My first Nilgiri tea! :) Thank you so much to Nicole for the generous sample! This tea is very nicely balanced, strong and completely smooth. It is not as strong as an Assam, but quite a bit stronger than Darjeelings of course. I wasn’t sure about how to prepare it, so, when I first tried it a few days ago, I steeped it for 3 minutes. I steeped it for 5 minutes today, and I have to say that I am enjoying the longer steeped tea more. The extra time did not make the tea bitter at all…increased the strength nicely while maintaining smoothness.