India Nilgiri Green Sword 'Hari Talvar' Green Tea

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Creamy, Green Beans, Mango, Nutty, Orange
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A crisp and fruity green tea with hints of orange and nectarine.

Indi Khanna, responsible for the tea’s production, has followed the Chinese convention of naming tea in relation to what they look like. This particular tea has been given the name ‘Hari Talvar’ which roughly translates as Green Sword.

Sourced direct from Coonoor Tea Estate who produce five unique high quality teas from a specially cultivated area of their estate.

Tasting Notes:
- Crisp taste
- Fruity hints of orange and nectarine

Harvest: First Flush, Late February 2015
Altitude: 1,950m
Cultivar: CR6017
Origin: Coonoor Tea Estate, Nilgiri, India
Farmer: Indi Khanna
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 20%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 80°C/176°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 60-90 seconds
Packaging: Resealable aluminium ziplock bag

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I was immediately drawn to this tea due to the very imaginative description of it as “green sword” tea. Images of the Green Destiny from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon flashed through my mind, along with all the beautiful art and imagery of that movie and its lush, green landscapes, and I felt an instant tingle in my head.

This tea is not from China, however, but from India and was named because the rolled leaves resemble little swords. In fact, I would say they do even more so in person, because what you can’t tell from the photo is that each of those little slightly curved rolled leaves are an inch or two long, really long for green tea leaves. They’re quite beautiful to look at.

The scent of this tea dry is surprisingly fruity, with a tangerine and mango scent, really potent and enjoyable. After a rinse, The leaves have more of a vegetal kind of scent, with the nutty and green bean notes I’m used to in many green teas, and while the fruit aroma is still there, it is not as strong. The scent of the brewed tea is pleasantly nutty, creamy, and green. The taste is surprisingly clean and light, with a slight nutty taste and a bit of a sweet corn taste. There’s a lingering note of mango or orange. It’s mildly sweet, becoming more so as it cools, and it leaves a lingering sweetness in the mouth as well.

I should mention a few things. Firstly, that I’m brewing this tea in the Gongfu style of brewing in a thin walled porcelain gaiwan, secondly that it takes really well to this method, and last that I have gone through many phases in my enjoyment of green tea, from brewing it very strong and robust to brewing it delicate and light, and seem to have settled on a general preference for brewing it light.

The second infusion of this tea offers many of the same creamy, slightly citrusy notes of the first, but I feel the citrus taste comes through more while the vegetal flavors have backed off some.

The first infusions were so light and crisp, I decided to push the third a little longer than normal to see how it might taste if brewed more rich. It has a more similar profile to most Chinese green teas at this point, more vegetal and green bean like overall. The fruit flavors still linger at the end but not as noticably. I diluted it a bit and it came back to a soft flavor with more noticeable hints of orange.

Later infusions unfolded in a more conventional green tea fashion, but the hint of orange flavor never fully receded.

I am really enjoying this green tea. It’s quite different from any others I’ve had, and I enjoy it’s fresh, clean, crisp subtlety and fruity finish. I’m very glad I bought a bag of this. I made a pretty big What-Cha order of teas I haven’t even tried aside from one, so we’ll see how many suit my tastes. So far, this one is fantastic.

Infusion times: 15 seconds, then quick infusions of 10-20 seconds to follow.

Flavors: Creamy, Green Beans, Mango, Nutty, Orange

1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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