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Nilgiri Frosted Noir
Nilgiri Frosted Noir
Nilgiri Frosted Noir
Nilgiri Frosted Noir
Nilgiri Frosted Noir
Nilgiri Frosted Noir
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Nilgiri Frosted Noir

Enthralling whole leaf frosted black tea from the Nilgiri mountains in South India. Notes of orange, wintergreen, hay, jasmine and earth.
1.08 oz (30g) Box
$14.00
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 Nilgiri

Origin

Nilgiri

Season - Winter, December-February

Season

Winter, December-February

Altitude -  6500 ft

Altitude

6500 ft

Cultivar -  clonal 6017

Cultivar

clonal 6017

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Tea Type

Whole leaf green tea

Some of the most sought after teas in the world are the frosted black teas from the Nilgiri Mountains in South India and we definitely have an excellent batch that we are proud of. The winters are extremely cold in the high mountains of Nigiri and the leaves on the tea plants face freezing temperatures. After the frosted leaves are hand plucked, the tea leaves undergo withering, bruising, oxidation and are carefully hand rolled into beautiful wiry spirals before drying. Our Nilgiri Frosted Noir is very aromatic and flavorful and makes an enthralling cup with beautiful notes.

Dry leaves

Varied shades of olive and brown twisted into long spirals with few silver tips. Notes of grass, cacao, smoke and spice.

Wet leaves

Sage in color with notes of jasmine, orange, honey and baked dinner rolls.

Tea liquor

Transparent with a color of golden honey. The tea is sweet with a pleasant bitterness and some sour citrus. It has a rich mouthfeel, linen texture, medium body, mild to moderate astringency with a lingering aftertaste. Initial notes of orange and wintergreen are met with hay towards the middle. Enticing floral notes of jasmine are observed towards the finish. Earthy undertones are present throughout the cup providing an excellent balance. Such a beautiful tea and so enthralling to the senses!

Tasting Profile

Fruity - orange
Floral - jasmine
Earthy
Vegetal - hay, wintergreen oil

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High-Moderate

Make the perfect tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

Number of infusions per 2.5 g serving: 3-4

1
Quantity
Quantity

2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)

2
Temperature
Temperature

120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz ) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 99°C (or 195°F - 210°F)

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:1-2 minutes
    Pour and enjoy
  • 2nd infusion:30-45 seconds
  • 3rd infusion:30-45 seconds

Gongfu Style

This tea works great for the gongfu style as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.

1
Quantity
Quantity

We recommend 5 gm of tea

2
Temperature
Temperature

100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.
Nilgiri

Origin

Where your tea comes from

One of the oldest mountain ranges, the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, is a part of the Western Ghats and is situated at an elevation of 3000 to 9000 ft. These mountains are spread across the borders of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Kerala - states in the southern part of India. Picturesque with its smoky haze, rolling grasslands, dense sholas, waterfalls, and vast expanse of tea plantations, the Nilgiris are a truly breathtaking kaleidoscope of visual treats. The Nilgiris, also known as the Blue Mountains, are named after the blue strobilanthes flower that grows in the area. The region is dotted with Blue Gum and Eucalyptus trees and spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. These hills are home to the pastoral Toda tribe and tea gardens that create the famous Nilgiri tea. The teas are known for their slightly fruity and minty flavor. The growing season in Nilgiri is unique. The teas are harvested all year round as they experience two monsoons each year. With beautiful aromas and mellow flavors, Nilgiri teas are refreshing and can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Meet

Chaiwala Marten

The Nilgiri marten lives in the hills of the Nilgiris and parts of the Western Ghats. It is the only marten species native to southern India. Owing to its reclusive nature, it is extremely hard to study. It is listed as vulnerable with only 1,000 species left in the wild.

Chaiwala Marten
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