Country of Origin: India
Region: Nilgiri - South India
Shipping Port: Cochin
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 6000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: An exceptionally flavory Nilgiri tea. Sweet
floral-like notes with a delicious and satisfying tea character. An any
time of day tea.
Infusion: Bright, tending coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Tiger Hill is a top estate in the Nilgiri district of South India. The
soil and climatic conditions produce very distinctive teas. This Jan.
production tea has a flavor profile that is unbelievable. You will taste
a fruit-like floral character with satisfying thickness. Upon first sip
don’t worry if you tilt your head slightly, raise your eyebrow, look
down at the cup and exclaim under your breath “Wow, this is tea?? What
have I been drinking before??” This quality is only available in Jan.
and the average price during this time is generally between 2 to 3 times
the price at other times of the year. What causes this flavor?? - the
sun shines more intensely, there are fewer clouds, the temperature is
cooler and there is virtually no rain - the perfect conditions for
Tiger Hill has been producing tea only quite recently. This partially
accounts for its high quality. Virtually all the tea on the estate is
clonal. Clonal tea means that the majority of the tea bushes come from
about 3 or 4 ‘mother bushes’. The mother bushes were selected because
they made the best tea with above average yield. The estate first began
production of tea in 1971 (young by tea estate standards!). The estate
is quite small with 640 acres under tea cultivation which produce about
2.2 millions pounds of tea. The estate employs nearly 2000 people and is
a respected employer noted for above average labor practices.
Nilgiri is a mountainous region of Tamil Nadu State in southeastern
India. The peaks of the Nilgiris rise abruptly from the surrounding
plains to an elevation of 5000 - 8500 feet above sea level. Tea was
first planted on an experimental basis in 1835 and the first commercial
tea garden was at Thiashola Tea Garden, which began operations in 1859.
The tea at Thiashola was cultivated by Chinese prisoners of war,
captured by the British during the Opium Wars.
The climate of the Nilgiris allows tea to be produced all year round.
The first flushes of the new season are picked from April until May and
account for about 25% of the region’s total harvest. The 2nd flush -
accounting for about 40-45% of the yearly crop is from Sept. to Nov.,
and lastly the third flush is from Dec. to Jan. The best teas are
produced during January and August.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling
boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the
boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes
according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Even though milk and a dash of sugar help capture the floral character
of this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea