This unique Kenyan Grand Cru is inspired by oolong. It owes its designation as a "purple tea" to the TRFK 306/1 cultivar, which gives its liqueur an attractive pale-pink colour and is renowned for its high concentration of antioxidants.
After 25 years of studies, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya created a variety of tea with purple leaves, the TRFK 306 cultivar. Its purple colour is due to the fact that its leaves are rich in anthocyanins, which are natural pigments also found in blueberries, blackberries and so on.Anthocyanins are an important source of antioxidants, and this tea is said to have many health benefits.
A Kenyan tea with mineral, vegetal, floral and artichoke notes. Its delicately astringent texture ensures a particularly long finish.
- Nakuru, Kenya
- Tea colour:
- oolong, light oxidation
- Appearance: fines twisted buds
- Colour: black with silver buds
- Scents: wood, animal, vegetal
- Scents: very fruit, (apricot, mirabelle plum) and floral
- Colour: pale pink
- Texture: delicate astringency
- Flavours: subtle bitterness
- Aromas: green vegetables (atichoke), mineral, fresh plant, floral hints
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: : a rare Grand Cru with powerful, long-lasting notes, first vegetal then mineral
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 5 minutes in water heated to 175°F
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.