It snowed today; here's the view out my window as I drink my morning cup of tea:
There wasn't that much snow here; as I'm writing, my car is already shoveled out, pre-emptively, as I don't need to drive anywhere today.
Nilgiri Black Tea:
Nilgiri tea is just tea from the Nilgiri district of India, the next most well-known tea-producing region of India after Darjeeling and Assam. Today I drank my first cup ever of Nilgiri black tea, a loose tea that I picked up recently at Wegmans. I've actually had a Nilgiri tea before, but it was a green tea, from Upton Tea Imports: TN63 Nilgiri Green Tea from Korakundah Estate, which is both organic and fair-trade certified, very reasonably priced, and remarkably unique.
I often hear Nilgiri black tea described as being similar to Ceylon black tea. After drinking this cup, I agree with that analysis, at least in the case of this one particular tea. In contrast to the Nilgiri green that I tried, which was unusual, interesting, and unlike anything I had ever tried before, this tea was fairly mainstream, normal, "typical" for a black tea. This stands in contrast to Assam or Darjeeling black teas, both of which have their own peculiar aroma and flavor characteristics which somehow set them apart from the "typical black tea" profile, if there is such a thing.
For those of you who are more familiar with Nilgiris, how would you describe Nilgiri black tea?