This green tea with a subtle umami note has a lovely fresh, iodine attack followed by buttery, vanilla qualities that linger in the mouth.
This one is from the Mann Tea Estate, a plantation founded in 1882. Its owner and manager, both passionate about tea, are trying to win back recognition for Kangra teas, and their efforts are bearing fruit.
Located on the western slopes of the Himalayas, on the border with Pakistan just below Kashmir, the tea gardens that extend down into the deep Kangra Valley produce some very fine harvests. The plantations in this region date back to British rule and are a similar age to those in Darjeeling. In 1905, an earthquake sent the British fleeing, but luckily the plantations remain today! There is an extraordinary quantity of old Classic China bushes, very fine high-altitude tea plants, with seasons and a climate similar to those of Darjeeling. In recent years, some Kangra gardens have produced remarkable teas and obtained protected geographical indication status, a sign of high quality. Some very experienced planters work there, and the region is doing all it can to continue to develop exceptional premium teas.
- Kangra, India
- Tea colour:
- green tea
- Appearance: lovely looking whole leaves, delicately rolled
- Colours: mainly dark green
- Scents: breadcrumb, brioche, vegetal notes
- Scents: pronounced vegetal (stems) notes, chestnut, a hint of iodine, flowers
- Colour: clear, pale green
- Texture: creamy and round, followed by a slightly powdery feel
- Flavours: slightly umami
- Aromas: : iodine (whelks), vegetal (stems), flowers (white flowers), chestnut, butter, vanilla, a hint of aniseed
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lovely fresh, iodine attack, developing buttery, vanilla, then vegetal notes that linger in the mouth
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 80°C
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.