Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Harambee Black

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Thumbs up!"It smells like honey, which prepared my mouth for a ceylon flavor, but it actually tastes very different. I can taste a slight buttery flavor and it also has a bit of spiciness and a definite citrus undertone."
Melanie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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Joy's Teaspoon has a whole section of "Orthodox" teas available on their website. What makes a tea orthodox you may ask? "Our Orthodox collection consists of premium teas from around the world that have been hand processed from start to finish. No machinery means fuller leaves, undulterated flavor profiles and the touted health benefits are more fully intact!" (quote from Joy's Teaspoon). Processing tea by machine tends to chop it into uniform bits. It is also considered to affect both the flavor and the quality of the tea. Orthodox tea is consider to retain more of the complex flavors.

Harambee Black tea is an orthodox tea grown at a high elevation on the southern slopes of Kenya. The area is situated between two rivers which both source in the Mt. Kenya forest. The area is farmed by approximately 3700 tea farmers. Most of the farmers are related and their farms have been passed down from generation to generation. Most of the pluckers are women who farm tea farms that belong to their husbands or fathers. Land is usually inherited patrilineally, though recently women have begun to inherit and purchase their own tea farms. (information gleaned from Joy's Teaspoon website)

I just love knowing so many details about not only where my tea comes from, but who it has been purchased from. Harambee Black tea is also naturally pesticide and herbicide free. And if you order the "refill" it comes in a recyclable bag that you can put in your own tin.

The tea is very dark and fairly large, though it's not long and wiry like a ceylon. It smells so fresh and I couldn't wait to give it a try. Joy's Teaspoon offers brewing suggestions. Since I was brewing a whole pot of tea, I used 3 large scoops (teaspoons). I heated the pot and brought fresh water just to boil. I steeped it for 5 minutes.

The tea is golden amber. It's a nice bodied tea - not full bodied, but not weak either. It smells like honey, which prepared my mouth for a ceylon flavor, but it actually tastes very different. I can taste a slight buttery flavor and it also has a bit of spiciness and a definite citrus undertone. As stated on the website, it is not bitter (if it's not over-steeped), but there is a lemony citrus aftertaste. It's a full enough bodied tea to take milk and this adds to the creaminess. It also handles sugar if so desired.

I would definitely recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys a good black tea and especially to those who enjoy lemon in their tea. I'm not rating this one quite as high as other black teas because I don't ever choose lemon in my black tea. However, my husband wouldn't rate many of my favorite teas as high and would put this one very high because he loves a touch of lemon in his tea. Don't get me wrong... this is not a flavored tea. It's just a gentle lemon aftertaste, and I did really enjoy both of the morning pots of tea I made with my samples.

— To purchase Joy’s Teaspoon Harambee Black, 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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