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JGS1122

(72 reviews)
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Kenya OP Malaika Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2019

This tea has a mild earthy smell with a hint of chocolate. The liquor is a medium to dark amber color. I get a lingering hint of sweetness, similar to honey. Though I never add anything to my tea, I think lemon would pair very well with this tea. I was unsure about buying this. My previous encounters with African teas ...

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jlund

(9 reviews)
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Special Blend Fairtrade Teabags from Bewley's Coffee and Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

This tea tastes similar to Yorkshire Gold; maybe a little less bold since it is fully Kenyan. It brews a color similar to English Breakfast tea and has a nice smooth flavor without much bitterness. I found it lacking a caffeine punch similar to Irish Breakfast, but it will still wake you up in the morning. It is harder...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Kenya Michimikuru Estate FBOPF from TeaSource

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 18th, 2019

I love teas from Kenya, and I've been loving the teas I ordered from TeaSource, so it makes sense I would love this one! I think it is my favorite tea of the whole batch.

The dry leaf smells amazing: there is a sweet, bready quality, and a hint of the juniper smell that is mention in the commercial description.

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Kenya Flowery Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

This tea tastes okay, but there's nothing really special. It has a warm and earthy aroma that I feel is pretty common for half-decent black teas. It's drinkable even when it gets a bit bitter.
It's not bad for a tea this price if you just want something to drink every day, but there are better options out there for si...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Kenya Kosabei TGFOP Tea from Organic Herbie

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2018

A good "sipping" tea that I found I enjoyed most when I drank slowly. This tea had some characteristics of a Ceylon and some of a Darjeeling. I found it slightly tricky to brew. I liked its aroma, but could be a bit thin-bodied and bitter. Thank you to Organic Herbie for the free sample!

Dry leaf, which has a fine, ...

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Joshua O’Connor

(3 reviews)
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Kenya Kosabei Green Tea from Organic Herbie

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 29th, 2018

The aroma and the flavor were fantastic! Can’t wait to get more of this!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Purple Majesty from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

While periodically ordering our regularly consumed teas from Murchie's, I'll sometimes go after a small sample of a new tea, just to try something different, since they do have a huge selection. The name intrigued me (purple tea?), as did the origin, in some of the highest-elevation tea-growing areas of Kenya.

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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)
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Kenyan Tinderet from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 31st, 2018

This tea is made up of small pellets when dry. I suspected they would expand with water, which they did -- but not overwhelmingly so. The aroma is pretty subtle.

I brewed it at 205 F by pouring water over it and then allowing it to steep awhile. It never became bitter or unpleasant. It reminds me of a mixture of asp...

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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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Iced Black Tea with Raspberry from Pure Leaf

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Kenya

68 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2018

The dry tea in the sachets is broken, but in decent-sized pieces. Pieces of hibiscus flower are apparent. The sachets smell like dried raspberries with an additional herbal, leafy scent.

Adding the water intensifies the raspberry. It doesn't quite smell like fresh raspberries, but it doesn't smell artificial, either...

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Iced Black Tea with Peach from Pure Leaf

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Kenya

35 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 2nd, 2018

The plastic sachets of tea are transparent enough to see the tea leaves and some of the flavorings. The leaves are obviously broken, but the pieces are the same size as in the Pure Leaf loose leaf offerings. Looking closely, I can identify pieces of hibiscus and orange peel.

The dry tea smells overwhelmingly of fres...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2018

The dry leaf is floral and malty, just as Pure Leaf and the other reviewer describe it. Once brewed, there's a hint of dried fruit as well as wood; otherwise it's pretty similar to the dry aroma. Despite this tea coming from Kenya, the taste reminds me a bit of all three of the main tea growing regions of India: the ma...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Nandi Royal GFBOP Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2018

Probably the strongest tea I have had in a long time. I loved this one. It's not for the faint of heart, though!

Upton's humble "Nandi Royal OP" really blew me away, so I was eager to try this. Compared to that one, this is a higher-grade broken-leaf tea, more tippy, but more broken. The price on this is slightly hi...

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Nandi Royal OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2018

An outstanding tea for a great price, but does not resteep well.

This tea surprised me; a truly artisanal tea at an amazingly low price, with the only downside being that it does not resteep well. It also resembled a Darjeeling more than any other African-sourced tea I've ever tried. Kenya keeps producing remarkab...

