Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Red Elephant

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Thumbs up!"The tea is a dark reddish color and smells sweet. It has a flavor of honey and a slight bit of maltiness - though nothing like an Assam. I drank this pot of tea right down to the last drop!"
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Joy's Teaspoon says this is a "CTC tea that packs a punch and will jump start your morning". Boy, are they right!

I've never had a black CTC (Cut Tear Curl) that was so clearly rolled. Though much smaller than jasmine pearls or an oolong, the little black leaves are in little bead shapes. And they do have a reddish hue in their coloring.

When I first smelled this tea, I was pretty confident it was going to be a great morning tea. It reminded me of Yorkshire Red - though the look of CTC is very different from the powdery fannings of Yorkshire Red.

The first pot of tea I made, I used my usual 3 scant teaspoons of tea. As recommended on the website, I steeped it for 5 minutes. The tea was very heavy bodied and strong. Not bitter... not sharp, but strong. I love a good strong pot of tea in the morning. However, I used a lot of milk that day. It takes milk and sugar extremely well.

The tea is a dark amber color and smells sweet. It has a flavor of honey and a slight bit of maltiness - though nothing like an Assam. I drank this pot of tea right down to the last drop! The second pot I made, I used a little less tea. I measured 2 scoops (teaspoons) and then added a touch more. This too was an excellent pot of tea and still had the bold full body, but was not quite as strong. So for those who aren't looking for a super strong morning tea, I suggest reducing the amount of tea used.

This too, is a Kenyan tea so it's hard to compare the flavor to a celyon or assam. It is an orthodox tea, meaning it has been processed and rolled by hand and is naturally pesticide and herbicide free. This means a lot to me as I not only drink tea because I love it, but also for the health benefits. And it seems silly to me to drink it for health and then have it infused with unhealthy chemicals!

I also really appreciate that Joy's Teaspoon supports these small, family owned tea farms. Most of the farms have been passed down from father to son and the women are the pluckers. However, they are also beginning to be passed down to daughters, but it all stays within the family. These tea farms are situated at a high altitude on the slopes of Mt. Kenya.

I wish I had better words to describe the flavors of this Kenyan tea. But it is one that really must be experienced. I know I plan on adding it to my regular lineup of power packed breakfast teas!

— To purchase Joy’s Teaspoon Red Elephant, 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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