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drank Coonoor Nilgiri by Jing Tea
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Although I’ve heard it said that Nilgiri is not particularly to the taste of most English people, I’ve always been a fan. I grew up with it, and consider it to be the king of black teas (apart from Darjeeling, of course, which I really consider to be in a class of its own).

And of the Nilgiri’s I’ve tried, I consider this to be the best. I have it with breakfast every day, sans milk, of course (although it’s also fine with). It’s rich, nutty and aromatic, with a depth of complexity and several layers of tone. It’s very robust, but not at all bitter; there are no harsh tannins that one often detects from a strong black tea. Smooth and refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m on my second brewing of these particular leaves. This is a great everyday tea; the first brew is crisp, and becomes more and more mellow as time goes on.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Matcha by TeaSmith
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Again, consumed at the tea bar.

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75

As the site says, very mild, flowery and buttery. Perhaps just the tiniest, tiniest smoky hint, which is not at all unwelcome. A pale cup, but not as much as some Darjeelings.

Opinion on first sippage — excellent, light, well rounded, but perhaps lacking some of the nuance of some Darjeelings. Still thoroughly recommended though.

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75
drank Karigane by TeaSmith
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The usual excellent, grassy flavour, full bodied yet delicate, with a very subtle collection of undertones. Brewed with just a touch of water at the bottom initially, to avoid damaging the tea, before filling the pot.

I’ll be re-steeping multiple times today.

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75
drank Nilgiri by First Class Teas
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75
drank Phoenix Supreme by TeaSmith
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Trying a very different brewing method today. Seems to be working well thus far….

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75
drank Nilgiri by First Class Teas
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75
drank Matcha by TeaSmith
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I drank this yesterday at Tea Smith’s excellent tea bar. It was lovingly prepared and served with a specifically designed complimentary caramel chocolate. Exceptional.

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