REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Nilgiri Mountain Frost

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Tea: Black tea from the Parkside Estate, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India
Sample provided by: Whittington’s Tea Emporium
Twitter: @WTEmporium
Link to Nilgiri Mountain Frost on Whittington’s Tea Emporium website

Like my last post where I featured a Nepalese tea for the first time, this is the first time I’ll review a Nilgiri tea. It has been nearly 10 years since I had a Nilgiri tea. I remember getting a bunch of tea samples from Nilgiri and Java and not being totally blown away, but I’ve recently read a few reviews of some Nilgiri teas that made me want to give them another try. WTE’s suggestion to review this tea was the perfect opportunity to have another go with a Nilgiri. Read on to find out what I thought about my re-introduction to Nilgiri tea . . .

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is a mix of medium-sized flat leaves that are green in colour as well as twisted, slender leaves that are black or dark brown

– It is a very aromatic dry leaf that has a fruity aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a golden liquor with a fruity, sweet aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea with fruity, muscatel flavours. A hint of astringency gives the liquor a slightly dry mouthfeel

Tips/conclusions:

– Be careful when preparing this tea or you will get a very bitter cup. Use water that is between 90 and 95C and steep the tea for two and half minutes (add 30 seconds for each infusion after). You will get two to three infusions

– This tea has many characteristics that remind me of a first flush Darjeeling, and I would personally struggle to tell the difference between the two teas. Like with many first flush Darjeelings, it has a good balance between fruitiness and astringency. I see this as a great everyday afternoon tea that has enough body to pair with cakes or biscuits

Score:

4.25/5

Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £6.50

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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