DetailsCountry of Origin: India
Region: Nilgiri - South India
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Cup Characteristics: An exceptionally flavory Nilgiri tea. Sweet floral-like notes with a delicious and satisfying tea character. An any time of day tea.
Infusion: Bright, tending coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Tiger Hill is a top estate in the Nilgiri district of South India. The soil and climatic conditions produce very distinctive teas. This Jan. production tea has a flavor profile that is unbelievable. You will taste a fruit-like floral character with satisfying thickness. This quality is only available in Jan. and the average price during this time is generally between 2 to 3 times the price at other times of the year. What causes this flavor? - the sun shines more intensely, there are fewer clouds, the temperature is cooler and there is virtually no rain - the perfect conditions for stunning tea.
Tiger Hill has been producing tea only quite recently. This partially accounts for its high quality. Virtually all the tea on the estate is clonal. Clonal tea means that the majority of the tea bushes come from about 3 or 4 mother bushes. The mother bushes were selected because they made the best tea with above average yield. The estate first began production of tea in 1971 (young by tea estate standards!). The estate is quite small with 640 acres under tea cultivation which produce about 2.2 millions pounds of tea.
The climate of the Nilgiris allows tea to be produced all year round. The first flushes of the new season are picked from April until May and account for about 25% of the region?s total harvest. The 2nd flush - accounting for about 40-45% of the yearly crop is from Sept. to Nov., and lastly the third flush is from Dec. to Jan. The best teas are produced during January and August.