Rwanda Rukeri Estate OP

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Brown Sugar, Floral, Herbs, Malt, Pepper, Sweet Potatoes
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Long bold black wiry leaves with a few tips. These high grown leaves produce a brisk, medium to full bodied tea liquor with Assam-like biscuit notes and a floral/citrus like finish characteristic of well made African teas. An excellent choice for an intense breakfast tea that can be enjoyed either with or without milk.

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More from Capital Tea Limited! This was a tea recommended to me by yyz (along with several others). So that was part of the reason I chose to try it, along with the fact that I have no experience with African teas and it sounded interesting! For some reason, I have a strong urge to try teas from the more unusual locales. Anyway! The leaves and long and thin with stems included, and they smell heavily floral with some hay notes.

Wow, this is an interesting one, and definitely not what I expected. There’s so much going on. I would say, in a nutshell, this tea reminds me of a Darjeeling mixed with perhaps some kind of Chinese black and some Assam as well. It has the floral and herb/spice notes of a Darjeeling, but then there’s also sweet potato and brown sugar from perhaps a Yunnan tea, as well as strong malt and intensity from an Assam. Definitely complex, but still approachable. I’m at a loss as to what the rating should be, I think I’ll drink it a few more times before assigning a number.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Floral, Herbs, Malt, Pepper, Sweet Potatoes

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea was sent to me as a sample with my Capital Tea order. I was excited as I have been interested in trying some of their African teas. This tea has beautiful dry leaves that are tightly wound dark needles that smell floral and spicy and citrusy. The first time I steeped this tea I used a sugar spoon from a tea set to measure the leaves and I realise I under leafed it. It is a testimant to the quality of this tea that even these first steeps were very good and rich in flavour as I used only about 1g of leaf. Later I used 2g of tea. The broth in both cases is a clear medium orange-red.

First steeping:

3 min. Scent: Molasses, citrus notes, sweet potato, cocoa, spice, stone fruit.
Taste: Cocoa, sweet potato and roasted skins, brown sugar, darker tones of malt, a touch of molasses, roasted notes, dried stone fruit.

As it cools, it tastes lighter in the tongue and becomes spicy and cooling with hints of pepper and herbs with touches of rosemary and tthyme, over the other notes.
Sweet, rich and savoury. The tea itself is very smooth on the tongue.

4.2min The resteep is spicy with herbacious, floral, spice and pepper notes over sugar/molasses, sweet potato and sweet red fruits with cherry and plum. This steep is still rich but feels much lighter on the tongue. There is a touch of butter.

6min. Scent: weet, more citrusy and spicy
Taste: Malt, spice, butter, fruit, cocoa

2g. 3 min. With more leaf the scent is similar but with stronger malt tones and more distinct cocoa, fruit, and roasted tones and spice notes.

Sweet potato notes are stronger and more biscuit, with a bit of briskness, and a deeper malt tone. Along with spice and fruit.

Altogether this is a rich sweet tea with savoury, spicy, fruity tea with cocoa and malt notes. Both lighter and heavier leaved options are excellent. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to try this tea!


I need to quit reading your reviews! I keep finding more teas I need to try based on your excellent reviews. :)


Its really worth trying, Its been a nice accompaniment to the day and pretty forgiving. I forgot a bought the Resteep from my second steeping and it is still pretty nice and is a little more fruity.

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I love your tea reviews that paint beautiful pictures and gets my taste buds rollicking as though I am sipping the tea myself :-)



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