Ntingwe Kwazulu

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 45 oz / 1330 ml

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From Taylors of Harrogate

This tea has a fresh, brisk flavour and a bright liquor. A full-bodied strong tea from Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.

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1700 tasting notes

One of those what were you thinking mornings for me. There was more leaf here than I intended to use. This isn’t bitter but it is quite stout. Over leafing removes this from any resemblance to Assam – or Ceylon. It has cinnamon notes and something that makes me think dried tundra grass. Not that its grassy. Maybe it is just knowing this is a South African tea. Halfway through the mug I iced it. Much necessary. Wow. Don’t over leaf.

Leaving the rating from when I knew what I was doing.

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2226 tasting notes

I tried this again this morning because I was knocked out for some reason. Needed something to wake me up! I didn’t use a full teaspoon for this infusion, since I really want to save the bit I have left, I love it so much. Because of that, this was less brisk and strong. I must have put a ton in the infuser last time. Still delicious — just not the strongest cup of tea I’ve ever had! There was also a flavor I was getting that reminded me of almonds!

1 min, 15 sec

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59 tasting notes

The first thing that I noticed when I opened my 1-kg bag of this (via Amazon) was how tiny the CTC leaf pieces were. They are so tiny! I can’t even steep it in my Beehouse teapot, whose filter has been fine enough for all my other teas besides rooibos. This made me sort of nervous about the quality of the tea. Actually, although the tea does suffer slightly from the leaf pieces being so small, it’s a good and satisfying cup with some character. A short steep is required, because the tannic spent-leaves taste comes out quickly; I recommend 2:30-2:45. I also noticed that as the tea cooled, the “tiny leaf” essence diminished; I feel like it was due to a genuine chemical change and thus it may be worth waiting a bit to drink.

Ntingwe Kwazulu is reminiscent of an Assam for its punch and overall feel, but it also has some Ceylon-esque briskness, making it more than just another PG Tips. Still, it lacks the smoothness of some other CTCs (e.g. The Simple Leaf’s American Breakfast) so it remains a good-to-great, not outstanding, tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

took this steeping advice and it really worked out well…the package the tea came in says to steep 4-5 minutes and, since it was new to me, didn’t want to oversteep the first taste…2-3 minute advice was spot on!..thanks

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2978 tasting notes

(moving note from 5 days ago to this listing now that I know who makes it )

tried to drink this in honor of the World Cup. WAY oversteeped it (It is very fine, almost like coffee grounds, and therefore very strong). 3-3:30 min is too long! It was bitter and astringent, and no amount of sugar or cream could save it (I tried!)

Will try again soon with much lower steeping time. It is very good when prepared correctly!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

I also used WAY too much leaf – next time I think it should be 1/2 tsp per 8-10 oz water. It is so fine, but expands quite a lot. Powerful stuff, this tea is!


Try a 2 minute steep. Thats what I use with very fine teas.

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411 tasting notes

Wow this is strong tea. You’d almost think I’ve been drinking oolongs all day! ;)

As others have mentioned, it’s a tiny, tiny leaf. Almost worse than rooibos for getting through filters. The first time I brewed it, I went for 3-4 minutes, and it darn near killed me. This time, I went for about a minute and it was just slightly under-brewed. It smells wonderful. I’m not as fond of the taste as other teas, but it’s not bad at all.

I’d like to try this iced. I think this would make an awesome iced tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

You’re darn right- this made my favourite iced tea all summer!

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140 tasting notes

I cut the steeping time in half, definitely made the tea easier to drink. This is such a small leaf tea that carries a great punch! If you are looking for a good breakfast tea, this may be the right choice. It is very bold and not for the weak at heart. :) I did finish this pot off by sweetening it just a touch and pouring it over ice. Personally, it seemed to tame the overall flavor (yet not watering down), and became much more delicious with a resemblance of a robust Assam black leaf.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Sounds good. I bet it’s a little smoky too?

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767 tasting notes

Very clean taste. Tiny, tiny leaves – I used a cloth filter instead of my normal infuser, having learned my lesson from a Pakistani tea that was equally tiny. Also from that tea I didn’t oversteep this one. It would be easy to do so, though. After it cools a bit I catch a tiny hint of astringency. This would stand up well to milk and would make a good breakfast tea.

Aside from the gas money spent on a 100 mile round trip to the store where I found it, it’s a very reasonably priced tea. I also won’t use as many leaves so the purchase will last longer so all in all, probably a good purchase. I’d keep it around if I could come by it easily. It’s probably pretty decent iced, as well.

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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221 tasting notes

Ooooh! What an incredibly delightful tea! So delightful in fact, it made me say “Ooooh!” out loud when I took my first sip. The taste is malty and reminiscent of my favourite broken-leaf Assam, but that is where the similarities end. Instead of a heavy, almost astringent maltyness, the flavour manages to come across as fresh and light.
Definitely for those times when you feel like a substantial cuppa but aren’t necessarily having it with a cooked breakfast. Suitable for morning tea or a light supper, with a slice of Apple Banana Cake…

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

This is one of my favourites!


…oh, and do you have a recipe for that Apple Banana Cake? :)

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579 tasting notes

Bright and feisty. Little tiny leaf steeps quickly and gets bitter fast. This will wake you up.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90 tasting notes

Used up the last of this at my parents’ today. Yum!

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