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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Royal Highland Green Tea from Royal Tea of Kenya

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kenya

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 8th, 2011

The dry leaf is thin and wiry, golden in color, and without much aroma.

Upon brewing, the cup produces a dark cup with a wonderful, rich aroma, like one of the darker, richer Chinese pan-fired green teas, but with a vegetal quality usually only found in Darjeeling green and oolongs. The aroma is grassy and fruity, ...

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Kenya Silverback White from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2011

Leaf looks like a silver needle white tea with leaves on the smallish side, but with a much deeper golden yellow color.

Brewed, the aroma is very unlike other silver needle teas, and much stronger. Aroma is predominately toasty, nutty and woody, strongly reminiscent of hojicha, especially roasted kukicha, with a to...

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Royal Tajiri Tea from Royal Tea of Kenya

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 2nd, 2011

Exquisite! I think I've found a new favorite black tea.

The dry leaf is rather plain and uninteresting looking, brown, with a dusty appearance. Yet it is wonderfully aromatic, foretelling the wonderful brewing experience that followed. I knew that I had found something exceptional the moment I first smelled the d...

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Cupchai

(1 review)

Black Tea PF1 (Pekoe Fannings 1) from Chim Chim Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 15th, 2011

Great tasting tea, especially good for breakfast with or without milk!!!

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Alex Zorach

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White Whisper Tea from Royal Tea of Kenya

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 11th, 2011

This was the first white tea I have sampled not only from Kenya, but from any African country. I was eager to try it, and I was not disappointed.

The dry leaf of this tea looks a lot like silver needle white teas, consisting exclusively out of buds / tips. However, the brewed cup was darker in color, and the flavo...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)

Black Tea PF1 (Pekoe Fannings 1) from Chim Chim Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 22nd, 2011

This tea is okay. It has a sort of weird sweet vegetal taste to it. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to prepare it, because it's so fine that it goes through the strainer, and I have bits of leaf in my cup.

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Alex Zorach

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Kenyan Black Tea - Loose Tea from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2011

This tea was remarkably high-quality for the fact that it is finely broken, mechanically-processed CTC tea. It was also incredibly interesting!

Aroma is grainy, slightly malty, and very pleasing. Has somewhat of a high-grown character, combined with malty characteristics. Rather distinct. I can see how others sa...

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toastandtea

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Golden Kenya GFBOP/TGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 14th, 2011

Upton sent this tea to me with my large order as a sample. They were spot on for finding me something greatly to my liking. Bold and full of flavor for a black tea, this Golden Kenya tea stands up to breakfast and offers complexity for afternoon teatime. This tea will be in my next order.

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Kaimosi Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 2nd, 2011

The dry leaf of this tea is straight and thin, giving it a twiggy appearance; it has a light, fruity aroma.

Brewed, this tea is slightly Keemun-like, but with less of the earthy qualities, and a much stronger flavor. It also has some honey-like qualities reminiscent of some greener oolongs, which are hard to notice...

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Kenya Milima Estate FBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2011

A mild, smooth tea that I prefer steeping for a longer time (around 5 minutes). Aroma is hard to describe, and I am not crazy about it, it has a sort of muted creaminess, but not in a light way. There's a notable absence of most of the tones that characterize black tea, inculding ones from Kenya. The flavor is very ...

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Kaimosi Estate GFBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 23rd, 2011

Dry leaf has a sweet, pleasing aroma.

Brewing as instructed, this tea is very mild, with a smooth flavor and a clear quality. There are mild, dried fruit tones, a bit like a Keemun, but this tea is less earthy than Keemun. Some of the light, rice-like qualities common in some Ceylon teas. Aftertaste is clean. Fl...

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Golden Kenya GFBOP/TGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 2nd, 2011

Surprisingly interesting aroma of the dry leaf....fruity but in a way distinct from any other sort of black tea.

Brewed cup is very complex: initially malty and very fruity, with a strong fennel aroma. Not much bite up-front, but there is a strong but pleasing bitterness, and a very bold peppery finish like a Yunna...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Kenyan Black Tea - Loose Tea from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 30th, 2011

This is a tasty but basic black tea, with a great cause. The leaves are tiny, dark, and pellet-like. Not what I was expecting, but I didn't want to judge on just the leaf appearance alone. The leaves have a lovely sweet cocoa scent.

after steeping, the liquor tastes of whole wheat toast, and dark chocolate. It is a...

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JGS1122

(84 reviews)
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T-3 Milima Estate FOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2011

Mild pungent aroma. Smooth flavor.
Certainly an "all day" tea choice.
Excellent price.
When I first spotted this tea, I was leery.
My other encounters with African grown teas have been disappointing. This one is the best so far.

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Kenyan Black Tea - Loose Tea from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This is a really, really nice tea. At first I was leery - I've had some awful stuff from Kenya, but I've also had some good. This is a good straightforward black, not many nuances, but it is fine tasting. And all the profits go to provide schools for orphans in their section of Kenya. It is CTC or fannings grade, s...

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Kenya Milima Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Dry, there is very little scent to this tea, but as it brews it smells almost like chocolate, almost like black cherries. I found it to be quite smooth, with a mild, pleasant sweet note, that ends with some briskness

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Malaika Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2009

Dark but surprisingly smooth cup...not much bitterness and astringency, and clean aftertaste. The aroma is complex and interesting but very hard to put into words...slightly more vegetal than typical for a black tea. It's hard for me to know exactly what to compare it to...it tastes more like a Yunnan black tea than ...

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