Wanja OP Black Tea

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Black Tea
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Caramel, Honey
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Wanja Tea of Kenya

Wanja OP (Orange Pekoe) is a whole leaf black tea that is grown in the fertile region around Mt. Kenya by small scale farmers who harvest it by hand. The tea is processed at a Tea Factory that is under the supervision of Kenya Tea Development Agency (a co-op that represents small scale farmers).

Kenya is the number one exporter of black tea and this high quality whole leaf tea is the highest quality Orthodox tea that Kenya has to offer. This is a bold, full bodied tea that is rich in taste and high in quality.

With strong floral and fruity aromas this tea can be enjoyed at any given time of the day. This tea is an excellent substitute to coffee due to its caffeine content and proven health benefits.

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1377 tasting notes

Yum. Black tea in the morning >>> coffee.

This is my third rewrite. That’s all you get.

(PS. I want more of this one, wow.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Good stuff!

CrowKettle

Mm, I just placed another order with them a few days ago. I want to try their newer tea and the white tea. Of course, I had to get more of this one too! :)

Sil

i haven’t managed to place an order with these guys yet. I need to get on that…

CrowKettle

I know this OP is pretty cheap, but maybe I can send some samples your way, Sil.

CrowKettle

*When it arrives

Sil

haha let me know :)

OMGsrsly

So good. Another company on my list. I might bump them up tho as most of the stuff I’ve purchased recently is flavored.

Sil

haha i have the opposite prob omg…my cupboard is 75% unflavoured

OMGsrsly

At least most of the stuff I bought are samples. I totally forgot about my Zentea order. Have to go pick it up at 4. Then come back to work to finish the science. :/

Bonnie

A good tea to drink today. I began my day with a Kenyan tea also. A toast to the Memory of Nelson Mandela with a tea from Africa. What a great soul.

Amariel

I still haven’t tried mine yet.

CrowKettle

Yes, I couldn’t believe it when I heard about Nelson Mandela today. This is a fitting tea.

Ah, Heather, You have the purple Wanja tea. It’s special.

Amariel

It is special? How? I’m still afraid to try it because of the olive oil thing.

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489 tasting notes

Just to reconfirm: milk does this tea no favours.It sucks up all the floral subtlety and hides the tea’s personality, making the whole thing rather bland. If the primary bite is a bother, it doesn’t stick around much for the second and third steeps (which are delicious).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I LOVE strong black kenyan tea!!!

CrowKettle

I think I may be turning out to like them too. I have to explore this more :)

Wanja Tea of Kenya

Thank you for the positive comments. Feel free to request more samples.

CrowKettle

Thank you! I’ve enjoyed trying your teas (OP, and purple) and can’t wait to pick up your new green tea.

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Full Review on www.SororiTeaSisters.com on the 20th but here are the snippits:

Wanja OP Black Tea from Wanja Tea of Kenya provides a strong, bold, wonderful experience. Early infusions taste of hints of cocoa, malt, and fruits, while later infusions bring forth notes of leather, cigar smoke, and woods. Truly a delicious cup!

While Martin currently only has two teas in stock I am watching his online business grow over time, and he selects his teas with the upmost care and concern for his customers! Truly a respectable man!

Absolutely not one bit of astringency or bitterness. Rather, malt, caramel, cocoa, and fruit notes abound! The floral note is difficult to determine for me, I taste it, its present, but I have had a difficult time deciding exactly what floral aspect it is, perhaps violet. The floral note seems to be more on the after taste rather than in the sip itself.

I hope that more people take advantage of this really affordable price point as well! At four dollars per ounce there really isn’t any reason not to try this tea!

Sil

Ill have to check it out. Sounds like a nice start up company at the moment.

Azzrian

It is – he is adding teas slowly but I respect that he is not just trying to put anything and everything up there and is honing in on what he thinks is the best from Kenya and fair trade. :)

CrowKettle

Do you know what shipping costs are or if they ship to Canada? That does look like a nice start up. :)

Azzrian

I am sorry I sure don’t know but I would do a mock order and just see what happens! That is what I usually do when I don’t know :)

CrowKettle

I did that and it didn’t seem to add any shipping costs which seems too good to be true. I sent him a tweet about it. Otherwise I may go ahead with the order and see what happens!

Azzrian

There really may not be any. I would not doubt it! He is such a fair guy. He may have to add some later as his business grows but for now I really feel he just wants to make a name for himself and get his tea in our hands! :)

CrowKettle

• Ah.. I tried to complete the transaction and then it told me there was no shipping to Canada. Oh, well! Maybe I should take advantage of my aunt’s place in The States. I’ll keep my eyes on this company though! :)

Azzrian

Ah bummer – Im sorry. Well I am always happy to ship to Canada if you need a place to have it mailed. That is if you don’t want to have it sent to your Aunt’s regardless sorry that is a bummer to find out after the fact.

CrowKettle

Thank you for the offer! I think I may take you up on it; I don’t know when I would be able to get in contact with my Aunt. It was a bummer but not unexpected- it was too cheap to be real (at least in Canada). XD

Azzrian

Just PM me if you decide you want to go for it. I have tried both of his teas and they are both really good. Oh and I do NOT work for him lol just like seeing someone get started up in a good biz.
Happy to help if you decide you want to go for it.

