This Grand Cru won us over with its complex flavours. Its woody, spicy, cocoa, fruity and honeyed notes emerge in succession, blending harmoniously together.
For the origin of our newest black tea, we look to the Anhui Province, one of China’s major tea regions. Keemun is among the most famous and prized teas produced there and this one particularly stands out as a jewel among the ones that are currently being produced.
Qimen is what in China is known as a “refined” tea (as against the “unrefined” teas which are manufactured using the leaves in the just-plucked state, then cutting, grading and sorting them into different categories at the end of the manufacturing process).
- Anhui, China
- Tea colour:
- black tea
- Appearance: very nice leaves regularly rolled
- Colour: dark brown with golden buds
- Scents: leather, wood, tobacco, cocoa, (vanilla pod)
- Scents: very fragrant: cocoa, leather, tobacco, fruit (quince, stewed fruit), honey and a hint of undergrowth
- Colour: coppery colour, a clear and gleaming liquor
- Texture: supple and silky followed by a touch of astringency at the back of the mouth, sustaining the aromatic notes
- Flavours: sweet
- Aromas: lovely complex aromas: waxed wood, spices (clove, nutmeg), cocoa/dark chocolate, fruit (candied orange, quince, stewed fruit), pronounced honey (dark honey), vanilla pod, leather
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a generous start with warm, fruity notes that blend and merge in a harmonious liquor. The finish reveals pronounced honey and vanilla pod notes
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 90°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.