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Our second year offering this tea, we're happy to have sourced this exquisite batch from the last week of January 2023! This tea is slightly more oxidised than our Nilgiri Highland Black and as the name suggests, it has golden tips in it. We are surprised with new teas from Nilgiri almost every season and we wish it stays like that! Although the main objective of the winter harvest is to preserve the freshness of the juicy leaf, the slight oxidation in this version has made for a delicious and interesting result.

 

The dry leaf this time smells sugary sweet with an undertone of spice. When placed on the heated ware, it gives a very interesting note which is of an Indian sweet called mohan thal. It can be roughly translated to be a gram flour fudge made from gram flour, ghee, sugar and sometimes saffron. We liked this tea for its saffron note last year and that finds its way in this batch as well. The aroma on heated ware is also very creamy which slowly transitions into this confectionery we talked about. It becomes a little fruity as well, although hard to pinpoint. Btw, have we ever talked about heated ware aroma for this long? Probably not and it goes to show how complex and enjoyable this tea is even before we start to brew it! Coming to the taste finally, the first sip is sweet like vanilla wafers and has hints of saffron in its background. The mohan thal note shines even more in the liquor and also has a cardamom note to it. The vanilla wafer sweetness transitions into caramel when it cools down and makes the whole experience sweeter. The saffron note is present in every sip and steep and we love that about this tea. The whole experience is very similar to having a bite of Indian confectionery, rich, creamy and full of exquisite flavours! We hope you enjoy this beautiful tea as much as us!

 

Appearance : Bright orange

Taste : Saffon, mohan thal, creamy, cardamom, vanilla wafers, caramel

Steeping Time : 3.5 minutes western style, 25 seconds gongfu style adding 10 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio :  1 gram per 100ml for western style, 3.5 grams per 100ml for gongfu style

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85°C

Recommended Steeping Method : Works good both ways

Harvest Season : Winter 2022-23, plucked in the last week of January 2023

2023 Nilgiri Highland Gold

$9.50 Regular Price
$8.08Sale Price

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