|"It's a more accessible, more affordable place to start with Kenyan Orthodox teas than with most others."|
There's a definite malty character paired with a mild wine flavour. They're balanced with an odd, unexpected citrus taste. It's full-bodied enough to take milk and sugar, but it's unique enough I don't have the urge to add it. This isn't as smooth as I had hoped, but the bold flavour, also somewhat unexpected, is a pleasant surprise.
The five-minute second steep is less acidic, but it's also less robust. It's still very malty and, though it's less exciting than the first, it's still excellent.
Yet after both of these delicious cups, the one that got me most excited was my third. I took the second half of my second steep, and without adding anything, put it in the fridge overnight. The acidity is totally mellowed by the cold. It's fruity, floral, and surprisingly sweet. Sweet enough I don't regret being too lazy to add sugar. When chilled, this becomes an entirely different experience full of entirely different flavours. It is unbelievably refreshing and delicious.
Iced, this is brilliant. Hot, this is solid. It's a more accessible, more affordable place to start with Kenyan Orthodox teas than with most others. If you're inexperienced with good, artisan African leaves, this is an excellent learning investment. As for the rest of my sample, it's probably going to end up poured over ice.
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