Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-250g-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas
Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas
Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-50g-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas
Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-500g-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas
Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-60g gift-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas
Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)-150g gift-Loose Leaf Tea-High Teas

Kenya - Kosabei Estate TGFOP (TM)

Exceptional, complex black tea with flavours of malt and currants
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Arguably one of the best cups of Kenyan black tea around. The leaves yield a delicious amber-coloured brew with hints of malt and berry. The finish is gentle and astringent with notes of malt, currant and moist earth. Nicely twisted and rolled leaves with golden tips shows that care was taken in making this fine tea. Interestingly the story of Kosabei Estate tea begins in Assam far up in the Himalayan foothills. During the 19th century, long before tea was ever plated in Kenya (rumoured to have been in 1903) British planters had been clearing jungle and producing teas for the London auction up in Assam. The early planters lived in extreme isolation often weeks upriver from the nearest town. Subsequently they had a lot of time on their hands. What time they did not devote to hanging about the local club playing backgammon was spent experimenting with new ways to manufacture finished tea. At the time most of the world's teas were produced in China (a country known for keeping a tight lid on production secrets). Initially the early Assam planters attempted to mimic the better-known Chinese tea grades - i.e. Assam Hyson Assam Congou etc. Over the years as the result of all their experimentation the Assam planters developed many new grades and styles of finished leaf, leading to the classification system we know today - OP FBOP GBOP TGFOP etc. Now where does the Kenyan connection come into play? One of Assam's early planters was a man by the name of George Williamson. Williamson's excellent business acumen and knack for growing and manufacturing exceptional teas soon caught the attention of the London auction houses and his company grew into one of the largest and best-run private tea companies in the world. During their many years growing tea in Assam George Williamson's perfected the art of the tea world's finer grades among them TGFOP - Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. During the early part of the new millennium George Williamson's moved their business from Assam to Kenya bringing their tea expertise with them and ushering in a new era of Kenyan production. Until the arrival of Williamson's in Kenya most Kenyan teas produced for the export market were CTC production, the result of which was that Kenya's industry came of age during the 20th century - a decidedly more mechanised age than the 19th. Recognising the exceptional quality of seasonal Kenyan leaf Williamson's decided to experiment with some of the more traditional leaf styles they had manufactured back in Assam. The result is some of the finest, most flavorful teas to be found anywhere.

 

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Tea Type

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Water Temp

Brew Time

WHITE 3-5g per cup 70c 5-6 mins
GREEN 3-5g per cup 75c 2-5 mins
BLACK 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins
OOLONG 3-5g per cup 95c 5-8 mins
PU-ERH 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins
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Brian C.
Excellent tea

Very good as expected.

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Matthew Robinson
A fine tea

I have tried quite a few black tea samples from High Teas recently and this is one of my favourites, which I'll be ordering regularly. I drink with soya milk, but having read the review below I'm going to try without milk.

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GRAHAM CHIDGEY

Don’t add milk

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Steve L.
Top quality Kenya tea

This is a top quality tea. It's unmistakably African but that African tang doesn't dominate and the flavour is smooth and balanced without having any assam maltiness. With a short brew it makes a very fresh and lively cup. With a longer brew the flavour is more intense but I don't think that longer brew is needed - you get the full Kosabei experience with a 3 minute steeping time. Overall well worth buying, it's a tea I would always want to have in the cupboard.