This as a highly atypical Grand Cru. It comes from the Camellia Taliensis shrub, a cousin of the famous Camellia Sinensis tea plant. The species, endemic to Yunnan, can also be found in the countries bordering the province, such as Vietnam. Camellia Taliensis is also known as Ya Bao Cha, or simply the “wild tea plant”. It is sometimes compared to white tea or Pu Erh, whereas in reality it is as atypical as it is unclassifiable. Visually, it differs from Camellia Sinensis by its impressive early buds with numerous offshoots.
Sweet and oily, it reveals exquisite fruity notes of damson, grapefruit and exotic fruits. A rare and exceptional Grand Cru just waiting to be discovered!
- Tea colour:
- white tea
Appearance: harvest consisting exclusively of numerous buds
Colours: green gold with purple highlights
Scents: heady flowers, almonds, fresh fruit (plum)
Scents: fruity (damson, grapefruit), floral, vanilla-scented
Colours: pale gold
Aromas: powerful and complex fruity note, damson, grape, exotic fruits, grapefruit, highly floral (intense rose), hints of liquorice, mild spices (vanilla)
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a spectacular Grand Cru with fruity notes as intense as they are complex. The damson-flavoured start gives way to exotic notes with hints of citrus fruit. The very sweet taste blends with the subtle notes of liquorice and an oily texture that emphasises its very mild nature. An unforgettable taste experience!
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 6' minutes in water heated to 85°C.
With the Gong Fu Cha (teapot/Gaiwan): infusions during 30-40 secondes.
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.