Review: Mark T Wendell Nilgiri Tiger Hill Estate Tea

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Thumbs up!"This tea is very drinkable, very tasty, and has been an every-day go-to cup ever since I got it. The unique properties of its flavor profile and its quaffability get two enthusiastic thumbs-up."
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Mark T. Wendell Tea Company has a neat little history behind it. As you may have guessed, Mark T. Wendell was an actual guy, in the early 20th Century, who was an importer of various fine goods. One of his most popular items was a Chinese tea (a Lapsang Souchong known simply as "XXX", which Mr. Wendell subsequently renamed Hu-Kwa after the gentlemen whom he traded with) and began importing other teas - apparently only 5 varieties - until his death in the 60's. The company was purchased in 1971 by the current owner, who expanded the operation to include dozens more teas, and other tea-related goods. Anyway, Mark T. Wendell sounds like he was an interesting guy, and gets added to that proverbial List of Dead Guys I Would Like To Meet.

One of MTW's newest offerings is a Nilgiri Tea from the Tiger Hill Estate. Nilgiri Tea is a distinct type of black tea that comes from southern India (the Blue Mountains). The Nilgiris District is essentially an agricultural and horticultural district, and they grown a variety of other vegetables, spices and fruits in addition to tea. What's intriguing is that tea estates only account for about 30% of Nilgiri tea production. The rest is cultivated by small-time farmers and every-day Joes with a small plot of land, generally less than 2 acres in size. This is fascinating and admirable. This particular Nilgiri comes from the Tiger Hill Estate. I'm unsure of the size of this Estate, but apparently their sole production is this Nilgiri tea.

The appearance of the tea is a dusty, rich mahogany. The leaves are medium, semi-broken, tightly-rolled with some stray flat leaf bits. Aroma of the leaf is mildly spicy and woody. A four minute infusion works wonderfully for this tea and produces a bright, deep red liquor. Aroma in the cup reveals a sweeter, lighter scent. On the palette, the tea leaves a satisfying malty impression, similar to high quality Assam or Ceylon, but with a succulent juiciness on the finish. This tea is very drinkable, very tasty, and has been an every-day go-to cup ever since I got it. The unique properties of its flavor profile and its quaffability get two enthusiastic thumbs-up.

— To purchase Mark T Wendell Nilgiri Tiger Hill Estate Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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