Kenyan Tinderet

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Earth, Nutty, Sweet, Tannin, Malt
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 oz / 322 ml

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  • “Oh wow does this ever remind me of coffee! wheeeeew! Sadly though, for some reason... the maltiness that I love so much was missing. Maybe because it was only a 10g sample that I've had in my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Continuation of my tea a day journey. I actually left this sitting on the counter as I walked out the door to go to work. I was tealess at work all day :(( In hind site this might not have been...” Read full tasting note
    Dexter 734 tasting notes
  • “After commenting on a post about how I don't like CTC teas, I decided to give this one another try now that I have evolved a bit. The dry leaf looks like grapenuts, and it also kind of smells like...” Read full tasting note
    Tealizzy 572 tasting notes
  • “This is different. It seems as though it's bolder than other black teas, and I can see why people say it reminds them of coffee. Yowza! I think I'll pass the other half of this sample on to *ozli*...” Read full tasting note
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    cavocorax 1700 tasting notes

From DAVIDsTEA

African splendour
Discover this rare tea from the Tinderet Estate in the highlands of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Most connoisseurs drink it as a little luxury after a good meal. It has a superb flavour, with light floral notes and a special maltiness. ‘Tinderet’ means ‘Place of Lightning’, and the afternoons often see flashes of lightning after a morning of sun. Fair trade and ethically produced, it’s an all-round winner.

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82 Tasting Notes

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1315 tasting notes

Oh wow does this ever remind me of coffee! wheeeeew!
Sadly though, for some reason… the maltiness that I love so much was missing. Maybe because it was only a 10g sample that I’ve had in my cupboard for almost a year now!
Oh well. I did enjoy the cup! but I feel obliged to lower the rating a few points. Between this and their Assam, I think the Assam wins hands down.

Daniel Scott

I’ve actually really been liking the Assam myself! I refilled on that rather than this one recently, although I do like this too.

Indigobloom

Yeah I flip flop between malty black teas it seems. You might like Ponmundi as well, from Tea Haus (in London Ontario)

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734 tasting notes

Continuation of my tea a day journey. I actually left this sitting on the counter as I walked out the door to go to work. I was tealess at work all day :(( In hind site this might not have been such a bad thing.
So I came home, and made some of this. Package says 98C water 4-6minutes. 4-6 for black, that seemed aggressive to me, so I did just under boiling for 3 minutes.
EWWWWWWWW sorry I don’t have the vocabulary to explain. Ewwwww and yuck are pretty much my thoughts on this. Dump. Try again – second steep same leaves – again I did 3 minutes but since it’s a second steep thought it might be ok. NOT. Ewwwwwww is still my reaction to this. Dump. Try again. New leaves just under boiling 2 minute steep. This is not getting any better. I still hate it.
I’m not wasting anymore time or energy on this tea. NOT FOR ME. It is way too bitter, way too astringent, and doesn’t taste anything like any black tea I’ve ever experienced. If someone handed me a cup of this, I’m not sure TEA would be the first thing that comes to mind. The good news is, if you want to call it that….this makes the darjeeling seem like candy. That is NOT my least fav tea anymore.

mrmopar

Have you tried it with a 30 second steep or so? Long steep times usually bring astringency out.

Cavocorax

Oh I remember this! I bought a lot of DT’s unflavoured blacks to do a similar thing to what you are doing now, and it just tasted like super strong coffee. It was weird and I wasn’t crazy about it.

Sil

I strongly dislike almost every straight black tea I’ve had from David’s….

ifjuly

me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(

Dexter

Cavocorax I agree with you in that it was weird. I didn’t think coffee, but everyone experiences things differently. I would have been ok if it had reminded me of coffee. This was just gross.

Dexter

Dexter is ok with bad news, I only bought a little of each. I wasn’t expecting the best tea in the world, but thought it should be drinkable. The one I’m drinking today isn’t too bad. Good or bad at least I’m getting a better picture of what these are like. Even trying bad teas is a learning experience.

ifjuly

hey, I just noticed I didn’t capitalize your name but I did Sil’s ‘cause I thought for some reason yours was like mine, all lowercase, but now I see it isn’t. Whoops. My bad. Sorry ’bout that, meant no disrespect!

Dexter

LOL No worries, I didn’t even notice. It takes a lot more than that to upset me. “me too, Sil. probably not what dexter wants to hear. :(” You were talking to Sil about me. Sometimes online it seems weird to say “me” – I almost think of Dex as a third person. I didn’t use my name to point out the omission of the cap. It just sounded weird to reply with I’m ok. Never mind – I’m not explaining well the strangeness in my head… :))

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572 tasting notes

After commenting on a post about how I don’t like CTC teas, I decided to give this one another try now that I have evolved a bit. The dry leaf looks like grapenuts, and it also kind of smells like grapenuts. Ha! I could get malty and fruity notes from the aroma. I decided to steep it for 3 minutes, instead of the recommended 4-6 minutes, at 205 degrees, instead of 208 degrees. I added my usual sugar and a splash of soymilk. Well, it was better than my previous tries. Or maybe I just have evolved to appreciate it more? Malty and a little fruity were the notes I could taste. It still was a little bitter and astringent. Maybe a 2 minute steep would be better? What a finicky tea!

Angrboda

I think the change in steeping time made a difference here. I’m always a little worried that I’m steeping CTC too long, and haven’t yet managed to find that perfect time that always works for me like I have with regular leaf (2 minutes in small pot, 4 minutes in large pot. Almost never fails to brew just the right strength for me.)

