Craigmore Estate, Nilgiri, First Flush 2017

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From Yatra Tea Company

Harvest Month: April 2017
Type: Black tea
Region: Nilgiri, India
Estate: Craigmore
Production: Orthodox
Grade: OP SUP

Originally incorporated in the UK in 1884 as the Ceylon Land and Produce Company Limited, today this estate located in the bucolic Nilgiri hills in South India is known as Craigmore. For more than 130 years, this estate has excelled in the production of “high grown” orthodox teas, of both the black tea and pan-fired green tea variety.

Nestled in the Nilgiris, which literally translates to Blue Mountains, Craigmore is perched at an elevation of approximately 5,500 ft. This elevation affords the estate a cool and wet microclimate. Coupled with the composition of the soil found in the Nilgiris, conditions are ideal for the production of world renowned teas. The high grown Orthodox black teas are manufactured at a separate facility than the pan-fired green teas. The quality of production and manufacturing is meticulous as evidenced by the fact that over half of the 1.3 million kilograms of annually produced Orthodox black teas are exported to the EU after passing their stringent compliance standards.

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Discovery Tea Box – Tea Three

So, I think this is what I pulled out of the tea box? It was one of several teas from Yatra that simply had the company and estate name. I may visit a couple of the other teas from Yatra because it’s a company that’s new to me, sorta. I say sorta because I HAVE heard of them but I’m not able to order from them here in Canada (no international shipping). I chose this one specifically, though, because it was the only estate of the teas in the box that I wasn’t 100% certain that I’d tried a tea from before.

My first thought trying it was that it was really bland, however progressing through the cup I’d say that it’s less that it was a ‘bland’ tea and more that it’s just really quite mellow and light bodied. Some fruitiness popped out to me; generic red fruit sort of notes and a mild lemony sort of undertone. Couldn’t help but also think of Yuzu, because there was some pepperiness/SUPER mild spice notes in the blend as well and yuzu is basically peppery citrus – but I don’t think this tea really had the ‘punch’ that I associate with yuzu for it to be a super valid comparison. This was also a bit malty, and sort of honey-ish sweet.

Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it.

Put the rest of the bag back in the box, hopefully someone else will get something from it.

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