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Drink It in


I am an unabashed tea drinker. For one thing, I have a serious caffeine sensitivity that has only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older – I have to stay far away from coffee for the most part (even decaf). But beyond that, to me, tea is simply supreme over coffee. Let me count the ways: if you are a caffeine junkie, there are plenty of teas to get your fix. The flavours are far more diverse and rich. There are plenty of antioxidant, digestive, and even weight loss benefits to sipping on tea. Oh, and it doesn’t stain your teeth or give you that husky breath. Whether you needed convincing or not, today’s featured brand is definitely worth switching to tea for: Palais des Thés is a Parisian brand that specializes in artisan teas sourced from some of the world’s top suppliers for over 25 years. They are constantly innovating with new flavours (100 and counting) and applications, and for any tea drinker as the season’s change and begin to chill out a bit, they are wonderful for gift-giving. The brand isn’t as commonplace in Canada as other tea brands (although they offer Canadian shipping through their website) but their adorable packaging and yummy taste make them a must-try! Today, I’m sharing with you some of my favourite gift ideas from their line-up.

Palais Des Thes Washi TinsWashi Tins – $13 each (*Note: all prices are quoted in USD for this post)
Looseleaf tea is a fragile thing. It should be protected from air and light in order to maximize its ‘shelf life’ and taste factor. Palais des Thés has just the solution however, with their adorably packaged Washi tape-inspired tins that can easily house some of your favourite brews in an attractive package. If you’re just getting into loose teas, there is totally your starting point – be sure to pick up a cute canister to go with whatever tea you purchase for your giftee.

Palais des Thes My Tea For The Office‘My Tea For The Office’ Gift Set – $38 for 48 Bags
One thing I quite appreciate about Palais des Thés is that they aren’t looseleaf purists. I’ll admit, sometimes a bag is just WAY more convenient. That’s why I love their fun gift sets themed to different occasions – like ‘My Tea for Brunch’ or ‘My Tea for the Evening’. They come with eight biodegradable bags of six varieties of tea, so you can sample a variety and indulge in your favourites over and over again before restocking. The boxes also open like books, with plenty of info on each of the varieties within – like Fleur de Geisha or Darjeeling of Margaret’s Hope in this set – making them a ready-made gift that your loved one will happily reach for to get through a busy day. A perfect choice for your spouse to tote to work or to gift to a close coworker.

Palais Des Thes Plaisirs Purs CanistersLes Plaisirs Purs Canisters – $17.95 each
Some of Palais des Thés‘ newest flavours have been bundled up and packaged into these special metal canisters – and I’d call them the perfect gift for either tea purists or tea newbies. As the brand themselves state: these teas are the result of a long selection process and finding that magic combination of tea leaves and natural extracts for a pure, indulgent taste. Available in four classic, simple flavours – lemon, pear, orange blossom, and iced mint – they’re a wonderful hostess gift for a weekend brunch, book club meeting, or holiday dinner. In fact, don’t be surprised to see them served up after you eat!

Grand Cru TeasGrand Cru Teas – $26+
Admittedly for me, as adventurous as I am with tea, I’m hardly a connoisseur. There are many people, however, that can drink and assess tea like a wine sommelier. If the tea drinker in your life can be classified as something of a tea snob, Palais des Thés has got you covered. They carry a line of high end, ‘rare’ teas made from some of the world’s most exotic ingredients. Prices can be steep – we’re talking over $100 for a 100 g bag – but the gastronomic outcomes are something else. If the person you’re buying for isn’t a fancy wine drinker, this can be a fun alternative in terms of splurging. You can also buy one of the more affordable options (there are plenty under $45) as a special treat for an everyday tea sipper.

