Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Kenyan Zambarau

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Thumbs up!"It's vegetal with a honey sweetness and a beautiful, clean finish."
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What's the hip new tea this year? Purple tea! All the cool kids have some and now I, too, have enough street cred to vie for the coveted title of prom queen. This leaf was apparently developed as a tea that is both drought and frost resistant in order to grow better in the volatile weather in Kenya, and it is apparently processed similar to traditional green teas. The leaves are very small, uniform black with rare flecks of gold. It's such a deep black, it's blue-black; perhaps you could even call it purple. Hence the name, I suppose.

I steep one teaspoon leaf at 205° for 4 minutes. The liquor reminds me of guayusa - It's a deep, murky, grey-brown-green. It smells weak, though mostly like a vegetal Chinese green.

The flavour is good but very subtle. It's vegetal with a honey sweetness and a beautiful, clean finish. My five-minute 212° second steep smells even better than the first. It's slightly bitter but substantially more flavourful than the first. Again, it is vegetal with honey notes and a clean finish. There's a touch of pine sharpness cutting through the other, milder flavours. I prefer this at a higher temperature, since it pulls out more depth of flavour.

It's a good tea, but is it unique? It is in spirit, though it isn't particularly unique tasting. It is a weird dichotomy between the dark-coloured leaf and the lighter flavour, though each individually isn't so brilliant or strange that I'm swooning. I knew what was coming, so that took away the surprise factor, but I imagine you could surprise your tea-loving friends with this deceptive leaf. It's definitely worth trying at least once, and I'm glad I finally got the chance. I recommend it for no other reason than it's really very cool.

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