Dare to be cool, with tea!

We are used to brewing tea in hot water adapted to all types of tea. Infusing in cold water however, although not nearly as common, can also bring out delicious flavours and enhance certain tastes. This is because no bitterness develops when you use this method. It is very easy to do, it works with any type of tea or tisane – the classics or the rare and precious – and it is perfectly suited to our busy lifestyles …

Precious essential oils

The flavours of a tea, particularly the essential oils, are naturally present in the leaves. These are soluble and even in cold water you can easily get a very tasty brew. In addition, cold tea leaves do not develop a bitter taste, because below 80° C, the polyphenols, which cause bitterness, are released in very small quantities. The amino acids and other vitamins, on the other hand, remain.

How to make a cold infusion: trust your intuition

  • Use the quantity of tea or tisane recommended on the bag, tube or packet.
  • Add a teaspoon to the amount above “for the pot”
  • Place it in a teapot, a jug or a glass bottle filled with filtered water.
  • Infuse in a fridge or at room temperature. Strain, taste and enjoy!

The infusion time may vary according to individual taste, the palate and your mood.

A few suggestions

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Put three tablespoons of this dried fruits mixture into 1 litre of cold water and leave overnight in the refrigerator. Savour this intense, sun-drenched drink …

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This harvest of the first leaves of spring, shaped into small dark green needles, releases a golden-yellow liquor with green glints when infused for half an hour. This exceedingly high-quality Sencha is perfect for a cold brew.

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Leave these delicate golden black tea buds to infuse for between half an hour and an hour. The result is a perfect balance between delicate flavours and velvety notes.

The advantage of spring teas

The most precious teas usually come from the spring harvest. When the tea plants wake from their winter sleep they are bursting with essential oils, the source of most of the complex flavours that can be detected when tasting tea. The buds and young leaves, delicately hand-picked at this time, contain a very high concentration of essential oils. Making a cold infusion using a high-quality tea is really exciting; it will develop nuanced flavours which would be imperceptible when hot.


When you are out for a walk or playing sports, think about putting a few tea leaves in your drinking bottle or bottle of fresh water. As the day goes by the day you’ll have pleasantly scented water with natural vitamins!

Holi Beauty: Silver Medal 2016

Médaille d'argent Les épicuresIt’s new and it’s already a prize winner! HOLI BEAUTY – FTGFOP1 FF, one of our 2016 first flush black teas, has just been awarded the Silver Medal by “Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine”. The jury of catering professionals and delicatessens was convened by the magazine Le Monde de l’Épicerie Fine. These discerning gourmets picked out this tea, which comes from a famous garden in Darjeeling (Selimbong), for the way it is manufactured, its appearance and taste, the fact that it is grown using biodynamic agriculture and for its attractive packaging.

Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FFTU2196_Holi-Beauty_Epicure-argent, a first flush Darjeeling of great aromatic richness

This natural black spring tea, harvested by hand during the festival of colours (Holi), is noted for its rich aroma. The crystal clear infusion is a perfect balance between the vegetal, the floral and the fruity. It evokes in turn the subtlety of blackcurrant leaf, the delicacy of orchid, the gourmet flavour of red fruits and the exoticism of lychee, all complemented by a pleasant touch of honey.

Logos Holi BeautyLabels which reinforce the quality of origin and production

This grand cru tea has a Darjeeling PGI and Demeter and WFTO labelling. The Darjeeling PGI is the only Protected Geographical Indication recognised by the European Union and India, and certifies its origin to consumers. We are committed to biodynamic farming and have supported the Selimbong garden, which is Demeter certified, in developing this form of agriculture. Since 2016, we have also been members of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), which ensures a global approach to more just and equitable trade both at the producer level and for organisation members.

In short, Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FF has reaped the benefits not only of a rich soil but also of refined agricultural practices that respect both nature and mankind.

