Avaata Supreme Nilgiri Green Tea First Flush (Organic) - Organic

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Brand:Golden Tips
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Nilgiri, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 19, 2015

Commercial Description

...The flavour is extremely smooth and fairly sharp typical of non-fermented green teas but without any hint of bitterness. A sensation of fruits and flowers flush your mouth with every sip of this certified organic green tea.

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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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I have been to Avaata Tea Estate in the Nilgiris in southern India. The natural tea leaves are perfect in shape and need not to be fermented. Each single sip of tea fills your mouth with sensation of fruits and flowers. Fairly sharp and extremely smooth flavor. Golden Tips Teas are doing great work to assemble best of first flush teas in Spring season.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Magnificent! Not quite what I would expect form green tea; definitely thought is was more reminiscent of high quality green oolongs.

I couldn't get enough of the vegetal flavor and buttery soupy texture. This was a thick tea, and practically a meal in itself.

Handles well over multiple steepings; I'm pretty sure I stretched this out over three. Each one was just as good as the first.

I'm impressed by this company and most of their products! I look forward to trying more of their samples.
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Reviewer pic93 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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This is one of the best green teas I've tried to come out of India, or anywhere outside China and Japan for that matter. It also tasted the most like a top-notch Chinese green tea, of any tea I've tried yet from India.

The dry leaf of this tea is very loosely packed, consisting of whole, intact leaves which are large but look quite thin and delicate. They have a pleasant aroma, a lot like a top-grade of tippy Chinese green tea, with a hint of the aroma of hot cereal or porridge, a sort of sweet grainy quality.

Upon brewing, the cup initially smells a lot like hay or straw, a sort of dirty, barnyard smell of straw.

The flavor is beautifully sweet and lightly bitter at the same time, also with a tangy quality. Upon sipping, a lot of vegetal and herbaceous qualities emerge, suggesting asparagus. There's an unexpected spicy note in the finish, almost like nutmeg. As I drink more of the cup, I notice a chestnut quality in the aroma, a lot like dragon well.

This is the first tea I've tried from India that has really captured the essence of the top-quality Chinese green teas, yet it has a bunch of fascinating aromatic notes I don't normally encounter in Chinese teas.

Easily brews a second cup and third cup. I was surprised how well this tea resteeped. The later cups are a little more herbaceous in character, also more oolong-like. The second cup reminded me a little of Darjeeling teas, and I find that with the second and third steep, it tastes more like an Indian tea and less like Chinese green teas.

Not picky about brewing. Came out fine with boiling water...perhaps slightly edgier in flavor, which I liked, but losing a bit of complexity in the aroma. By default I brewed with water around 180F with good results. I also found that not much leaf (by weight) was necessary to produce a flavorful cup. Keep in mind though that the leaf does take up a huge amount of space relative to its weight, so I'd still use over a tablespoon, to get the amount that would be a teaspoon in most teas.

Overall impression? Excellent, and remarkably reasonable price too, under $10 for 100 grams (which goes VERY far for this tea). I think this is quite a steal, and if you enjoy green teas and order from Golden Tips Tea, I recommend snatching this one up.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The aroma of the rather large, pale, leaves is a bit light at first, but some good snuffling brings out the notes of fresh cut vegetation, baking bread, lima beans and green beans. This is another one of those teas that makes me hungry while sniffing it again.

The taste is unique, like a blend of a first flush Darjeeling and a green tea. It starts buttery and peppery with floral notes and distinct vegetal. There are notes of green beans, lima beans, and a finish of yeasty baking bread. This tea is fairly light, so if you were expecting a super intense tea you might be a bit disappointed.


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