olivierco wrote: a short guide from the shop "le palais des thés"
Have you ever been to Le Palais des Thés? They seem to be a pervasive presence among the French blogueurs
, have multiple locations (including shops in Belgium, Norway, and Japan) and I see they now even have an English language website. According to their website they were founded by about 50 tea lovers so they could get quality tea.
Are you able to give us any more insight or personal opinions about them? There seem to be a number of budding multinationals in the premium tea business, and Le Palais looks to be the chief French contender.
They have about ten shops in France, one in Tokyo, two in Oslo and two in Brussel.
They sell all kind of teas, many flavored teas but also some high quality teas.
I buy from them Keemun and Yunnan Gold, Darjeelings and Chinese greens which they get a good selection of spring harvest. I buy also from Mariage frères which offers a broader choice of high quality teas.
They are perhaps a bit expensive (typical prices 20 to 30€/100gr for their best teas: with the weak US dollar that's 30-45$ /100gr), but the good thing is that there is a shop in my town, so I am able to taste the tea before buying. And no shipping costs.
Their japanese greens lack of freshness, as it is for virtually all not based in Japan sellers. Their oolongs are too expensive regarding their quality. (They even sell some at ridiculous prices of 98€ (150$) /100 gr and even 135€ (200$)/100 gr...)
They started to sell Puer one or two years ago.
I am waiting for Adagio to open a tea store in Europe in order to compare their teas (and prices).