Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tea Review: Nilgiri (Phoenix Tea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 14

Phoenix Tea
Type:  Black
Origin:  India, Nilgiri
Product Description:  A delicious full-bodied black tea from southwest India, Nilgiri is a lesser known region than India's more popular growing areas of Assam and Darjeeling. The environmental conditions in Nilgiri are perfect for growing quality, tasty teas. Perfect hot or iced.

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

The dry leaf aroma is spicy with notes of dried plum.

The red infusion has an aroma of tart fruit with a moderately astringent flavor and a clean chestnutty finish.

While this had the astringency I would expect from black teas of this region, I was pleased to find that it is quite enjoyable and flavorful on its own.  One steeping is all you will need to extract the full flavor.

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