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Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.24/cup) Nilgiri Green Dragon
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.24/cup) Nilgiri Green Dragon
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.24/cup) Nilgiri Green Dragon
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.24/cup) Nilgiri Green Dragon
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.24/cup) Nilgiri Green Dragon

Young Mountain Tea

Nilgiri Green Dragon

$24.00

Nilgiri Green Dragon | Premium Indian Green Tea

Taste: Dried apricot & fresh bamboo

OriginNilgiri mountains of Southern India (Read our blog about this region here)

Tea Maker: Tea Studio

Infusion Suggestions: 

Steep 1 1 Tbsp /2.5 g  |  8 oz  | 190° F  |  3 min

Steep 2  8 oz  | 195° F  |  3.5 min

Certifications:  None (organically grown, verified through testing)

Contains Caffeine

Nilgiri Green Dragon is a pan-roasted green tea with a fruity body grounded by gentle, woody bamboo. The all-women team at Tea Studio drew inspiration for this tea from Longjing, the famous Chinese green tea.

Tasting Notes: This is a full-bodied green tea that steeps into a pale yellow cup. It has plenty of mouthfeel, with silky top notes of dried apricots sitting on top of a deep, soft, woody body that tastes of bamboo. Nilgiri Dragon has a clean, tight finish. Be sure to steep this tea at least twice, as it evolves with each infusion. Lovers of Chinese Longjing or Jasmine Pearl are sure to enjoy this one.

Production: High up in the Nilgiri mountains of southern India, this tea begins with small farmers performing a fine pluck of the tea bush. They sell their harvest to the tea makers at Tea Studio, who apply a dry heat to bring out the sweet, floral notes associated with Chinese green teas and also to prevent any oxidizing. Afterwards, the tea is flattened through a panning process, which gives it its unique shape and stronger, deeper flavors. Tea Studio modeled this tea after the famous Chinese green tea named Longjing, which translates to “dragon well.”

Region:  The Nilgiri region contains India’s southernmost mountains. While the district is only slightly larger than Darjeeling, it produces nearly four times as much tea. The prolific growth can be attributed to the lush tropical climate that allows for year-round growth. Unlike other regions, most of the land is owned by small growers who sell their green leaf to “bought leaf” factories. Nigiri teas are generally known to be less bitter and difficult to oversteep. They also don’t get cloudy as they steep, which makes them popular for high-end iced tea.  Read our blog about this region here.

Tea Makers: Tea Studio is a state-of-the-art processing facility in the Nilgiris, run by Muskan Khanna and jointly owned by several international partners. Muskan’s father, Indi, has been experimenting with just about every aspect of tea since Muskan was a child--from growing the leaf, to sourcing the equipment, to exporting tea by the container. Indi is a fearless self-made tea man, and Muskan inherited her father’s love for tea. Her creativity and passion is evident in the teas her team makes--they all incorporate traditional Chinese methods and machines. Under Muskan’s leadership, Tea Studio is currently run and operated exclusively by a team of women–rare for the tea industry in any part of the world, let alone India. Tea Studio is also an educational space designed to host groups and teach professionals how to make fine whole-leaf teas. Read more about Muskan’s Journey

Impact: In a trade dominated by men, Muskan and the all-women team at Tea Studio show change is possible. They are exercising a level of creativity unheard of in India tea, rethinking every aspect of tea’s production, from the field to the factory. And with women leading the way, social norms are being transformed in Nilgiri villages, as locals see women creating teas that are getting attention from buyers from across the globe. Through Tea Studio’s educational offerings, they are creating opportunities for more small growers to gain the skills needed to make high-quality teas, raising up their entire community. 

Packaging: Our commitment to sustainability means we offer our teas in several types of packaging:

  • Tins: Durable and reusable, made from 100% recyclable steel. Labels are not recyclable but made from 50% hemp and 50% post-consumer waste.
  • 1 lb Bags: Tough, resealable stand-up pouches with storing moisture and oxygen barriers. Not recyclable due to a 3-layer structure that serves as a food-safe barrier to keep your tea fresh as long as possible.
  • Packs of 100 Tea Bags: Recyclable stand-up pouches with tea bags, strings, and tags made from 100% sugarcane PLA, commercially compostable and degrades into organic matter. For best results, use a commercial compost facility.
Tea Studio, Nilgiri India

(Read our Nilgiri blog: The New Face of Nilgiri Teas)

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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JPinPhilly
Exactly What I Was Looking For

I'm not all that familiar with different kinds of teas but I used to be able to be loose tea leaves locally and enjoyed trying different kinds of green tea. This was very similar to what I used to buy. Bought myself an adorable little tea pot to steep it in, started reading about steeping twice, and I'm happy. You should be happy too. Have some tea. You steep it, you sip it, and you smile.

