Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tea Review: Nonsuch (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Black (BOP)
Origin:  India, Nilgiri
Product Description:  Nonsuch is one of the best Nilgiri district teas in league with Tiger Hill and Glendale. The Nilgiri area is in Southern Central India and certainly well suited to the production of tea. The cooler temperatures of the mountains and abundant rainfall ensure superb cropping conditions. Generally Nilgiri teas resemble better Ceylon teas but tend to be somewhat more delicate in their flavour. Nonsuch has a hint of fruitiness that is quite distinct to the Nilgiri area. One of the nicest teas produced. Has pronounced orange blossom-like flavor with a light golden cup. Best enjoyed in the early morning.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an mild aroma of citrus and pine.

The coppery infusion has a floral aroma that reminds me of roses.  The bold flavor is floral with a hint of honey and astringent with a long, lightly fruity finish.

The first infusion has a rather bold aroma and flavor that would be best enjoyed as a breakfast tea or with a meal.  By the second infusion, nice honey-like notes appeared and the astringency was much lighter.

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

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