Grand Yunnan Impérial

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Black Tea
Yunnan Black Tea
Baked Bread, Earth, Hay, Mineral, Smooth, Almond, Dried Fruit, Forest Floor, Grain, Malt, Nuts, Nut Fruits, Stonefruits
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 82 oz / 2413 ml

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From Palais des Thes

Our customers’ favorite black tea with a supple texture and honey taste.

The subtle flavor of this flowery, mild tea is known as the “Mocha of teas” or “Surgeon’s tea”, as it has the power to revive without over-stimulating the nerves. A splendid leaf with plenty of golden buds.

Our verdict: Flowery and mild, this tea’s great character and subtlety has led it to be named the ‘Mocha of teas’ or “the Surgeons’ tea”, as it has the power to revive without over-stimulating the nerves. A splendid leaf with plenty of golden buds. A must for customers of Palais des Thés.

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6768 tasting notes

I had a cup (or two) earlier today and forgot to log. I’m sorry for flooding the dashboard with my backlogs! LOL :)

This was good and it’s almost gone…

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Had this tea at a very impressive restaurant. Husband surprised me with a last minute reservation to Dirt Candy for my birthday yesterday. I’ve been wanting to eat there since foreeever! It was everything I dreamed and more. Their dessert menu featured a couple of teas from Le Palaise des Thes, proving that a stunning meal out doesn’t have to be followed by Lipton or stale coffee.

The tea came in a small insulated press pot. Elegant and convenient. I peeked into the pot and saw that this was loose leaf. Amazing. I felt that the ratio of leaf to water was a bit off, but overall, quite tasty! Sweet honey notes. Roasty. More like a dark oolong than black tea. Malty. Perfect end to a perfect meal.

Then we went next door to play with the kitties at the no kill shelter. Husband would normally stop me from doing this as I’m allergic to the cute little things, but it was my birthday! So I’m allowed to get all itchy from cat fur if I want to. :D at some point, I got a bit too wheezy so I dropped a donation and left. Made me happy. :)


What a lovely date! Tea and kittens!


Yeah best day ever!


Sounds wonderful! :D


Happy belated birthday :)


a very curious note and I’m grateful as I have heard of this…happy birthday and dance with the felines and enjoy the burn…good and wonderful hearts a beautiful to behold


Happy Birthday! Good tea, good company, and kittens…sounds happy!


Happy birthday! I don’t think I can imagine a better way to spend the day than with kittens and tea.


Thank you all. :) it was a wonderful evening.


Happy birthday. :D


Thanks! :)

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I’m sick (fighting off a sinus infection… again) so this will be short(er than normal).

Bagged version of this tea, another new offering from my grocery store. First off, I don’t really like Le Palais De Thes’ teabags. They have a really thick string which wicks tea like crazy. If I leave the little tag at the end of the string on the side of the cup, by the time my tea is done steeping, there is a puddle of tea underneath the cup where it has wicked out of the cup, soaked into the tag and run down the side of the cup. Very annoying.

That being said, what’s in the teabag is pretty tasty. This reminds me a lot of A&D’s Tiger – smooth but with enough stoutness that it would not be defeated by a dash of milk, sweet and a bit honeyed. It’s a little more… floral? than Tiger was. Definitely a big thumbs up for a bagged tea.

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The description suggests this tea to be subtle and mild, but, I disagree with that, and would say that instead, this tea is smooth and rich. Very much what I would expect from a high quality Yunnan.

A medium to full-bodied tea, it is a “well-mannered” robust tea that offers a smooth invigoration.

Here’s my full-length review:

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227 tasting notes

Mmmmm very rich with aromas. Nice smell of quality black tea…
Not sure how to describe it. Can taste like honey and there’s a bit of that earthy plus hay like taste that puehrs have. Quite mild and very very tasty…
Even the colour is more dark brown than red. Excellent black leaning onto puehr…


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596 tasting notes

When brewed properly, this tea has rich earthy notes along with a hint of burnt caramel. Very nice.

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9 tasting notes

Literally like tipping your tongue in the honey pot. The spicy smell of the dry leaves becomes very flowery once steeped, really inviting. Its bronze colour gives a very warm start to your mornings.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81 tasting notes

I wish I had a hot French girlfriend that I could drink this tea with and make love to while we plan our vacation to Paris to visit Jim Morrison at Pere LaChaise Cemetary.

I bought a box (20 count) of this Frenchy tea.
Not my favorite, but will eventually sipdown the entire package.
The cotton muslin teabag and string are unique.
The French / English translation and color coding makes a fun 5 min French lesson.
Didn’t have a black “pick me up” that I wished it had.

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Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 17

Another straight tea from Palais des Thés today. I’ve been surprised by how many unflavored teas they included in their advent calendar.

It’s perfectly pleasant. The main flavor is earthy and mineral. I’m not really getting the sweet potato that I’ve come to expect from Yunnan black teas. There is some baked bread and a bit of hay.

Overall, it’s smooth and drinkable. I’m not sure I would know specifically that it’s a Yunnan tea, it tastes more generically Chinese.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Hay, Mineral, Smooth

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is very good high quality leafs that produce a lovely rounded malty, nutty brew with almonds, forest flor, grain and dried fruits. Palate is rich yet subtle and ending is fruity with no bitterness. A great allround black tea with no fuss. Great in the morning but i could enjoy it also in the afternoon on its own

Flavors: Almond, Dried Fruit, Forest Floor, Grain, Malt, Nuts

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 190 ML

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