Kenyan Tinderet

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea
Bergamot, Coffee, Dirt, Earth, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Tannin
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 oz / 366 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...” 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
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  • “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,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
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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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88 Tasting Notes

1831 tasting notes

I received a small 10g sample of this tea as part of a Davids Tea sampler that I got for Christmas. This one is a fairly standard CTC-style leaf that brews up into a deep red-coloured tea as I’ve noticed Kenyan black teas tend to. The flavour is alright, nothing especially good or especially bad. It reminds me a great deal of an English Breakfast with that robustness and slightly toasty quality you tend to find. It was nice to drink in the mornings when I had to be at work at 5am because it woke me up quickly, but it’s not a tea I would casually drink for pleasure.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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913 tasting notes

Sipdown #5: Oh, ok, phew. I get this tea now. My first steep last night didn’t go so well—I oversteeped, and the bitterness almost knocked me over. Saved with a heaped teaspoon of sugar, but I wanted to make sure I Did It Right with my next (and last) cup (this was one of my free DAVIDsTEA online order samples). Infused in my Timolino and then brought to work with me, because we all know when I try to steep at work I always oversteep.

I totally get a nose full of maltiness from this tea now that I’ve sorted things out with my second brew. It’s rich and the hint of bitterness is probably what leads people to the coffee conclusion but for me it’s definitely just a heavy tea tannin, really gutsy. Lovely. Glad I sorted this out but now sad I don’t have more, hahaha.

Flavors: Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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19 tasting notes

Tried this tea with David’s recipe for Milk Tea. It is pretty tasty, but not sure I would enjoy this tea plain.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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7 tasting notes

Ok so like 5 minutes after my first few sips, I could instantly feel my head buzzing. This is STRONG! For the first time EVER, I had to add some milk to my tea. I think next time I brew this, I will only use 1/2 scoop of tea (I used a full scoop using the davids perfect spoon, which is at least 1.5 tsp)and I will keep the steeping to a 3-4 min maximum. Still loved the robust flavor though :)

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9 tasting notes

This tea packs quite a punch! Caffeine wise, that is!
I got three substantial steeps out of this tea. I think that it is a nice black tea, no gimmicks, went well with milk and sugar.

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10 tasting notes

I just can’t help but share my love of this tea. It is the cup that awakes me each morning, and is beautifully sipped with milk and sugar. Kenyan Tinderet is definitely in my top 10!

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3 tasting notes

Well, this is my first tea review…!

I am just getting into loose leaf teas (I am a big tea drinker, regular Tetley or Twinings bagged tea is what I always drink, so I guess that’s what I’d be comparing this to), and I am NOT getting the hang of this. I used the recommended amount (1 1/2tsp), and let it sit for 8 minutes…and still it was tasteless. I’ve tried a number of times with this same tea (and the English breakfast one), in a cup, in a pot (adjusting the amount of tea of course), and same result each time. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I’m definitely not getting the results the rest of you are!

This tea is tasteless! (Though that’s just because I think I must be doing something wrong)

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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1 tasting notes

I love this tea and drink it is a very full bodied tea, a great option for a breakfast tea as it will stand up well to the addition of milk and sugar (although I drink it without either). I leave my leafs in the entire time I am drinking instead of the recommended 4-6min. I don’t find the tea to get bitter or astringent (however I am not very sensitive to either); it stays smooth and earthy even with leaving the leaves in for so long. This is a CTC tea and definitely has a different appearance than most straight black teas. It is one of my favorite straight black teas, if not my favorite.

Boiling 8 min or more

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8 tasting notes

Really full bodied. Certainly bolder than most loose leaf blacks I’ve tasted. Great with milk, as is suggested. Almost a cocoa scent/flavour.

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89 tasting notes

This may well be my favourite tea. Nice and strong, and a little bit sweet on its own accord. I could drink this tea anytime, anyplace. And I’m really fickle, so that’s saying something.

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