Grand Yunnan Imperial

Chinese black tea
This delicious black tea, also known as "surgeon's tea" because it awakens without overstimulating, has a honeyed scent and is ideal for the morning.

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  • Infusion Time 4'

  • Quantity 0.2 oz / 10 fl oz - 6g / 30cl

  • Temperature of infusion 195°F - 90°C

  • Time of the day All day long, Morning


The subtle flavor of this flowery, mild tea is known as the "Mocha of teas" or "Surgeon's tea", as it has the power to revive without over-stimulating the nerves. A splendid leaf with plenty of golden buds.

Our verdict: Flowery and mild, this tea's great character and subtlety has led it to be named the 'Mocha of teas' or "the Surgeons’ tea", as it has the power to revive without over-stimulating the nerves. A splendid leaf with plenty of golden buds. A must for customers of Le Palais des Thés.

Story: Yunnan began producing black tea in the 1940’s, at the instigation of the government, who hoped to develop black tea productions for export. The region offers ideal geological and weather conditions for growing tea: red, fertile soil, a misty and humid climate, and a constant average daily temperature from 59 to 73°F all year round, which gave Kunmings, the provincial capital, built at an altitude of 6,560 feet (2000 m) the nickname of “The City of Four Springs”. Tea growing takes up the whole of the south and southwest of the province. The principal variety of tea bush grown is Da Ye, a bush with large leaves used to make Pu Erh. Until recently, Yunnan produced mostly black tea (which the Chinese call red), but because of the great popularity of Pu Erh, production is now primarily dedicated to the manufacture of dark teas.

Together with Keemun, Yunnan black tea is among the best in China. Easily appreciated, since it is very scented and with scarcely any bitterness thanks to the delicacy of the leaf and the number of buds it contains, it is available in a great many grades.

Suggestion of preparation

To prepare hot tea:

Steep 6g / 0.2oz of tea in 30cl / 10fl oz of filtered water for 4 minutes at 195F° (90°C).

Tea and dishes message

Pairs well with grilled or roasted beef and lamb.


Madeleines With Grand Yunnan Impérial

Madeleines With Grand Yunnan Impérial

Serves 4

Preparation time : 30 minutes

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4.8 /5

Based on 48 customer(s) reviews

Kathleen S.   published 06/18/2024 following an order made on 05/28/2024


This has become one of my favorite early-morning teas. Excellent depth of flavor and no bitterness.

Vannessa M.   published 03/29/2024 following an order made on 03/08/2024


My favorite

Peter B.   published 02/10/2024 following an order made on 01/18/2024


A wonderful tea both invigorating and calming, seems impossible but true

Lee M.   published 01/29/2024 following an order made on 01/09/2024


This was the first five star tea on my daughter’s list from her Advent Calendar.

Warren R B.   published 12/25/2023 following an order made on 12/04/2023


Light taste suitable for evening tea

Anonymous customer   published 12/20/2023 following an order made on 11/24/2023


smooth taste

SHARYN W.   published 12/18/2023 following an order made on 11/20/2023


It's been years since I've tried Yunnan tea, and your particular blend does not disappoint! It's delicious!

Margaret S.   published 12/06/2023 following an order made on 11/15/2023


I've never had this before, and love it!

Peter B.   published 11/27/2023 following an order made on 11/07/2023


A wonderful full bodied very flavorful black tea, highly recommended, strong and invigorating.

Isabelle D.   published 11/26/2023 following an order made on 11/04/2023


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