Nilgiri Highland Black
Presenting our first tea harvested in 2021 and also a very interesting new addition to our Nilgiri Highland collection!
The estate making this tea runs through a steep valley ranging from 5400 to 6900 feet. Winter harvest is one of the most interesting seasons and more so when it is from Nilgiri. Their winter produce is similar to Darjeeling First Flush : brisk and floral with a blast of sweet aromatics. The tender winter buds go through some frosty mornings and cold nights right after autumn, this brings out a distinct palatte of flavours which is unique to the Nilgiri region.
The tea is oxidised very little to preserve the freshness of the young leaves and buds. This enables you to experience the terroir in its truest sense. Every aspect of this tea is a clue to the place it comes from, the dry leaf has a pinewood aroma along with a minty freshness reminding you of the cool aromatic breeze which flows around the plantation areas in Nilgiri. When placed on the heated ware, there is a blast of flowery notes with a creamy undertone. The flowery aroma has notes of white flowers like lily and jasmine. The infusion has notes of white flowers, raw peach and a pleasant high mountain astringency making you crave another sip. Along with that, once you are comfortable with the cup, you get refreshing notes of betel leaf, areca nut, jasmine and rose. Every sip is followed by a long lasting fruity aftertaste, mostly of semi ripe peach and Indian guava. We hope you sit back and relax while experiencing the Nilgiri winters in your cup through this tea!
Appearance : Light yellow
Taste : Lily, jasmine, rose, pinewood, betel leaf, areca nut, peach, guawa
Steeping Time : 4 minutes western style, 20 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf Quantity : 4 grams per 120 ml for gongfu and 4 grams for 400 ml western style
Recommended Steeping Temperature : 80°C
Recommended Steeping Method : Works good both ways, gongfu and western style