Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Tea Review: Nilgiri Forest (Young Mountain/Tea Studio)

Nilgiri Forest
Young Mountain & Tea Studio
Type: Green
Origin: India, Nilgiri
Product Description:
Nilgiri Forest is made with only the flattened stems of the tea plant.  The all-women team at Tea Studio was inspired by Japanese twig teas to make this rare green, using the woody nature of the stems to evoke flavors of warm grains and fresh green sugarcane.
Temperature: 190° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaf aroma has notes of dry hay, sweet oats, nut shells, and a hint of spice. 

The light yellow infusion has a sweet aroma with notes of sun-warmed vine plants (tomato, vine beans) and corn.  The taste is lightly sweet with notes of cooked grains, steamed vegetables, corn, and nuts with a long, sweet finish.  

This is a delightful stem tea and also very forgiving.  Longer steeping times and higher water temperatures will still produce good results.  For the purpose of this review, the initial steeping time was 3 minutes followed by 5 minute steeps.  The fullest flavor was in the first two infusions with more sweetness developing by the second and a slightly mellower profile by the third.  On a more personal tasting note, the aroma brought back happy memories of my grandmother's greenhouse in the summer.  

This tea was purchased from Young Mountain at the 2023 Tea Fest PDX and is not currently available on their website at the time of this review.  It's well worth checking for updates.

This tea was purchased by me.

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