TastyBrew

Funny, most CTCs taste like grapenuts to me too. And they ALL require milk and honey.

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1700 tasting notes

This is different. It seems as though it’s bolder than other black teas, and I can see why people say it reminds them of coffee. Yowza! I think I’ll pass the other half of this sample on to ozli as she enjoys coffee more than I, and this may be more her thing!

It’s a nice enjoyable cup. I don’t think it would be a staple, but I might grab 10-20g sometime.

Thanks CrowKettle. I was curious about this tea, and it’s round little balls.

Oh, and… Sipdown!

CrowKettle

Yeah, this one isn’t for me but it’s too neat to leave on the shelf! I know this tea will be just perfect for someone out there! Pass it on, pass it on..

Cavocorax

:) Until someone deems it the perfect cup, OR it runs out. Whichever happens first.

Ozli

INTRIGUED! ;D

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697 tasting notes

This is one of the straight blacks from Davids that I was always hesitant about, largely because of the size of the leaf. That and it always smelled a bit more bold than I might prefer. Luckily, a colleague of mine is entering the wonderful world of loose leaf and shared a bit of this with me so I can finally try it out. Thank you!

Steeped it for about 3 minutes (my standard for blacks) and it smells very much like the bagged teas of my youth. My Dad was a Red Rose drinker (with a tonne of milk and sugar) and it reminds me of that. It smells bold but not necessarily astringent. First sips confirm the thoughts I got from the smell. This is bold and strong, a step up from traditional bagged teas but not the sort of loose leaf I would drink a lot of. This is very hearty and would stand up to flavouring, milk and sugar very well but isn’t really for me. I prefer my honeyed Chinese blacks with cocoa and sweetness in every sip. That said, this is a little sweet and not at all bitter but it’s too vigorous for me! : )

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1199 tasting notes

I wanted something strong but this seems like it might be TOO strong. I don’t think I even steeped it more than 2 1/2 minutes before I was like this is too strong. Now with milk in it it looks like a ginger tinged cup of coffee rather than some tea.

It is definitely lighter in taste than it is in smells. I could probably have let it go to three minutes, but it totally needs the milk for my tastes. I can tell that without it, it would be really malty and I probably wouldn’t care for it.

It’s really rather honey sweet, along with what seems like bittersweet, dark chocolate. Almost tastes like a chocolate cereal to me too.

I bet if you can get this all the way to 4 minutes, it will get you on your feet in the morning.

Thanks, Reasoned_Melody!

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1502 tasting notes

Oh, wow. I steeped at about 98C for 3 minutes like I usually do with black teas. The colour is a gorgeous red-brown, and looks like it would be a perfect base for a spiced Thai iced tea recipe.

The tea? Oh geez. Bitter AND astringent. Behind the blech are some lovely malty and floral notes.

I ended up adding a bunch of milk and more honey than I usually do, but I think I’m going to dump this and try brewing with much cooler water for 2 minutes.

Edit: And as I sat here applying for work and eating my stew, the tea is gone. Maybe I don’t dislike it as much as I thought it did? Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention and would have drank pretty much anything.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bear With Me

I had similar initial thoughts, but it has really grown on me. Because it’s a CTC leaf, I find I use about 1/3 the amont of leaf for the perfect cup. but that’s just me.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird because I have some (admittedly old) CTC Assams that I love. This one is just those times a lot on the astringent/bitter scale. I’ll try using less leaf, as well as a bit cooler temperature. :)

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Whoa! To say this tea was a strong start to the day would be an understatement! Full-bodied, earthy, malty, and tannic- do NOT oversteep this! I need to try this again steeped for a shorter time.

First sip tastes like bitter mushrooms. As it cools it gets slightly less bitter, more malty and tannic. The earthy mushroom flavor stays and it gets sweeter. Some honey tones start to come out. Surprisingly though, it doesn’t leave me with a really dry mouth.

I’m wishing I had some milk or something to add to this tea because it could definitely use it. Maybe I can find my co-worker’s secret stash of honey since she’s not in yet? I don’t keep sweeteners at work.

CHAroma

Bitter mushrooms? :(

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Yup! Mushroom earthiness, but bitter. Might make a good band name though! Now introducing The Bitter MUSHROOMS!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Now that I think about, it makes me want to eat pickled mushrooms while drinking this to compare.

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I definitely love this one. I think it may almost be my favourite straight black. Had a nice big pot of it to nurse all afternoon. Mmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Erin

I just bought some of this yesterday, now I’m excited to try it!

Tina S.

It does really well with sugar. I was warned against adding milk to it by the store, so you may want to try it without first if you’re a milk-er!

Tina S.

It does really well with sugar. I was warned against adding milk to it by the store, so you may want to try it without first if you’re a milk-er!

Erin

I will do that, thanks for the advice!

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Probably should have done this one in the finer of my two infusers AND also turned the volume up on my phone so I’d hear the steep alarm? YOWZA, that’s a strong tea! Nothing coffeeish about it, imo, but it could PROBABLY strip paint. :D?

Preparation
Boiling
Ozli

BTW, cavocorax THANKS FOR THE HEAPS OF TEA I TOTALLY FORGOT TO EXPECT :D :D :D

Cavocorax

Hahaha. SURPRISE TEA! :O

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