Palais Des Thes GiftwareGiftware Items – $5.90+
Despite tea being as simple as flavoured hot water, there are quite a few accessories and gifty-gift ideas to go with it. For instance, you’ll need something to both brew and sip your tea out of. Palais des Thés carries a line of authentic Japanese and Chinese mugs and cups, as well as a pretty spectacular line-up of teapots (like the very cool Sekitei option presented above – $149) that’ll look equally great on the table as they do on the shelf. They also have some more unique choices for tea lovers, like some of their most popular teas packaged in very nifty containers, or tea-scented candles to send your mind to instant bliss. Pick something up to accompany your tea bag for a well-rounded, thought out gift.

Palais Des Thes Plaisirs PurReally, whether you’re a tea drinker or not, I find Palais des Thés to be one of the most accessible brands out there. They provide plenty of advice for newbies but also cater to those with refined tea-sipping palettes. I’m excited to share a special prize package with you on their behalf, including all four of the Plaisirs Purs tea canisters and two mugs so you can share with a friend – just in time for fall. Interested? Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by September 21st, with a link back to the tea from Palais des Thés you’re most interested in trying. If you’re not a tea drinker…you probably shouldn’t enter this contest 🙂

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 22nd to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Palais des Thes on Facebook and leave a comment on why you’re interested in trying out their teas to earn yourself a bonus entry – just leave a link back to your comment and / or your FB username in the comments below.

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85 Responses to “Drink It in”
  1. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love to try any of the oolong teas, but I picked the Bao Zhong Imperial: http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/bao-zhong-imperial-1548.html

  2. Julie G. says:

    I am not a tea drinker… but my daughter is. I think she’d like this green tea: http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-vahines-green-tea.html

  3. Taps says:

    I am a big fan of tea.. especially green and oolong tea and falvoured tea…very intriqued by the GRAND JASMIN MU DAN
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/grand-jasmin-mu-dan-1532.html

  4. Annie Demill says:

    I’m a big fan of David’s teas but I think I will be checking some of these teas out for sure!
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/tropical-wu-long-1718.html – Tropical Oolong

    liked on facebook and left a comment :https://www.facebook.com/PalaisdesthesUSA/posts/535753869826654

  5. Joan G says:

    I just have to try the Oolong Butterfly of Taiwan – I just love exotic teas

    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/butterfly-of-taiwan-1550.html

  6. This one sounds really interesting 🙂
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/pretoria-rooibos-1754.html
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com

  7. cookie3 says:

    extra entry

  8. Susan says:

    I am a HUGE tea drinker and would love to try Palais des Thes Jasmine Pearls.
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/perles-de-jasmin-jasmine-pearls-1534.html

  9. Dreena says:

    We all love tea in the family, especially my son. We frequently go to tea shops. I would choose the Children’s Tea for him:
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/children-s-tea-1766.html?category=156

    Cheers.

  10. Louise says:

    I love green tea and would love to try the Oolong Butterfly of Taiwan

  11. i’m a big fan of all different types of tea and the tins are beautiful

  12. laura says:

    I love tea and like to try different ones. I like the new Les Plaisirs Pur Canisters and reasonable priced as well.

  13. beewbedard says:

    I would like to try their (hard to pick just one) http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-fakirs-1697.html

  14. Grace F says:

    Tea Addict in the house! Holy hannah what a selection ~ but most of all would love to try The Des Songes Blanc flavored white tea. Black and green teas shoot my anxiety level sky high, so I prefer sticking to the herbal types. http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-songes-blanc-1725.html

  15. Tina L. says:

    I like to try the tropical oolong tea.

  16. Stacy Scott says:

    I am a tea drinker, at home I usually have my orange pekoe, Some samples in the mail from Steeped tea and a winning from back at the beginning of summer, Bigelow Half and Half Tea/ Lemonade Yum Yum! I would be Happy with anything new =) Exciting =) Thank you

  17. Pamela Tamming says:

    My daughter and I would love to try some of those teas 🙂

  18. Beth Rosell says:

    I’m most interested in trying the Des Songes Blanc white tea. Sounds amazing. http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-songes-blanc-1725.html

  19. Beth Rosell says:

    Liked and shared a comment on facebook page for Palais des Thés – https://www.facebook.com/PalaisdesthesUSA/posts/536640146404693

  20. l p says:

    tea drinker ++++ here. would love to try the lemon pure indulgence tea.
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/pure-indulgence-lemon.html

    thanks.

