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 . . .
– 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
– 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