Nilgiri is a mountainous region of Tamil Nadu State in southeastern India. The peaks of the Nilgiris rise abruptly from the surrounding plains to an elevation of 5000-8500 feet above sea level. Tea was first planted on an experimental basis in 1835 and the first commercial tea garden was at Thiashola Tea Garden, which began operations in 1859. The tea was cultivated by Chinese prisoners of war captured by the British during the Opium Wars. 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 September to November, and the third flush is from December to January. The best teas are produced during January and August.
- Cup Characteristics: One of the nicest teas available, it has a pronounced orange blossom-like flavor with a light golden cup. Best enjoyed in the early morning. Infusion: Bright, tending coppery. Luxury Ingredients: Black tea.