Thabiti Organic Black Tea

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Black Kenyan teas are infused with a beautiful deep reddish color. Kenya is one of the leading producers of black teas. The profile of a black tea including its infusion color, body, strength, aroma and flavor depend on the tea bush varietal, the season of harvest, the elevation of the tea garden and the degree of tea leaf oxidation. Majani offers Orthodox black teas that are organic and fair trade. Kenya has started producing orthodox black teas that are can be enjoyed by themselves or infused with fruit. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do.

Thabiti Organic Black Tea has moderate sweetness with notes of honey and caramel. Low astringency with a smooth fruity finish of raisins and plum.

It is at its best when steeped in water just off the full boil, 212ºF for 4 minutes and should be enjoyed without the addition of milk but can support a touch of sweetener.

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I got a sample of this tea from Kasumi no Chajin, thanks so much for sending it along!

I’m not going to lie, I requested a sample of this tea first because each tea has a cute bird assigned to it. This one is the Red and Yellow Barbet (they even list them on their website!). Secondly, it was a Kenyan tea and I have almost no experience with African teas. Despite the fact that I was IN Kenya last summer, but it’s one of those situations where the tea you get served is CTC teabags, and it takes a unique tea company to export really high grade stuff. Third, the description of this tea sounded delicious!

The steeped tea smells really tasty, with definite notes of molasses, chocolate, and raisins. I have to say, even though I knocked off a minute off their suggested steeping parameters, this tea is still a touch too “robust” for my taste. I should have expected it… East Africans like their tea very robust. It edges on bitterness, which I think could be avoided by steeping it at a slightly lower temp or for a shorter time. Otherwise, though, the flavor is very good. It reminds me of a Fujian tea, almost, which is awesome. There are hints of grain and a good helping of honey notes. I wish I could brew this one again at a lower temp, but I do like it enough that if I fall in love with any of the other Majani teas, I would consider putting some of this on the order.

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I love the strong Kenyan tea’s! The robust flavor is more like having a good craft beer that you want alongside a grilled cheese sandwich or spicy food.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I agree!

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Sip down sample! This one’s from Kasumi no Chagin.

I got 4 rounds with a gaiwan on this black. First 2 infusions were really good! Had an interesting sweetness and fruity (grapey raisin?) going on that I wasn’t expecting. However, steeping 3 it started getting bitter and steeping 4 was full out bitter.

I find the bird logo on these Majani teas quite attractive!

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A good cuppa, thanks Kasumi no Chagin! And taking the cue from Dinosara I brewed this at a lower temp and didn’t get any bitterness, though there’s a touch of tannin.

Smooth, clean, honest and I’d even put it in the category of a comfort tea, in the sense that you can just settle in with it and enjoy its well-balanced and mildly sweet flavors. I don’t mind assam, but there’s something too assamy about an assam; this tea has hints of assam, at the ideal subtlety level, perfectly balanced by apricot and a little malt.

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okay, I have to ask. how do you bold things in Steepster?


Just an asterisk on either side, easy!

Here’s the Steepster FAQ that Jason put together — see the 5th item from the bottom for other formatting options:

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