Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP

Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP

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Tiger Hill is one of the most renowned tea estates found in the Nilgiris Mountains (Blue Mountains) in the most Western part of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.The mountain range here rises to above 8500 feet which enables tea to be grown at a high enough altitude to ensure the perfect weather for quality bushes. A superb and unique tea! Tiger Hill is a top estate in the Nilgiri district of South India. The soil and climatic conditions produce very distinctive teas. This generously rounded tea has a flavour profile that is unbelievable. You will taste a fruit-like floral character with satisfying thickness. Upon first sip don't worry if you tilt your head slightly raise your eyebrow look down at the cup and exclaim under your breath "Wow this is tea?? What have I been drinking before??"This quality is only available to be captured in the month of January, the average price during this time is generally between 2 to 3 times the price at other times of the year. What creates this special flavour?? - the sun shines more intensely there are fewer clouds the temperature is cooler and there is virtually no rain - the perfect conditions for stunning tea. Tiger Hill has been producing tea only quite recently. This partially accounts for its high quality. Virtually all the tea on the estate is clonal. Clonal tea means that the majority of the tea bushes come from about 3 or 4 'mother bushes'. The mother bushes were selected because they made the best tea with above average yield. The estate first began production of tea in 1971 (young by tea estate standards!). The estate is quite small with 640 acres under tea cultivation which produce about 2.2 millions pounds of tea. The estate employs nearly 2000 people and is a respected employer noted for above average labor practices. Nilgiri is a mountainous region of Tamil Nadu State in southeastern India. 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 and the first commercial tea garden was at Thiashola Tea Garden which began operations in 1859. The tea at Thiashola was cultivated by Chinese prisoners of war captured by the British during the Opium Wars. What a tea... what a story!

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Flowery consists of large leaves, typically plucked in the second or third flush with an abundance of tips. Golden flowery includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season. Tippy includes an abundance of tips. for more information about tea classification / grading -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_grading 

Grade

Description
OP
Orange Pekoe
Main grade, consisting of long wiry leaf without tips.
OP1
More delicate than OP; long, wiry leaf with a light liquor.
OPA
Bolder than OP; long leaf tea which ranges from tightly wound to almost open.
OPS
Orange Pekoe Superior
Primarily from Indonesia; similar to OP.
FOP
Flowery Orange Pekoe
High-quality tea with a long leaf and few tips, considered the second grade in Assam, Dooars, and Bangladesh teas, but the first grade in China.
FOP1
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the FOP classification.
GFOP
Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Higher proportion of tip than FOP. Top grade in the Milima and Marinyn regions, but uncommon in Assam and Darjeeling.
TGFOP
Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
The highest proportion of tip, and the main grade in Darjeeling and Assam.
TGFOP1
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the TGFOP classification.
FTGFOP[a]
Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Highest quality grade.
FTGFOP1
STGFOP
SFTGFOP
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the FTGFOP classification.

Type of Tea Quantity of Tea Water Temp Steeping Time
White 3-5g per cup 70c 5-6 mins
Green 3-5g per cup 75c 2-5 mins
Black 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins
Oolong 3-5g per cup 95c 5-8 mins
Pu-erh 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins

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