Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Georgia Tea Company
An estate team from Assam, India.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
I have always been of the opinion that Nilgiri tea is an under-appreciated black tea. Assam and Ceylon teas tend to be more popular, however, if given a choice, I’d prefer a Nilgiri to either one. I find that a Nilgiri tea possesses many of the qualities that I find desirable in an Assam, but without the temperamental attitude of an Assam (that is, it tends to grow bitter very quickly when left to steep just a moment or two too long).
This Nilgiri is fantastic. It has a robust, full flavor with a well-rounded quality to it and a pleasant malty character. It is a perfect tea to choose as that all-important “first tea of the day” – because it has the strength to get you going! Even on a Monday (which this happens to be!)
It also has that “chewiness” that is often associated with Assam. It is a hefty, bold Nilgiri, but with an interesting background of complex flavors that is almost wine-like. A very pleasant cuppa, indeed!
It has a little bit of astringency but no bitterness to it at all. Now, I suspect it could become bitter if you left it to brew without setting your timer and then came back eight or ten minutes later, but, after four minutes of steeping in boiling water, I managed to achieve a delightful, full-bodied cup with no bitterness.
An excellent Nilgiri, I highly recommend it!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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