REVIEW: Williamson Tea – Kenyan High Grown

Williamson Tea - Kenyan High Grown

Tea: Black tea from the Kapchorua tea farm in Kenya.
Sample provided by: I Heart Kenyan Tea.
Retail price: £3.10 for 100 gram tin.
Link to High Grown tea on Williamson website.

My comments:
I realise that Kenyan tea has a bit of a dubious reputation. It has long been seen as a blend filler, something that adds colour, but is usually not good enough to be the sole star of the show. This reputation, however, is changing as high-quality Kenyan teas find their way into shops. One example of a superb Kenyan tea is Williamson High Grown.

The dry leaf of this tea is beautiful. It is wiry and leafy, and has streaks of orange colouring on some leaves. The appearance of this tea instantly intrigued me, and I wanted to get it into my teapot as quickly as possible.

After brewing my first pot, this tea instantly reminded me of a high-grown Ceylon. It has a refreshing, bright, and delicate flavour, which makes it a perfect afternoon tea. I would suggest brewing this tea light (3 to 3.5 minutes) and taking it without milk. Even a splash of milk smothers the delicate flavour and aroma of the tea. The brewed tea produces a beautiful liquor that deserves admiration, and the infused tea leaves have a magnificent smell of honey.

I will admit that I typically do not look at Kenyan teas when scouring tea shops and websites for something new to try. But Williamson High Grown gives me good reason to consider Kenyan teas.

My review: 4/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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