This tea is harvested from 50-year-old tea plants growing on Mount Thyolo at an altitude of more than 1,000 metres.Thyolo is the name of a mountain, a town, a district and the cultivar used to produce this tea: the 312 Thyolo Oolong is a native cultivar which lends this tea a unique aromatic profile. The tea plants grow in a sub-tropical climate that is dry in winter and humid in summer. The seasons are reversed in Malawi as it is located in the southern hemisphere. Harvested in September, this tea is therefore actually a spring tea.
An atypical Grand Cru with a delicately astringent texture supporting vegetal, woody, mineral and camphorated notes with a hint of fruit.
- Thyolo, Malawi
- Tea colour:
- oolong tea (medium oxidation)
- Appearance: large crumpled leaves
- Colour: dark brown
- Scents: vegetal, fruit, wood, toast
- Scents: fruit, cooked vegetal
- Colour: amber
- Texture: silky with a delicate final astringency
- Flavours: subtle acidity
- Aromas: vegetal, green vegetables, camphorated, mineral, wood, fruit (yellow fruit)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: : a unique oolong blending vegetal and woody notes with a hint of minerality supported by a delicate astringency offering a long finish
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 5 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.