Pure Indulgences Lavender Oolong Tea from Le Palais des Thés

pureindulgencelavenderTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Le Palais des Thés

Tea Description:

Pure Indulgences Lavender is an exceptional new flavored tea featuring a single natural ingredient.

This magnificent green Oolong tea from China is combined with fresh lavender, whose powerful fragrance spices up the tea’s plant notes. 

Semi-oxidized Oolong is a specialty of China and Taiwan, this tea comes in many varieties depending on the growing region, tea plant variety, and manufacturing process.

Pure Indulgences are the result of a lengthy process of selection and development, motivated by the quest to find the perfect balance between the tea leaves, which have their own gustatory characteristics, and the finest ingredients (delicate pieces of fruit and flowers and only all-natural extracts).

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

A really nice blended Oolong, this Pure Indulgences Lavender Oolong Tea from Le Palais des Thés!  When I first opened the package, I wasn’t too sure, because the lavender aroma is rather jarring!  I can’t recall another tea experience when the fragrance of lavender was more abundant.

And although the flavor of the lavender is prominent, it doesn’t overwhelm the Chinese Oolong tea used in this blend, nor does it come off tasting perfume-y.  Instead, the lavender marries beautifully with the natural floral notes of the Oolong, creating a bold flowery note that is sweet and feminine without tasting TOO floral.

The Oolong tastes light and buttery with a delicious creamy undertone and notes of vegetation.  These flavors weave their way in and out while the dominating floral flavor present throughout the sip.  My favorite part about this tea is the way that the natural sweetness of the Oolong and the sweet notes of the lavender intertwine and create this really delicious, delectable sweetness.

Later infusions become a little less lavender-y, a little less floral, and allow for the other notes to surface.  The lavender is always there, though.

I get why Le Palais des Thés has chosen to add this tea to their “Pure Indulgences” line of teas.  It has a very indulgent flavor to it.  As I sip it, it evokes thoughts of relaxing in a warm bubble bath.  And while the flavors are strong, there is a soft, calming essence to the tea because the lavender is … just a soft and calming herb.

A really nice tea – this is one I’d recommend to those who love lavender teas … or Oolong enthusiasts who are looking for something a little different.

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