I’m always sad to see spring end. Summers are harsh here in California, leaving me yearning for milder days. Today, I’m kissing goodbye to spring with Palais des Thés’ Fleur de Geisha. When the heat has me delirious this summer, I’ll definitely be reaching for this one.This flavored Sencha green tea is delicate and floral. Although the tea tastes fine hot, I enjoy it that much more when it’s served chilled. This tea is an exceptional thirst quencher, and tastes even better when it has been cold brewed overnight. Fleur de Geisha is flavored with the soft scent of Kyoto’s cherry trees. Traditional Japanese sakura tea tends to be sweet and salty, where this blend is much more reminiscent of the fruit itself. It tastes much more like cherries than it does cherry blossoms.If you love the look of this bold, beautiful, hot pink tin as much as I do, you’ll want to keep in mind that it’s part of the company’s signature Colors of Tea Collection. Palais des Thés has 8 signature flavored teas, each one packaged in its own brilliant color.
A special thanks to Manon Koralewski of Fraiche PR for sharing this lovely tea with me!
Tasting Notes for Palais des Thés’ Fleur de Geisha:
BREWING TIPS: Brew at 160 degrees F for 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to overbrew.
THE TEA: Cut green tea leaves, slightly furled and twisted.
THE SCENT: There’s a perfume-like quality to this tea. It’s dreamy and soft, without being overwhelming. If you love the scent of this tea, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve even created a Fleur de Geisha candle inspired by it.
THE STEEP: Brews to a sunny yellow. The taste is floral, light, and bright on the palette. I prefer to drink this tea iced as it helps to preserve the tea’s delicate flavors.
FOOD PAIRING: This tea is wonderful with a fresh bowl of cherries, especially Rainier cherries. Rainier cherries are milder in taste than the more common bing cherry. For a richer pairing, this blend would also be delicious with Azuki Buns, Mini Cream Scones, or Chinese Bakery Rainbow Cake.