When I hear “green tea”, I immediately think of Chinese and Japanese greens. Especially Japanese greens… ahhh~! So when I was presented with an opportunity to review a Teabox green tea that hailed from Nilgiri, India, I was intrigued and not really sure what to expec
The dried leaves are very finely ground, one can see a few leaf pieces but it is mostly pretty dusty- this could also simply be because of the package hitting a few bumps during shipping. The leaves smell a little fishy, but mostly vegetal and earthy. As it brews, it smells sweeter with a few familiar notes of grassiness.
The finished brew is a lovely cross between lime and amber colors, with a strong vegetal flavor- almost like smokey asparagus or spinach. This is a very savory and filling tea, with a hint of astringency at the finish. It honestly reminds me of eating a bunch of hearty autumn vegetables as a Thanksgiving side dish. Woohoo I feel so healthy!
As I said, I’ve never had a tea from Nilgiri before, and have enjoyed the complex and unique flavors of this brew. Experiencing a “different take” on green teas is quite refreshing! I don’t know if I would go for this tea in particular a second time as strong savory vegetal teas aren’t really my thing, but I’m certainly grateful for the introduction to Indian green teas!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Teabox
Unusually complex and sharp tasting, this green tea is not for an unseasoned palate. Because the tea leaves are pan fired, there is a strong, charred vegetal flavor to this tea that imposes itself on your senses. Its flavors can get jarring if the leaves over steep, but made right, it’s a cup that refreshes. Perfect for someone who enjoys a bold tasting tea.