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So, did you know if you accidentally hit the escape button while typing a review, it all goes away? Apparently so!

Let’s see if I can remember what I wrote and pick up from there….

Upon first impression, the dry leaves smelled like Assam but then as I continued to sniff, they remind me more of a Darjeeling – there is a bit of sharpness that makes me think of the muscatel taste in Darjeelings.

As I’m waiting for the water to boil (oh how I miss my Zojirushi – would it be overkill to bring that on my next road trip?) I Google a bit to see if I can find anything about this estate or tea. Other than the fact that Lupicia sells tea from this estate and that this estate’s tea seems to be in some Kenyan tea blends, I’m not really finding much. If anyone has any good links to share about the variety of tea plant they grow in Kenya and what they do to the leaves, I’d appreciate it! (Or where to buy more of them!)

Brewed up, the tea is a somewhat murky brown. Smells like a stout Yunnan, though. Mmm, tastes like a stout Yunnan, too. It’s very Yunnan like but makes me think of Yunnan Gold with a hint of Irish breakfast. It’s not from brewing it too heavy, though. Now that I have my teacups, I know I’m doing 2.3g/6oz. So this is just a stout tea.

I’m starting to get a bit of that sharpness I smelled that reminded me of a Darjeeling. As it cools, the front taste becomes Darjeeling-esque and the tail has the warm fuzzy tones of a Yunnan almost with a little cocoa taste after the swallow. Very faint though so it is more of a dry cocoa feel. If that makes sense. For all its stoutness it is a smooth tea with zero bitterness. I imagine it would hold up well to milk and sugar if that’s how you roll, but it has enough of the Yunnan-ish taste for me to find that unnecessary.

And now my cup is empty and I am sad. This is a good tea. I imagine that anyone that finds Yunnans somewhat boring or too smooth/mild tasting would enjoy this one. Or someone that finds Darjeelings too sharp, though this is definitely thicker than a Darjeeling. Or maybe this is the tea for the Irish Breakfast set that finds Chinese teas too weak/thin. Or maybe it is a tea for someone that likes all of those and wants to squish them all together into one nummy tea.

One last comment – I can feel the caffeine hitting my blood stream. This definitely fits on the Irish Breakfast side of the caffeine equation as I’ve never felt that Yunnans were particularly caffeinated. WHEE!!!

ETA: 2nd steep at 5 mins. It’s not an overly impressive second steep which is somewhat sad. Still had a Yunnan-esque flavor to it and still stout, but I couldn’t pick up any of the Darjeeling tartness/sharpness anymore which turned the tea into just sort of normal. Maybe like a second steep of an Irish Breakfast made with Chinese blacks.

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denisend

This link may help. Apparently (what I could figure out from googling), most of the small tea growers send their tea to the Kenya Tea Development Agency (was previously Authority, but the gov’t took it over) for processing.

http://www.ktdateas.com/

Auggy

Nifty – thanks!

Angrboda

“So, did you know if you accidentally hit the escape button while typing a review, it all goes away? Apparently so!”
Yup. Same thing happens if you accidentally hit back. Or if you try to make the degrees sign with alt+248. For some reason alt+4 on my keyboard = back. And I can’t figure out how to turn it off.

LENA

alt+248 = °
no sh*t!!! i just learned a new trick! thanks!!!

oh, and hey Auggy…hope your trip is going well! °°°

Angrboda

Lena, you’re cute. :)
With a laboratory education, that’s a super useful one to know. You can do all sorts of characters like that. Here’s a table. http://www.starr.net/is/type/altnum.htm

Jillian

And sometimes Steepster just randomly decides not to post your message at all. Funny how it’s only the long messages that we loose. ;)

Auggy

Yay for learning new things! But boo for losing the hockey game. If it weren’t too late, I would have consolatory tea. But it is, so I had chocolate chips. :)
Sadly, alt+248 doesn’t work for me. :( Am I broken?

Angrboda

Auggy, you have tot use the numerical keyboard, the numbers above the letters won’t work (annoyingly)

teaplz

This sounds totally nommy. :) Glad you’re having such an awesome time, Auggy!

