Tea: Nilgiri SFTGFOP

A Black Tea from Octavia Tea

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Nilgiri SFTGFOP
Brand:Octavia Tea
Style:Black Tea
Region:Nilgiri, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Review of Nilgiri SFTGFOP

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9 of 105 of 55 of 590 of 100
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An excellent, light-bodied black tea that was new and different for me. Prior to trying this tea, I had tried a handful of Nilgiri teas, but none had wowed me; most tasted a lot like generic black teas. This tea definitely stood out.

Brews up a light-colored cup, with a clear color, a lot like a second-flush Darjeeling in color. Aroma is very intense, and highly floral, almost perfumey. The floral character is completely unlike any other black tea I've had before. There's also a sort of sweet grainy quality in the aroma, not at all like malt but more like oatmeal or cream of wheat.

Medium-light bodied, with only a pleasant astringency. Slightly richer tasting than some light, high-grown teas.

Easily brews up a second cup, which was similar in overall character.

I think Octavia's brewing recommendations of using one tablespoon of leaf are far too strong for this one, and produce a cup that would probably be a bit harsh to most people: the leaf is small and doesn't take up much space relative to its weight. I recommend a teaspoon of leaf per cup, my standard for black teas. It also seems relatively strongly caffeinated.

The bulk price is excellent for a top grade of tea. I recommend this tea to anyone who likes Nilgiri teas and wants to try a top-notch example of them. I also recommend it to anyone who likes lighter, high-grown teas like Darjeeling first flush, but wants a change of pace.

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