Kenyan Tinderet

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Earth, Malt, Sweet, Bergamot, Brown Toast, Dark Wood, Thick, Wet wood, Astringent, Baked Bread, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Leather, Walnut, Wood, Dirt, Pleasantly Sour, Honey, Nutty, Tannin
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 13 oz / 398 ml

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  • “Oh wow does this ever remind me of coffee! wheeeeew! Sadly though, for some reason… the maltiness that I love so much was missing. Maybe because it was only a 10g sample that I’ve had in my...” Read full tasting note
  • “Continuation of my tea a day journey. I actually left this sitting on the counter as I walked out the door to go to work. I was tealess at work all day :(( In hind site this might not have been...” Read full tasting note
  • “After commenting on a post about how I don’t like CTC teas, I decided to give this one another try now that I have evolved a bit. The dry leaf looks like grapenuts, and it also kind of smells like...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is different. It seems as though it’s bolder than other black teas, and I can see why people say it reminds them of coffee. Yowza! I think I’ll pass the other half of this sample on to ozli as...” Read full tasting note


African splendour
Discover this rare tea from the Tinderet Estate in the highlands of Kenya’s Rift Valley. Most connoisseurs drink it as a little luxury after a good meal. It has a superb flavour, with light floral notes and a special maltiness. ‘Tinderet’ means ‘Place of Lightning’, and the afternoons often see flashes of lightning after a morning of sun. Fair trade and ethically produced, it’s an all-round winner.

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122 tasting notes

This is nice! Drinking it with a splash of milk. Very easily could see it being a staple if I hadn’t already my morning black of choice. Malty & earthy. Very happy to have given it a whirl.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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81 tasting notes

LOVE THIS! It has such a wonderful body, and delicious notes of honey and earthyness. Cannot say enough about this one. I do take it with milk and a little sweetener. Though I can go with or without the sweetener depending on the day. I love to steep this one up really dark because it just gets wonderfully strong and more earthy without getting astringent or bitter at all. It reminds me of Twinings’ Irish Breakfast tea quite a bit, which is likely why this became an instant favourite. It will be keeping this one stocked up, that’s for sure!

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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108 tasting notes

Strong like a China black. The recommended steeping time is 4-6 minutes, but that’s way too strong for me. Good for breakfast. I’m not in love with it, though.

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115 tasting notes

This is a very strong tea, but I like it that way. It’s good on it’s own, but even better with a little bit of sugar and milk if you’re into that. This is the kind of tea that would do very well in a chaï because it can stand up to the spices. This has become a staple in my cupboard for when I need a stronger cup. Yum!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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250 tasting notes

What an odd looking tea! Like coffee grounds or something, I wonder how they get it that way?

Again, another $1 straight tea… I’m trying to get in as many as I can before the deal is over in a few days! I can’t really say anything that hasn’t been said before about this tea: it definitely calls for milk and sugar or honey, don’t steep too long or it gets a bit “strong” in flavour, I think it could make a lovely chai (if mixed with the right spices), and it is another tea that is much better than David’s Orange Pekoe. Satisfying and rich.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68 tasting notes

Dry leaves look really cool and awesome. Smell is gentle, sort of like light golden monkey. I got a cup of it, so maybe it’s due to paper teabag, but I find it rather light tea or maybe I am just used to stronger/more flavorful blacks. However, this tea has an amazing long aftertaste, I think it would be a great morning tea. Both smell and especially a taste has an interesting note to it, something like allspice or perhaps cardamon, its subtle.

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72 tasting notes

Delicious! Lovely and strong. I added a bit more sugar then I usually do and a generous bit of milk, and it’s quite good. Definitely has a coffee feel to it!

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63 tasting notes

I was surprised at the colour of this tea – it has a delightful, milk chocolate colour that I normally would associate with hot chocolate or maybe coffee, but not normally tea. I like it, it’s interesting.

I am the worst steeper ever. I am kicking myself for leaving it too long (next time I’ll try for about 2 – 2.5 mins). It probably only steeped 5-7 minutes though, so it shouldn’t be shot. It smells absolutely wonderful – sweet and rich with a malty element. I imagine it would taste better had I not forgotten about it :( It still tastes quite good, but not special. My parents drink a lot of tea – far more than me – but only Red Rose. This reminds me of a cup of too strong Red Rose that was allowed to become bitter. It’s drinkable, but for the price I’d rather have a cuppa what’s on the stove already brewed.

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12 tasting notes

This is my favourite straight black tea by far. It is such a bold flavour, with an almost malty sweetness to it. Once steeped it has almost a honey scent to it.

My advice is to let it steep for only 2-3 minutes, any longer and it will start to taste bitter. It is so finely chopped that the flavours and colour are released almost instantly. I was told that honey compliments this tea very well (as opposed to sugar) if you like your teas sweet, but I prefer it with only a splash of milk.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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16 tasting notes

This was the first straight black tea i’ve tried loose.
fantastic! malty! and i love looking at it also. I don’t steep this as long as the recommended steeping time. Fantastic with steamed soy milk.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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