This Grand Cru is from a land that is not typically known for its tea: Indonesia. While this country is famous for its rice and coffee, its teas are by contrast little known. Yet, thanks to its high mountains, mineral-rich volcanic soil, exceptional biodiversity and tropical climate, this archipelago provides the ideal conditions for growing tea plants. A wide variety of Camellia Sinensis and Assamica can be found here, as well as many ancient tea plant varieties that grow along the heights of the islands.
The history of tea in Indonesia is marked by the strong influence of China and Taiwan, which is why all tea colours can be found in the country today. Although, far from limiting themselves to reproducing Chinese teas, tea growers here stand out from the crowd by breaking the traditional rules and developing their own identity. However, it is not easy to come across these fine teas that have been hidden away in the mountains. They are rare, and above all intended for the local market. We travelled in search of passionate, creative growers producing exceptional but very small batches. Indonesian teas have a high aromatic diversity and are a real novelty.
A Grand Cru harvested in Cisujen, in western Indonesia. This white tea is made using the same technique as Chinese teas: after the harvest, the leaves are withered and dried for four days. The fine harvest consists of large leaves and delightful buds.
A round, gourmet Grand Cru with a smooth texture and mild, sweet flavour. It has fruity and floral aromatic notes of vanilla and honey.
- Jawa Barat, Indonesia
- Tea Colour:
- White tea
Appearance : large entire leaves alongside spectacular buds
Colours : brown leaves and silver buds
Scents : dry vegetal, nuts, floral
Scents: dry vegetal, vanilla, ripe grape
Colours : golden
Texture : velvety
Flavours : sweet
Aromas : vegetal attack (dry vegetal), vanilla, flower honey, floral (rose), sweet almond, Paris mushroom hints, intense fruit to finish (ripe fruits, muscat grape)
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth : a complex white tea with vegetal, vanilla, floral and highly fruity notes. Its round texture brings out the gentle, sweet flavour and gourmet notes of this exceptional Grand Cru.
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 7' minutes in water heated to 80°C.
With the Gong Fu Cha (teapot/Gaiwan): infusions during 30-40 secondes.
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.