Craigmore Estate, Nilgiri, First Flush 2017

Craigmore Estate, Nilgiri, First Flush 2017


Harvest Month: April 2017

Type: Black tea

Region: Nilgiri, India

Estate: Craigmore

Production: Orthodox

Grade: OP SUP


Originally incorporated in the UK in 1884 as the Ceylon Land and Produce Company Limited, today this estate located in the bucolic Nilgiri hills in South India is known as Craigmore. For more than 130 years, this estate has excelled in the production of “high grown” orthodox teas, of both the black tea and pan-fired green tea variety.

Nestled in the Nilgiris, which literally translates to Blue Mountains, Craigmore is perched at an elevation of approximately 5,500 ft. This elevation affords the estate a cool and wet microclimate. Coupled with the composition of the soil found in the Nilgiris, conditions are ideal for the production of world renowned teas. The high grown Orthodox black teas are manufactured at a separate facility than the pan-fired green teas. The quality of production and manufacturing is meticulous as evidenced by the fact that over half of the 1.3 million kilograms of annually produced Orthodox black teas are exported to the EU after passing their stringent compliance standards.

Suggested steeping

2.5 gms (approx. 2 tsp) per 6 oz of filtered water, steep for 3-4 mins at 195 F/90 C.

Vary leaf quantity, brewing time, and temperature per individual preferences.

Appearance, aroma, and taste

Crepy leaves that yield a medium-dark liquor, with a slightly woody, malty aroma, and a medium body with mildly brisk character.

Note: while this selection is well-suited for hot tea, it also makes a refreshing cold brew or iced beverage. Add more tea if brewing/drinking cold. 

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