Organic Kenya Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Earth, Malt
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Fair Trade, Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by looseTman
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “It is really stinky hot and humid, and for these type of days I usually find myself slurping back cold brews, but they don't usually give me the caffeine jolt that I need to get going. Usually I ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I love a great Orthodox black tea to get me going each day. This morning, courtesy of *Aubrey at Arbor Teas*, I’m pleased to be the first to review a new Kenya USDA Organic black tea, Western...” Read full tasting note
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From Arbor Teas

“Famous for its production of black tea, Kenya earned a reputation for producing bright, brisk teas that are most often used for blending and tea bag production. However, in recent years limited production of fine Orthodox leaves has also secured Kenya a place in the specialty tea market.

This organic and Fair Trade Certified tea is an excellent example of superior tea production in Kenya. Sourced from small family farms on the Eastern slopes of Mount Kenya, this organic black tea has a flavor profile that is unique to the Kenyan terrior. The finely twisted, small, and wiry loose leaves produce a cup with an Assam-like maltiness, combined with an earthiness and bright citrus note. The brisk, strong brew creates a dry cup without the pucker."

Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water

Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)

Steeping time: 3-5 minutes

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-kenya-black-tea.html

About Arbor Teas View company

We’re tea enthusiasts with a lot of passion. Passion for top quality tea, the environment, fair trade, and our community. We started Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intent on creating a tea company as passionate as we are. Our passion is reflected in every aspect of Arbor Teas. You’ll certainly notice it in the exceptional collection of teas we offer - one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®.

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It is really stinky hot and humid, and for these type of days I usually find myself slurping back cold brews, but they don’t usually give me the caffeine jolt that I need to get going. Usually I drink fruity herbals cold brewed. So, I do need a strong, caffeinated brew to get me going. This one.

This is strong – just what I needed. First steep at 3 minutes with near boiling water resulted in a coppery clear brew that was strong, malty and earthy. My second steep at 4 minutes was still flavourful, but the malt was toned down, letting through more of the earthy notes.

A surprise and a delight, I think I’ll have to explore more Kenyan blacks. I like to start my days with a strong malty tea and this satisfied that need. Thanks to looseTman for the sample!

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I love a great Orthodox black tea to get me going each day. This morning, courtesy of Aubrey at Arbor Teas, I’m pleased to be the first to review a new Kenya USDA Organic black tea, Western style: 8 oz / 1 tsp (2.4g) / 212*F / 3-5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Leaf: Dark chocolate brown thin twisted leaves < 1 cm long. (No “floor sweepings” here!)
Fragrance: Mild, reminds me of fine pipe tobacco
Liquor: Brilliant clear copper
Aroma: Mild
Flavor: Malty & earthy

3-min: A very smooth, medium-bodied black tea. There was no bitterness or astringency. I let it steep another min.
4-min: A very smooth, full-bodied, malty, earthy black tea. The earthiness gives it greater depth than a typical malty only tea. There was zero bitterness or astringency.

Re-Steeping:
5 min: Smooth & light-bodied w/o bitterness or astringency.
8-min: Smooth & light to medium-bodied w/o bitterness or astringency.

Impression: A very smooth, malty, and enjoyable organic black tea. This is not your typical low-cost Kenya teabag tea. Who says, good Orthodox tea only comes from China or India. Very well done!

Thanks to Aubrey at Arbor Teas for including this gracious sample with my recent order.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
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Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
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Flavors: Earth, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Charissa

I love a good Kenyan tea. They are just so…smooth and delicious! This one looks really nice.

looseTman

It definitely is!

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