India Nilgiri Teaneer 'Frost-Bite' Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Apricot, Butter, Flowers, Fruity, Malt, Mango, Raisins, Straw, Toast, Honey, Orange, Sweet
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Average preparation
4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Another of the What-Cha samples I am just now getting around to reviewing, this Nilgiri was advertised as deriving a unique fruity character from exposure to winter frosts. So, this tea was not...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is one of those lovely golden fruity assamicas that ive luckily had the pleasure of – not your average Assam you would buy in the supermarket.. Assam & fruit aroma sorta melts in my mind...” Read full tasting note
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A smooth fruity hand-made black tea with complex lingering notes apricot and nectarines with an underlying sweetness and no traces of astringency.

Rare and exclusive are two of the most misused words within the tea industry but this is one tea which is genuinely rare and exclusive.

It is produced during Nilgiri’s famed winter harvest when tea grows at it’s slowest due to the winter frosts which damage the leaves. The harsh conditions means there is little new growth to process into tea and only 700g of the winter-frost black tea was produced this winter.

Thanks to Teaneer’s generosity and a certain amount of ‘arm twisting’, I was able to exclusively get hold of 300g of the tea.

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Another of the What-Cha samples I am just now getting around to reviewing, this Nilgiri was advertised as deriving a unique fruity character from exposure to winter frosts. So, this tea was not supposed to be your typical floral Nilgiri. Well, score one for truthfulness in advertising because it was not.

To prepare this tea, I steeped approximately 3-4 grams of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 194 F water for 4 minutes. Honestly, I was preparing this tea in a rush and easily could have used up to 5 grams in the cup. I did not have time to attempt any additional infusions, but considering that I rarely reinfuse teas of this type, I do not see that as being all that big of a deal.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves gave off a wonderfully fruity scent. After infusion, I picked up wonderfully pronounced apricot and nectarine aromas. In the mouth, this tea was very smooth and mild, offering pleasant notes of apricot, golden raisin, nectarine, toast, butter, and malt. I also detected faint undertones of straw, dried flowers, mango, and papaya. The finish was exceptionally smooth, rich, and fruity, emphasizing a swell of honey, apricot, and nectarine underscored by a subtle malt presence.

This was a very nice Nilgiri. Not only did it smell and taste great, but it had a nice body with wonderful texture in the mouth. I can only imagine how much better this would have been had I not ever so slightly underleafed it, but at least I was still able to enjoy this tea and get enough out of it to provide a detailed review. With any luck, What-Cha will be able to bring this one back in the near future. I would love to be able to spend more time playing around with this tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Flowers, Fruity, Malt, Mango, Raisins, Straw, Toast

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of those lovely golden fruity assamicas that ive luckily had the pleasure of – not your average Assam you would buy in the supermarket..

Assam & fruit aroma sorta melts in my mind into amber & black treacle. There is a lovely perfect not-too-sweetness & a every-so-slight Assamica malt character thats present when the leaf is pushed giving it a robust body & glossy edge.

Citrus/nectarine sweet n sour hidden away as well, and the first few steeps had a lovely lingering fruit aftertaste. Lovely body in the mouth & lovely clear qi energy.

Beautiful red purple green leaf as well.

Im not really much of a straight Assam drinker but this is really good quality stuff

Edit* found out its ‘historic Sinensis with newer Assamica, Dum Dum Manipuri and Cambodia’ So not just straight Assam

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Malt, Orange, Sweet

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