All teas are not created equal. Here at Wellness Interactive, we have been lucky to be associated with the King of Teas – Palais des Thés. This French tea house was formed in 1986 in Paris, France under the leadership of François-Xavier Delmas, a tea expert. He wanted to provide France with the gift of drinking high quality tea, which in his time was not available in the country.
His incredible knowledge of tea and his desire to provide the French people with the best tasting tea heightened his company’s popularity. François-Xavier Delmas and his company have gained exposure in the international markets as well.
People who know François-Xavier Delmas know how seriously he takes tasting his tea, determining its flavor and freshness. Even to this day, he has not quit visiting the small tea plantations in other countries, as his hunt for the best teas has and will never cease to stop.
The extensive collection of teas from different parts of the world remains a unique selling point for the company. François-Xavier Delmas wants people to comprehend what he experiences when he tastes tea brewed on plantations.
The founder of one of Europe’s leading tea importers shares his love and passion for tea by inviting a small group of people, consisting of five to ten colleagues of his, to travel with him to a plantation in another country. He introduces his colleagues to the growers and takes them to plantation to study the processing of leaves. To date, his company remains popular amongst loyal tea drinkers who like him, enjoy the real taste tea.
His dedication gave us the Palais des Thés—The King of Tea.
History of Palais des Thés
François-Xavier Delmas, the founder of Palais des Thés, made it his passion to discover the best tea plantations around the globe. In 1986, he, along with a group of forty-five people who shared his love of tea, decided to establish their own tea selling business. They established one primary goal:
Democratize tea and teach the countries of the Western Hemisphere and Europe about the cultural and health benefits of tea.
They opened their first shop in Paris’ 6th arrondissement. However, François-Xavier Delmas aspired to devote his time to understand the complexities of different types of teas from around the world.
After four years passed, his dream came true. He acquired his partners’ shares and dedicated all his resources to work on the project. He traveled around the world, looking for best tasting teas produced by the growers in India, Nepal, Japan, and China.
François-Xavier Delmas’ father worked as a finance auditor for the government and his mother worked as a coffee connoisseur. As he grew older, he became interested in the tea trade and finally, his dreams of selling premium tea became true in 1986.
He has forged a long-term relationship with suppliers, which enables him to provide his customers with all-natural Signature flavored teas, limited edition Grand Cruz, and pure single-estate teas.
In the past couple of years, the company has established tea schools and stores in the United States and other parts of the world. The company has also established wholesale partnership in different countries.
Palais des Thés has established 30 stores in the following countries:
- 5 in Paris, France and 12 in other cities of France
- 2 in New York City, the United States of America
- 1 in Norway, Oslo
- 1 in Japan, Tokyo
- 1 in Israel, Tel Aviv
- 1 in Slovenia, Ljubljana
- 1 in Ireland, Dublin
- 1 in Brussels, Namur, and Liege in Belgium
Shen Nung, the emperor of China and the father of Chinese medicine, accidently stumbled upon the discovery of tea in 2737 BC. The legend states that he was resting under the tree and boiling water. Some leaves fell into the water and changed its color and scent. He sipped the tea, liked it, and made him some more. The emperor gave birth to the tea culture in China.
Like China, other nations such as India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand to name a few have their own tea culture. But, what is tea culture? The definition of tea culture is simple; it is described as the manner the tea is produced, brewed, and consumed. In many cultures, tea is an essential part of a meal, served either with it or after it. People drink tea at least two times every day, in the morning and in the afternoon.
What Makes Palais des Thés Different?
Palais des Thés sends their tea experts to different plantations to find the best pluckings, and delicious and rare teas. The company’s out of the box approach, involving looking past the conventional supplier circuit, has allowed them to discover rare crops. Their representatives taste and purchase the crops on location.
All the traveling exposes them to small plantations, which no one would have discovered if they had not explored the nation. This is what makes Palais des Thés different from other tea sellers.
Why Their Tea is the Best Tasting and Natural?
Palais des Thés holds regular tasting sessions where their expert tea testers sit down to taste thousands of tea samples every year that arrived from growers, residing in different parts of the world. In spring, the tea testers taste over 100 teas each day before they select the freshest leaves and the best brews to add to their product list. In short, they select to sell teas with balanced flavors and aromatic richness.
Types of Teas from Palais des Thés
Signature Tea Blends (“Les Créations”)
Signature tea blends is the company’s bestseller. Their “Les Creations” are their own personal and concocted blends made using teas they have come across during their travels. Customers can purchase black tea, green tea, red tea, dark tea, and white tea from them.
- Pure Vanilla Indulgence
A Chinese white tea combined with sweet vanilla flavors from Reunion Island and Madagascar.
- Thé des Moines Black and Green Tea
It is a signature tea blend from the city of Paris, France. According to legend, Tibetan monks prepared the tea using flowers, tea, and plants.
- Fleur de Geisha Green Tea
The tea blend is a refined version of green tea drank by the Japanese who flavored the tea using cherry blossom.
Herbal infusion Teas
To create herbal tea, the company combines fruits, plants, and flowers. The tea does not contain any caffeine and people can drink them hot or cold.
- Lemongrass, Ginger, Carrot
A refined blend of lemongrass, carrot, and ginger creates a delicious and healthy balance.
- Queen’s Garden
Queen’s Garden contains apple, cinnamon, and caramelized almonds to create an enjoyable and tasty drink for both children and adults.
- Festive Garden
A delicious blend of plants and fruits evolves the usual flavor of tea to create a sweet and delicious version. The tea contains apple, hibiscus, citrus, grape, rose hip, hibiscus flowers, and sunflower petals.
Grand Cru Teas (Rare Varieties)
Grand Cru Teas come from tea estates where growers harvest them in small batches, as they are only in stock for a limited time. They are rich in aroma, freshness, structure, complexity, and delicacy.
- Tawaramine Shincha Ichibancha
The Japanese tea, which is creamy, smooth, and fresh, comes from the mountains of Tawaramine. Farmer Mochizuki Shoji is in charge of producing the tea.
- Nepal Guranse Floral Black Tea
The tea is produced in the Guranse Garden of Nepal, which sits at a high altitude. Workers pluck the buds and leaves by hands, and then process it to unleash the delicious aroma of flowers, white fruit, leaves, and almond.