Cuilleuse-a-selimbongThe Selimbong garden: a tea estate of great repute

Like great wines, great teas come from renowned terroirs. Selimbong garden has produced fine tea since 1860, and this spring the producers have combined their expertise to develop Holi Beauty.
The Selimbong team holds the prestigious Tea Board of India Award for Quality and every summer they gather the muscat flavour teas awaited by connoisseurs worldwide.

A Fine Prize: Les Épicures de l’Épicerie

Following the same principle as the two previous competitions, the Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine awards of 2016 were chosen by a jury of six professionals who met in Paris on June 13. These experts evaluated 125 products in different classes which had been rigorously chosen by the editorial team of “Le Monde de l’Épicerie Fine”, before awarding the best of them Gold, Silver and Bronze Epicure awards.

Check out Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FF: http://www.jardinsdegaia.com/organic-black-tea-holi-beauty-ftgfop1-ff.html#main
Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine: http://www.monde-epicerie-fine.fr/category/prix-les-epicures/

Holi Beauty : Médaille d’Argent 2016

Médaille d'argent Les épicuresNouveau et déjà primé ! HOLI BEAUTY – FTGFOP1 FF, l’un de nos thés noirs primeurs 2016, vient d’être récompensé de la Médaille d’Argent « Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine ». Le jury, composé de professionnels de la restauration et de l’épicerie fine a été réuni par le magazine Le Monde de l’Épicerie Fine. Ces fins gourmets ont reconnu la méthode de fabrication, la qualité visuelle et gustative de ce thé, issu d’un jardin réputé du Darjeeling (Selimbong) et de l’agriculture biodynamique, ainsi que l’esthétique du packaging.


TU2196_Holi-Beauty_Epicure-argent« Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FF », un primeur du Darjeeling d’une grande richesse aromatique

Ce thé noir nature de printemps, récolté à la main lors de la fête des couleurs (Holi), brille par sa grande richesse aromatique. L’infusion cristalline trouve un parfait équilibre entre le végétal, le floral et le fruité. Elle évoque tour à tour la subtilité de la feuille de cassis, la délicatesse d’une orchidée, la saveur gourmande des fruits rouges et l’exotisme du litchi, le tout agrémenté d’une agréable pointe de miel.

Logos Holi BeautyDes labels pour renforcer une origine et une production de qualité

Ce grand cru est labellisé IGP Darjeeling, demeter et WFTO. L’IGP Darjeeling est l’unique Indication Géographique Protégée reconnue par l’Union Européenne et l’Inde, et certifie aux consommateurs l’origine. Engagés en faveur de la biodynamie, nous avons accompagné le jardin de Selimbong, certifié demeter, dans le développement de cette forme d’agriculture. Depuis 2016, nous avons également rejoint WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), qui garantit une démarche globale de commerce plus juste et équitable tant au niveau du producteur que de l’organisation adhérente.

Ainsi, Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FF a bénéficié d’un terroir riche et de pratiques respectueuses de la nature et de l’homme.

Cuilleuse-a-selimbongLe jardin de Selimbong, une plantation de renommée

À l’instar des grands vins, les grands thés sont issus de terroirs renommés. Les producteurs de Selimbong, plantation qui existe depuis 1860, ont conjugué leurs savoir-faire pour élaborer Holi Beauty. Titulaires du prestigieux prix Tea Board of India Award for Quality, ce sont eux également qui récoltent chaque été des thés au goût de muscat attendus par des connaisseurs du monde entier.

Le prix « Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine »

Reprenant le principe des deux précédentes éditions, « Les Épicures de l’Épicerie Fine » 2016 ont été attribués par six jurys de professionnels rassemblés le 13 juin dernier à Paris. Ces experts ont évalué 125 produits classés par famille et rigoureusement présélectionnés par la rédaction du Monde de l’Épicerie Fine, avant d’attribuer aux meilleurs d’entre eux les Épicures d’Or, d’Argent et de Bronze.

