Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Subtle notes of grass, honey and grain; the general impression is a clean and easy-drinking cup. "|
JING tea has a wonderful reputation of offering top-notch teas for the sophisticated tea drinker and the newcomer alike. I typically associate JING with Chinese origin teas, but regardless, I am always happy to receive a sample from this company, as I get the sense that they select only the finest teas to be part of their inventory. Nilgiri Frost is an Indian black tea; its name comes from the fact that the first frost announces the start of the picking season. The leaves are long and loosely rolled, and open enough that one can see shades of green, brown, and black all mixed together. With its crisp grassy notes, the aroma of the dry leaf reminds me very much of a first flush Darjeeling. Based on its similarity in appearance and aroma to Darjeelings, I treated it the same way I treat Darjeelings, which meant using a slightly gentler approach ont he steeping. I used sub-boiling water and infused the leaves gongfu style for about 45 seconds. The liquid is a rich yellow color with a sweet vegetal aroma. It is just a bit astringent, but not in an unpleasant way. Overall, it is a rather mellow cup, but that is not to say it is tasteless, as some pleasantly subtle notes of grass, honey and grain were present. The general impression is a clean and easy-drinking cup. This is not the type of black tea to which I would add any milk or sugar, and it would also not be my first choice for a breakfast tea. But I would say this is a great tea for an afternoon pick-me-up or to pair with a meal. I managed to get three decent infusions out of the leaves, and probably could have eeked out one or two more if I had the time.
As I have become accustomed to doing lately in this hot Miami summer, I let a small portion of just about every tea I prepare cool to room temperature so I can test its iced tea potential. In this case, it was a refreshing drink in that even though it is a black tea, it doesn't taste very similar to what most people think of when they think of black tea. However, I did notice a significant loss in the strength of the flavor when the tea went from hot to cold, and given that this tea's flavor profile as a hot drink was rather muted, there isn't much room for losing too much flavor without compromising the enjoyment factor.
In all, this is a pretty tasty Darjeeling-esque brew that I would happily drink again.
— To purchase JING Tea Nilgiri Frost, 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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