This is a magnificent plucking composed of very long leaves that have been only minimally shaped. This batch will delight fans of Pu Erh with its fruity, vegetal and mineral notes. The fresh notes are sustained by a slight acidity and bitterness, meaning they linger in the mouth.
A first encounter with Pu Erh can be surprising, even disconcerting, but if you come to appreciate its intense, powerful flavour, it becomes a firm favourite. Because it has a low theine content, it can be consumed in the evening as well as during the day. Pu Erh is well-known for its beneficial qualities: it is reputed to aid digestion and help detox the body, making it an excellent tea to enjoy after a meal.
China, which lays claim to being the birthplace of the tea plant, is home to the oldest tea plants in the world, in Yunnan province. In the Nannuo mountains, there is an plant estimated to be around 800 years old, apparently the oldest tea plant cultivated by humans! Known for its tea gardens that date back to the Tang dynasty, this mountain has undergone many changes over time, but remains a beautiful place of pilgrimage for tea connoisseurs.
- Tea colour:
- Pu erh
- Appearance: barely shaped, spectacularly long leaves
- Colors: brown and green
- Scents: fruity, hay
- Scents: vegetal, mineral, fruity (stewed apple)
- Color: orangey yellow
- Texture: smooth, then a delicate astringency
- Flavors: a slight acidity and bitterness
- Aromas: fruity (yellow fruit, cooked apple), vegetal (stems, cup mushrooms), mineral, metallic
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lively start with vegetal and mineral notes; full, fresh and long in the mouth
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.