Sunday, January 8, 2023

Tea Review: Nilgiri Frost (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas)

Nilgiri Frost
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Type: Oolong
Origin: India, Nilgiri
Product Description:
This is a rare - and prized - single estate tea from the Nilgiri region of India where frost sometimes forms on the shady side of the mountain in January.
Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of plums, figs, and wood.  

The coppery red infusion has a sweet aroma with notes of green vine, squash, and something that reminded me of camphor.  The taste has notes of roasted vegetables, baked squash, nut shells, and a hint of chestnut with a dry finish.

This was a unique-to-me oolong with a very interesting profile.  The flavor mellowed after the first infusion and I found that increasing the steeping time to 5 minutes and longer with each subsequent infusion brought out more flavor and made for a pleasant tasting session.  

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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