Review: Mark T Wendell Nilgiri Tiger Hill Estate Tea

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Thumbs up!"The multifaceted tastes of this tea call out roasted pumpkin or winter squash to me. There's also a somewhat floral and lightly muscatel sort of flavor to be noted. "
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I was pleased to sample this latest offering from Mark T. Wendell. It's a newer addition to their online offerings and is a fine, long leafed Nilgiri from the Tiger Hill Estate located in the south of India. The leaves are long and lightly twisty with a dusky blackish blue matte coloring. I used a heaped teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of tea and heated my water to 205 degrees. I allowed four minutes to infuse before pouring out a medium toned copper colored cup. I lightly sweetened my tea with a bit of liquid stevia as I am on a real kick for sweetened tea right now.

This tea is fantastic. I should say that to start. There's a bright sweet autumnal taste that is somewhat reminiscent of a Darjeeling in its depth of flavor. The multifaceted tastes of this tea call out roasted pumpkin or winter squash to me. I thought this a somewhat curious flavor to pick out until my husband spontaneously offered the same opinion when presented with his cup. There's also a somewhat floral and lightly muscatel sort of flavor to be noted.

As the tea cools, the body of the tea seems to swell a bit, becoming thicker in the mouth and offering very pleasant sweet spicy notes that echo a creamy cinnamon. I found this an exceedingly drinkable breakfast tea - mild enough to not overwhelm the stomach upon awakening while at the same time bright and cheerful enough to wake one pleasantly. I also enjoyed that this Nilgiri offered plenty of flavor without a lot of "acidic" strength. While somewhat mild for a black tea, this tea has plenty of body and flavor and much to offer. This would be an excellent choice for black tea drinkers and those partial to Nilgiri. I would say that Darjeeling lovers would also find this a very pleasant tea.

A second infusion fell flat for me particularly after the ringing success of the fist. My attempts at drinking this tea sans sweetener were well met (though it's not really my thing right now). The tea is not at all bitter or sour. Its flavors are clear and bright and very palatable. I can heartily recommend this offering from Mark T. Wendell as another sound choice from their catalog.

— 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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