Chamraj Nilgiri FOP is an enjoyably mellow black tea with light citrus notes. It grows in the hills of southern India, on a sister estate to Korakundah.
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On his first trip to Asia in 1996, Mike visited many tea estates. Chamraj was a very distinctive one, with a rhythmic rise and fall of the brilliant green tea fields, punctuated by lots of lovely flowers. He has kept his eyes open for teas from Chamraj ever since. This tea is good representative of teas from Nilgiri and is a sister estate to Korakundah.
Black leaves that are about 1/2 inch long. The FOP means Flowery Orange Pekoe, referring to the larger size of the leaf. When the tea is made, it rolled between two large metal plates. Some the leaves retain the large size and some are crushed. The FOP are those leaves that retain the larger size.
A light brown liquor.
Light citrus notes.
The larger leaf makes for a mellow tea, so it tends to be towards the lighter side for a black tea.
A nice mellow flavor with hints of citrus notes. It is often drunk with milk and sugar.