REVIEW: What-Cha – Kenya Flowery Orange Pekoe

Tea and origin: Black tea from Mount Kenya Region, Kenya
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Kenya Flowery

Tasting Notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, twisted leaves. It is very aromatic with fruity/jammy notes

Infused tea: The tea cups out a light copper-coloured liquor with a strong floral aroma. It is medium-bodied and has very little artrigency.  The liquor is bright and has floral and fruity notes. It also has a slight malty edge

Infusion tips: To drink without milk, infusion for two to three minutes with 95C water. Increase the infusion time to three to four minutes to drink with milk. You can get two infusions out of this tea

Conclusions:  Many CTC and broken Kenyan teas are not my favourite because they lack complexity and have very strong tannins. I have, however, developed a strong liking for some larger leaf Kenyan teas that have loads of aroma and floral, fruity and citrusy flavours. This tea has many of those qualities that I really like. It is a versatile tea that goes well with or without milk, but I think its light maltiness goes really well with a small splash of milk. This tea could serve as a light breakfast tea for some, but others might see it as a nice tea for afternoons because of its bright flavours

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.24 / 50 grams for £4.50 / 100 grams for ££8.44


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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