Red Elephant from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Description:

Our Kenyan orthodox black breakfast blend is a high quality CTC tea that packs a punch and will jump start your morning. Clean leaves, honey-like aroma, floral flavor with no harshness and excellent with a splash of milk.

A beautiful scene unfolds as you envision the tea bushes, grown on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya at a relatively high altitude of 2036M above sea level, situated between two main rivers (Rundu and Mukengeria) that have their source in the Mt. Kenya forest. The area is farmed by approximately 3,700 small scale tea farmers with a combined acreage of about 847 hectares (2,092 acres.) Most of the farmers are related and farm ancestral pieces of land that have been passed down from generation to generation. Most of the pluckers are women who farm tea farms that belong to their husbands or fathers. Land is usually inherited patrilineally, though recently women have begun to inherit and purchase their own tea farms.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Now that’s what I’m talking about!  This tea has got some heft!  This is the kind of tea that you want to drink on those mornings when you’re having a hard time keeping your eyelids open,  This tea is sure to help with that!

This tea is good and strong, and a little goes a long way.  That is to say, when measuring, you don’t need to add a little extra to the teapot for added strength!  This is plenty strong on its own.  Use the amount you’d usually use, or even just a little less.  If you usually use a heaped teaspoon, use a level teaspoon for best results.

This is a very rich and flavorful tea – there is a freshly baked bread and burnt sugar kind of taste to it.  Sweet, caramelized burnt sugar.  YUM!  There is a pleasant earthiness to this as well as some hints of malt … but don’t go thinking this is similar to an Assam, because the malty tone is where those similarities end.

This is a very enjoyable, full-bodied black tea that is strong enough to give a good kick start to anyone’s day, and it’s just what I needed to help shake that groggy, sleepy feeling I had this morning.  This tea has managed to chase those feelings away without a trace!  I’m awake and raring to go!

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