Introducing the third tea in our Highland selection, Nilgiri Highland Green!
It is grown in Coonoor, Nilgiri at an altitude of 6300 feet. Their motto is to preserve the leaf's character resulting in some exceptional teas. The people making this tea work hard in the misty Nilgiris bringing you this experience!
The green teas we encountered during our visit to the Nilgiris were the highlight of the trip and rightly so! It is the first time in India we have found green teas which are at par with the global standards, Chinese and Japanese greens! We prefer using a shiboridashi for this green. The dry leaf has vanilla and mango aroma, when placed on the heated ware, the vanilla note transforms into a creamy dessert note, similar to a cheesecake base, usually made of crackers with butter. After a while, if you continue savouring the aroma, there is a hint of freshly cut grass as well. The liquor is fruity with notes of mango dominating it. In the first few infusions you can taste raw mangoes, vanilla and the cheesecake base note. This stays the same for a few infusions after which the ripe mango note turns into a raw mango and the freshly cut grass note is felt on the finish. One of the defining features of the liquor is its medium bodied well rounded finish, that makes for an easy drinking cup of tea, enjoyed at any time of the day!
This tea can handle very high temperatures so please feel free to experiment with brewing styles! It is also one of our favourites when it comes to cold brewing.
Appearance : Yellow green
Taste : Vanilla, mango, freshly cut grass, crackers, butter
Steeping Time : 3 minutes western style, 30 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio : 0.8 gram per 100ml for western style, 3 grams per 100ml for gongfu style
Recommended Brewing Method : Works well with all styles
Recommended Brewing Temperature : 85°C
Time of Picking : September 2021