An absolutely stunning tea, with a mild golden colour and a beautiful vibrant orange blossom flavour it makes an uplifting treat for the day ahead.
(Nonsuch meaning unparalleled) is one of the best Nilgiri district teas along with Tiger Hill and Glendale. The Nilgiri area is in Southern Central India is ideally suited to the production of tea. Temperatures and abundant rainfall ensure lush growth and perfect cropping conditions.
In the world tea trade, South Indian tea is highly valued, the estates are small and each estate’s taste profile is distinctly unique.
During earlier times the USSR was very active in the weekly tea auction at Cochin, bidding up prices to high levels. Tea estates maintained production practices that allow them to receive a return that is generally higher than most other tea growing areas. The peaks of the Nilgiris rise abruptly from the surrounding plains to an elevation of 5000 - 8500 feet above sea level. Tea was first planted on an experimental basis in 1835.
The climate of the Nilgiris allows tea to be produced all year round. The first flushes of the new season are picked from April until May and account for about 25% of the region’s total harvest. The 2nd Flush - accounting for about 40-45% of the yearly crop is from Sept to Nov, and lastly, the third flush is from Dec to Jan. The best teas are produced during January and August.
Generally, Nilgiri teas resemble better Ceylon teas but tend to be somewhat more delicate in their flavour. Nonsuch has a hint of fruitiness that is quite distinct to the Nilgiri area.
Caffeine Guide: Medium
Antioxidant Content: Very High
Growing Altitudes: 4000 – 6500 feet above sea level
Infusion Colour: Bright, tending coppery
Grade: BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe)
Aroma: Hints of fruitiness
Process: Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Taste: A pronounced orange blossom-like flavour
Ingredients: Black tea