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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Free sample included with my DAVIDsTEA order.

I was actually pretty curious to see how the samples would be handled with this order since I actually didn’t order any tea this go around. I love the aesthetic of most DAVIDs mugs and tumblers but their teas…I just haven’t found one that measures up to what its advertised to be.

So anyhow, I received a sample of this, their second flush darjeeling, and the peaches and cream herbal. The herbal was sorely disappointing but this seemed like a good option for breakfast this morning so I steeped it up.

The dry leaf looks a lot like Butiki’s Crimson Horizon, maybe a bit smaller though. Boyfriend says it looks a lot like grapenuts, but it has my favorite breakfast black tea smell, so very malty and rich. The resemblance to Crimson Horizon has me nervous though because that is some of the most bitter, astringent tea I’ve ever had and that happens after about 1.5 minutes of steeping, nowhere near my 4 minute norm (and the recommended steep time) for this.

After being brewed this is very dark and I chanced a sip plain, though I had the creamer ready. Initially it was a very rich black tea but then the astringence crept in. Great, thick texture but yeah, this cannot be drank plain. I can cut some slack for this because I never drink breakfast teas plain anyway, but it was worth noting.

Once creamer is added this tea is fabulous. The sugar/milk smooth out the bitterness, leaving just the malty notes and thick, chewy texture. This is a very strong tea and could definitely be a coffee substitute in the morning, and honestly, I really do like it. It’s easily the best DAVIDs tea I’ve ever had. I imagine it will give me the energy to start digging into my schoolwork all day – which is great…I really need a kick in the pants there.

Putting this on my wish list just in case I place an order in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheKesser

When I got this one the clerk told me to only steep for 45sec max, which I thought was weird, but I find that it’s perfect for this one. If you ever find the 4mins too much, try it for a short steep and it might surprise you.

teataku

Hmm, I wonder if the Kenyan Sunrise I just ordered from Whispering Pines will be anything like this. It looks about right.

Dustin

I feel the same way about David’s. I love their teaware and gadgets, but haven’t been super impressed by their teas.

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TheKesser

When I got this one the clerk told me to only steep for 45sec max, which I thought was weird, but I find that it’s perfect for this one. If you ever find the 4mins too much, try it for a short steep and it might surprise you.

teataku

Hmm, I wonder if the Kenyan Sunrise I just ordered from Whispering Pines will be anything like this. It looks about right.

Dustin

I feel the same way about David’s. I love their teaware and gadgets, but haven’t been super impressed by their teas.

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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