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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

I'd never tasted Kenyan tea that wasn't part of a blend from multiple sources, so I bought a jar of the Pure Leaf. Even though this tea is labelled for use as iced tea, I'm drinking it hot (four minutes in boiling water). This is still the only tea solely from Kenya that I've tried, so I don't know how much of the flav...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Kosabei (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Kenya

34 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2017

The leaves look interesting: the leaves are shredded into flat pieces of two or three square millimeters and relatively light green. (Isn't sencha usually needle-shaped?)

I don't have much experience with senchas, but this doesn't quite seem like the two better ones. I remember a strong bright, "green" vegetal aroma...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Safari Pure Tea from Ketepa (Kenya Tea Packers)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 17th, 2017

I was excited when I saw this for sale at the Everest Indian Grocery Store in Lancaster, PA. I am a huge fan of the Fahari Ya tea from this same company, Ketepa; it's incredibly cheap and remarkably high quality.

This tea was very similar, I think perhaps a little bit better although it's hard to say, because my fa...

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Cissy

(13 reviews)
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Fahari Ya Kenya Tea from Ketepa (Kenya Tea Packers)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 1st, 2017

I've found this tea one of the best for a predictable, every day tea with a robust aroma and good taste. When brewed strong, it packs a nice punch for cold winter mornings. Because it's so fine, though, it'll clog up screen strainer infusers and is best used with a paper tea filter or a coarser metal infuser. The pric...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Earl Grey -- Kericho Highlands Estate from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2016

Wow, if the name of this tea were any longer, it would need to be hauled in on a freight train. Fortunately the flavor still is there by the time one is finished reciting its name. :-)

This for now is a food-service tea, apparently different than Numi's "Aged Earl Grey" (which I have not tasted yet), and offered...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Handcrafted Kenyan from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 22nd, 2016

This tea was exceptional, and was among the best Kenyan teas I've sampled yet.

The dry leaf of this tea looks intriguing: long, completely intact, irregularly twisted leaves. It has a very pleasing aroma, suggestive of a high-quality tea, evoking thoughts of sweetness.

Upon brewing, produces a fascinating cup wi...

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Desmondo

(1 review)
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Kenya Bold from Bell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 19th, 2016

Good strong tea, with a great taste. My favourite NZ-blended tea and closest to the taste of a good Irish tea. Taste of Kenya tea foremost on palate. Leave in an extra minute or two to get more strength, though tannin taste does strengthen then too. Rich brown colour when you put milk in.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Kenyan Tinderet from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 1st, 2016

Thank you to my friend Sarah for bringing me this one! I love Kenyan teas, and this was a classic Kenyan CTC tea of decent quality. Quite good and pleasant to drink, but I think it is very overpriced.

Dry leaf is not very aromatic, nor is the brewed cup, but I find the flavor very pleasant. DavidsTea describes "l...

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jlund

(9 reviews)
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Traditional Afternoon from Williamson Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 8th, 2015

You can find this tea at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, or Homegood, but it is not stocked on a regular basis. You can find the elephant caddies moreso than the boxed tea bags, and the boxes are no longer listed on Williamson's website, making me think that they are discontinued.

I tried this a year ago and it was an inexpen...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Milima Estate Kenya OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 29th, 2015

A good black tea, but not among my favorites. This is now the fourth tea I've tried from Milima estate in Kenya. I've become a huge fan of teas from this garden: two of their teas are among my top-rated black teas of all time.

I thought this one was good, but I didn't like it quite as much as the examples I tried ...

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Kenya Milima from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 30th, 2015

A strong black tea with numerous fleeting complexities. I tried this tea together with two other Kenyan black teas sold by Harney and Sons, the Kaimosi CTC and Kangaita OP, and this tea seemed in between those two in overall characteristics, but it also seemed to be a more nuanced tea than either of them, and it grew ...

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Kangaita OP from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 15th, 2015

A rich, deep, and mellow tea, excellent if you want something very dark but smooth.

Dry leaf smells only faintly, but the aroma is extremely pleasant, I'd say beautiful. I find I like it more each time I smell it. It is a fruity and vegetal quality, reminiscent of the best Kenyan teas I've sampled, and a little li...

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