by kate on October 4th, 2012
Canton Tea Club Week 1: Green Twirl
We are delighted to launch the Canton Tea Club with an Indian green tea chosen by Jane Pettigrew, tea expert, historian and writer. Jane has written 13 books on the production, history and culture of tea and is renowned worldwide for her wealth of knowledge on this subject.
Jane: I first tasted this unusual green tea from Southern India with friends in the Czech Republic and then I came across it again while preparing for a presentation in London this summer with the Tea Board of India. Along with its sisters, White Tea and Virgin Green, it had been submitted as a potential tea to taste with an audience of approximately 60 tea traders, producers, retailers and journalists who gathered to share their love of Indian teas. Since the Nilgiri tea estates are so famous for their black orthodox teas, it was a wonderful surprise to taste ‘Green Twirl’ and discover a delicate and refined sweetness in both the aroma and the taste. Carefully gathered from plants that are grown on Rainforest Alliance certified land at the Billimalai Tea Estate in Nilgiri, the hand-picked leaves are beautifully neat and even and are flecked with silver. The liquor has no astringency, no bitterness – just an enticing and very satisfying, deliciously fruity sweetness!