Today’s tea is Korakundah Estate Nilgiri, and it is an organic and fair trade black India tea from Arbor Teas. Arbor teas come in compostable packages, complete with an elasticized band with a label made for the tea, to put around the container you transfer it to when you receive it. That’s another cool thing about Arbor Teas.
Nilgiri translates to “Blue Mountains,” and this tea comes from a high-growing region in southern India. It is often the black tea that is used to make masala chai. Because of a relatively mild climate, tea in this region can be produced year round. The Korakundah Estate is mentioned specifically in The Story of Tea as being one of the best single-estate teas. (Heiss, 206)
The leaves are twisted, and a deep brown. The fragrance is clean and fresh, with a slight woody scent. When brewed, the leaves turn a dark green and reddish-brown. It brews up a lovely amber brown color in the cup. The scent is sweet, and the flavor is sweet and clean and a little woody as well. After adding milk the flavor becomes much smoother and pleasant. This tea seems to have been made for milk. The verdict? This tea is very good, but I don’t know that I’d add it to my regular rotation. It’s a good, simple cup of tea, nothing fussy. Those who appreciate that will appreciate this tea.
We have one more India tea and then we’ll be moving into the Breakfast blend teas, which will be more familiar: English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey, etc. Looking forward to it!
You can get Korakundah Estate Nilgiri tea here: http://www.arborteas.com/organic-korakundah-estate-nilgiri-fop-black-tea.html