Highmountain Noir - Nilgiri Black

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Highmountain Noir - Nilgiri Black
Korakundah Estate — Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu, India

Most Indian black tea comes out of the northeastern regions of Darjeeling and Assam, but the northwestern province of Nilgiri receives too little attention, in our opinion. This Nilgiri black comes straight off of the Korakundah Estate, the highest-elevation commercial tea estate in the world. As such, this black comes out smooth and surprisingly light, with just enough bite to let you know it's there.

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
  • Steep for 2 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
    • Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 10g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!


Organic Indian Nilgiri black tea.