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This a good-quality but otherwise fairly typical white peony tea in my opinion. The pale yellow tea yields a flavour that is light and delicate. It’s a nice ‘evening’ tea as it doesn’t have much of a caffeine kick but it still satisfied my craving for actual tea (and before anyone asks, I’ve hated most decaf teas I’ve tried).
I’ve never really tried a Kenyan tea on its own though I recognize the flavour somewhat from English Breakfast blends that have it mixed in. It’s an interesting taste, not really like any of the Indian, Ceylon, or Chinese black teas I’ve sampled. It’s closest to an Assam, I think – it has a bit of a malty scent and flavour though without the strength or ‘density’ of an Assam. The aftertaste is rather strongly astringent unfortunately, which made me give it a lower score. It might be improved with some milk, but this isn’t a tea that I’d drink plain again.
This tea appears to be a darker oolong with very tightly twisted leaves. There isn’t much of a scent to the dry tea….after brewing there is a very slight sweet and woodsy scent. The taste is very much of a darker oolong – similar to a lighter black tea, slightly woodsy, and a hint of sweetness that reminds me of caramel/fruit hitting through the middle of the sip. This is a good oolong, but nothing about it is really spectacular. It is a nice drinking tea that you don’t have to pay much attention to.