Kenya Milima

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Black Tea
Kenyan Orthodox Black Tea
Tobacco, Cherry, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Baked Bread, Malt, Honey
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 oz / 214 ml

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From Harney & Sons

Africa’s most elegant tea. The big leaves are loaded with golden tip and are reminiscent of fine Assams. The tea is light in body and is a mellow brew.

H&S Review:

Milima is Swahili for “In a high place”. The tea plants that produce this tea grow at more than six thousand feet above sea level in the Kenyan Highlands. The leaves take on lovely flavors in the cool air and rocky soil. Unlike most teas in Africa, Milima is produced in the Orthodox method, so the leaves look like most of our other teas. Milima has led the revolution in Africa of making tea in the Orthodox method. We now offer a few choices of African teas, unlike five years ago.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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2816 tasting notes

Another sample from the Harney batch. Not really a favorite of mine – I steeped this for 4 minutes per the instructions of H & S. I fear this may have been too long. The website says this tea is light in body and a mellow brew. I am finding it to be fruity but quite astringent and with a bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of a Ceylon to me and not an Assam.

I would like more of this to do some experiments on the steeping time but all I have is this one little pot and I won’t be getting more I suspect.


I’ve never tried the Milima Estate, but I really like Kenyan teas. I’m curious as to how you prepared it?


Steeped western style for 4 minutes with boiled water in a cast iron teapot.


How many ounces is your teapot? Did you dump the entire sample in it?


U know, I never bothered to check but I think it’s a 10 or 12 oz teapot. I did use the entire sample but that strategy has served me well for the other samples I tried of the same size.


HHmmm……H & S sample are usually enough for 3 or 4 cups. Let’s say 3 good cups at 7 oz each, or 21 oz. Shorter steeps probably would have resulted in a nice experience, esp for a 12 oz teapot. I always start with shorter steeps, then adjust as necessary. Sometimes though my cups are too weak, say for White teas. For Black teas I like to do shorter steeps, usually 3 to 3.5 min.

Is your teapot a Tetsubin? I’ve been wanting a blue one of some kind. I would use it for green teas.


yes it is a Tetsubin, I’ve had it for years and I love it. Recently I was told you should just use them for holding boiled water or the teapot will pick up the flavors of the last tea you used, I have not noticed much of a problem with that, but maybe using it for green tea only is a good idea.


What shape/color is it?


It is shaped kind of like this one but it’s dark green with maple leaves on it. I often think about buying another one.


Someday I’ll get one. My fav color is blue, so I was looking for a blue Hira Arare with a hailstone pattern, or a blue moon (tsui) teapot


yeah that looks nice


Here’s a black 14 oz Hira Arare….perfect for me…….except I want a blue one:

Here’s the Blue moon (Tsuki) shape I like:


I should’ve gotten one a few yrs ago….they were at least $20 cheaper. I love Holy Mtn…..they have great tea, teaware, and here’s a nice Japanese Teacup I use for senchas mostly—Japanese greens.

I just love it. To see it and feel it and use it…..the picture doesn’t do it justice. Anywho I recommend Holymtn, plus they are in San Fran too! :))


You should go for it, the prices will just keep getting higher and higher. I also have a matching trivet… :))


if I don’t get one of those Tetsubins, I want something in a midnight blue, or dark green.


I also like Tokoname teapots….there is something about Japanese teaware….I’m drawn to it.


I’ll check back later. Comment or msg me if you want to talk more about this…Peace Amy. :))

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1328 tasting notes

Good morning Steepsterites.

I mentioned yesterday this new budding habit of sharing a morning pot with the boyfriend. Well, it has downsides when as today I get up two and a half hours before him and get to sit here and wait for my morning tea. AFTER having decided what we’re having this morning. And no, I can’t just make me a cup myself, because that would be cheating.

Anyway, it appears that I am actually getting through the sample basket more than I thought. I had a look at the Steepster cupboard, went all the way to the last pages and looked at those never posted about yet. Only two untried, unflavoured blacks left! This was one of them, so now there’s just a Yunnan left. Still a fair number of oolong and green and such, though.

I can’t work out what the boyfriend actually thinks of Yunnans. I’ve seen him drink it, but I’ve also seen him drink other things with more enthusiasm. So chosing between the two was pretty easy.

I was pleasantly surprised by the smell of the leaf when I opened the sample. It was sort of a leather-y and dried berries sort of aroma. Maybe some associations to how pipe tobacco smells as well, but the dried berries, cherries in particular, were my first association.

This is pretty much the same in the aroma of the steeped tea. It’s cherry-y, leather-y and sort of fragrant wood-y, but still primarily cherry.

When it comes to the flavour, it definitely gets the stamp of Boyfriend Approval, as he just called out his appreciation from the other room. He doesn’t do that every day.

And it is an interesting flavour. It’s slightly astringent, just the merest hint of dryness to it. It comes across as slightly floral and quite pseudo-smoky, which is enhanced by that note of fragrant wood that I found in the aroma as well.

