This fine white tea is full and velvety in the mouth, and develops a sweet, zesty vegetal attack with delicate underlying notes of vanilla and milk.
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: an excellent plucking made up almost entirely of downy buds
- Colours: silver, brown and pale green
- Scents: straw, fruit, almond
- Scents: flowers, fruit (pear, green apple), sweet vanilla, milk (almond milk), vegetal notes and a hint of spice
- Colour: clear, pale yellow
- Texture: full and velvety
- Flavours: a subtle sweetness
- Aromas: mild vegetal (artichoke, celery) and zesty notes to start, a floral (rose, lily) and button mushroom accent, followed by fruit (green apple, rhubarb, peach stone), finishing with underlying notes of sweet vanilla, milk (almond milk) and a hint of spice (coriander seed)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a mild tea with delicate, harmonious aromas sustained by a subtle sweet flavour
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.