- Black Teas
- Tinderet (BP1)
0.75 19.5 $0.75 - $19.50
Tinderet has a wonderful body with a superb malty flavor. Explore the foothills of Mt. Tinderet and the Tinderet forest with each sip of this Kenyan classic. An exceptional after-dinner tea!
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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.
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.
Brewing for Best Results
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 209°F/98°C.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 194°F/90°C.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 8 oz of fluid water. Steep 3-5 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the stronger the tea).
Milk / Sweetener / Lemon / Mint
Tea(s) From: Kenya
Region(s): Nandi Highlands
98% Ethical Tea Partner
Fair Trade Tea
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea
iced tea instructions
Per Serving: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. With and infuser, use 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea per 6-7 oz of fluid water. Steep 5 minutes. Add filtered hot tea to 16 oz glass filled with ice. (Some luxury teas will turn cloudy when poured over ice).
Per Pitcher: Makes 1 Quart. Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to 209°F/ 98°C. Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea in a heat resistant container. Pour 1 ¼ cup of prepared water over the tea leaves. Steep 5 minutes. With a fine mesh sieve, filter the hot tea liquor to the serving pitcher filled with ice. Add cold filtered water to top off. (Some luxury teas will turn cloudy when poured over ice).
Making an amazing cup of tea requires several things. High quality tea, filtered or freshly drawn cold water, correct water temperature, time of infusion, and filters/infusers. Unfiltered water or too hot of water can ruin the best of teas. Always use filtered or freshly drawn cold water. Any flavor from water treatments or heavy minerals such as lime or calcium can taint the water. Brew at the ideal temperature. Too hot of water can scorch the leaves and produce a bitter brew. If you find that the tea is still bitter following the recommended brewing temperature, try lowering the brew temperature another 5 to 10 degrees. Use infusers that allow the tea leaves to fully expand and has full contact with the water. Ditch the tea bags. Know the steeping time for your tea. Too long of steeping can make your tea bitter and undesirable. Too short of time will make a weak tea. Don’t make tea in the microwave.
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illness. Cool the water to the ideal brewing temperature before brewing.