Retrouvez Holi Beauty – FTGFOP1 FF: bit.ly/28P8UKG
Les Epicures de l’Epicerie Fine: http://www.monde-epicerie-fine.fr/category/prix-les-epicures/

Our gyokuro, “Shadow of the phoenix” is grown in the heart of one of the treasures of Japan’s heritage!

Gyokuro A l'ombre du phénix - Japan HeritageThe Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs has just given a Japan Heritage* certification to the garden where our precious gyokuro is produced.

This certification is given to cultural sites (archaeological sites, castles, temples and artistic displays …) which the agency judges to be part of the great cultural heritage of Japanese history, culture and savoir-faire.

It was our Japanese friend and producer Masahiro Takada who told us the good news:

Gyoruro A l'ombre du phénix“This garden is located in a historic area that was very important during the Tokugawa Shogunate, which began after the great battle of Sekigahara. Also the man who invented the process of steaming green tea, the tea « God » Souen Nagatani, worked in one of the houses in the village where I live. So this is a historic place and one where the green tea steaming process began. Today the garden produces organic Gyokuro (A l’ombre du phénix / Shadow of the phoenix).”


As well as having this distinction, this gyokuro is in itself an exceptional shaded tea which we invite you to discover or rediscover: http://www.jardinsdegaia.com/green-tea-gyokuro-shadow-of-the-phoenix-tin.html#main


Tasting notes: Snowview claws

Notes de dégustation Griffes de Snowview Darjeeling primeurs 2016Snowview claws is a very special white tea. The long buds, braided by hand and dried in the sun in Darjeeling at the time of the spring harvest, are a particularly rare and precious creation and we are delighted to be able to bring it to you.
This year at our traditional tasting of newly arrived first flushes, we were particularly impressed by the great aromatic complexity of this 2016 blend.
So much so that we decided to give it its own tasting note to record our highly positive first impressions!

Origin: Snowview Garden, Darjeeling, India

Labels: Organic, Fairtrade, PGI

Colour of tea: White

Water temperature: 85°- 90°C

Infusion time in a teapot: 4-5 minutes

Quantity infused: 7-8 grams in a 500 ml teapot

Dry leaves: long, fragile buds delicately braided by hand. These fluffy, dark brown filaments are illuminated by their beautiful silver tips. The fragrances they release are sweet and evoke milk chocolate.Notes de dégustation Griffes de Snowview Darjeeling primeurs 2016

Infused leaves: The braids remain intact and take on a beautiful shiny, dark brown chestnut appearance. There is no trace of broken leaves in the bottom of the cup. The flavours are so rich that they become almost intoxicating. First comes the flavour of biscuit and brown sugar, then the sequence continues with cocoa and a milky flavour ending with the delicious scent of candied dates.

Liquor: Bright yellow and clear. Quite airy.

The scent: The infusion releases truly delicious aromas that make you want to immediately lift the cup to your lips to taste it. One by one they evoke the scent of apple compote, custard and vanilla with a lovely floral touch of violet. This symphony of scents ends with a particularly pronounced aroma of fudge.

Notes de dégustation Griffes de Snowview Darjeeling primeurs 2016In the mouth: All the promise of the scent comes to fruition in the mouth. The attack is very tasty with a truly amazing aromatic density. The well-balanced, airy liquor develops clear, delicious flavours. One after another you can taste apple sauce, vanilla pod and fudge with a final harmony of sugar syrup and the floral freshness of violet that lingers in the mouth. It is a real festival of flavours that makes you want to come back for more.

And what’s even better is that with such quality it’s possible to make several infusions with the same leaves. It would be a shame not to!

The garden of Snowview:

The Snowview tea estate, located in the prestigious Darjeeling region, shares a border with another famous Indian tea region: the Dooars. The gardens of this tea estate cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and are located inside sizable forest reserves rich in exceptional wildlife. Snowview owes its name to the magnificent panorama of snow-capped summits that can be seen from here. The teas produced by this estate have been certified organic since 2007. The famous, hand-braided buds known as “Snowview claws” are a source of pride for the 905 permanent workers.