Kangaita OP

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Kenya
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Kangaita OP

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

It is rare in Africa to find an orthodox, so of course we jumped on this tea as soon as we tasted it. Full bodied like some of our Ceylons (say, Kenilworth), also it has an additional sweetness.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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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 like the fruitiness of some Darjeeling autumnal flush.

Upon brewing, the aroma becomes more multifaceted, with hints of smoke and malt. Flavor is deep, with a slight sweetness and a deep bitterness; there's not much up-front bite unless you brew it really strongly; the bitterness comes later, but the finish is clean.

Resteeps pretty well. I found though that this tea also came alive when steeped for a very long time, like 8 minutes or more for the first steep, using a bit more than a teaspoon of leaf. This tea is so subtle and infuses slowly, and it doesn't become too strong and is never harsh, but I find the stronger steeping brings out a more edgy quality that I liked, and made the cup seem very complex.

Very pleasant, and quite distinct from other black teas. This tea seems to embody the unique characteristics of Kenyan teas better than most.
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