This is the first time a black tea has been compressed in Bing Cha form (tea cake). This fine crop, comprising leaves and buds, was harvested in the spring of 2019. The compression of leaves is more typically reserved for dark teas, so it is rare to find Hong Cha teas (black teas) that have been compressed.
The tea is grown 1300 metres above sea level in the Ailao Mountains, located in the province of Yunnan. It is made from Da Ye tea plants.
A rare cake that is an opportunity to rediscover black tea and its evolution over time: the delicate compression of the leaves preserves their aroma, for optimal and long-lasting preservation of the tea.
This sweet Grand Cru, with its powdered texture, develops gourmet notes that are both honeyed and fruity, with hints of leather and polished wood.
- Yunnan, China
- Tea colour:
- black tea
- Appearance: leaves and buds compressed in the shape of a cake
- Colour: dark brown leaves with flashes of gold
- Scents: honey, wax, leather
- Scents: wood, honey, fruit
- Colour: mahogany
- Texture: powdery
- Flavours: sweet
- Aromas: polished wood, very honeyed, malty, hint of leather, cooked fruits, finely spiced
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a rounded and gourmet black tea with woody, honeyed and fruity notes that linger in the mouth
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 90°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.