Sipdown, 229. Thanks to Kasumi no Chajin for a sample of this tea! Awww, African Pygmy Kingfisher (this tea’s featured bird), you are adorable.
A Kenyan oolong sounded really intriguing to me. Even though I typically am not big on dark oolongs, I wanted to try this one just to try it… you don’t see many Kenyan oolongs! Even as an oolong the leaf on this one was pretty small pieces. Steeped up it smells pretty interesting. There are some malty black-teaish notes there, but also a lightly fruity floral scent.
Aww, too bad that I apparently should have followed my gut upon seeing the CTC-ness of the leaf and steeped it a shorter time. These steeping parameters are for the company, but Kenyans seem to have a very different idea than me about what makes a tasty cup of tea. I can tell there are nice notes in there—stone fruit, nuttiness, sweetness—but they are mostly drowned out by the bitterness of oversteeping. Oh well, guess I should have trusted my tea instincts.