Royal Gold Safari

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Few black teas are special enough to live up to the honor of being named in tribute to a person as important as Nobel Prize Winner Professor Wangari Muta Maathi, who passed away this past September. But Royal Golden Safari Black Tea is a fabulous and truly exquisite tea, fully up to its special designation. Our supplier, Royal Tea of Kenya specifically requested that the local farmers develop a very tippy black tea, and they’ve produced a remarkable, gorgeous, slender gold leaf, which brews red, rich and sweet, and holds up through several infusions. Its character is somewhat like some of the black teas of China, but with a uniquely Kenyan tone.

“That’s the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree. And so I got an indigenous tree, called Nandi flame, it has this beautiful red flowers. When it is in flower it is like it is in flame.”
- Wangari Maathai

From Royal Tea of Kenya:

“Royal Tea of Kenya teas are unblended and pesticide free, the teas are owned and harvested by Kenyan farmers throughout the country. Royal Tea of Kenya imports teas directly from the Kenyan small scale farmers to bring you the very best Kenya has to offer. Royal teas of Kenya are also exported to royal families in Europe, luxury hotel chains all over the world and used to blend and flavor most of America’s ready to drink products. Now exclusively available at Royal Tea of Kenya these rare teas are processed at farmer owned factories from all over the country paying special attention in importing teas from Rainforest Alliance Certified factories.”

origin: Kenya
Cinnabar says: “This is a very impressive and wonderful tea. It has a similar character to a really high grade Yunnan Hong Cha, with a similar luscious malty tone, but with its own flavor notes specific to its origins. It’s richly complex, and is well suited to careful concentrated brewings in a gaiwan or small pot, gongfu style.”

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After sleeping most of my Saturday away (I’ve no idea why) and staying up until close to 4am today I was shocked to get up around 8:30am…of course the call from my mother might have helped that. She was asking what “red stuff” I put on the nieces eggs the last time she visited… “Paprika?” I recall as my response. Of course she thought that’s what it was, but my niece HAD to be sure and called to ask me. Good thing that kid is cute.

Once I was up and out of bed…I noticed our cats were swarming the bed. I’m the food lady in the house…so I snap, crackle, and popped my way downstairs to feed them. This also consisted of turning on the electric kettle. I needed tea…stat! I reached for this one as I thought it was a tea I had tried before. But after having it…I don’t think it was. I would have remembered this tea. It was bold, but with a light sweetness that made it very easy to drink in almost one big sip. I need to spend more time with this tea for sure!

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I couldn’t fall asleep last night myself – I think I had too much tea in the afternoon. :)

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I actually received this before the Purple Tea of Kenya but didn’t get around to it after. A travesty given my love of teas with the word “GOLD!” in them. This bears a lot of similarities to Yunnan Golds both in site, smell and taste. Where it differs is the subtlety of its character. It’s not as “thick” as a Yunnan gold on delivery, instead presenting its berry-sweet, honey-like presence in a fluttery sorta way. It can also take a brew-beating of five minutes far better than a Yunnan can. Approval was met with gusto.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/11/10/running-for-kenyan-gold/

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