Avaata Supreme Nilgiri Green Tea (First Flush) SFTGFOP1

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Green Tea
Green Tea Leaves
Freshly Cut Grass, Chestnut, Grass, Green, Ocean Breeze
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Fair Trade, Organic
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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Our first addition from an exclusive collection of teas from the coveted organic Avaata Tea Estate in the Nilgiris in southern India. This long leaf tea is characteristic of a very pale light green liquor in the cup. The flavour is very smooth and fairly sharp—typical of non-fermented green teas but without any hint of bitterness. A must try for all green tea lovers.

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2145 tasting notes

This is quite different from the green teas from Japan and China that I am more accustomed to. The dry leaves are long and only partial rolled with a fluffy appearance that more closely resembles a white tea. The flavor is noticeably difference as well. Green teas from China and Japan typically have a stronger flavor, while this tea is delicate with a sweet finish. The individual flavors are barely discernible, but there are hints of fruit and flowers. If you enjoy your tea mild and easy to drink then you’ll find this very enjoyable, but if you’re looking for something resembling a traditional green tea you may want to look elsewhere.

You can read the full review on my blog:

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1737 tasting notes

This Nilgiri green is quite fine and reminds me of some of the less vegetal China green teas (bi luo chun, etc.). Very light and pleasant.


Ooh, a Nilgiri green…sounds good! I may have to give it a try!

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921 tasting notes

Taking a very brief break from painting today, which makes me a sad Scourge, but I am still really shaky and loopy from my breathing treatment yesterday. Oh man, I have always hated those things, it has been several years since I was on a respirator, but I remember the side effects lasted for a couple days. Same reason I wait till I am desperate before I do my inhaler, because the side effects are unbelievably unpleasant. I am immersing myself in research, I expected my allergy tests to give me answers, not more questions, so I am doing my thing and taking to the internet in hopes that I can get some information on my supposed chronic sinus infection (and why my sense of smell is so acute if I do have one), why I can’t breathe though I show no signs of asthma activity at the moment, can my allergy tests be a false negative, and if so what to do about it. Luckily I have some medical training so I can read WebMD without thinking I am dying! SO MANY QUESTIONS!!

Ok, enough of the quirks of my body, it is time for tea! Specifically we are taking a trip to India courtesy of Golden Tips Tea! Avaata Supreme Nilgiri Green Tea First Flush (organic) is from a region of India which sadly I do not have much experience with (seriously, I think I have had two teas from Nilgiri, and that is tragic) so trying a green tea from that region is extra exciting. Avaata Estate is a Rain Forest Alliance Certified tea estate, dedicated to conserving vaata, which is Sanskrit for fresh, with this tea being grown above 1,900 feet, all of these things are pretty cool. The aroma of the rather large, pale, leaves is a bit light at first, but some good snuffling brings out the notes of fresh cut vegetation, baking bread, lima beans and green beans. This is another one of those teas that makes me hungry while sniffing it again.

I decided to go for a psuedo gongfu style steeping with this tea, any excuse to use my gaiwan! The aroma of the now soggy leaves is sharply vegetal, blending lima beans and green beans with a bit of kale and baking bread. There is also a faint, distant note of flowers. The liquid is very light, like super faint, with delicate notes of growing things and slightly vegetal.

The taste is unique, like a blend of a first flush Darjeeling and a green tea. It starts buttery and peppery with floral notes and distinct vegetal. There are notes of green beans, lima beans, and a finish of yeasty baking bread. This tea is fairly light, so if you were expecting a super intense tea you might be a bit disappointed.

I decided to go for a second steep to see if it becomes a bit more robust. The aroma of the brewed tea is still really light, not as light as the first, but it does not have a major presence. There are notes of growing things and lima beans along with the tiniest hint of flowers. The taste is more vegetal and less floral, the peppery note is mostly gone, but there are lovely notes of lima beans and green beans, a finish of fresh kale and baking break, the yeasty tones linger. This steep got a bit bitter as it cooled, which is incentive to chug it quickly!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/03/golden-tips-tea-avaata-supreme-nilgiri.html


Check out some Glendale Estate teas if you want to explore more Nilgiris :)


Ooh excellent! Thank you for the recommendation!

