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(Estate Black Tea)
Country of Origin: Kenya
Shipping Port: Mombasa
Grade: BP1 (Fine cut) black tea
Altitude: 5500 - 7200 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: CTC (Cut, Torn and Curled)
Cup Characteristics: A classic Kenya tea. Haunting full cup with body and superb malty flavor notes. An exceptional after-dinner tea!
Infusion: Coppery orange.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Visit Tinderet on a bright sunny morning, the air thick with birdsong, a gentle breeze ruffling the lush sea of green and you may think you’ve arrived in the mythological land of Shangri La. The estate, which sits at the foot of soaring Mt. Tinderet (2640 meters) on the edge of the vast Tinderet Forest, is without question one of the more visually stunning places on Earth. An approach toward the airstrip by Cessna on a clear day offers views of the wide Kano Plains and the shimmering Eastern shoreline of Lake Victoria. A visit of the grounds by jeep provides the chance to catch glimpses of rare and stunning tropical birds and butterflies. Afternoons on the estate are generally rainy, with flashes of lightening and low rumbles of thunder – the name Tinderet actually means place of lightening. (This appears to be a running theme in the world of tea. Darjeeling means the same thing!). As the rain tapers off, evening descends and with it, the calls of black and white casqued hornbills returning home to the forest can be heard floating above a breathtaking sunset. Tinderet’s original planters certainly knew what they were doing when they chose its location.
Construction of the estate began in 1956 with the purchase and amalgamation of land that had previously been used to farm hemp and eucalyptus. In those days, before the advent of clonal technology, in which new tea bushes are grown from cuttings, gardens were cultivated from seed. As such, the gardens at Tinderet were planted with a seed variety flown up from Kiganga, Tanzania. The new plants flourished in the rich soil. The bushes were of such high quality that in 1961, the year the first leaf was processed in the new factory, Tinderet won “cups” (awards) at Kenya’s Eldoret Agricultural Show.
Throughout its half century of production, the estate has consistently marketed an outstanding product. This superiority of production is due in part to the excellent treatment Tinderet affords its workers, a fact that has seen the estate gain endorsements from Fair Trade and the Ethical Tea Partnership, ETP. Like most high quality Kenyan teas, Tinderet produces a highly flavory, full-bodied cup, with a deep rich infusion. After brewing, the soaked leaf displays a reddish color that serves as a testament to the tea’s freshness. Brew a pot today and savor the bounty of one of the tea world’s great estates.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice, a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!
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