  21. Jessica Pang says:

    Love the mint tea canister!

  22. Edmond says:

    Like to try roiboos with lime blossom and mint.
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/rooibos-with-lime-blossom-and-mint-1746.html

    I also liked. @edmond18
    It would be a dream come true and means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the tea to drink & be healthy again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience
    Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!!

  23. Francesca Douglas says:

    This is my favourite tea: http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/fleur-de-geisha-1574.html

    I’ve also like on my Facebook account, Francesca Douglas.

  24. mir&a says:

    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/rooibos-with-lime-blossom-and-mint-1746.html

    All the tins looks so cute! Can’t find a tea that I don’t like

  25. Patricia says:

    I love tea and have more types of tea than necessary but would love to try this tea http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/fleur-d-oranger-wu-long-1648.html

  26. lucy says:

    the green tea chai

  27. CLC says:

    I think I’d like to try this one because it includes citrus and peach and is a green tea.
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-sables-1670.html

  28. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’d love to try the JUKRO: http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/korea-black-tea-jukro-2182.html, at that price it must be heaven!

  29. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I like Palais des Thes on Facebook and have commented: https://www.facebook.com/PalaisdesthesUSA/posts/537455759656465

  30. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would like to try the Ooolong with 7 citrus fruits: http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/wu-long-7-agrumes-1589.html

  31. Margaret Imecs says:

    Liked and commented

  32. Melinda L. says:

    I am most interested in trying the Des Alizes http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-alizes-1679.html

    That combination sounds amazing!

  33. Karen Morine says:

    Pear tea would be fun!

  34. Tyler says:

    Oolong Butterfly! Tea is my crack. Don’t do crack kids.
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/butterfly-of-taiwan-1550.html

  35. Elaan says:

    I’d have to try the Pu Ehr tea because I’ve never tried it!
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/all-our-teas/tea-types/pu-erh.html/

  36. Lori P says:

    I’d be most interested in trying the Thes des Amants, which is black tea flavoured with apple, almond, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of ginger. Sounds like the perfect afternoon tea to me!
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-amants-1702.html

  37. Alison K says:

    The tea from Palais des Thés I’m most interested in trying is their, “Thé des Amants”, a heady, fragrant blend of black tea, apple, almond, cinnamon and vanilla, spiced up with a hint of ginger. http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-amants-1702.html. Doesn’t that just sound so yummy?

  38. I have recently started drinking oolong and love it! I think OOLONG WITH 7 CITRUS FRUITS is my favourite! http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/wu-long-7-agrumes-1589.html

  39. Andrea L says:

    I am a huge tea fanatic…but this brand would be a first:) This one looks too good to pass up – http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/tropical-wu-long-1718.html. Thanks a bunch for the info!

  40. Wanda Bergman says:

    I am most interested in trying The Des Lords Rooibos – http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/the-des-lords-rooibos-1762.html

  41. Wanda Bergman says:

    I like “Palais des Thes USA” and left a comment: https://www.facebook.com/PalaisdesthesUSA/posts/543859795682728

  42. Angela Ethier says:

    I love tea! Especially green tea. I used to live in Shizuoka in Japan which is famous for their green tea, so I became pretty picky about the green tea I drink. I would love to try any of the green teas, This one looks so good…..
    http://us.palaisdesthes.com/en_us/ryokucha-midori-1560.html

  43. Angela Ethier says:

    Commented on FB. Angela Ethier (angelaethier10)

  44. julia g says:

    I have liked and commented on Facebook (Julia Grant)

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