Review: Royal Tea of Kenya Founder’s

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Thumbs up!"Strong, floral, and perfume-like. For a very specific palate and mood. "
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I don't usually drink tea that hails from Kenya.  When I think of African Teas, I think of honeybush or rooibos, neither of which tastes like tea from the tea plant.

But  Kenyan tea farmers do grow plenty of camellia sinensis.  By the looks of its website, the company Royal Tea of Kenya (RTK,)  wants the rest of the world to know about Africa, its people, and its teas.

The homepage places profiles of  prominent Africans above its teas.  One might say the company has its priorities straight.  But as a shopper, I had a hard time getting information about their teas.  For now, it seems, RTK is a wholesale company only.

RTK's Founder's Tea  is a basic, black, dust that has a fruity smell right out of the package.  Quenched in boiling water for 3 minutes or so, it makes a frothy brew...nice and hearty-looking, like an English, Irish, or Scottish breakfast blend.   Other than that, this tea is unlike any strong black tea I've ever encountered.

The aroma  is undeniably floral. It fills the room with the scent of a florists' shop or an expensive incense.   The flavor, too, is overwhelmingly floral--and strong!   I like strong tea, but I learned the hard way, you don't need a teaspoon per cup of this blend!   Less than half a teaspoon per cup makes a brew vibrant enough for even the toughest tongues--like mine.

When I reduced the proportion of leaves to water,  Founder's Tea is very drinkable, indeed.  It's an unusual blend that reminds me of Jasmine, but with less sweetness.  It is so astringent, it's almost dry.  But the finish is smooth and elegant--the type of tea that would pair well with lemon.   I recommend that one drinks it  very hot, in small sips.  This is not a gulping tea to enhance food.  It's more  suited for an aperitif  or a  palate cleanser.   I also predict it would be lovely on ice.

This is a fine tea with a narrow application.  In other words, one must be in the mood for a flowery tea and be prepared to savor it using a China cup and saucer.  Under those circumstances, it rates an 8.8.

— To purchase Royal Tea of Kenya Founder’s, 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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