While Nilgiri isn’t as popular as other Indian teas such as Assam, Ceylon or Darjeeling, it is my favorite of the four tea types. It is bold and even a little malty like an Assam, but is not quite as harsh or persnickety as an Assam.
The flavor of this Organic Nilgiri from KTeas is sublime. It has a stoutness to it – it is strong, malty and stimulating. The malty taste gives it an almost caramel-like sweetness that remains throughout the sip, right up to the tail, when a note of astringency cuts through it to keep it from being cloying. The astringency at the tail is tangy, which gives it an almost “citrus-y” like flavor that lingers into the aftertaste. And I love that this is organic!
KTeas describes this tea as:
From a lesser-known region in southwest India than the more popular tea-growing regions of Assam and Darjeeling. Still, the Nilgiri is a delicious full-bodied black tea grown in perfect environmental conditions for quality, tasty teas. Great hot or iced.
This is a great breakfast tea, and takes to the additions of milk and honey well (although, I find it to be absolutely wonderful without additions). It makes a great wake-up call, and will help get you going on those mornings when you’re feeling a bit sluggish. It also makes a fabulous iced tea – try it with some thin slices of lemon or orange. Dee-lish!