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Handcrafted Kenyan from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

93 / 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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Kenyan Tinderet from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: 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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TK20: Milima Estate Kenya OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: 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: 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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Kaimosi CTC from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 5th, 2015

A birthday present from my parents, purchased from the Harney & Sons store in a batch of mostly African black teas (they know I LOVE these sorts of teas). This was a very hearty tea that I liked right from the start. Robust and powerful, pleasantly rich and aromatic, but tending towards harsh. Still, I kept coming b...

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Kenya GFOP Milima from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 28th, 2014

My favorite tea from TeaGschwendner yet! I thought this was among the best Kenyan black teas I've sampled, and among the best of all African teas for that matter.

Brews a rich, dark, full-bodied cup with a strong but subdued aroma and an exceptionally smooth flavor. The aroma is complex and hard to describe: it se...

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Fahari Ya Kenya Tea from Fahari Ya (Ketepa)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 28th, 2013

An outstanding bargain-buy of impressive quality.

This tea is a blend of fine granules of CTC (mechanically processed) tea, with a small amount of small golden strands of tea leaf. It's a contender for the title of best CTC tea I've ever tried, although I suppose it isn't exactly 100% CTC.

Brews up a really robu...

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Kenya Green Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kenya

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 29th, 2012

The leaf of this tea is broken in large, rounded chunks, unlike the shape of any loose-leaf green tea that I've seen yet.

Brewed as instructed, it produces a cup with a clear, golden green. Flavor is clean and crisp without being sharp. Seems to have a slight cooling quality, very refreshing. If steeped too long,...

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Kenya Oolong Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2012

This was a very interesting tea for my to try; it was the first oolong I've sampled that was produced in Africa.

A peculiar tea among oolongs, but more normal when compared to green and black teas. Dry leaf looks more like a black tea than an oolong...dark brown, and highly broken. I brewed it with boiling water. ...

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Kenya OP Malaika Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 22nd, 2012

Dry leaf has a pleasing aroma, reminiscent of some of the best Kenyan teas I've had, but not quite as strongly aromatic.

A good black tea, and a very typical example of Kenyan black teas: strong and robust, but slightly lighter and slightly less edgy than an Assam.

Brews a rich, full-bodied cup. Moderate strengt...

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Royal Purple Tea from Royal Tea of Kenya

Style: Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) – Region: Kenya

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2012

This purple tea was quite interesting...it did taste substantially different from most black tea, even though at a glance it just looked like a typical broken-leaf black tea.

Flavor is initially smooth, but it has some bite to it after the initial sip, leaving an almost peppery finish. Unlike the Royal Tajiri Tea w...

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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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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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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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TK32: 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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TK40: Kenya Milima Estate FBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: 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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TK22: 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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TK25: 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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TK57: 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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