DetailsCountry of Origin: Kenya
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 5500 - 7200 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Kenyan tea the way it was meant to be. Exceptional notes of jam, light floral character and a long smooth finish.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Ask any Kenyan schoolchild what they know about the town of Kericho and they will tell you a lot. They'll tell you about the mountains that loom above the town, sharp points of lightening that strike the ground with such force up in the hills, a perennial drizzling of rainfall and the tea, the vast canopy of green that stretches out to the horizon, the monotony of which is only broken by the brightly colored clothing of pluckers working their way through the fields. Kericho lies at the very heart of the Kenyan tea industry, east of the Rift Valley, and has developed quite a reputation for itself throughout the country.
One of the finest tea estates in the vicinity of the town is Tinderet, of which Lesla is a sub-district, situated just off the equator with 707 hectares under tea. The estate is a relative newcomer to the Kenyan tea scene and was planted in only 1956. Interestingly, the lands used for the gardens once grew eucalyptus, the faint hints of which are said to color the profile of the tea like a botanical fingerprint. Of all Tinderet's sub-districts, Lesla is considered something of a jewel in the crown. Its rows are well situated in the garden and receive near perfect amounts of sunlight, rainfall and drainage. Lesla's teas are consistently prized for their purity of flavor, round robust character and malty Kenyan edge that takes milk exceptionally well. This FBOP is no exception. Exceedingly flavory with floral notes and assertive astringency, this truly stands up as one of Africa's greatest teas.
ETP certified. The Ethical Tea Partnership is a tea industry initiative designed to monitor and regulate the living and working conditions on tea estates around the world.
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