During my weekend in Bordeaux, I probably spent almost an hour in the Palais des Thés tea shop located Cours de l’Intendance, in the centre of this lovely French town. Now, as I may have mentioned, I’m a bit tea fan, especially the blends made by French tea houses, and this place was like a dream.
Massive pots of tea everywhere, which they pull out for you to smell.
Smaller pots with little samples in front you can take a whiff of too.
Now, you know me, resisting tea is not my strong suit. I wanted to taste every tea in the store, if not simply buy the entire store! Which I would if I could – or at least build a room just like it in my house, with shelves on every wall and each of them full of massive pots of tea, like a wine cellar, but for tea – anybody else with me?
Anyway, as a good, self-respecting tea addict, I bought three different types of loose leaf tea, which I am so excited to share with you guys! They’re all quite fresh and absolutely perfect for spring and summer:
Tea n°1: Thé du Hammam
This tea is a blend of Chinese green tea with a touch of rose, date, orange blossom and red berries, inspired from a Turkish recipe. I knew I had to try this tea as soon as I took a whiff of its sweet fragrance. It is fresh, delicate and well-balanced, and absolutely perfect as an afternoon tea, post-lunch, when you feel like have a touch of sweetness.
Infuse for 3 minutes with warm (70°-75°C), not boiling, water – this would bring out bitterness in the tea.
Tea n°2: Thé des Songes Blanc (white tea)
This delicate white tea is going to be one of my highlights of spring: its light flavour also incorporates orange blossom, rose and red berries, as the tea above, but doesn’t have the same sweetness. Hints of strawberry and safflower petals make it a very enjoyable drink, which I’ll be drink both warm and iced, on lazy afternoons when I truly have time to enjoy it.
Infuse for 5 to 7 minutes in warm to boiling water (up to 95°C) for best results.
Tea n°3: Jardin Suspendu
This last tea isn’t actually a tea per se: its an infusion bringing together apple and orange, flowers and a hint of mango and bergamot. You wouldn’t believe how heavenly this blend smells, and it tastes even better! I can’t wait to infuse this as an iced tea on a warm summer’s eve!
Infuse 4 to 5 minutes in warm to boiling water (up to 95°C) for a warm infusion, or for 40 minutes in cold water for an iced version.
Oh, and look how beautiful these reusable tea canisters are! These metallic canister are especially designed to store tea and have a double lid, making them even more effective. I couldn’t resist getting these Japanese textile and kimono print-inspired Washi boxes: the paper they’re covered in comes straight from Kyoto, and reminded me of origami paper, which I am a bit obsessed with these days.
If you’re interested in checking out this brand and these teas further, here’s a link to the Palais des Thés website, and more specifically to the different teas I’ve showcased in this post: