|"Smells spicy, tastes malty and finishes fresh. "|
For my first pot, I erred on the side of black tea, brewing a teaspoon of leaves per cup in boiling water for 4 minutes. Once brewed, the leaves smelled less spicy and more floral and astringent. The color was dark amber, leading me to think I was right to prepare this as a black tea. Oolongs are generally more yellow.
The only thing I know for sure about this tea is it is from Kenya; Royal Tea of Kenya, to be exact. RTK is a New York based company dealing exclusively in teas from the African state of Kenya. At press time, they are a wholesale company only, and provide a good amount of news about Kenya and Kenyans. There's a dearth of information about tea, though. Royal Golden Safari Tea is not even listed, but you can get information about how to attend a "Tea Safari."
As a reviewer and prospective customer, I found the RTK website frustrating at best. I got "fatal errors" when I tried to access their "news" pages. It only lists five products, and provides no descriptions or prices for those products. Since RTK sells its tea to upscale restaurants and royal families, it's web presence may not be a top priority. Though they partner with Phoenix Tea Shop, where you CAN see prices and buy the RTK teas, there's no mention of this on the RTK website. I had to do a fair amount of probing to get a proper link to share in my reviews.
Their teas are good, but I did not find them great. The Golden Safari Blend was smooth and malty with an astringent finish. It would pair well with a variety of foods, so I can see why restaurants would buy it. The leaves made a high-quality second infusion, so I added points for that. An well-rounded, decent cuppa. I rate it a 7.7.
— To purchase Royal Tea of Kenya Royal Golden Safari Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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