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1379 tasting notes

In appearance the leaves are: long and mostly whole with some rolled and others open. Some are silver and covered in white hairs.

They have a dry yet light floral scent with elements of wood, grass and musk.

Once steeped this tea is light amber in colour and has a light yet crisp and sweet grassy scent.

Flavour is light to medium in strength with sweet grass and floral tones. It’s a little dry which adds a savoury touch and tones down the sweetness. Specifically I can taste: grass, sweet pea, gardenia and wheat. The after taste of sweet flowers lingers in the mouth for a long time.

As it cools it becomes slightly astringent.

Overall: The flavours were nice and pure and I did enjoy the savoury wheat taste, that made it rather unique and different from what I expected. However it did not strike me as amazing, though the quality was very good. I’m trying to think of why it wasn’t amazing but I cannot explain it, something was missing for me…perhaps my love of vegetal and seaweed greens like those found in Japanese varieties have changed my preferred taste when it comes to greentea.

For pictures and more information please view my blog.

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1719 tasting notes

I’ve already had several cups of restaurant tea and an RTD while straightening out the mods on the latest update to Kerbal Space Adventures. Then I got an uncontrollable urge for green tea. Digging through my out of control warehouse of tea (let’s be honest), I found this one. The shiny gold pouch made me think C-3PO. Then I noticed it was a Nilgiri. I don’t recall ever having a green Nilgiri – or for that matter no more than a couple black teas from this region.

Opening the bag I get malt, sweet hay, and grass. Smells good. The leaf is complete full leaves and buds. They have not been twisted, curled, or broken.

The taste is clean and surprisingly gentle. There is a moment of sharpness that seems a mix of mineral and slightly metallic. It is not really that sharp but in comparison to the gentleness it gets magnified. The taste is sweet grass with a touch of malt and corn, while hot, and more nutty when cool.

I thought it was interesting that the taste just suddenly drops off at the end before a light grassy aftertaste with a touch of good bite steps in. It leaves just a touch of astringency tingling around the cheeks.

This is a quiet tea. Almost as subtle as a white tea. If you like white and greens, this should work for you.


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58 tasting notes

Crunchy leaves as I shake into the tea strainer. Brittle and breaking as I help the leaves in. A quick rinse with 175 degree water. The leaves soften up a bit and become very dark. The aroma of fresh grass being cut from across the park begins to gently fill my nose. I fill the mug full of water and wait, as the leaves softly float to the top, beginning to spread open. I pick up the needy cat between my legs and give him a few scratches and head nuzzles. I walk into the office and turn on the computer, setting down my phone to signal my end destination. A quick pee break and back to the tea. How long has it been sitting here? 2 minutes maybe. I pick up the strainer and look at the color of the water and decide it hasn’t been long enough. 30 more seconds. My daughter is asleep in the bedroom, I have only a couple more moments left before she’ll wake. She’s on the last leg of her slumber and I’m starting to get restless in my wait.

I place the strainer aside while taking a huge whiff of the steam. It smells like a subtle green tea, no offensive aromas off the bat. I inspect the water color, it’s light, very light. I take a sip and walk into the office, sitting down at the computer. Now what do I prioritize first during this delicate chunk of free time?

The tea is as it smells and looks, light. Subtle smells, subtle looks and subtle tastes. No bitterness or offensive tastes. Just a smooth light, hint of metallic taste (probably from the strainer) and notes of soft fresh cut grass out of the lawnmower bag. I keep sipping, wanting more flavor to come fourth. It doesn’t, it stays beneath it’s lightness, like a feather dancing in a gentle breeze. I don’t think it’s one to shout about, perhaps a whisper goes well with this one. A whisper of gratitude and peacefulness. Namaste.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2 tasting notes

Light green, fluffy leaf. First steep yields pale yellow cup with very subtle aroma and taste. Subsequent steeps produce a slightly nutty aroma. Reminds of the chestnut character found in some Mao Jian Chinese green tea. Flavor is fresh and green but very mild.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Green, Ocean Breeze

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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