Grand Cru Teas with Le Palais des Thés

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Le Palais des Thés

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

tea school

in Paris, and the US tea classes launch

Feb 3rd

. 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 

this tea

 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

Taiwan Bao Zhong Antique – 1999 Millesime

 from Taiwan.

Oolongs are my favorite type of teas so you can imagine how excited I was!

This 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?

Silver Needles


Milky Wu Oolong

, ohlala ^_^

  • Cassaendra
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy, A tea school sounds wonderful. Yet another place to add to our one-of-these-days trips to NYC. Thanks for writing about this!

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2013

    oh the milky wu oolong sounds splendid. I need to make it a point to visit this shop asap!

  • K and S
    February 1, 2013

    what a great event!

  • anonymous
    February 2, 2013

    Oolongs are my favorite as well. Any recommendations for a place with quality oolongs?

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 4, 2013

    Hi Alexis! Definitely! And then it's just a short walk to Harney & Sons and Mandarin's Tea Room.Hi Kat! It sure was ^_^Hi Ellen! In addition to Les Palais des Thes, I'd personally buy my teas from Red Blossom and In Pursuit of Tea (you can order online from both companies).Hi Cassaendra! Hope you can make the trip soon, so many places on the list! ^_^

  • Tracy
    February 27, 2013

    The idea of connoisseurship is very appealing. I admire the dedication and thoughtfulness.

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