Nilgiri Platinum Needles

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White Tea
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Apricot, Astringent, Banana, Bark, Camphor, Cantaloupe, Caramel, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Flowers, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Hot Hay, Linens, Marshmallow, Mineral, Nutty, Pear, Peppercorn, Rose, Rosemary, Soft, Spicy, Spring Water, Straw, Toast, Tobacco, Vanilla, Viscous, Watermelon
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  • “January 2022 harvest A mild and unassuming white tea like many silver needles, though with plenty of nuance if that’s your thing. Nice structure — modest yet full aroma, very fluid viscosity...” Read full tasting note
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Introducing Nilgiri Platinum Needles from January 2022! Harvested in the second week of the month when the winter in the Nilgiri is at its peak and this tea with its unopened buds captures it vibrantly!

The dry leaf has a ripe fruit aroma, resembling guava for the most part. There is a floral attribute to it as well, mostly like white flowers but with a hint of rose. When placed on the heated ware, you notice the ripe fruit aroma upfront with notes of guava, apricots and banana. There is a hint of the signature Nilgiri note as well, which is a unique blend of spices and herbs, mostly minty in character with notes of betel leaf, rosemary and star anise. The liquor is thick in texture and tastes floral at first, with rose and white flower notes. As it cools down, you notice the fruity attribute dominant in banana and guava. As it further cools down, there is a milky sweetness to be noticed and that blends well with the overall fruity and floral character of the liquor.

Appearance : Champagne

Taste : White flowers, rose, banana, guava, apricots, betel leaf

Steeping Time : 4 minutes western style, 20 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf to water ratio : 0.7 gram per 100ml for western style, 3.5 grams per 100ml for gongfu style

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 85-90°C

Recommended Steeping Method : Works well with all styles

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January 2022 harvest

A mild and unassuming white tea like many silver needles, though with plenty of nuance if that’s your thing. Nice structure — modest yet full aroma, very fluid viscosity upfront moves to spring water sweetness mid-mouth and finishes clean with mouth-watering minerality and quiet sweetness. Neutral energy.

I’ve tried water temperatures higher than 185F for these needles, but doing so only kills the numerous soft nuances and brings about an astringency that need not be there with a first steep. Because of this, I can’t say I’d recommend the tea to those newer to brewing. I’d stick to 185F, maybe lower but I haven’t tried.

Book pairing
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
The superfluous language makes me feel sick but maybe I’ll be able to slog through it.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Banana, Bark, Camphor, Cantaloupe, Caramel, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Flowers, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Hot Hay, Linens, Marshmallow, Mineral, Nutty, Pear, Peppercorn, Rose, Rosemary, Soft, Spicy, Spring Water, Straw, Toast, Tobacco, Vanilla, Viscous, Watermelon

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