Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wanja Tea of Kenya Floral Pekoe Green Tea

Country of Origin: Kenya
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green. somewhat twisted
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: gold

The first thing I noticed about this tea was its strong fruity aroma. That fruity sweetness was echoed in the taste. It brought to mind apples or pears. This is going to sound a bit strange but the buttery, vegetal aspect of this tea almost reminded me of string bean casserole. Just add some frizzled onions and I'd be in comfort food heaven. A mild astringency added a refreshing, somewhat dry finish. At just $4 for 1 ounce, this tea would be an economical daily drinker for someone who loves a robust green tea. It is a great example of how the tea industry in Kenya is growing by leaps and bounds. High quality loose leaf demands a higher price and I hope that will ultimately filter down to the workers in the fields. Wanja Tea's commitment to the socio-economic development of Kenya's tea growing regions is a part of that.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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