Le Palais des Thes is a French tea brand. I’ve seen their store at 69th street and Columbus many times, but I only recently went in for the first time and bought something.
The store is very nice, They have a lot of different teas – some blends and flavored teas, and also a large selection of teas by type. Looking at what they have available, they seem very informative about where the tea comes from and what the classifications are for the tea itself. They have plenty of single-estate and special types of tea. I think that, if you want to learn how tea goes from plant to the leaves in the form that we use, this would be a good brand to look at. They also have nice sample gift sets of several types of tea, by region and things like that.
For now, though, I got a flavored tea, called The du Hammam. According to the website, it’s inspired by Turkish steamed baths and the combinations of fragrances used in those. It has an assortment of floral and fruit flavors. At the store, they had the black tea version as a sample. The original is green tea, and they also have a rooibos version. I got the green tea one.
It is incredibly fragrant. When I opened the canister, I could smell it immediately, and it smells wonderful.
The leaves unfold really nicely when you brew it. The tea is very light in color in the cup. I really love this tea! It tastes a bit spicier than other floral green teas, but still floral. I like that. I tried it plain, but it would probably be good with honey as well. The person in the store said that this tea is also good iced, and it does seem like it would be. Now that it’s getting warmer, I will have to try doing that.
It is sold in prepackaged tins, but you can also get it measured out from the canisters on the wall. I got it like that, and got this nice pink canister to put it in, and it ended up being about the same price. On the website, they encourage you to get the tea in a refill pouch if you already have a canister for it, to be good for the environment. The canisters like the pink one I got are nicer than the prepackaged ones anyway, so it’s definitely a good idea.
The du Hammam at Le Palais des Thes
Have you tried this tea, or others from Le Palais des Thes? Please let me know what you think! Also let me know if you have any particular tea recommendations.