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This sample is from a family friend. This is the first time I’ve gotten a good look at a CTC tea. It comes in very small, curled leaf bits that almost resemble coffee grounds, with little or no scent. The brewed tea is deep red and has a soft sweet aroma that isn’t floral, fruity, or bread-like; the best I can describe it is starchy.
The taste of this tea is very robust but smooth. A longer brew time will increase astringency, but somehow doesn’t make the flavor more intense or alter its basic qualities. Overall it’s a very strong tea (caffeine-wise) that doesn’t have strong flavors but rather is light and consistent, and probably makes for a very good wake-up tea!
This was what they told me I had on the plane from Amsterdam to Kenya. May or may not have been. It was on Kenya Air so I’d say it was likely. I did not see the bag though – it was served already brewed.
It was good. A strong, basic supermarket level of black tea. I had a shot of Amarula after dinner, though and I had a bit left when they brought the tea. Adding the splash of Amarula to this tea made it very, very good. It smoothed it out and made it creamy while bringing a hint of fruit flavor to the cup. I’m definitely going to experiment with Amarula in some basic black teas.
And here are some pictures from the trip.
Not the best. These were all from my phone so I’d have some to use quickly for blog posts. The real pictures from the semi-pro will take awhile to clean up for viewing. He’s a perfectionist like that. :)
My brother received a box of this tea as a gift a few months ago. We finally got around to brewing a pitcher of it for sweet tea last night. It’s very mild but not weak. It tastes and smells like generic, everyday black tea, but without any harshness. There’s no bitter aftertaste. It’s completely smooth and malty. My brother described it as sort of creamy.
Others have said that it can stand long steep times without getting bitter, so I will definitely try that.
Hands down my favorite black tea at the moment. Simply put, this tea is the best quality black Kenyan tea you can find for it’s price. Found it here: www.peakcoffeeandtea.com.
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This is my favorite black tea. My husband and I visited Kenya in 2004 and this was the tea we drank while there. We brought some home as a gift, but soon found that teas we drank previously paled in comparison. It smells earthy, brews beautifully and tastes lovlier the stronger you brew it. It is never harsh or bitter, and in truth Ketepa Pride has ruined me for most other black teas. I seek it high and low, panic when my stash is running low and often carry it with me when traveling.
I was surprised at how good this tea was. It is a bagged and what appears to be a dust grade tea. I didn’t expect it to be good. I just made it for some caffine. However, this tea was really good. It was not bitter like other dust grade black teas. It was slightly malty, and just plain good. I didn’t add anything to it. I would recommend this tea above Lipton and PG Tips bagged black tea.