A harvest of exceptionally rare quality with incredibly rich flavours. Its delicate grassy, fruity, and mineral notes balance each other perfectly.
An exceptional harvest from the Taoyuan Shengyuan Garden (53 hectares) located in Taoyuan City, in Hunan Province. Yellow tea is rare: it is harvested and processed in very small quantities, and resembles a cross between white tea and green tea.
This tea is made in a particular way: only the young tender buds are picked (before the traditional Qingming festival, which takes place around 4 or 5 April). Following the firing stage, the buds are wrapped in a piece of cloth then left for around 20 hours, during which time they turn slightly yellow. A brief period of drying completes the process.
- Origin: Hunan, China
- Tea colour: yellow tea
- Appearance: an exceptional plucking made up exclusively of downy buds folded into needles
- Colour: pale green with silver glints
- Scents: fruity, vegetal (cut grass), straw, mineral
- Scents: very fruity (pear, guava), vegetal (cut grass, cooked vegetables), mineral
- Colour: crystal clear sea green
- Texture: supple, smooth with a fine astringency at the back of the mouth
- Flavours: a touch of sweetness and a slight acidity
- Aromas: a vegetal bouquet (cut grass, cooked vegetables), nuts (chestnut), pronounced fruity aromas (pear, guava, apple) and a mineral hint
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: an astonishing liquor, both delicate and with remarkable aromas. The vegetal and fruity notes combine perfectly throughout the tasting and create a lovely freshness. The texture is initially smooth, becoming slightly astringent and intensifying the aromas at the back of 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.