Review: Mark T Wendell Nilgiri Tiger Hill Estate Tea

Black Tea, Mark T. Wendell, Nilgiri Tea, Single Estate Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"It's malty with a crisp, fruity aftertaste."
Katie’s Teaview: 9.3/10
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Especially compared to other regions in India, I have relatively little experience with Nilgiri teas, and I haven't tried one from this estate in recent memory. I have had other estate teas from Mark T. Wendell; however, and they've always satisfied, so I suspect this will be as good an experience as I can expect from a Nilgiri black tea.

The dry leaves of this tea are surprisingly appealing - Twisty and black with bronze highlights. They smell smoky, fruity, bold and sweet. Three minutes at 195°. Hints of citrus, smoke, and fruit hit my nose. I'm a little worried about the smoky scent, since I'm really not in the mood for a Keemun-like, heavily fruity and smoky tea. But my worries are frivolous, as the smokiness is minimal, and along with a subtle earthiness, it provides a nice depth to the cup without making it heavy.

It's malty with a crisp, fruity aftertaste. It's hard to put a word on the fruitiness, since I'd call it neither grape, nor berry, nor any other specific one I can think of. There is a hint of citrus quality, but it is separate from the generic fruit touches. It has a lot of depth and flavour, but it's so mellow that it's easy to drink, and it doesn't leave a lingering heaviness on the tongue. It's a delicious and satisfying tea that is endlessly smooth, and devoid of bitterness or astringency.

Steep two is 5 minutes. It stands up more than I expected in the second steep, but it is very mellow and simple. This is one of the teas that will stick out in my mind not because it's so unique (though it is interesting and special in its own way) or because it was a really big 'Wow' experience, but simply because it's incredibly tasty. The fact that it's very affordable is an added bonus, and this is one I'd definitely buy and love.

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