Loose Nilgiri Tea

Loose Nilgiri tea: from the Blue Mountains of southern India.

Black Nilgiri tea is grown in the southern Blue Mountains close to Mysore. Known as ‘the fragrant ones’ loose Nilgiri tea has as much character as Ceylon teas, being fragrant and brisk but with a smoother, rounder, fuller flavour. They are grown at altitudes of around 4000 ft. Good Nilgiri teas are recognised for their quality, producing a light, bright amber liquor with a certain crispness. The Nilgiri Hills, or Blue Mountains form the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, famous for its wildlife such as wild boar, panthers, roaming herds of elephants and the endangered goat-like Nilgiri Tahr. The area lies in south west India and extend from the states of Kerala to Tamil Nadu. It was established as a tea growing area in 1835. Having two monsoons, picking is year-round with the prime season being December to March. Black Nilgiri teas have a special fragrant flavour more akin to a Ceylon than to either a Darjeeling or an Assam. Nilgiri tea is bright, smooth and mellow with a flavoury liquor.

BLACK NILGIRI TEAS INSIGHT: Black Nilgiri Teas. From: the Blue Mountains of southern India. Famous for: Dense jungle, roaming elephant herds. Type of tea: Black orthodox. Can be compared with: Ceylon teas. Leaf: Neatly hand-picked. First grown: 1835 by James Oochterloney. Picking: Year-round as the area, unusually has two monsoons. Prime season is December to March. Character: Fragrant-brisk. In the cup: Smooth, mellow and full-flavoured.

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