Lizahill (260 hectares) is a plot in the Risheehat garden in Darjeeling, lying at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,700 metres. In Darjeeling, the term “muscatel” defines a tea with an aromatic bouquet that evokes the fruity sweetness of the muscat grape. This characteristic bouquet, which is particularly rare, is caused by an insect from the Cicadellidae family: the Jassid. This green fly attacks the tea plants regularly during the summer, causing serious damage.
Far from being considered a gastronomic blessing – as is the case in Taiwan – many Darjeeling planters prefer to fight this insect rather than having part of their harvest destroyed.
Only the best gardens, which can bring out this bouquet through a highly skilled process, take the risk of letting the jassids do their work.
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.