The Western Ghats mountains of Southern India are home to the Niliiris district, with Nilgiri being translated as Blue Mountains . The origin of the mountains' name is unknown. Some sources cite the reason as the smoky haze enveloping the area, others say it is because of the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. The Nilgiri tea seems to take on the atmosphere of its mountain surroundings. It is dark and intensely aromatic, fragrant and flavourful. As with most high-grown teas, Nilgiri is light to medium-bodied. However, the tea is infinitely forgiving it cannot be over-steeped and never becomes harsh-tasting. Nilgiri teas stand up well to milk and sugar yet can be enjoyed alone without embellishment. Upon brewing, the tea produces a mild, pleasant and fairly sweet taste with a hint of malt. Due to its rich, subtle flavours, Nilgiri can be enjoyed any time of the day. To brew, place one tsp per person in a pot or Mug Infuser, add boiling water and brew for 4 minutes. A little milk and sugar may be added.