Black Tea: loose leaf

canton nilgiri frost

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India

Produced by the Tea Studio, a micro tea factory in Tamil Nadu part of an initiative set up by Indi Khanna – recent winner at The Leafies of the International Tea Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Tea Studio is now run by his daughter and her team.

This exceptional tea is harvested during the winter frosts. The bushes are under just enough stress to produce compounds that give the tea a unique flavour profile and spring-like freshness. As it's lightly oxidised, it has some oolong-like characteristics while being floral and aromatic, with a barley sugar sweetness. Not unlike a Darjeeling. Beautiful.

Ingredients: Black tea (Camellia sinensis)


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  • 3g

  • 250ml

  • 3 mins




step 1:  leaves

For one cup, measure out 3 grams (around two tsp) into your teapot or brew mug.



step 2: water

Heat 250ml of water to 90°C (if you don’t have a thermometer, boil the kettle and leave to cool).



step 3: time

Pour your heated water over the leaves and steep for 3 minutes. Drink.




Nilgiri teas are some of the highest grown teas in the world – in some cases up to 8000 ft elevation.


During winter the mountain tea bushes are under just enough stress to produce unique and unusual flavour compounds. The frozen leaves and buds are harvested early in the morning and sent to the factory immediately, where the producers slowly defrost the leaves in a carefully-controlled environment. The result is a spring-like freshness similar to a first flush Darjeeling – with a barley sugar sweetness and aromatic floral tones. Simply outstanding.




Tea Studio's micro factory nestled in the stunning Nilgiri Mountain range in Tamil Nadu.


Just 5km from Coonoor, the Tea Studio sits at 1850m elevation and is nestled in the stunning Nilgiri Mountain range of South India’s Western Ghats in the State of Tamil Nadu. The Studio – or micro factory – is the brainchild of tea experts from three different continents, each with their own set of unique skills and expertise in tea growing and production. The Studio is committed to female empowerment in the region, and their small workforce are all women from the neighbouring villages.


The Tea Studio sources their leaves from tribal farmers who tend to tiny family tea farms (just ½ - ¼ acre plots) in the vicinity of the studio. While not certified organic, they don’t use any chemicals and work with nature, not against it, to produce exceptionally high quality leaf.


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