2020 started really interesting for us with us visiting pristine estates in the Nilgiris. 2021 is off to a much more exciting start with a lot of new additions to the Nilgiri Collection! Let us take you through that!
This particular tea goes through a bunch of unique steps. The withering is done using cold air instead of hot air. The temperature increase also happens by hot water opposed to flames. This adds a stability to the temperature and helps with preserving the leaf character. Also, the tea is hand rolled on a purpose built Sri Lankan wooden board and we have seen the big difference it makes, in India as well as in Sri Lanka tea estates we visted a few years back.
The dry leaf has a soothing flowery aroma with notes of rose dominating it. When placed on the heated ware, the same flowery aroma shines with a significant honey aroma. In the liquor, the first few drops taste like saffron and then you can feel the notes of yellow flowers coming to the front. The mouthfeel has just a touch of dryness with speckles of mint notes. The wet leaves smell slightly nutty and has notes of rosewood, which make their way into the liquor during the later steeps or when it cools down if brewed western style. The tea has musky notes, a part of the yellow flower character/notes. There is a fruity note resembling apricots and oranges on the finish.
We believe the tea makers in Nilgiris have completely aced thier green tea technique, nowhere else in India, we get such exquisitely crafted greens. This winter harvest green is no different, the dry leaf has aroma of fresh fruity notes of mangoes and Indian guawa with a distinct white flower note. The liquor has notes of white flowers like lilies and jasmine, fruity notes of mango and guava along with a touch of vegetal note akin to Armenian cucumber. On the later steeps, you get even stronger white flower notes along with raw mango. On the greener side, the vegetal and leafy notes are resembling of iceberg lettuce and cucumber family.
A freshly harvested tea from 2021, this is a minimally processed white tea from a high altitude estate in the blue hills of Nilgiris. A delicate white tea, processed in Bai Mu Dan style, should be experienced for its flowery character. The dry leaf smells fruity with notes of oranges. The liquor is like a bouquet of white flowers with a freshness similar to peppermint sans the minty bite, also somewhat close to fresh coriander leaf. The multi dimentional white flower note is what shines upfront about this tea. It has notes of lilies, jasmine, orchids along with some night jasmine on the finish. We recommend brewing it western style to extract all these white flower notes we love, in a single brew.