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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: The English Tea Store’s Nonsuch Estate Nilgiri Tea

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The Subject:  Nonsuch Estate Nilgiri
Company:The English Tea Store


Straight Tea Rating:

About the rating designation.

Water temperature:212° F
Steeping time:2-5 mins.
Tea type:Black
Dry leaves:  Broken leaf, aroma varies with steeping time


Round A, 1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —  2 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Lightly fragrant
Taste, plain —Mild, fruity, slightly tangy as cooled
Color, plain —Light amber
  
Round B, 1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —  5 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Richly fragrant
Taste, plain —Strong, slightly bitter
Color, plain —Dark amber
Taste, enhanced —Takes milk well, needs some sweetener
  
Round B, 2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —  5 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Light, weak
Taste, plain —Lighter taste, no sweetener needed
Color, plain —Lighter amber

 

Comments:
This tea from the Nilgiri region of India is said to taste similar to Ceylon teas. The Nonsuch Estate teas, though, are supposed to have a fruitiness. That depends. How long you steep this tea can vary the taste considerably. The vendor gives a steeping time range of 2 to 5 minutes. We tried the tea first at 2 minutes and did a second round with fresh leaves at 5 minutes. Quite a difference.

Round A steeped at 2 minutes was light, fruity, and needed no additives. A great tea break for those who like their tea straight.

Round B steeped at 5 minutes, was more similar to a nice Assam tea, with a dark amber color and malty aroma and taste that endured even with a bit of milk added. Perfect for those who like milk in their tea and a stronger taste.


The leaf pieces are broken leaf, clearly evident when dry and after steeping:


The tea in the photo here is Round B, 1st Infusion. The “Thé” (“Tea”) towel was a gift from hubby several years ago. Even then, we were stocking up on items to include in our tea review photos.


Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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