Whimsical set-ups! Shiny tubes filled to the brim with loose leaves. Every single one with a matching label indicating proper water temperature and how long to steep each tea. I’m a proponent of tea sampler kits, and have mentioned a few favorites in the past: Steven Smith, Village Tea, Tay Tea, and Dammann Frères. It’s a ideal and fun way to get a taste of everything at your own pace without immediately committing to an entire tin/package of just one tea.
Samplers always come in mini sizes, and we’ve agreed: everything is cuter in miniature. I’m obsessed with good (and sometimes bad) packaging. The inventive ways companies choose to package mini tea kits is an endless source of fascination. I met the owners of Le Palais des Thés (a must-visit for any Paris holiday) at the Fancy Food Show in July. We got along well and to celebrate the launch of their new US e-commerce website, they sent a tasting kit, “Coffret de Thés du Monde Entier.” Essentially, teas from around the world.
Let’s dive in, shall we? Lift open the cover, inside is a sheet breaking down all the teas, twelve tubes in total. Each sample has enough tea to make a 6-8 cup teapot. Would make for a fun tea tasting party (you bring the tea sandwiches and scones!)
Come to think of it, Le Palais des Thés has quite a number of in-house publications – remember my post on Bruit de Palais, their monthly magazines?
Pierre walked into the living the other morning when I had every single tube opened, upright on the table. Sniffing them all. What are you doing? Eventually he joined in, heheh. The scent of tea is intoxicating. I’ve yet to try all twelve, but mark me down as a fan of Thé du Hammam (we bought the full-size for my parents), the Butterfly of Taiwan, and Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope from India. They carry different themed sets including one for green tea, and one for low-caffeine teas. Am already brainstorming what to do with the tubes after we polish off all teas! The possibilities are endless.