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Havukal Special Winter Frost Black Tea

Havukal Special Winter Frost Black Tea

$9.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Korakundah Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

Korakundah Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

$19.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Blue Blossom Oolong Tea

Blue Blossom Oolong Tea

$19.99 $13.99 30% off
1.8 oz 15 cups
Glendale Exotic Winter Frost Green Tea

Glendale Exotic Winter Frost Green Tea

$21.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Craigmore Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

Craigmore Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

$6.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Pascoe's Woodlands Classic Winter Frost Green Tea

Pascoe's Woodlands Classic Winter Frost Green Tea

$6.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Kodanad Classic Winter Clonal Black Tea

Kodanad Classic Winter Clonal Black Tea

$5.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Korakundah Special Winter Frost Green Tea

Korakundah Special Winter Frost Green Tea

$12.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Chamraj Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

Chamraj Classic Winter Frost Black Tea

$19.99 $13.99 30% off
3.5 oz 40 cups

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Nigiris: The Blue Mountain teas


The Nilgiri district lies in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiris (blue mountains) are part of the Western Ghats that run along the western coast of the peninsula. It gets its name from the saxe-blue kurinji (Strobilanthes) flowers that bloom here every 12 years. Famous for the wildlife and flora seen here, it’s other claim to fame is its tea.

 

The Nilgiri tea is better known to some as the ‘third cousin’ in terms of popularity, coming behind Assam and Darjeeling. But increasingly, these teas are finding their audience. And among them are the North Americans who find in the Nilgiri black tea, a perfect balance of colour, strength and astringency to meet the requirements of each and every tea drinker, be it a tea connoisseur or novice. Nilgiri tea estates have since been doing well and improving on the tea types they produce.


How tea came to the Nilgiris

 

The Nilgiris became home to tea after it was ceded to the British East India Company, following the 4th Anglo Indian war of 1799, when Tipu Sultan was defeated. Over the next two decades, Englishmen came and saw. But it was only in 1819 that John Sullivan, the Commissioner of Coimbatore came up from the plains. With its cool climate, he put out a petition to the government in Madras asking that a sanatorium be created here.

 

Later, in 1833, Dr Christie, an Assistant Surgeon from Madras visited these hills and asked for tea seeds to plant here. It was a period of trials, experiments and innovations before tea made from plants grown here were sent to London’s Mincing Lane to be auctioned.


Tea from the Nilgiris

 

With a subtropical climate, similar to that found in Darjeeling, the Nilgiris produce hand-sorted, whole-leaf grades like the orange pekoe (OP) and pekoe cut black tea. The orange pekoe is a basic, medium-grade black tea consisting of many whole tea leaves of a specific size, whereas pekoe is a finer grade with young tea leaves and buds. Lower tea grades like broken orange pekoe and CTC are also produced here.

 

The Nilgiris winter frost teas are the most prized and deliver great quality and flavor. You can also find exceptional varieties of Nilgiri green teas along with some fine whites and oolong teas.