Kenya Nandi Gold

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  • “TeaTiff TTB A nice mix of dark chocolate colored leaf and golden fuzzy buds and is mostly tightly twisted. Woody aroma. The wet leaf becomes a muted milk chocolate with green olives mixed in. The...” Read full tasting note
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Intense. Uniquely floral & spicy in the nose, but heavy in its dark earthiness. A definitive mouthfeel lets the flavors of anise & juniper linger long afterwards. A rare style of Kenya tea.

Made in the orthodox style using two leaves and a bud, “Nandi Gold” is an impressive cultivar growing at over 6,500 feet in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. Only a few acres of this cultivar are currently planted so there is very little available.

Kenya has the environment to produce some of the finest teas in the world. From the 1940’s to the 1970’s, some of the best British-style black teas were from Kenya. From the 1980’s through the 2000’s, they converted most of their tea industry from orthodox production (a more labor-intensive, but higher quality approach to making tea) to CTC (machine) production. They also placed a stronger emphasis on increasing yield at the expense of quality. In the last 10 years, there has been a movement in Kenya back toward the orthodox approach.

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A nice mix of dark chocolate colored leaf and golden fuzzy buds and is mostly tightly twisted. Woody aroma. The wet leaf becomes a muted milk chocolate with green olives mixed in. The smell is a pile of fall leaves long since forgotten. Very dark liquor color. Opaque, deep golden brown. That is a punch in the face. If you like a tea that will talk sweetly to you while it’s warming up and then utterly wreck you to make sure you are walking out the door in top form, you’ve found a good one. Brisk yet smooth. Astringent with its pinky pointed. There is a bit of cream and a side of cedar wood balanced smoothly with an old decaying tree.

gmathis

Sounds like exactly what I need in the a.m.: Be kind when you wake me, but boot me out the door when you catch me shillyshallying.

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