GOÛT RUSSE 7 AGRUMES/Palais des Thés

I recently found this tea buried in my yet-to-be-sampled-stash. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it. I probably saw ‘fruit tea’ on the label and disregarded it while wanting a black tea. But in fact, this tea does have a black tea base. It’s a flavored black tea.

Gout Russe 7 Agrumes from Le Palais des Thés hails from a delicate recipe that combines black tea with the tart flavors of 7 citrus fruits: lemon, lime, sweet and Seville oranges, grapefruit, bergamot, and mandarin.

Many of us have had orange flavored black teas but this takes it to the next level. It wasn’t an Earl Grey type flavor – just a straight up citrus of all sorts type flavor. I really enjoyed it. It’s terrific hot but delightful iced, too!

Gout Russe 7 Agrumes from Le Palais des Thés…I give it two thumbs up. If I had 3 thumbs…I would give it 3 thumbs up!

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Palais des Thés


An outstanding blend of black teas, evoking lemon, lime, sweet orange, bitter orange, grapefruit, bergamot and mandarin. Created by Le Palais des Thés during its first years of existence, this cocktail of 7 citrus fruits was later added to different base teas. An exclusive recipe. Can be served hot or iced.

Different of the teas produced in Georgia, Russian blends are the ones that have been drunk regularly in Russia since the 17th century. These latter teas, which in the beginning were blends of black Chinese teas, became more diversified at the end of the 19th century by the introduction of Indian teas at the Russian court, most notably Darjeeling. Since then it has been the custom to refer to all blends of Darjeeling and different Chinese black teas as Russian blends teas, whether or not they are scented with natural citrus extracts.

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Poobong FTGFOP 1 CH Black Tea/Tea Swan

According to Tea Swan…Poobong Black Tea is organic production (that began) several years ago and now produces characteristic, expressive teas. They also state on their website that Poobong Black Tea picking is floral and delicate and says it’s perfect for a late afternoon break. I tend to agree.

The leaves offer a sunny yellow brew and the flavor is light and refreshing, with beautiful notes of peach and legume with soft, smooth, velvety notes and a slightly sweet, citrusy finish.

If you are into tea pairings – they also say it’s an perfect accompaniment for desserts or fruit parfaits.

The tea itself hails from the Darjeeling Region and the leaf type is a hand plucked, whole leaf. The tea I’m sampling is the 2017 – First Flush. And I’m actually just finishing up my personal stash of this wonderful brew. I will surely miss it when it’s gone. It’s memorable, that’s for sure!

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Leaf Type:    Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Swan


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Strawberry Black Tea/Adagio Teas

Strawberry teas are favorites with my crowd and we love how well they pair with chocolate and decadent desserts. Some of the ones we have tried have been very finicky and others forgiving. I think this one might fall in the somewhat finicky category, but I didn’t realize it at first.

This is a Ceylon base, and I usually find Ceylon tea to be still palatable at four minutes steep time, but this one says to only give it three. I do prefer low grown Ceylon to high, as the high elevation tea tends to have strong lemon notes and higher astringency.

When I first tried this tea, it was with cookies. It went very well with them and the strawberry flavor was a good strength. I was pretty shocked to see reviews ALL OVER THE PLACE. Too tart, too dry, too astringent. Not enough strawberry, not enough tea flavor. Then others said it was their perfect strawberry tea, there was plenty of tea flavor, their favorite strawberry tea, so much strawberry aroma.

So what’s up? Lots. Different people may have made it differently. People who called it too astringent may have been drinking it plain while folks saying it was perfect were adding milk and/or sugar. Some batches may have been freshly purchased and other reviews may have come from people who were sent a sample by a friend and the tea was no longer fresh. And opinions differ because people differ.

My take on it was this – it was great with food with no milk or sugar added. The strength of the base and the strawberry flavor helped it to “stand up” to the food and not disappear. When I tried it by itself, I did find it to be very drying and to have a bit of tartness. A tiny splash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar fixed that. If you don’t want to add anything, try dropping the temp just below boiling and keep your steep a little shorter. Or just do like me and eat a cookie.

While I enjoyed it with sweets very much, I would prefer to have it on a Keemun base if I were planning to drink it by itself.

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas


Strawberry black tea combines the succulent taste of sweet strawberries with bright Ceylon black tea. Fresh sweet-floral and berry flavor, smooth and sugary texture. It’s a treat you’ll want to keep for yourself!

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Tangy Orange Carrot/Steeped Tea. . . . .

Tangy Orange Carrot from Steeped Tea isn’t really a tea, per say, but a tisane…one could even call it a ‘veggie tea’, however, there aren’t any actually tea leaves in this one, folks!

What it DOES have is: Carrot bits*, Apple bits*, Sea Buckthorn peel*, Ginger*, Turmeric root*, Orange wedges*, Pumpkin bits*, Anise*, Natural flavors*. *Organic.

I have had this one HOT which was pretty good, but I prefer it cold or ICED, instead.

When infusing I used about a teaspoon or two of the loose tisane ingredients and let them sit in the hot water for about 5 minutes. If cold brewing you can do that overnight, as well.

As for the flavor, the carrot, orange, apple, and ginger blend nicely. The pumpkin and spices are an afterthought but I’m glad they aren’t overdone, too.

This is a nice tisane COLD in late summer or WARM for fall. So, basically, a win…win!

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Leaf Type:  Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy:  Steeped Tea


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Hot Lavender/Ruby Lion Teas

Since being sick, I’ve noticed a change in my tastebuds. Flavored teas just haven’t hit the spot for me and I’ve been grabbing and seriously enjoying teas that I never thought I would.  This tea is one of those teas.

Hot Lavender is a tea blend of lavender, black tea, cloves, and chili peppers- all things that have never been in my favorite column.  For some reason last night, the tin for this tea caught my attention and with how weird my taste buds have been- I thought, well let’s give this blend a steep.  I had already (sadly) dumped a few steepings of other teas that just were not agreeing with my taste buds so I wasn’t exactly sure what I expected from this blend.

Steeped up with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for right around 3 minutes- this tea delivers delicious notes and them some with each and every sip.

I’ve never been a lavender fan- but the lavender in this tea is blended perfectly.  The tea comes off slightly floral and sweet.

I’ve never been a clove fan- but the clove adds this hint of spice and almost texture (dare I say) which really mingles with the chili peppers.

I’ve never been much of a black tea fan- but the black tea is brisk, robust, yet mellow and subtle.  I’m not getting any kind of astrigency at all.

I’ve never been a fan of chili peppers in tea- love them in food- but not in tea yet the spicy notes hit the back of your throat gorgeously and really blend well with the rest of the blend.

Tea has always been a huge part of my life but after starting my own tea business- I’ve found that most of my attention has gone more into blending up flavored teas for my customers instead of teas for myself or even taking the time to enjoy a proper cup.  This blend has renewed my tastebuds and I’m eagerly enjoying this tea.  I even woke up this mroning and one of my first thoughts was- yippiee Hot Lavender for breakfast!

Hot Lavender has hit so many notes with me that I’ve pretty much decided that this blend will always be in my tea stash and I’m currently putting together an order.  I’m now eager to check out all of their blends- especially their Earl’s Gone Wild.  I’m curious to see if Ruby Lion will change my mind on earl grey blends as well.

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Ruby Lion Blends


In an instant, a red-hot avalanche spilled from a cleft in the mountainside, pouring down toward the sea, where the captain stood, watching from his motionless ship. As the cloud of fire sped towards him, death merely moments away, he calmly drank his tea and snapped the perfect shot with his camera, capturing all the majesty of the volcano in monochrome.

Our blend of spicy chili, lavender and black tea is inspired by this intrepid Victorian photographer, who never let anything stand in his way.

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