Review: The Tea Shelf Glendale Nilgiri Black

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Thumbs up!"This tea has a very smooth almost silky texture. The base note in this tea is a dark, rich chocolate lightened up with sweet floral top notes"
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teashelfnilgiriblackI was recently introduced to a new tea vendor, The Tea Shelf, who opened up in 2014. They are based in India and are able to source directly from the major tea estates. They offer free worldwide shipping on any order over rs1899 which converts to a little less then $30 US right now. They also offer some wonderful sampler sets at very reasonable prices which I feel is a wonderful way to meet a new tea vendor.

Now onto the tea itself. My sample arrived in vacuum sealed foil package with all of the important info on a label on the outside. This tea is a black Nilgriris picked in 2015 during the Winter Flush. The leaves are full and a nice blend of dark brown and gold. It has a pleasant fruity, flowery aroma.

I set it up to blend using 210 degree water and a steep time of 3 minutes. The resulting liquor is a medium golden brown with a jasmine and honeysuckle aroma.

This tea has a very smooth almost silky texture. The base note in this tea is a dark, rich chocolate lightened up with sweet floral top notes. There is a spicy aftertaste that lingers on and one. It has an almost decadent feel when it is hot but does develop a slightly astringent note as it cools.

I found this to be a delicious tea that I have already added to my wishlist especially as it is so reasonably priced. I also like the fact that I can add it to a subscription service where I can have more delivered automatically.

— To purchase The Tea Shelf Glendale Nilgiri Black, 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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