The ‘Nilgiris’ or ‘Blue Mountains’ are a range of mountains in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Tea culture is eminent in these serene mountains.
Tea is grown at elevations of 1,000 to 2,500 meters . The landscape is quite unlike the rest of India, marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation and tea gardens. Many portions of the hills are preserved as natural reserve forests.
Nilgiri Blue: Is a high elevation tea whereby, the tea plants grow slower and generally provide lighter, more refined flavors. The tea garden is recognized as one of India’s premier organic tea estates.
Established in 1922, it remains firmly committed to sustainable cultivation methods and conservation of the local ecosystems.
Water Temp: 190°F (88°C)
Quality of Water: Best with Spring water
Quantity of Leaf: 1 tsp per 8oz water
Steep Time: 4-5minutes
Nilgiri teas are renowned for their full, smooth flavor and rich, fruity aroma.
To accentuate these qualities, we recommend using higher temperature water, close to or just before boiling (190 – 200 F), with a proportion of one teaspoon of leaf per 8oz of water.
Some recommend water at a full, rolling boil, but in our opinion boiling reduces the oxygen content in good water and gives the tea a flatter taste as opposed to a livelier taste from slightly cooler water.
Steeping time can vary depending on whether you wish to drink with milk or without.
To drink without milk, 3 ½ to 4 ½ minutes is plenty of time to bring out a well balanced sweetness and astringency.
With milk, a slightly longer time is required, 5 to 6 minutes, to acquire enough astringency to balance the milk.