1 bag for 200mL water, bare.

Maybe I’m used to drinking Nilgiri in blends, because while I cannot say there’s anything wrong with it, I also feel like there’s something missing.

This Nilgiri is smooth and has a light body. It feels and tastes more like a China black than an India black, though it is defintely Indian tea.

I keep waiting for a snap of astringnecy, or for something sharp, smoky, or malty.

I think this Nilgiri would blend especially well with Keemun. But, on its own, it’s a bit dull, at least to my taste. (Dull as in unsurprising, not as in stale.)

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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