolve, but I also noticed a touch of spice and even a slight minty-ness, making the whole experience feel rather decadent.

Before I swallowed the last drop, I let the tea wash over my tongue and there I found a slightly bitter, grassy taste. This added yet another level of depth to this flavored tea that I wasn’t expecting.

Lastly, the finish was smooth and slow with notes of lavender. Before it was all said and done a final note of minty-coolness lingered on my tongue teasing me to take another mouthful of goodness.

This is one of those teas that you want to drink unhurried to savor each and every sip; otherwise you may miss some small nuance. It is all the little sensations that make this oolong tea so entrancing. It’s definitely worth exploring!

Packaging:

The Des Songes Tea Canister

Thé Des Songes tea came in a beautiful and striking red canister decorated with a delicate flower print.

I appreciated that the tea canister had been encased in tear-away plastic wrap to keep the tea secured inside the tin during shipping. Plus, it kept the canister from getting nicked and scrapped, so it looked divine upon arrival.

This is the kind of tea tin that you don’t want to tuck away in the cupboard; instead, you want to have it on display for all to see.

As I explored the Le Palais Des Thés web page, I realized that many of the teas in the “Les Créations” collection came in their own uniquely decorated colored canister.

However, you do have a choice of how you would like to have your tea packaged. For instance, if ordering Thé Des Songes you have the option of a large silver pouch, a slim silver tin, gourmet tea bags, or the colorful tea canister.

I love having these packaging options; this tells me that Le Palais Des Thés puts their customer’s preferences first.

Preparation Tips:

The directions on the tea canister were quite helpful. A recommended brewing temperature, amount of tea to use and infusion time were all written in English, as well as in French, on the bottom of the tea tin.

I experimented with different brewing times within the range suggested (5-7 minutes). I really didn’t detect much variance in taste with the longer or shorter steeping times.

In fact, this oolong tea seemed to be quite forgiving; there were several instances when I wasn’t watching the time at all and I still had a very drinkable cup.

I tried a variety of filter methods for brewing, such as my mini-glass teapot, a tasting cup and a Finum brewing basket; all of them resulted in an exceptional cup of tea.

Lastly, I only used filtered water to sample this oolong tea.

Additional Notes:

Evening Time Tea – This oolong tea is perfect for after a late supper or as an evening indulgence. Not to mention that the soothing fragrance and flavor of this tea invites the mind and body to relax. A true comfort tea. Plus, it has a low caffeine-level according to Le Palais Des Thés website.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to Thé Des Songes web page. Enjoy!

Le Palais Des Thés : Thé Des Songes

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Photo Credits: A Girl With Tea 

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

 

I Love Lemon

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For some reason I was in the mood for lemon yesterday. I did have a few Bigelow “I Love Lemon” tea bags squirreled away in a drawer, so I steeped one of those up. The taste wasn’t too bad, it was actually quite refreshing. But, it got me thinking about lemon tea.

My Lemon Tea History:

I’ve never really explored all the varieties of lemon tea before. In fact, in addition to the Bigelow tea above, the only other lemon tea I’ve tried recently is the Tazo Zen(which happens to be one of my favorite summer time teas).

Oh, I almost forgot that my mom used to buy Lipton’s instant tea with lemon (unsweetened) when we were kids. Although, I never drank the stuff since I was more of a soda fan at the time.

In my college years, however, I did chug down quite a few containers of the diet (artificially sweetened) instant lemon, peach and raspberry tea. Nothing like a glass of “foamy” tea! I would dump some instant ice tea powder into a glass, then turn on the tap and fill the glass with water; this always gave the tea a nice head of foam. Those were the days!

Adding Lemon Slices to Tea:

And of course, how could I forget the days I used to always order iced tea with lemon.

Unfortunately, several years ago I watched and exposé news story that unveiled all the bacteria lurking in lemons served with beverages in restaurants.

Yummy Lemon Flavored Water!

As a side-note, just Google “lemon slices in restaurants” to learn more, if you dare. Because, I haven’t ordered water or tea with lemon since learning about it.

In fact, this information pretty much turned me off of eating-out all together (but that’s another story). So, if you love ordering tea with lemon, forget I said anything!

At home, though, I do love to add lemon slices to my water just to give it a little extra flavor.

I rarely add a lemon slice to tea unless it’s a plain-black-iced-tea like the kind you would brew from a Lipton tea bag. In fact, I’m not a big fan of adding real lemon to already brewed tea in general, but I do like the taste of lemon flavored tea…okay that is just strange!

Looking for Lemon Tea:

Since I’ve been drinking more loose tea these days, I am thinking that I need to re-explore more lemon flavored teas. Perhaps, there are even some teas with real lemon bits? It will certainly be fun to investigate more thoroughly; my mouth is already watering!

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Additional Photo Credits: A Girl With Tea

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

 

 

Do you have any “lemon teas” that you can recommend?