It has been a while but I finally tasted another tea from Tropical Treasure Ltd. (Specialty Tea Kilimanjaro on Instagram). Back in May, I tasted a Kilimanjaro black tea and an Usambara green tea and their ‘Green Tea Kilimanjaro’ was next on my list. As was the case when I tasted the other teas, I do not have information about the cultivar or time of harvest, which makes it even more interesting to taste this tea.
Green Tea Kilimanjaro
As I mentioned above, I do not have much information other than the fact that it’s a green tea and that it is from the area around the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Last time I tasted two of their teas, I did not brew them Gong Fu. Today, however, I’ll try to brew this one using the Gong Fu method to see what it has to offer.
The dry leaves have a very long and twisted shape. Very dark colour with some tints of green. The aroma is a tiny bit fruity and I’m also getting some notes of grass and subtle hay at the same time. A lot is going on here.
Once the leaves are wet, the colour changes and it becomes bright and vibrant green. You can also see that it’s a mixture of everything; long leaves, smaller pieces and some stalks. The most dominant aroma is grass but there is some nuttiness as well.
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- Water 80°C
- 5.8g for a 180ml Tokoname Kyusu
- 1 rinse
- 6 infusions
Infusion 1 (15 sec): the liquor has a very light yellow hue to it and it’s a bit cloudy. This is an infusion without much flavours but what I’m getting are subtle notes of fresh grass. There is some light hay in the finish as well.
Infusion 2 (20 sec): the liquor is a lot less cloudy. This infusion is rather soft again but in addition to fresh grass, I’m also getting some light umami. This is not a tea that throws everything at you, but you have to look for it. Once you find it, it’s something to enjoy.
Infusion 3 (25 sec): this infusion is completely transparent and only has some yellow tints to it. It got super weird after the second infusion while I was pouring the third. I felt very relaxed all of a sudden. It was as if nothing else mattered; only me sipping some tea. This is exactly the feeling I got when I tasted their other teas. This one has a subtle sweetness at the start and changes into something grassy. After swallowing, there was also a light astringency.
Infusion 4 (30 sec): the colour is getting a tiny bit lighter each infusion. The sweetness is gone and it’s mostly subtle and pleasant grassy flavours.
Infusion 5 (35 sec): nothing too intense. Just soft and pleasant grass and some light sweetness in the finish.
Infusion 6 (40 sec): very light yellow colour. The flavours have almost faded completely. The main thing that is noticeable is the astringency at the end.
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I have to say it. This was a special tea! Judging from its smell, I thought I could expect some intense flavours. This wasn’t the case as I only experienced subtle flavours of grass and some sweet notes that were hidden somewhere in there. One thing that is remarkable about this tea is the feeling I got after the second infusion. While I was brewing the third, I felt very relaxed all of a sudden. This feeling fell right onto my shoulders and nothing else mattered anymore; only drinking and enjoying the tea. It’s weird but I also experienced this while drinking two of their other teas. In general, this is a more than decent tea. If you’re looking for something that is easy to drink and to relax with, this is the one for you.
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