Tea Studio Nilgiri
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Nilgiri Small-Batch Black - Tea Studio

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High in the Nilgiri Hills just outside Coonoor, a striking new tea factory lies at the heart of tea country, surrounded by tea bushes that grow right up to the front gate. This is an exceptional and well-made tea that steeps to the color of bourbon.
Price: Starting at $12.95
Ingredients: Premium black tea
Origin: India
Caffeine Level: Medium
Brewing Time: 4 - 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212°F
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This modern tea project is the brainchild of long-time tea maker Indi Khanna. Through his experience in the specialty tea market, Khanna recognized that there is “an existent and rapidly growing market opportunity for high-end, small lot Nilgiri tea.” And what he has created at Tea Studio is entirely different from traditional, industrial factories, and is instead a small-scale, cottage industry unit which buys fine-plucked leaf from local smallholders and turns it into unusual artisanal teas using machinery and methodology imported from China. Khanna and his team are confident that the quality teas being made will gradually raise awareness amongst local smallholders and inspire them to improve their plucking standard and sell what Khanna calls ‘super fine-plucked’ fresh leaf (one bud and one open leaf) to Tea Studio for a much higher price (around 80-130 rupees per kilo) than the 10-15 rupees per kilo paid by the big factories. Instead of using sickles to harvest the tea and allowing the leaf to lie around before delivering it to nearby factories, the pluckers are being trained by Khanna to pick by hand, to only gather one leaf and a bud, and to deliver the leaf to Tea Studio as quickly as possible.

The aroma and rich flavor is like nothing you've tasted from Southern India in the past. It more closely resembles the aroma and mouthfeel of a fine single estate Ceylon tea.

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