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Floral, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Mango, Menthol, Toast, Tulsi, Wood
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Delicious green herb, floral and citrus aromas. Full, smooth taste with a subtle turbinado sweetness.

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4846 tasting notes

I’m a little surprised by the couple of tasting notes on this tea. Yes, it is a lighter black tea (certainly not something I’d characterize as a full-flavored black), but it has a very pleasing complexity that I’m really enjoying. I find it to be somewhat like a dark Oolong in not only dry leaf appearance, but also liquor color and texture. Even a little bit in the flavor.

I actually quite like this. It isn’t what I expected from a Nilgiri tea, but, it still is quite enjoyable.

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6770 tasting notes

Well…the color is interesting…it’s light brown with an orange hue…I guess that would be the best away to describe it. It’s not much for smell but if I had to say one thing about the aroma it would be there is a HINT of wood smell to it…but not very much. As for the taste…it’s very weak! One of the more mild – if not the most mild – black tea I have ever tasted, really. It’s not bad…it’s just quite weak.

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272 tasting notes

Before I begin this review, allow me to state that I am not particularly familiar with Nilgiri teas. For the most part, my Indian tea adventure has been limited to Assam and Darjeeling teas, both of which I quite enjoy. With the abundance of teas from these two areas on the market, I never got around to spending much time with teas from the south of India.

After infusion, the resulting liquid was a pale golden amber. Very mild aromas of toast, malt, honey, wood, menthol, and flowers were just barely detectable on the nose. In the mouth, I was able to immediately detect notes of menthol, wood, toast, malt, honey, flowers, and grape skin. The finish was fleeting, initially allowing only the subtlest traces of honey, malt, menthol, and wood to show, though I did pick up interesting tulsi, papaya, and mango notes at the end.

I wasn’t exactly blown away by this tea, but I also wasn’t horribly disappointed by it either. I really just tried it for the sake of trying something new. I did, however, appreciate the subtle complexity of the flavor and the smoothness of the body. This was a very approachable and unique tea, but surprisingly for a black tea, it was all about subtlety. I normally prefer my black teas to be robustly flavorful, filling, and lively, but this one was not anything like that. As a matter of fact, this was by far the lightest, most delicate black tea I have ever tried. Given my preferences, I probably would not reach for this one again, but I would encourage those who are open to new drinking experiences to give this one a shot simply because it is so unique.

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Mango, Menthol, Toast, Tulsi, Wood

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911 tasting notes

Not a big fan. It’s kind of raw tasting to me with little actual flavor. Too much herbal flavor, not enough (or any) floral or citrus aromas or tastes. Too boring for me though I do know at least one person that has fallen in love with it because of the mildness. For me, it is just a nice base for flavoring teas. I put some almond extract with it and it was pretty good. But plain, yeah, just not my thing.

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