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Alex Zorach

(1310 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

(9 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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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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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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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

(1310 reviews)
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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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jlund

(6 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

(1310 reviews)
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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.

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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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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Kenya Hand Rolled Purple Varietal Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 4th, 2015

The aroma of these dark twisty leaves is earthy and sweet, very sweet actually, blending notes of loam and mineral with plums, raisins, and honey. I will admit the earthy notes and sweet fruity notes mixing together are a little odd, though not unpleasant, my nose finds you intriguing oh great dark elf tea.

The fir...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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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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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Kenya Premium White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 17th, 2014

Looking at the dry leaves, it doesn't look like a white, it looks like a fuzzy golden tea from Yunnan...sniffing the leaves it has the sweet corn notes of a Kenyan Silver Needle, the heady floral notes of an oolong, and the malty, sweet potato, and caramel notes of a golden Yunnan tea. It tastes just like the liquid sm...

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Kenyan Silver Needle from What-Cha

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

he aroma of this particular silver needle is nothing short of mouthwatering, which is why I advise pouring the tea you wish to sniff out of the bag, don't want to ruin tea by drooling. It is incredibly sweet with notes of peaches and sweet corn, this transitions to floral notes that very much so brings to mind blooming...

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Mount Kenya Estate from JusTea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

What a pleasant smelling tea! The aroma is a wonderful mix of earthy and malty with a slight note of nuttiness. It is a very clean, pure tea smell which I think would be great to drink on its own but also a perfect base for blends.

! I love this tea, it is a perfect blend of maltiness, richness, earthiness and sweet...

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geologyguy

(108 reviews)
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Kenyan Black Tea - Tea Bags from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2014

slightly sweet smell, fairly strong...flavor is quite strong (5 minute steep) and obviously of black tea...slight bitterness..value unknown (gift from alex)... nothing else besides black tea though...bland

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Fahari Ya Kenya Tea from Ketepa (Kenya Tea Packers)

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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JGS1122

(52 reviews)
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Mountain Kenya Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 13th, 2013

Small leaf, similar to coffee in appearance. Mellow aroma, not overly pungent. Mild taste. Easy to sip all day.

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Kenyan Black Tea - Tea Bags from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 15th, 2012

This tea is interesting. It has a kind of smoky aroma, and a crisp flavor. It's a bit bitter, but I like it. I added cream and sugar.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Kenya Oolong Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Kenya

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2012

I really liked this tea. It was strong compared to most oolongs that I've had. I was able to brew more than one cup from the same leaves with them remaining flavorful.

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ChrisYXU

(1 review)
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Kenyan Tinderet from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 22nd, 2012

An excellent tea. Small pellets and a soft pre-brew aroma. The full recommended measurement and steep time produce a very bold, slightly bitter tea with a dry after taste but very refreshing. This tea is not over powering in flavour or aroma however is very full bodied.

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Sylvia

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

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2012

I really like this tea. It's strong and dark, and it has an interesting flavor, but it's not too bitter. It has a crisp, savory quality that I like. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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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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