just opened a new shop in Soho. It’s their second US location, the other is on the
. And perhaps even
exciting is the launch of the tea school.
They have a respected
in Paris, and the US tea classes launch
. There aren’t many places where you can get solid tea education in NYC (unlike wine!) Hopefully this will change in the future….one step at a time ^_^
To celebrate the launch, company founder François-Xavier Delmas flew in from Paris to do a cupping of two grand cru teas.
That’s him in the photo above. On François-Xavier’s left is his niece, Aurélie Bessière. She and her husband Cy run the American expansion of Le Palais des Thés.
The first grand cru was a Darjeeling Puttabong DJ 187 “Muscatel” S.F.T.G.F.O.P.1 (looks like
is sold out online, but they had it available at the Soho location).
It’s a second flush darjeeling with…
….dark brown, evenly rolled leaves. You get all these notes of simmered fruit and bits of citrus and cocoa (so many tasting overlaps with the somm class I’m doing :)
The brewed liquid is clean, a deep cooper. Tons of honey and fruit on first taste, then that develops into spicy, woody notes. Others detected lemongrass, but I missed that.
Next up was the
Oolongs are my favorite type of teas so you can imagine how excited I was!
. So powerful and intense with a long, rich finish.
Smooth and very toasty (François-Xavier described the flavor as coffee bean).
This is a type of tea I would be happy drinking all day long.
Next up on my tea-to-drink list?
, ohlala ^_^