Blue Mountain Nilgiri

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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These rich burgundy leaves from India’s Nilgiri Mountains steep into a bright amber liquor, with a well-rounded body that floats on your palate with hints of ripe summer blackberries.

Features:

  • 100% Organic & Fair Trade Black Tea
  • Single-estate premium loose leaf tea
  • Origin: India, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Sample = 5 8-oz Servings
  • 2.4 oz Tea / Tin
  • Tin = 34 8-oz Servings
  • Tin = $0.44 / Serving
  • Bulk = $0.26 / Serving
  • 40-45 mg Caffeine / Serving

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3015 tasting notes

I’m finally getting moving! I’ve been on a late night jag for a few weeks now, but that means I don’t get up until the morning is half over.
Last nights concert was beautiful! My guitar player/composer friend put together some really interesting music, with influences of classical Indian (he studied with Imrat Khan, who is the ultimate master of raga style music, sitar, etc. If you have never heard of him, just know that he is a legend!). Other influences: Astor Piazolla, rock, folk, & jazz!
I played on a duet for guitar & harp. I also played in an ensemble with guitar, bass, cello, violin, 2 percussion players (one on set & one on hand stuff:mallets, shakers, etc), & 2 female vocalists (no words, just syllables). Anyway, it was fun to be part of, but after the concert I hung out with the band, then came home & played my harp til 3am, working on some other things. It’s just really hard to stop, once I get started!

The tea? Oh yeah, the TEA! First cup of the day.
Not as fragrant as I like, it’s got that ‘tea’ taste that I tend to associate with the iced teas of my youth. There was a nice base note, a deep blackberry-like aroma, & a high citrusy edge, very bright, but maybe not so much in between, if you know what I mean. Still, not a bad cup of tea! No astringency, & a good start to my morning.

Shelley_Lorraine

That ‘tea’ taste eh? now that is descriptive. haha.

Ever make tea before you go to play your harp? So many times I make tea, it’s too hot, so I think I’ll sit at the piano for a bit till it cools, then an our or so later. . . (yeah, its hard to stop once you get started. lol)

Terri HarpLady

Yup!! All the time! Then I plan rewards for myself. If I nail a phrase, or whatever I’m working on, I get to take a sip! LOL

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m going to have to remind myself to take reward sips too :) Because I get so disheartened when I find my full cuppa tea sitting where I left it all sorts of too cold to drink for my taste.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, I learned how to play the sitar a few years ago. That would be so cool being a part of that concert.

Terri HarpLady

So someday when we have our big Steepster convention, the 3 of us (& any other musicians) will be jammin!

Fjellrev

I totally suck at it now since I stopped playing, plus I’m left-handed and I was forced to learn it right-handed. So I would just ruin that jamming session haha.

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hahaha i’m so glad you drank this today terri! Funnily enough it’s what i had first thing this morning but couldn’t find it in my cupboard – somehow missed adding this one. Couldn’t remember who the vendor was so until you posted this i couldn’t log it.

I enjoyed this one this morning but it wasn’t anything to knock my socks off. It was a good bold black to kick my morning off with no astringency. Thanks for the share Terri!

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1612 tasting notes

The more I drink this tea the more I’m picking up the similarity to a Darjeeling. I find it interesting that two teas grown in different regions under different climate conditions could be so similar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
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Jillian

LOL, I never noticed that – sweet! :D

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6770 tasting notes

Not too shabby cold either…

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532 tasting notes

Very nice. Pretty pure amber color. I can taste the blackberry, though this is not a sweet tea at all. No dryness in the mouth, but somewhat in the throat.

Remarkably similar to a darjeeling.

I also love the way this is packaged. A double sealed tin. I wish some others I have purchased recently had packaging half as good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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197 tasting notes

A beautiful tea, almost midnight blue and organic. Very pleasant, almost sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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1460 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #8
The leaves have a reddish hint to them and they look chopped apart while not quite being CTC tea leaf size. I’m accustomed to any nilgiri tea having a much lighter flavor. This one isn’t so light! It has some substance, a breadiness, while still having a juicy flavor that hints to cherry. It’s nice! Maybe the smaller tea leaf gives this more flavor, rather than the typical longer leaf of nilgiri.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // half mug // just boiled // 4 min

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773 tasting notes

From the Round Three Here’s Hoping TTB

Tea of the morning. This is a nice, bright tea. Kinda fruity with a citrus finish, and very clean with no aftertaste or lingering notes. This isn’t a tea I see myself keeping on hand, but it was a nice change of pace from my normal heavier, more malty teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1978 tasting notes

GCTTB Rd 3:

Thank you Jeweled Thumb for the chance to try this tea but it just isn’t for me. It is a fine enough black but I am missing the malt and dessert notes I tend to reach for when picking a straight black. Oh well. You never know unless you try.

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GCTTB3

I’m trying new teas left and right today! I brewed two teas at a time this morning in separate cups, of which this is one.

The smell and taste of this are really interesting. When it’s brewed up, I’m smelling that sort of dark raisiny note I notice from a lot of black teas, but there’s a different note that also creeps in. It’s very earthy, and reminds me of wet soil, like rain. It’s just a deep, wet, humid smell.

This carries over into the taste – the tea is there, but there’s also that sensation of gardens and wet soil (not in an ugly grainy sort of way, but more…fertile, I think). I’ve never had a Nilgiri black tea before, so I’m wondering if this is typical of teas grown in this region. Thoughts?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Nigrili is sometimes used as the base tea for flavoured teas so you may have had it before in a form.
I have only had one straight Nigrili.http://steepster.com/teas/capital-tea-ltd/46703-glendale-estate-twirl-nilgiri.

It did have some woody and mineral notes as well as some eucalyptus notes, so I could see where earthiness could come in, if I had had a tea that was made and preserved in a different way. The one I had was bright and sweet and floral as well as being nutty, with other deeper base notes.

Marzipan

I remember having a Nilgiri and thinking it was the first tea where I got “leather” and “tobacco” notes that I had read about.

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