There are more than 20,000 exotic tea flavors are available around the world. The history of tea discovery backs to 5000 years. When a single leaf of tea leaf brew into hot water, it not only offers a good taste but energetic stimulation boosted through this drink. Even further, today tea has become as one of the essential guest welcoming drinks, energizes our fresh morning, is our regular evening companion and a friend for health living.
Black tea is one of the most popular tea varieties. Camellia Sinensis is the tea plant that produces native Indian black tea. Indian teas, especially Darjeeling, have been known long for good quality teas, especially in CTC category. One of the lesser known but is definitely the favourite for people who have tasted it, is the Nilgiris tea. Nilgiris is also the more popular for the Western countries with about 40% of the production exported across the globe.
Initially planted by the British back in early 1900s, Tea is the main cultivated plant in Nilgiris. Tea-growing areas range in altitude between 1,800 to 2,500 meters above sea level ( highest elevations across all tea growing regions in India), warm weather from March to May, exposure to both the Southwest Monsoon weather from the Malabar Coast and the Northeast monsoon from the Bay of Bengal, preferable conditions like sufficient fog & sunlight and of course the rain forest soils – all these favorable factors make Nilgiris the best place for growing and harvesting good quality leaves needed for the orthodox whole leaf teas. It is also the only region which gives tea all through the year with June to November as peak season.
Naturally light and sweet, Nilgiris tea is generally described as – deliciously fragrant, exquisitely aromatic, high tones of delicate floral notes and golden yellow liquor. Each of the sub-regions within Nilgiris have unique characteristics due to the difference in rainfall, altitude and varieties grown. Add to this the difference in plucking methods and frequency, there is a lot of variety with Nilgiris itself.
Nilgiris constitutes for about 12-15% of the Indian tea production and being the more preferred teas (due to its lightness and better flavors) for the export markets, the region exports about 40% of the total Indian exports. It is also unique in the composition of growers with about 60-65% of the production coming from small growers – highest across all the regions in the country.
If you are a tea drinker, with a love for flavored, aromatic high quality whole leaf teas and also is fond of natural tourist places with a lot of unseen beauty, Nilgiris tea is the drink you need and Nilgiris is the place to be.