The famous Blue Mountains have been the most important tea cultivation area in Southern India since 1840. The tea gardens in Nilgiri are small, compared to the plantations in Assam. However, on ca. 80,000 ha almost 25% of the total Indian tea harvest is yielded. Tea in Nilgiri is cultivated on altitudes between 800 - 2,000 m. The tea of these regions is full-bodied and can be distinguished by a fine, herb and slightly citrus-like taste which reminds of the Ceylon highgrowns. The Nilgiri tea is a main component of the so-called English blend. Two main plucking times exist. The first flush in April / May makes up approximately 25% of the harvest. The second flush in September / December accounts for 40% of the harvest and the rest is distributed around the year.





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