REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Tanzania Golden Flowery Luponde

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Tea: Black tea from the Luponde estate in Tanzania
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Link to Tanzania Golden Flowery Luponde on Nothing But Tea website

In the past month, I’ve had two Tanzania teas that have really grabbed my attention. The first was a breakfast blend that was 60% Tanzanian and 40% Assam. I found that the Tanzanian really lifted this blend in a way that a Ceylon tea could not. And Nothing But Tea’s Luponde, although not a blend, I find equally intriguing because its aroma and flavour profile further challenge my preconceived notions that all Tanzanian teas are stodgy, CTC teas.

Dry leaf:

– It is a moderately aromatic dry leaf that has floral notes

– The dry leaf is medium-sized. It opens up nicely after being infused

Infused tea:

– The infused tea cups out a light, bright coppery liquor

– It is a moderately aromatic liquor with floral notes

– The flavour of the body of the tea is citrusy, floral and fresh, and the finish has a good punch of astringency

Tips/conclusion:

– Infuse three to three and half minutes to drink without milk, or infuse four and half to five minutes to drink with milk

– While I think this tea is great with or without milk, I prefer a small splash of milk to tame the astringency. The milk enhances the flavours

– I am a big fan of Kenya Lelsa, and I think this tea has many of the characteristics of that tea. This Luponde doesn’t have the body of a Lelsa, but its complex flavour profile makes it a great tea

Score:

4.25/5

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.25 / 100 grams for £5.90 / 250 grams for £14.01

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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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