Nilgiri - Tiger Hill FBOP
Tiger Hill is a top estate in the Nilgiri district of South India. The soil and climatic conditions produce very distinctive teas. This Jan. production tea has a flavor profile that is unbelievable. You will taste a fruit-like floral character with satisfying thickness. Upon first sip don’t worry if you tilt your head slightly, raise your eyebrow, look down at the cup and exclaim under your breath “Wow, this is tea?? What have I been drinking before??” This quality is only available in Jan. and the average price during this time is generally between 2 to 3 times the price at other times of the year. What causes this flavor?? - the sun shines more intensely, there are fewer clouds, the temperature is cooler and there is virtually no rain - the perfect conditions for stunning tea.
Tiger Hill has been producing tea only quite recently. This partially accounts for its high quality. Virtually all the tea on the estate is clonal. Clonal tea means that the majority of the tea bushes come from about 3 or 4 ‘mother bushes’. The mother bushes were selected because they made the best tea with above average yield. The estate first began production of tea in 1971 (young by tea estate standards!). The estate is quite small with 640 acres under tea cultivation which produce about 2.2 millions pounds of tea. The estate employs nearly 2000 people and is a respected employer noted for above average labor practices.
Nilgiri is a mountainous region of Tamil Nadu State in southeastern India. The peaks of the Nilgiris rise abruptly from the surrounding plains to an elevation of 5000 - 8500 feet above sea level. Tea was first planted on an experimental basis in 1835 and the first commercial tea garden was at Thiashola Tea Garden, which began operations in 1859. The tea at Thiashola was cultivated by Chinese prisoners of war, captured by the British during the Opium Wars.
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