This Grand Cru is not made from the traditional Camellia Sinensis tea plant, but from a different shrub called Camellia Taliensis. This species, native only to Yunnan, stands out through its ability to produce buds with multiple branches. Camellia Taliensis is also known as Ya Bao Cha, or simply the “wild tea plant”. With a production process similar to Mao Cha, this rare, one-of-a-kind tea is produced from "vintage" Gu Shu tea plants on Ailao mountain. A one-of-a-kind Grand Cru!
A silky tea with intense fruity fragrances, which intertwine with vegetal, mineral and toasted notes. Its sweet flavour has an umami aftertaste.
- Yunnan, China
- Tea colour:
- Dark tea
- Appearance: harvest consisting exclusively of numerous toasted buds
- Colour: a blend of green and brown
- Scents: fruit, wood, wild scent
- Scents: fruit, vegetal, mineral, animal
- Colour: pale gold with pink glints
- Texture: silky
- Flavours: sweet, slightly umami
- Aromas: fruit (cooked apricot, grape), vegetal (cooked vegetables), vanilla, mineral, wild scent, mushrooms (button mushrooms), floral (rose), with a subtly toasted and fruity finish (exotic fruits)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a Grand Cru that cannot be defined, with fragrances as surprising as they are unconventional. It includes some aromatic notes from a classic Mao Cha, mixed with some intense and long-lasting fruity fragrances. A stunning taste experience!
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.