Presenting second tea from Nilgiri springtime harvest, 2021 Spring Nilgiri Oolong!
Harvested in the last week of April 2021, the spring vigour is clearly the defining factor of this tea. While the winter harvest is known for its soft and delicate character, the spring season in the Nilgiri adds a rustic punch to all its teas. Being the only region to harvest teas all year round, it is interesting to see how much of a difference can be felt between these two harvests.
The dry leaf has a multi dimentional minty aroma with a sweet flowery undertone. The minty part of it is one of the defining characters of a lot of Nilgiri teas, the region has a lot of indigenous herbs and they infuse this character into a lot of teas, including this one. Nilgiris also has a lot of eucalyptus trees and they too play a part in defining the terroir and adding this herb like minty taste into the teas. When placed on the heated ware, the flowery aroma is a lot more apparent. The liquor has flowery notes of chrysanthemum and marigold. There is a sweetness throughout the sip, resembling sugarcane. Also present is a hint of saffron adding to the exquisiteness of the tea, perfectly complimenting the sweet and flowery notes. There are also some apricot notes on the finish, especially if you make it gongfu style. We hope you give this interesting tea a try and share your experience with us!
Appearance : Orange
Taste : Minty, chrysanthemum, saffron, sugarcane, marigold
Steeping Time : 3 minutes western style, 40 seconds gongfu style adding 10 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio : 1 gram per 100ml for western style, 4 grams per 100ml for gongfu style
Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85-90°C
Recommended Steeping Method : Works well with all styles