Review: Les Plaisirs Purs Le Citron, Les Palais Des Thes

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Review: Les Plaisirs Purs Le Citron

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Tea Type

I love trying new teas, and am delighted to get a chance to sample the latest launch from Les Palais des Thes. They recently announced their Plaisirs Purs range, a collection of four blends which present a simple yet very appealing idea – classic teas paired with the natural extracts of fruits and flowers in four flavors: “le citron” (lemon), “la poire” (pear), “la fleur d’oranger” (orange blossom) and “la menthe glaciale” (frosty mint). I haven’t had a chance to try all four flavors, but here’s an initial impression.

The tea description from the Les Palais des Thes website:

Rediscover the classic fragrances of tea with our lemon tea!

– a black tea from Sri Lanka
– with delicious lemon scents
– all-natural extracts

Discover a tea scented with a unique fragrance taken directly from nature: lemon. This tea associates the zesty fragrances of sun-ripened lemons with the round aromas of a black tea, Orange Pekoe, from Sri Lanka. A fresh and zingy blend!

Tasting Notes

Brewing Instructions

Steep 4-5 minutes at 205 degrees fahrenheit / 95 degrees celsius.

Appearance

This tea makes a memorable first impression with a punch of bright, strong lemon. The tea leaves are dark with large, evenly sized, coarse pieces. The scattering of petals throughout the tea add to its distinctive and pretty appearance.

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Taste

Black tea grounds the lemon flavor quite nicely in the steeped tea, adding a mellow undertone and full body which balances out the zingy, citrusy flavor from the lemon. For those of you who expect this to approximate the taste of a squeeze of lemon into a strong black cup of tea, it’s not quite that but a good alternative in its own right. The tea is quite pleasant and soothing, without any acidity to the cup.

Pricing & Where to Buy

Pricing: 100g (3.5 oz tin – $17.50)
This tea can be purchased on the Les Palais des Thes website here.