2021 Winter Frost Green

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Astringent, Bitter, Cream, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Lettuce, Mango, Mineral, Mint, Nutmeg, Pastries, Salty, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “Well this morning was a little exciting. A vinegar and calcium scale volcano erupted from my kettle and all over the floor. But I have a clean kettle now! The roar of bringing the water up to...” Read full tasting note

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2021 Winter Frost Green Tea from Coonoor, Nilgiri

The estate making this tea runs through a steep valley ranging from 5400 to 6900 feet. After producing some exceptional green teas in the 2020 winter harvest, we are happy to introduce a new green tea to the Nilgiri lineup.

We believe the tea makers in Nilgiris have completely aced thier green tea technique, nowhere else in India, we get such exquisitely crafted greens. This winter harvest green is no different, the dry leaf has aroma of fresh fruity notes of mangoes and Indian guawa with a distinct white flower note. The liquor has notes of white flowers like lilies and jasmine, fruity notes of mango and guava along with a touch of vegetal note akin to Armenian cucumber. On the later steeps, you get even stronger white flower notes along with raw mango. On the greener side, the vegetal and leafy notes are resembling of iceberg lettuce and cucumber family.

Suits all kinds of brewing equally well, from gongfu to grandpa style tea and as always, the trusted western style teapot brewing. We hope you savour this tea as much as we do!

Appearance : Light green

Taste : Lily, jasmine, guava, mango, armenian cucumber, lettuce

Steeping Time : 4 minutes western style, 20 seconds gongfu style adding 5 seconds every subsequent steep
Leaf Quantity : 4 grams per 120 ml for gongfu and 4 grams for 400 ml western style

Recommended Steeping Temperature : 80-85°C

Recommended Steeping Method : All brewing styles works great with this

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1082 tasting notes

Well this morning was a little exciting. A vinegar and calcium scale volcano erupted from my kettle and all over the floor. But I have a clean kettle now! The roar of bringing the water up to boiling has now softened to a purr and there is no longer flaky scale swimming in the ring of water that never seems to drain from the bottom.

I think this tea might’ve be my first taste of green tea from the high elevations of the Nilgiris mountains. I’m not too familiar with the flavor profiles or temperaments of teas from this southern Indian region. It was time to step out of my Chinese green tea comfort zone.

The dry leaf smells like a mix of pastries, a green vegetal tone and creamy white lilies. The brewed aroma is full, sweet, floral-vegetal and subtle. The taste is immensely clean and soft with notes of sweet cucumber flesh and raw sweet cabbage without the sulfuric bite as well as soft white lily. Those flavors are cradled by a full, creamy mouthfeel that swallow juicy. The light astringency at the end and a mild lingering cool leave my palate feeling completely cleansed. There’s no aftertaste, or, rather, it’s almost a little salty.

The second steep sharpens and a mango note comes out in the finish. A well-integrated mild bitterness also shows in the second infusion and if allowed to oversteep, it does become noticeably bitter and numbing. I’ve let the first infusion go for upwards of 6 minutes yet that did not produce any of the bitterness and was a smooth cup.

Overall, it’s been a pleasant tea to work my way through. It seems that maybe Nilgiri teas in general don’t produce much of an aftertaste. They have all been great palate cleansers and very nice afternoon teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cream, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Lettuce, Mango, Mineral, Mint, Nutmeg, Pastries, Salty, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

WHITE VINEGAR!!!! Thank you! For two days now, I have been trying to remember something I forgot to put on my Dollar Tree shopping list. Just check me into the nearest memory care ward.

derk

Someone should check us both in because the white vinegar for cleaning the kettle was on my Costco list for 3 weeks.

Mastress Alita

I used up the last of my white vinegar descaling my kettle about a week ago. Thankfully I emembered to put it back on my list, but I swear every time I need it, that it is hidden in a different place in my grocery store.

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