Stylin' Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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Grandpa’s Afternoon Tea from Stylin’ Teas is exactly what it promises to be, but that almost sounds like an oxymoron: a robust afternoon tea? Aren’t afternoon teas supposed to be a bit lighter than other teas? Well, this tea has a bit lighter of a mouthfeel than Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (it’s elusive “sister” tea) but maaaaaan, it’s still a wonderful cup of wholesome malty goodness that most tea drinkers might say is strong. Steeped at 1 minute, there is little astringency, and a flavor profile that will stand up to breakfast, lunch or dinner. I find it calmly invigorating. (which would be the second oxymoron in this review!) If you like robust tea that fills your mouth with flavor and makes a great partner for your bagel, or oatmeal on a chilly fall day, you just might want to try this tea. I prefer these Kenyan teas to the average English Breakfast blend that I’ve experienced. I will be ordering more.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

WHOA! This tea is strong! BAM! Steeped for just a minute, this is one eye-opening cup of malty eye-opening KA-POW! Stylin’ Tea is a current purveyor of this tea, along with several other Royal Tea of Kenya products. If you like Kenyan teas, don’t pass their CTCs up. Each one holds a unique flavor profile that will give you a wonderful understanding of the teas that come out of Kenya. Ok, now I’m happily returning to my cup of “take on the universe!” Rah!!

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

One of my favorite teas is Grandpa’s Anytime Tea from Royal Teas of Kenya. This is a cousin to that wonderful CTC, available through Stylin’ Tea. Steeped for 1 minute, this is a light, pleasant tea, with a gentle baked malty flavor and a touch of citrus for a nice finish. It is more refined than Royal Kenya’s other teas that I’ve tried and would suit afternoon tea with a scone or shortbread beautifully. Yum.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

I’ll have to check out Royal Teas of Kenya. I’m looking for an eventual Crimson Horizon CTC travel tea replacement… These sound good.

donkeytiara

Nicole, I’m a HUGE crimson horizon fan too! So far these haven’t been as “complex” as CH (missing the asparagus top note) but I have a few more to try that I’ll post reviews of. Stylin’ Teas has some interesting CTCs from other countries (like Tanzania and Malawi) that I haven’t tried yet…. but hopefully will soon!

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I now officially have reviews of this tea from Royal Teas of Kenya under 3 different companies’ names…. as it is no longer available from the last 2 companies that I purchased it from, I was relieved to find it available from Stylin’ Teas. I adore this CTC. It is bready, malty wonderfulness with very little astringency, which as I’m finding, is not common for Kenyan teas. If you’ve written Kenya teas off because of their astringency, try this tea. This, to me, is the perfect smooth cup of breakfast tea to go with just about anything. WARNING: Only steep this for 1 1/2 minutes or you’ll end up with hair on your chest. Seriously, you might have to buy a No-No.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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