This dark tea, known as Pho Ni in Vietnam, comes from Tay Con Linh in the Ha Giang region. It is produced from wild Shan Tuyet tea plants (also known as "Snow Shan Tea"). These ancient trees are scattered across the mountains, and don4t need any maintenance in order to grow. However, to harvest the leaves the pickers still need to climb these towering trees, which makes the harvest much more difficult.
Thanks to their highly developed system of roots, these wild trees draw many minerals from the soil, which provides the tea with a richly complex taste.
This Grand Cru is a dark Sheng tea, which is a tea with compressed leaves that are left to ferment naturally over decades.
This highly fruity and vegetal tea then develops more woody and mineral notes with leather and mushroom hints. A round, sweet and complex tea that is ideal for preparation in the Gong Fu Cha tea method.
This tea is grown organically and certified by Ecocert, an accredited independent certification body.
- Hà Giang, Vietnam
- Tea colour:
- dark tea (Sheng)
- Appearance: a high quality brick of delicately compressed leaves and buds
- Colour: green and brown leaves with colourful or pale buds
- Scents:nuts, dry wood, roasted hints
- Scents: fruity, vegetal, mushroom, leather, minty hint
- Colour: red gold
- Texture: silky, with a highly subtle astringency which gives the fruity notes a long finish
- Flavours: sweet
- Aromas: intense fruity initial aroma (dry apricot), nuts, cooked vegetal, mushroom, woody,mineral, leather, subtle smoked note
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a round and sweet dark tea which reveals a complex aromatic palette including fruity, vegetal, woody and mineral notes. When served in a teapot it is highly balanced. When prepared using the Gong Fu Cha technique it reveals all of its many qualities over successive infusions
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.