Grands Crus



Darjeeling Hilton Early Spring EX 1/19 S.F.T.G.F.O.P.1 Clonal Exotic

Indian black tea - First Flush 2019
Darjeeling First Flush with a fresh and vegetal aromatic profile characterised by its elegant astringency that linger the notes in the mouth.
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  • Infusion Time 3'45

  • Quantity 6g / 30cl

  • Temperature of infusion 85°C - 185°F

  • Time of the day All day long


Also known by the name Ambiok, the Hilton garden is one of the most picturesque in Darjeeling: it sits beside the majestic ruins of Fort Dalim. It stretches over 155 hectares at an altitude of between 600 and 1,550 metres. This Grand Cru was made from the superb “Ambari Vegetative 2” cultivar, known as AV2, which produces teas of superlative quality.

This year, the spring harvest is starting early for the first time ever. This special authorisation has been granted to just six gardens by the Tea Board of India, the public organisation that promotes the growing, processing and marketing of Indian tea. Hilton, one of these six gardens, is offering us an exceptional first batch of Darjeeling first flush.

This Grand Cru is characterised by its elegant astringency and pronounced aromatic freshness, with vegetal and floral notes that linger in the mouth.

The Choice of Francois-Xavier Delmas

Tea sommelier Expert and Founder of Palais Des Thés

It is rare to find an early tea that is so fresh and that possesses such a remarkable aromatic bouquet. Only for those who impatiently look forward to the arrival of the Darjeeling first flush every year.

Special qualities

  • Origin:
  • Darjeeling, India
  • Tea colour:
  • black tea

Suggestion of preparation

With the tasting set: 3'45 minutes in water heated to 85°C

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.

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