Finally, after 1.5 years of long wait, we have managed to offer this spectacular green tea, yet again from the Nilgiris. Growing at 6200 feet, it comes from the same garden which makes our Nilgiri Highland Green. It is a challenging tea to produce hence it took even the master tea makers at Nilgiris to wait for nature to make way for this batch. Made from their own cultivar(GW-1), they keep everything about the processing a secret and you would know why as soon as you open the bag!


The dry leaf has a wonderful mosambi aroma, ripe and tangy. When placed on the heated ware, you get a burst of citrus fruits and freshly cut grass along with a creamy sweetness to it, more intense right after placing and before the grassy freshness takes the centerstage. One of the interesting things about this tea is that it is a completely different tea when made in a gaiwan vs in a western style vessel like a teapot. Slight tweak in temperatures give various kinds of delicious results. About the taste, on initial steeps, the mosambi and armenian cucumber notes greet you softly. There is a creamy undertone to it, which will be more prominent while the tea is extremely fresh before settling down. Once the liquor cools down, the green notes like freshly cut grass and cucumber add to the fruity sweetness. The liquor is medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel, the creamy undertone shines the most because of this particular characteristic of the tea. As you go to the later steeps, the grassy note gives you a lot more sweetness and makes for a long lasting and refreshing aftertaste. This is one of the teas you experiment a little to figure out the sweet spot, even though we will be suggesting various parameters for this one, we would recommend going crazy with this one!


Appearance : Yellow green

Taste : Mosambi, mango, freshly cut grass, armenian cucumber, green leaf astringency

Steeping Time : 3 minutes western style, 10 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio :  0.5 gram per 100ml for western style, 2.5 grams per 100ml for gongfu style

Recommended Brewing Method : Works well with all styles

Recommended Brewing Temperature : 85°C for western style, 80°C for gongfu style
Time of Picking : October 2021

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