Kenya, a country in East Africa, is known worldwide for its wildlife reserves, its lofty mountain peaks, and the high quality offerings from the country's tea gardens and coffee plantations. Kenya tea is a main staple in Irish and English tea blends, and for years it was mostly produced for the tea bag trade. For the past 10 years or so, the Kenya tea producers have been focusing on more orthodox producing to create high quality large leaf style teas.
This tea is from the Malaika tea factory serving 680 small-scale tea farmers in Kenya. The factory is located just south of the Mt Kenya National Park at an elevation of 5446 ft (1660m) above sea level. In the Swahili language, Malaika means Angel.
The beautifully medium (OP) black twisted leaves contain some marvelous looking tippy leaves of various white & golden hues producing a bright amber cup with a heady aroma. The tea has a strong, full-bodied taste with delicious citral tones.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Kenya teas are excellent breakfast teas and also pair well with eggs, beef dishes, desserts, chocolate and breads.
||A wonderful new favorite
|We had never tried an Kenyan tea before and are now wondering why we waited so long. This tea is lovely & smooth and is now the afternoon family favorite.|
|- CLAIRE RICE, MD|
|I began keeping this tea on hand after first trying it some years ago. Its more akin to an Assam to me and I enjoy it alone or blended with Orangajuli and Poabs Organic Black, for instance. Its full bodied and smooth and I think the cital hint makes for special variety when blended. Try a third of each of those mentioned or a third KB with two thirds of one of the others. Its great alone anytime and with about any food too. Also ... be sure to try it and the blends cold now with summer on.|
|- BRAD CLARK, MD|