Star of India

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Star of India tea is a synergistic blend of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri teas.

All the highlights of India’s teas in a synergistic flavory blend. Malty 2nd flush Assams, 1st flush Darjeelings and sprightly January Nilgiris.

You would be hard pressed to find a gemstone more storied than the Star of India. A sapphire formed more than 2 billion years ago, the “Star” was mined more than 300 years ago in Sri Lanka, purchased by J.P. Morgan and presented to the New York Museum of Natural History in 1900, stolen by a former pro surfer, “Murf the Surf,” during the 20th century’s most famous jewel heist, recovered in a Miami bus stop locker and returned to the museum where it rests to this day. What makes it so special? The stone is 563.35 carats, weighs 112.67g and is almost flawless with star shaped markings on both sides. It is in a word, breathtaking.

In a similar manner, you would be hard pressed to find a more storied tea than Star of India. The blend is comprised of luxury teas from no less than three of India’s premiere growing districts, Assam, Darjeeling and the Nilgiris, each with their own rich histories. Assam, far up in the north eastern corner of the country has been the home of headhunters, served as the starting point of the Burma Road during WWII and was the first place tea was grown by the British within their old Empire. Darjeeling, located high in the Himalayas is the site of one of India’s remaining steam trains, survived a major earthquake in 1898, the “Darjeeling disaster” and gained a reputation for growing some of the world’s best black teas, grown on hybrid bushes developed on its steep slopes. The Nilgiri Hills were first discovered by Europeans in 1602, were first fully explored after a pursuit of criminals and is the origin of the world’s most expensive lot of tea, $600 / kg, earned at North America’s first auction, held at Las Vegas in 2006.

Yes, Star of India is some tea. This flawless blend unites teas from all three regions, sourced at their respective seasonal peaks – a 2nd flush Assam, 1st Flush Darjeeling and January growth Nilgiri. The resulting cup offers malt, muscatel and fragrant floral notes that open beautifully with a splash of milk. A stunning tea worth its weight in sapphires.

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Has a musty (but not bad) aroma dry, and brewing it’s very much like wet grass and soil. Brews up a dark but relatively bright red, pretty. The vegetal scent recedes after brewing, which I admit I found a relief. As it cools it mellows and becomes quite smooth. I like it a lot once it settles. It does retain a grassy herbal flavor but it’s light and enjoyable, floating gently over the black tea flavor. It’s funny, I thought based on initial smell there’d be no way I’d like this as much as Hooghly Holler but I was wrong. Very refreshing. I’d drink it again!

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