Ilam Estate has a Darjeeling-like character with good muscatel flavour. Some may ask:'What is the muscatel flavour?' When you taste this tea you will experience an almost perfume like character that some tea drinkers call 'Chanel like': others call the Darjeeling character 'slightly over-fired' or oaky. The muscatel flavour is the natural taste of the tea - becoming more pronounced during April (light tasting with astringency and intense flavor) and June (intense flavor with more body). The flavour is on account of the altitude of the tea estate the soil conditions in the Himalayas the weather patterns temperature the originating species of the bush (Chinese genus as opposed to the Indian genus) and fermenting techniques; it has nothing to do with the tea being over-fired (over-fired is a description of poor manufacturing techniques).
|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|