Auggy

@Angrboda – Ooooh, that’d be why! I have a laptop. No number pad for me.

@teaplz – It is and I am! It’s been a good trip but I am looking forward to seeing my kitties tomorrow! And my Golden Moon tea sampler!!!!

teaplz

AHHH! Golden Moon! We are going to have so much fun discussing and comparing and loving these teas! The sampler set has reallllly impressed me so far. Everything tastes very fresh and clean and wonderful!

Angrboda

Auggy, I don’t have one either, which is why it’s annoying that I can’t use the other numbers. I’ve got one sort of on top of the letters, and a key with which I can ‘shift’ it to numerical. Only because it’s on top of the letter keys, the keys are all twisted, so it’s impossible to use. (I’ve just figured out how to do it without the alt+4 = back thing. It has to do with num-locking first, instead of just using that other key. Look! °°°°°°°°!!!)

Auggy

I KNOW!!!! You and Ricky just make me sick with your little GM postings! They sound so good but mine are hours away from me!!
Okay, that sound of bitterness you hear is purely from jealousy. ;)

Auggy

° WHEE!!!!! I did it! °°°° YAY!!!! Thank you Angrboda!

takgoti

I think this review is funneh.

Also, ⎈ ⌁⌚? ⍤⍟⍢⍬ ⑆⑄⑅!

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denisend

This link may help. Apparently (what I could figure out from googling), most of the small tea growers send their tea to the Kenya Tea Development Agency (was previously Authority, but the gov’t took it over) for processing.

http://www.ktdateas.com/

Auggy

Nifty – thanks!

Angrboda

“So, did you know if you accidentally hit the escape button while typing a review, it all goes away? Apparently so!”
Yup. Same thing happens if you accidentally hit back. Or if you try to make the degrees sign with alt+248. For some reason alt+4 on my keyboard = back. And I can’t figure out how to turn it off.

LENA

alt+248 = °
no sh*t!!! i just learned a new trick! thanks!!!

oh, and hey Auggy…hope your trip is going well! °°°

Angrboda

Lena, you’re cute. :)
With a laboratory education, that’s a super useful one to know. You can do all sorts of characters like that. Here’s a table. http://www.starr.net/is/type/altnum.htm

Jillian

And sometimes Steepster just randomly decides not to post your message at all. Funny how it’s only the long messages that we loose. ;)

Auggy

Yay for learning new things! But boo for losing the hockey game. If it weren’t too late, I would have consolatory tea. But it is, so I had chocolate chips. :)
Sadly, alt+248 doesn’t work for me. :( Am I broken?

Angrboda

Auggy, you have tot use the numerical keyboard, the numbers above the letters won’t work (annoyingly)

teaplz

This sounds totally nommy. :) Glad you’re having such an awesome time, Auggy!

Auggy

@Angrboda – Ooooh, that’d be why! I have a laptop. No number pad for me.

@teaplz – It is and I am! It’s been a good trip but I am looking forward to seeing my kitties tomorrow! And my Golden Moon tea sampler!!!!

teaplz

AHHH! Golden Moon! We are going to have so much fun discussing and comparing and loving these teas! The sampler set has reallllly impressed me so far. Everything tastes very fresh and clean and wonderful!

Angrboda

Auggy, I don’t have one either, which is why it’s annoying that I can’t use the other numbers. I’ve got one sort of on top of the letters, and a key with which I can ‘shift’ it to numerical. Only because it’s on top of the letter keys, the keys are all twisted, so it’s impossible to use. (I’ve just figured out how to do it without the alt+4 = back thing. It has to do with num-locking first, instead of just using that other key. Look! °°°°°°°°!!!)

Auggy

I KNOW!!!! You and Ricky just make me sick with your little GM postings! They sound so good but mine are hours away from me!!
Okay, that sound of bitterness you hear is purely from jealousy. ;)

Auggy

° WHEE!!!!! I did it! °°°° YAY!!!! Thank you Angrboda!

takgoti

I think this review is funneh.

Also, ⎈ ⌁⌚? ⍤⍟⍢⍬ ⑆⑄⑅!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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