Arch Diens tea is a dark, intensely aromatic, fragrant and flavoured tea grown in the southern portion of the Western Ghats- hence, popularly known as Nilgiri tea. More than 50% of Nilgiri tea is exported, and usually finds its way into blends used for tea bags. Nilgiri tea is South India’s most consumed tea. With a subtropical climate, similar to that found in Darjeeling, the Nilgiris produces hand-sorted, whole-leaf grades like the orange pekoe (OP) and pekoe cut black tea. The orange pekoe is a basic, medium-grade black tea consisting of many whole tea leaves of a specific size, whereas pekoe is a finer grade with young tea leaves and buds.