This is a delicate white tea from a little-known plantation in Ilam Valley. This premium tea has a silky, slightly astringent texture and develops notes of wicker, nuts and flowers 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.
- Ilam, Nepal
- Tea colour:
- white tea
- Appearance: a splendid plucking made up almost entirely of long downy buds
- Colours: silver and olive green
- Scents: almond, straw
- Scents: vegetal (steamed vegetables, peas), a hint of rose, metal
- Colour: pale gold
- Texture: silky followed by a delicate astringency
- Flavours: a subtle acidity and bitterness
- Aromas: wicker, nuts, a floral hint, metal (taste of fire)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: fresh and vegetal to start, before developing wicker notes. The finish reveals a succession of floral, nutty (pistachio) and burnt notes that remain full and linger in the mouth
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.