Nilgiri

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Nilgiri are high grown teas from southern India. Nilgiri teas have a characteristic more akin to Sri Lankan teas than Assam or Darjeeling, but then again they have their own distinctive character. The liquor of Nilgiri teas is dark and has a strong, balanced taste. Nilgiri teas are best enjoyed in the morning with a splash of milk.

Infusion

  • Quantity: 1 teaspoon (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water: 95oC (200oF)
  • Brew time: 4 - 5 minutes

Iced Tea Method

To make 1 quart / 1 liter pitcher:

  1. Quantity: 6 heaped teaspoons loose tea or 6 teabags into a teapot or pitcher.
  2. Water: 1¼ cups / 315 ml freshly boiled water.
  3. Infusion time: 5 minutes.
  4. Iced tea: Pour brewed tea into 1 quart / liter pitcher, straining tea or taking out teabags. Add ice and top up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

To make individual serving:

  1. Quantity: 1 heaped teaspoons loose tea or 1 teabag into a teapot or mug.
  2. Water: 175 ml / 6 oz freshly boiled water.
  3. Infusion time: 5 minutes.
  4. Iced tea: Fill 12 oz / 375 ml cup with ice. Pour in brewed tea, straining tea or taking out teabags - not all tea will fit in. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

Rule of thumb: increase the strength of the tea compared to normal hot tea, because it will be diluted by the ice and cold water added.

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