Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tea Review: Kapchorua (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Green (CTC)
Origin:  Kenya, Mombasa
Product Description:  Kapchorua’s high quality is renowned throughout the tea world and has led to the estate being recognized by both the Fair Trade Labeling Organization and Ethical Tea Partnership for outstanding production. (An excellent track record in providing a high quality of life for estate staff has helped in this regard as well.) We’re sure you’ll be delighted and amazed by the depth of character of what is truly one of the world’s finest and most unique green teas. As they say in Kenya, “Chai tamu na halisi sana”. – This is a very real and tasty tea! A delightful tea with expansive flavor notes that tend floral-like; the signature of a top quality Kenyan tea.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet, mossy, green aroma with a hint of cinnamon.

The infusion is golden amber with a green, vegetal aroma similar to freshly picked green beans.  The flavor is green, slightly earthy, with a hint of sweetness and a long green finish.

The first steeping of this tea was mellow with a round cup, surprisingly lacking in astringency and quite enjoyable.  I do not recommend a second steeping as this is a CTC tea and by its nature gives everything to the first cup. 

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

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