REVIEW: What-Cha – Kenya Steamed Purple Varietal Green Tea

Tea: Green tea produced from purple varietal tea plants from Mount Kenya Region
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
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Link to Kenya Steamed Purple Varietal Green Tea

I’ve been really wanting to try some of the non-black teas coming out of east Africa. I have heard great things, so I was super chuffed to receive a sample of this Kenyan tea from What-Cha to see what the fuss is all about. Read on to see what I thought . . .

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of full, twisted leaves that are black in colour with a slight purple tinge

– It has a sweet, jammy aroma. When the dry leaf is added to pre-warmed crockery, a grassy aroma is exposed

Infuse tea:

– The liquor is similar to a white tea with a purple tinge (first infusion). It is one of the most unique tea liquors I’ve ever seen. The second infusion has a greenish tinge. The liquor has a light sweet aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea that is extremely smooth and has a slightly thick mouthfeel. The body of the tea has plum/raspberry notes, whilst grassy flavours are noticeable with the finish/tail


– Infuse two to three minutes with 80C water. You will get three to four infusions. Increase infusion time a little with each steeping

– I was definitely not disappointed with my first non-black tea experience from east Africa. In fact, I was very impressed with the quality and flavour of this tea. I really enjoyed the sweet-grassy combination of this tea. Typically I’m interested in green teas without sweet notes, but the grassy finish really gives this tea a great edge. If you haven’t had a chance to try non-black east African teas, this is a great tea to start with. It is well priced and top quality



Retail price: 10 grams for £1.65 / 50 grams for £6.00 / 100 grams for £11.25


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 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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1 Response to REVIEW: What-Cha – Kenya Steamed Purple Varietal Green Tea

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