Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Le Palais de Thés
A delicious Oolong tea scented with flowers and exotic fruits. Low in caffeine.
Learn more about this tea here.
This Thé Des Songes from Le Palais de Thés is a very fruity Oolong tea! I taste notes of flower, certainly, but, I’m tasting more fruit than flower … and I’m tasting more fruit than I am Oolong tea.
That last part is just a wee bit disappointing, because when I opened the little tin tube of this tea and saw that this is a dark Oolong, I was looking forward to more complexity from the Oolong than what I’m getting because the fruit flavors tend to mask the Oolong just a wee bit.
I am still getting Oolong flavor, I guess I was just hoping for a little more tea flavor and a little less fruity flavor. I think most of what I’m getting from the Oolong here is the texture … that smooth … almost buttery mouthfeel from the Oolong and I do like how it melds with the sweetness of the fruit notes and the hints of flower.
I think that some of my disappointment stems from the fact that the fruit notes are so jumbled together that it’s difficult to discern just what fruit flavors I’m tasting. I taste notes of lush stone fruit … like peach and possibly nectarine. Every once in a while, I also taste a tropical note that is somewhere between papaya and mango. And it would seem that every once in a while I recognize a brightness that tastes distinctly citrus-y to me.
The floral notes are softer than the fruit … but I am appreciating those because they offer an interesting contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating this cup of tea. It’s actually quite flavorful and very tasty. The fruit is sweet and a little bit tart, and the flowery notes come in like a whispering wisp of flavor across the palate. The Oolong has a beautifully soft texture and offers a pleasing backdrop of flavor … I just find myself wishing there was more Oolong flavor and a bit less of the fruit flavor. All in all not a bad cup of tea … it just could be better!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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