LE PALAIS DES THÉS: Thé du Hammam
Most days my eye is solely on fragrance. Perfume follows me out the front door and into the world. So I welcomed the temporary distraction from Palais de Thes whose offerings gently pushed me to take a moment to reflect and allow scent into my home. For the last few nights, the scent of brewed tea and glowing candlelight have infused the night air, reminding me that a delicately scented home can encourage reflection and create calm. There is no denying the healing and restorative properties of preparing and partaking in tea, and its a lovely to share with family and friends. Another plus is Le Palais de Thes are an affordable luxury, a small addition to the daily ritual that has big comforting outcomes.
The first interaction with tea is ultimately olfactive, and I was taken by the fruity bouquet of Thé du Hammam, once brewed I was surprised by its delicate and balanced taste. It’s a flavored green tea whose Turkish recipe mirrors the fragrances used to perfume a hammam. Green tea, roses, green dates, berries, and orange flower water, make the tea satisfying. The Thé du Hammam candle compliments the tea, it is a richer almost creamier experience. Its sweetness is perfectly balanced and delicate, here lives notes of fresh green tea, rose petals and orange blossoms, ripe red fruits, dried fruit. Its fragrance ebbs and flows throughout the room. In the morning, I keep wondering where is that incredible smell coming from, and then I remember and notice the unlit candle in the center of the table. Lit or unlit it keeps giving.
Visit Palais des Thes website as it is a good source for the tea drinking novice. You will find how to brew hot and iced tea, ideas about how to use their teas in cooking and cocktails, and they are offering one-hour and a half Tea-Tasting Classes at their NYC boutiques. Sounds like fun. Hammam reminds this perfume lover/writer how to enjoy scent that lives outside the bottle. I leave you with a cocktail recipe from their website. http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/about-us/palais-des-thes/tea-classes/
- 3 rounded teaspoons or 3 tea bags of “Thé du Hammam” - 10 ounces of spring water - 10 ounces of Champagne - 2 tbsp. of peach liqueur
Infuse the Palais des Thés “Thé du Hamman” tea leaves in lightly simmering spring water for 3 minutes. (Do not let the water come to a boil!) Filter the leaves, let the tea cool, and then let chill in the refrigerator for a half hour. Put chilled tea and peach liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into flutes, about half way up, and top off with well-chilled Champagne.
For approx. 5 flutes