First up to bat was two teas from their specialty tea line. SFTGFOP1 (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) and FTGFOP1 were both very nice teas. In both cases, the leaves were mostly unbroken. If I didn't know any better, I might have thought that these were from Darjeeling. There was even a hint of muscatel in the taste along with a pleasant citrus-like quality. The two teas were very similar, even when drinking them side by side. I would say that the FTGFOP1 has a slightly duller liquor with just a touch more astringency.
Kenyan teas have a reputation for being high volume but lower in quality. It's really encouraging to see that change is happening. I was also touched to find out about all of the good that Robert and Emily Keter have done for their community. They even support a rescue center for girls who run away from female mutilation and forced childhood marriages.
|CTC - Bracing and astringent but not unpleasant.|
|Pekoe - Full bodied but considerably smoother|
|Orange Pekoe - Smooth with very prominent citrus notes|
|GFBOP - More aromatic, fruity with some astringency|
|GFOP - Complex with less astringency than GFBOP, muscatel aroma|
|SFTGFOP - More robust than SFTGFOP1, still had nice muscatel notes|