Review: Royal Tea of Kenya Royal Golden Safari Tea

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Royal Tea of Kenya is an interesting “new” company, headquartered in Manhattan, whose mission is to educate the tea worl on the output of specialty teas coming out of Kenya. For those who may not know, Kenyan tea has been synonymous with mass-produced bagged tea (aka CTC, or crush-tear-curl, for the method of production), but lately the region is also beginning to produce finer teas across the spectrum.

Royal Golden Safari is a lovely black tea with similarities to a fine Yunnan tea. The dried leaf is a blend of deep black-brown hues and golden tan tippy buds – most of which are curled and gnarled and virtually coated in fine tippy “hairs”, and the whole lot is dusted in a light golden dusty fuzz. This is a nice sign of quality, not a detriment. The scent of the dried leaf is sweet and malty, but somewhat morphs once brewed.

A 4 minute infusion releases an aroma with a milder but still-present sweetness, but also a sharper quality to it. On the palate, there’s a proper level of astringency, with a slight spicy bite to it, all while presenting a unique twist on the similar umami flavor profile of a Yunnan (Dian Hong) tea. Hints of fruit and cinnamon are also present.

This tea is also part of a commemorative line of teas entitled “Teas for Trees” to celebrate 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai – the first African woman and environmentalist to win the prize.

If you have trouble finding this tea at the source (as of this writing, it is not offered in their shop), you may also find it at http://www.phoenix-teashop.com.

— 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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