For the first time, we have added a Japanese Oolong to our selection. It is harvested in the Shizuoka region, along the Makinohara plateau. The tea plants growing at 160 metres above sea level enjoy ideal climate conditions as well as pure, natural spring water. The Benifuki cultivar has been chosen to produce this tangy, powerful Oolong.
The leaves are first withered, and are then slowly oxidised until they develop a rich aroma that is distinctive to Oolong tea. Oxidation is then put to an end by putting the leaves in contact with dry heat, in a similar process to the one used to produce Tamaryokucha Kamairi Cha. The tea is then sorted, in order to separate the leaves from the stems and any possible dirt. A rare tea that you really must try!
A very rare Japanese Oolong with notes of butter, white flowers, stems, yellow fruits and vanilla, with a subtle yet surprising iodised peak.
- Shizuoka, Japan
- Tea colour:
- Oolong, light oxidation
- Appearance: large crumpled leaves
- Colour: green
- Scents: brioche, vegetal, toasted
- Scents: floral, fresh vegetal, buttery
- Colour: golden
- Texture: silky
- Flavours: sweet, slight bitterness
- Aromas: very floral to start (white flowers), fresh vegetal (stems), fruit (yellow fruits), iodine accent, buttery, vanilla hints
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a rare and unusual tea with highly vivacious vegetal and floral notes which join together with vanilla and buttery hints within a silky texture. The subtle bitterafter-taste gives this astonishing Japanese Oolong's highly vegetal and delicately iodised notes a much longer finish
Suggestion of preparation
With the testing: 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.