The whole cherries note is sadly not as prominent in the flavour, but if you are searching for it, there is still some of it to be found. It’s a slightly tangy note just hovering around the edges of the sip. It is not to be confused with the way sencha sakura has cherry in it, this is much less flower-y and more berry-y, especially if you would imagine a dried cherry. Or possibly dried cranberries as well, to a smaller degree, but mainly cherry.

Very nice indeed. I could drink this on a regular basis.


As soon as you said the association with pipe tobacco and dried fruit, you had me. Ordered a sample this past weekend. Can’t wait to try it!


I was surprised by how much I liked it. I haven’t got much experience with Kenya so far and the ones I’ve tried haven’t otherwise been memorable. But this was really nice. I hope you will like it too. :)

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Today was hectic, so to relax a little this afternoon, I decided to try a sample I had been keeping back. YET ANOTHER sample from the thoughtful, dependable, generous, and friendly QuiltGuppy. Her tasting note made this tea sound so good to me, the tea exceeded my expectations, which were fairly high in the first place. The tobacco aroma is there at the beginning, but also black tea, maltiness is present. Steeped, the color is golden, a beautiful cup. The hint of tobacco at the start of the sip is incredible. Not a cheap cigarette grade, but a fine, aged pipe tobacco. In no way is it too strong, just a hint. The tobacco quickly dissolves into a malty assam-like flavor but very smooth.
The smoke at the end is a trace, faintly there.

I like this, and will be buying some with my next H&S order.


I must purchase this! Your description sounds enthralling.


Reading your reviews and seeing what you like, it does sound like a good fit for you.
I am about to have another cup…

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247 tasting notes

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of… tobacco. Hm. It’s interesting. It’s a darker tea, but not quite black in color. 205/1.5 min.

The aroma of tobacco is still present. In the taste, as well. It’s a slightly smoky tea, but with a tanginess as well that is surprising and pleasant. There’s a slight astringency to the tea, even at a lower temp and shorter steep time than recommended. The tea is well-rounded and has some complexity as I’m finding that the finish tends to change, beginning with a malty flavor, to tanginess, then the touch of smokiness lingers for a moment or two.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

This sounds delicious.

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This was my second cuppa from Harney & Sons, the first being their Risheehat 1st flush darjeeling (which I hope to be rating soon). I have been waiting a while for my tea allowance to catch up with my desire to try a Kenyan, as well as to simply buy from Harney’s, and this tea has been well worth the wait.

The first thing I must say is: unless you are drinking this tea with milk/sugar (or like your tea super duper dark) DO NOT follow the steep time it says on the tin. 5 minutes will give you a fine enough taste, but the bite is a bit too lionlike for my tonuge to handle. I brewed at 2.5 minutes without milk or sugar and it was perfect!

The texture is round, full, and bold. Maybe not as bold as an Assam, however the mouthfeel was quite fulfilling. The taste had this warm honey quality that is lasting in my mouth even now, an hour and a half after my cup. The aroma was joy inducing, also honey like, with a pretty note of sweet flowers.

To sum it all up, this Kenyan was a great all around tea experience, as long as you follow your own likes and dislikes as far as brewing time and temperature. I am very elated with my second teasperience from Harney & Sons and can’t wait to move on to my next Harney purchase: the Chamraj Nilgiri.

’Til we sip again!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
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Good brewing instructions!

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58 tasting notes

After reading the comments here, I decided to go with the shorter steep time. It’s becoming my favorite non-flavored tea for afternoons and coffee-less mornings. I don’t even need to put sugar or milk in it.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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123 tasting notes

Tried this one again this morning with a proper infuser so I wasn’t bothered by twiggy bits at the bottom of my cup.

Still. Obviously I need an afternoon taste-off among my various black teas. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to tell the difference between Assam, this African tea, and the Ceylon. When I drink each of them in the morning, with nothing to compare, about all I can manage is “tea good” or “tea not good.” So far, all have been “good” but I still can’t detect the tobacco-like aroma others have mentioned.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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767 tasting notes

A nice, crisp, basic light black tea. I agree with their comparison to assam.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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41 tasting notes

This tea has a very light aroma. I steeped for five minutes, which may have been too long as this brew is very bitter without much character. Cream and sugar helped soften the bitterness while tasting but the finish was still very bitter and dry. I will try a shorter steep time for my next cup but so far this is not the tea for me. It is just too bitter.

My second cup was steeped for four minutes, which drastically reduced the bitterness. Even so, I found this tea still a bit too dry and the flavor uninteresting.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

Quite a nice tea. I purchased a 4 oz tin of this direct from Harney & Sons with the rest of my order since I was interested in trying a real tea from Africa. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and subtle flavor. I brewed it first at 185 / 2min 15sec, but got a lot of tannins. Brewing it 185 / 1min 15sec was lovely, but could probably be brewed longer/stronger.

The tea is very smooth, and much lighter than other black teas. At its price, it is also a nice deal for a nice tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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