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W.K.
Rich depth of flavor; very good tea

This tea surprised me with how wonderfully good it was; the rich depth of flavor of dried apricot and rich woody base. I love the flavors the pan roasting brings out in green tea; sweet and nutty. This is a new favorite! Love the faces in the photo of the women who produce this lovely tea.

M
Marlene S McPherson
Nilgiri Green Dragon

As always, very fast service, high quality tea, and it's wonderful to support the women who grow, pick, and process this tea. It's a new taste for me, and very interesting, and I'll surely be getting more of this.

J
Judy Weber
Always interesting

I love this tea for many reasons. It never seems the same twice. It is very sensitive to amount of tea, heat of water and length of steep and yet is very forgiving of variations in these factors. I have a high tolerance for astringency so if I become distracted while brewing I am a little shocked by the astringency but as I sip on it the other elements of taste still come through and I enjoy it. Other times it is almost flowery sweet but I have not figured out what are the factors that bring out this aspect…I just find it a delightful surprise when it brews this way. On those days I can tell from the aroma before I even take the first sip. An intriguingly complex tea which never disappoints even when the brewer neglects the process. Thank you for offering this lovely tea.

J
Judy W
Intriguing tea

I really like this tea. It is unusual which is why I find it so intriguing and likely why I am having some difficulty identifying taste elements. The mouth feel is very satisfying. It is earthy, perhaps I should say woody. Definitely not vegetal or grassy. There is an interesting “tang” that I can’t identify. Perhaps it will reveal itself in future brewings?
I do notice that as it cools down in the cup there is a slight and not unpleasant metallic taste which possibly is related to the “tang” i can’t identify. Additional brewings of same leaf are less intense and “tangy” but still very pleasing. Thank you for this very interesting tea.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
JPinPhilly
Exactly What I Was Looking For

I'm not all that familiar with different kinds of teas but I used to be able to be loose tea leaves locally and enjoyed trying different kinds of green tea. This was very similar to what I used to buy. Bought myself an adorable little tea pot to steep it in, started reading about steeping twice, and I'm happy. You should be happy too. Have some tea. You steep it, you sip it, and you smile.

W
W.K.
Rich depth of flavor; very good tea

This tea surprised me with how wonderfully good it was; the rich depth of flavor of dried apricot and rich woody base. I love the flavors the pan roasting brings out in green tea; sweet and nutty. This is a new favorite! Love the faces in the photo of the women who produce this lovely tea.

M
Marlene S McPherson
Nilgiri Green Dragon

As always, very fast service, high quality tea, and it's wonderful to support the women who grow, pick, and process this tea. It's a new taste for me, and very interesting, and I'll surely be getting more of this.

J
Judy Weber
Always interesting

I love this tea for many reasons. It never seems the same twice. It is very sensitive to amount of tea, heat of water and length of steep and yet is very forgiving of variations in these factors. I have a high tolerance for astringency so if I become distracted while brewing I am a little shocked by the astringency but as I sip on it the other elements of taste still come through and I enjoy it. Other times it is almost flowery sweet but I have not figured out what are the factors that bring out this aspect…I just find it a delightful surprise when it brews this way. On those days I can tell from the aroma before I even take the first sip. An intriguingly complex tea which never disappoints even when the brewer neglects the process. Thank you for offering this lovely tea.

J
Judy W
Intriguing tea

I really like this tea. It is unusual which is why I find it so intriguing and likely why I am having some difficulty identifying taste elements. The mouth feel is very satisfying. It is earthy, perhaps I should say woody. Definitely not vegetal or grassy. There is an interesting “tang” that I can’t identify. Perhaps it will reveal itself in future brewings?
I do notice that as it cools down in the cup there is a slight and not unpleasant metallic taste which possibly is related to the “tang” i can’t identify. Additional brewings of same leaf are less intense and “tangy” but still very pleasing. Thank you for this very interesting tea.