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|Weight:||100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Includes:||Tea Leaves, Packing Bag|
|Place Of Origin:||Srilanka|
|Quality Guarantee Period:||36 Months|
The Nilgiris, or Blue Mountains, are a stunningly beautiful range of hills that stretch down the southwestern tip of India from the state of Kerala, another tea-growing area, to the state of Tamil Nadu. Among the peaks and foothills, there are rolling grasslands and dense jungles where elephants roam in herds. The tea industry was established in this area in 1840 when Colonel John Ouchterloney R.E., while surveying below the Nilgiris, came upon a sheet of virgin forest well-supplied with its own rivers and streams. At a height of about 4,500 feet and with approximately 80 inches of rain a yean it was the perfect situation for tea and coffee growing. Ouchterloney's brother, James, planted it, imported labor and food, and started production. Ootacamund, the famous hill resort lies in these hills and is affectionately known as "Ooty" by local planters and tourists who visit throughout the year.
Today, there are about 61,776 acres of tea bushes growing at elevations varying from 1,000 to 6,000 feet among eucalyptus, cypresses, and blue gum trees. They produce about 61,729.5 tons of tea annually, making the area India's second biggest tea-producing region after Assam. Every plateau, slope, and valley is covered with bushes which crop all year round. Most of the plantations get two monsoons a yean so the bushes have two major flushing periods, in April/May when about 25 percent is plucked. Further picking goes on throughout the year. It is these conditions that give the tea its unique flavor.
Nilgiri produces fine flavory teas with bright, brisk liquors and a smooth rounded mellow flavor Because of their strength, they are ideal for blending with lighter teas that give flavor but not body.