CrowKettle

I’ll let you know tomorrow! I’m determined to get my hands on both of those teas now. Thanks again- I trust you completely and also like seeing people start up. :)

Azzrian

Sounds good! I think I am going to watch a movie and try to get some sleep – movies usually put me to sleep haha. :) talk to you tomorrow.

Wanja Tea of Kenya

I am working on including shipping to Canada.

Sil

wanja – thank you for that! I’d love it if you could post on steepster in the tea companies/promotions thread when you have this figured out. I’d love to be able to help support you in your journey :)

Wanja Tea of Kenya

We now offer shipping to Canada on wwww.wanjateaofkenya.com

Azzrian

Excellent!!! :)

CrowKettle

Yes!!!! Thank you :)

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1798 tasting notes

I finished my sample of this tea from Wanja Tea of Kenya today and thought it really deserved another note.

A friend stopped by this morning to pick up some tea and it so happened we both had time for a cuppa or two. I knew she was coming so youngest and I had started school extra early this morning so that I would be free.

I asked her if she had ever had a Ceylon Orange Pekoe, and she said she wasn’t sure, unless it was just the Lipton she had drunk as a child. But she was game to try! So we made two pots of tea – this one and Kenilworth Ceylon from Harney and Sons, one of my favorites.

As she lifted her cup, she exclaimed, “This smells so……RICH!” Exactly! It smells rich, and fat, and full, and thick. She was so proud of how far she has come in tea tasting, because she noticed a grain flavor. She searched for words….corn? Wheat? I said, “Malt?” And she said yes, malt was a good description!

She loved the Kenilworth Ceylon also, and it is a very good tea, but less full bodied and a little more lemony. Before she left, she had me email her a link to the website because she wants to order some, so I would have to say that it was a hit!

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673 tasting notes

Thank you Wanya Tea for this sample!

The only small scale Kenyan tea’s I’ve tasted have come from Butiki, Ajiri and Wanja Tea’s.

Each have been different and delightful.

My friends who have spent some time in Kenya have winced and groaned describing the super, hyper-strong brewed tea. (I would have joined in with glee since the Ajiri Strong Tea tasted quite normal to me, but seems far too strong to many others.)

I haven’t reviewed tea on Steepster in DAYS! I’ve been making Asian Pickles (sweet and savory) and Vadouvan Indian Spice Blend (Curried onions and garlic which is slowly baked in a mixture of spices until almost dry. Stored in freezer bags I’ll have a good supply for adding to recipes!).

There is no way I could review tea with onion, garlic and vinegar scenting my house!

As a first tea after my cooking projects were completed, I chose this tea from Kenya, figuring that it was probably suitable for accompanying flavorful, spicy foods. (Kenyan Cuisine uses lot’s of curries!).

The flavor was bright and clean with fruit and citrus, a sweetness that was light and smooth. I didn’t taste any malt and there was no nasty astringency.

You could very well drink this tea plain (which you can’t say about many black tea’s) and I found that a little sweetening brought out the fruitiness in a way that I liked best. Adding milk seemed too heavy. The body of the tea was light and in my opinion, milk isn’t needed.

There was an aftertaste of black pepper pound cake. This made me think further of what the tea would taste good alongside. I imagined a Denver Omlette, Chips and Salsa, Curry or Spicy Sausages. It can handle flavor packed food without getting lost!

Although the tea isn’t heavy, it’s sturdy enough and holds it’s own.
One of those indispensable tea’s when you can’t decide what to serve with a meal.

Very enjoyable tea!

(Although I haven’t been rating tea’s, it’s my choice to do so now and then. Since this company has 2 tea’s…I chose to rate the tea.)

Indigobloom

Missed you round here Bonnie!! I love Kenyan teas with milk

Terri HarpLady

Me too! I haven’t been reading reviews as much recently, & finally had time to sit around & read yesterday & I was like, “Where the hell is Bonnie?” :D
Anyway, by coincidence, I’m sipping down samples again today, & this tea just happens to be in my cup as we speak!

Bonnie

Hi guys, you can understand that someone who is highly scent sensitive just can’t drink tea and review honestly with onions and garlic and vinegar etc. all over the place! Every time I opened the frig my pickles POW! were aging overnight but now I can bottle um up! Oh and I made French Onion Soup too. (May as well since onions were being cut up BY HAND!!! (No processor!). The results are great though!

Indigobloom

Of course! I hope you still had a cup of tea though :)

Bonnie

Yes but it was called choco pu…puerh with chocolate hulls from Happy Luckys that you can taste no matter what you’re cooking.

Indigobloom

Oh chocolate tea!! I’ve been looking for a good one. Here’s hoping Happy Luckys goes online soon!

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6770 tasting notes

Special thanks to Azzrian* for this one!

Both Azz and Bonnie did a GREAT job describing this one! Seriously, I can’t top them! :) You girls, ROCK!!!!!

In short, for me, Bold, Sturdy, Malty, Dark Coco/Chocolate, Dried Fruit hints really step forward! Very nice! Strong, bold, and terrific!

Azzrian

So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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