This is a fine third flush (autumnal) with a very full floral bouquet and lemony, vegetal, burnt notes that linger in the mouth.
For the past few years, some Nepalese plantations have broken with tradition and are following their passion to produce a new generation of teas of very high quality that are truly out of the ordinary. Ilam and Dhankuta, in the east of Nepal, are unlike the large plantations. Here, they produce a sixth of Nepal’s tea using the traditional method: the tea leaves are kept whole, resulting in wonderfully rich aromas.
They use the Ambari Vegetative 2 cultivar, more widely known as AV2, which produces teas of excellent quality. A cultivar is the result of selection, hybridisation or spontaneous mutation in plants. Its unique characteristics are not generally passed down from one generation to another through the seeds. Instead, cuttings are taken to create more plants.
- Ilam, Nepal
- Tea colour:
- black tea
- Appearance: a very attractive plucking, with barely rolled leaves
- Colours: olive and pale green
- Scents: wood, brioche, almond, herbs
- Scents: vegetal, butter, fruit (fresh fruit)
- Colour: straw
- Texture: full and silky
- Flavours: a delicate sweetness
- Aromas: a very full floral bouquet (rose), fruit (citrus), a vegetal accent, burnt notes, nuts (almond) and a hint of brioche
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a floral explosion with a lovely finish sustained by lemony, vegetal and burnt notes
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 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.