Craigmore Nilgiri black tea is another great tea that you must try if you want to understand the complexity, beauty, and variety of black teas. The tea steeps strong and elegant. It's a classic black tea, appropriate with or without milk.
There are three great tea-growing areas of India: Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri. Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. Located in southern India, it is known for its breathtaking views and pleasant weather. Nilgiri second flush teas lie somewhere between the light spicy tasting Darjeelings and the strong second flush Assam teas.
Craigmore is one of the great tea gardens in Nilgiri located between five and six thousand feet up in those misty undulating mountains. Craigmore Estate has been around since 1884.
TGFOP1 means tippy golden flowery orange pekoe first class. CL stands for clonal. Clonals are valued because they are cuttings from tea plants that make the best tea. Craigmore is somewhat unique in that they created their own clonal, known as CR 6017. CR 6017 is a camellia sinensis sinensis hybrid clone. It is known for producing high quality tea and is used by other Nilgiri tea estates such as Parkside to produce their own high-grade tea.