This is a delicious black tea from a little-known plantation in the Ilam Valley.
This very fresh Grand Cru with floral and vegetal notes, supported by a slight acidity, develops towards indulgent notes of vanilla and brioche at the end.
In recent years, certain Nepalese planters have taken a new direction to create less customary teas. The leaves of this black tea are kept whole, guaranteeing a rich aromatic profile. Ilam and Dhankuta, in the east of Nepal, are unlike the large plantations. Here, they produce a sixth of Nepal’s tea using the traditional method: the tea leaves are kept whole, resulting in wonderfully rich aromas.
- Ilam, Nepal
- Tea color:
- black tea
- Appearance: large twisted leaves. Presence of buds
- Color: khaki
- Scents: vegetal, vanilla, brioche
- Scents: vegetal, aromatic herbs, camphor
- Color: golden yellow
- Texture: powdery texture at the end
- Flavours: slight acidity
- Aromas: plant stems, toasted (brioche), vanilla, aromatic herbs, camphor, floral hints of roses
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: pleasant freshness at the start against a backdrop of vegetal notes tempered by a central floral aroma developing towards an underlying sweet flavor of vanilla and brioche
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 3'45 minutes in water heated to 185°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.