Top 7 Nilgiri Teas: Rich Flavors At Bargain Prices

Last updated: May 7, 2020 at 16:22 pm

Nilgiri tea is produced in the Nilgiris District of southern India. It has smooth, balanced, strong-flavored taste profile and often serves as a base for flavored teas.

Quite a bargain

Even the best of Nilgiri teas do not share the global stardom of other Indian teas like Darjeeling and Assam. But they’re well known for being reasonably priced and suitable for crafting a wide variety of tea blends. Nilgiri teas don’t usually have any characterizing aromas or flavors, but that’s actually why tea makers love them. Medium bodied, naturally sweet, smooth and mellow, they lend themselves to any kind of brew – hot or cold. The secret to their subtle, beautifully balanced taste lies in the unique climate of the Nilgiris. This region has two monsoons, quite like Sri Lanka, which impacts growing and production cycles and leads to a smooth, well-rounded flavor in the tea leaves.

Tasting notes in tea reviews

The Nilgiri region produces “solid everyday black teas that make for a “fragrant cup and smooth taste”. Their flavor and strength “last through a second steep”, though some tea drinkers detect a hint of bitterness the second time around. The tea “tastes great with milk and sugar”, or in an iced form. In fact, Niligiri black teas tend to be “brighter and more refreshing than standard iced teas”, with a taste that is “really smooth and not overwhelming”. Niligiri green teas are also known for being “balanced, with some astringency and some sweetness”.  Many open with a “pleasant malty flavor” and develop “a hint of sweetness on the 2nd and 3rd steepings”.

Tea tips

Nilgiri produces a rare type of tea, known as a “frost tea” harvested in the winter. The quick chill creates a concentrated sweet, very similar to what you would find in an “ice wine.”

The Republic of Tea Frost Black Tea

The Republic of Tea Frost Black Tea

The Minister of Evolution has traveled to great heights to discover this most unique and flavorful tea. Originating in the Southern Ghats Mountains in India within the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, these high grown leaves (7,000 ft) are tended by the Badagas, a local community of agriculturists.
Blue Mountain Nilgiri Oolong Tea

Blue Mountain Nilgiri Oolong Tea

Courtesy of the renowned Glendale Tea estate from the tranquil region of Nilgiri, our Blue Mountain Nilgiri Oolong Tea is blessed with an array of nutty and tropical fruit flavours with uplifting floral tones of orchids and cherry blossom. A sweet and mellow liquor with a hint of astringency and a lingering aftertaste. Truly a luscious cup that is best enjoyed with a dash of sugar or honey!
Pascoe’s Woodlands Classic Winter Frost Green Tea

Pascoe’s Woodlands Classic Winter Frost Green Tea

We love this green tea for its robustness and for the layered flavors which keep the palate excited with their peaks and lows. They turn big quite fast and mellow down just as quickly. No single note lingers long enough, thereby offering you a plethora of experiences to cherish in a single cup. You will surely love discovering new flavors and textures as you make..
Nilgiri Tea Leaves​ from India (225 Cups), 2016​ Prime Season Season Harvest

Nilgiri Tea Leaves​ from India (225 Cups), 2016​ Prime Season Season Harvest

NILGIRI ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA - This finest English tea is harvested at the perfect peak season from select gardens of the region to ensure the natural richness in flavor & aroma.
Classic Black – Award Winning

Classic Black – Award Winning

Organic Black Tea. This bright and brisk high grown estate whole leaf Nilgiri tea has been carefully hand blended with smooth rich Yunnan golden buds to create a supremely classic infusion that can be enjoyed at any time of day.Caffeine Content: Medium Brisk, Full BodyWinner: Best Black Iced Tea - World Tea Expo
Nilgiri Breakfast Black Tea

Nilgiri Breakfast Black Tea

A premium breakfast blend created by our master tasters with teas sourced from popular estates located right next to the town of Conoor in the tea growing region of southern India. The flavor is characteristic of typical dark black teas and an appealing dark amberish liquor. The flavor is full-bodied and rich with intense and clear notes of rosewood. A delightful bris..
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Blue Mountain Nilgiri, Organic

Blue Mountain Nilgiri, Organic

Organic & Fair Trade Black TeaSingle-estate premium loose leaf tea Origin: India, Nilgiri Mountains. 100% Organic & Fair TradeThese rich burgundy leaves from India's Nilgiri Mountains steep into a bright amber liquor, with a well-rounded body that floats on your palate with hints of ripe summer blackberries. This Fair Trade Certified black tea from the Iyerpadi Estate..

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