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drank Kenilworth by Harney & Sons
104 tasting notes

I bought this tea last week but finally am getting around to having it today. I like the color of the dried leaves when I opened the tin—very dark and consistent with only a few tips. I know this means it isn’t a “tippy” tea, but that isn’t always a bad thing.

I steeped 9 grams of leaves in 20 ounces of near boiling water for 4 minutes. The brewed liquor came out very dark as well—brown, like the color of coffee. It looks appealing!

When I first smelled the tea’s liquor, I immediately picked up a woody scent, with a hint of cream or milk to it. I didn’t add anything to the tea so I was surprised by that. When I tasted it, I could also taste both the woody and creamy flavors I found in the aroma. Along with these, I also noticed very slight molasses and cherry flavors. The taste was very fresh and smooth. I did not taste any malt to it; since I normally drink Assam teas in the morning, I was mistakenly expecting it. This was a nice change from the normal for me.

Overall, I enjoyed it and will be glad to add this to my regular drinking routine. It has a flavor similar to other black teas, but different enough to make it unique. That really is all I hope for when I try new teas. :)

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Milk, Molasses, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 591 ML
Teatotaler

Damn, you have some good taste in tea, teepland! Kenilworth is a wonderful Ceylon – One of my personal favorite teas.

teepland

Thanks, Teatotaler! Unfortunately, I can’t say I had much to do with these choices; I have been picking teas that I see others on Steepster recommending—people whom I know have similar tastes as I do. Do you have any other brands/varieties which you recommend? As a fellow Darjeeling fan, I’d be happy to try any recommendations you have! :)

Teatotaler

You’re quite welcome, teepland! :)
Okay, fellow Darjeeling dude, here you go!
From Harney & Sons, Nilgiri Frost – Very much like a Darjeeling, muscatel and all. Nice sweetness.
Temi Sikkim – From just north of Darjeeling. Very Darjeeling with a very pleasant nutty flavor.
From Arbor Teas of Ann Arbor, MI, Darjeeling Makaibari first flush and Darjeeling Makaibari second flush. The second flush is especially good! I’ve ordered from Arbor many times and have yet to be disappointed. All of their tea is certified organic.
Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 47 Bungalow is a very fine first and second flush Darjeeling Makaibari blend.
What-Cha in London, England usually has a good selection of fine Darjeelings. Very nice vendor with a personalized touch. Fast and cheap shipping. Their Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea is the best Darjeeling I’ve had so far!
Hope this helps. I’ll add more as they will inevitably pop into mind.

teepland

Teatotaler: Thank you so much! I have copied these teas into my list for future orders and will certainly try them. I am especially intrigued with the Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea (what a name!)—I saw you rated it with a 100 score, so I am definitely going to try that one! I’ve also been impressed with other Steven Smith blends, so I will be sure to add that to my next order with them. Thanks again, and have a good weekend! :)

Teatotaler

My pleasure, teepland! We Darjeeling people have to stick together. I am very happy to pass the happiness along. You have a good weekend too, my friend! :)

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Teatotaler

Damn, you have some good taste in tea, teepland! Kenilworth is a wonderful Ceylon – One of my personal favorite teas.

teepland

Thanks, Teatotaler! Unfortunately, I can’t say I had much to do with these choices; I have been picking teas that I see others on Steepster recommending—people whom I know have similar tastes as I do. Do you have any other brands/varieties which you recommend? As a fellow Darjeeling fan, I’d be happy to try any recommendations you have! :)

Teatotaler

You’re quite welcome, teepland! :)
Okay, fellow Darjeeling dude, here you go!
From Harney & Sons, Nilgiri Frost – Very much like a Darjeeling, muscatel and all. Nice sweetness.
Temi Sikkim – From just north of Darjeeling. Very Darjeeling with a very pleasant nutty flavor.
From Arbor Teas of Ann Arbor, MI, Darjeeling Makaibari first flush and Darjeeling Makaibari second flush. The second flush is especially good! I’ve ordered from Arbor many times and have yet to be disappointed. All of their tea is certified organic.
Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 47 Bungalow is a very fine first and second flush Darjeeling Makaibari blend.
What-Cha in London, England usually has a good selection of fine Darjeelings. Very nice vendor with a personalized touch. Fast and cheap shipping. Their Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea is the best Darjeeling I’ve had so far!
Hope this helps. I’ll add more as they will inevitably pop into mind.

teepland

Teatotaler: Thank you so much! I have copied these teas into my list for future orders and will certainly try them. I am especially intrigued with the Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea (what a name!)—I saw you rated it with a 100 score, so I am definitely going to try that one! I’ve also been impressed with other Steven Smith blends, so I will be sure to add that to my next order with them. Thanks again, and have a good weekend! :)

Teatotaler

My pleasure, teepland! We Darjeeling people have to stick together. I am very happy to pass the happiness along. You have a good weekend too, my friend! :)

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My tea habits generally depend on my mood and the season but, in general, my preferred teas are black teas, especially those grown in Sri Lanka and India. I will occasionally drink other types, though.

Unless noted in my review, I brew my tea western style and do not use additives (milk/cream, sugar, etc.).

I am definitely not an expert when it comes to tea, so I apologize if my reviews differ from the experiences you’ve had with any of the teas I have logged.

Please feel free to contact me and let me know if you have a favorite that I have to try! :)

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100: Perfect.

90, 95: Excellent.

80, 85: Very good.

70, 75: Good.

60, 65: Okay.

50, 55: Meh.

40, 45: Not so good.

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