Tea of the Month :: Rwanda

Tea of the Month :: Rwanda
This tea is named after the region where it is grown, a beautiful high elevation African nation. Rwanda is a lively broken-leaf Pekoe tea. The bold quality would have us placing in the cateogory as a perfect morning tea, although it can also easily suit an afternoon sitting.

Flavourful, aromatic, smooth and robust. Remains strong, even with the addition of milk + sweetnening due to the broken-leaf quality, without becoming astringent or overpowering. This tea is also one that can be enjoyed without anything added. The warm amber liquor offers an invigorating and full-mouthed steep.

The terroir can be described as brisk, rich, with a warm and earthy quality and contributed to by the fertile volcanic soil and high altitude tea plantations. The main tea export from this teas home of origin is black tea.

The vast and varied topography, seasonal weather changes, cultural histories and lasting colonial impact across Africa have led to a diversity of tea types, tea rituals and tea export economies. Introduced to the country in 1952, tea is now one of the leading agricultural industries. Rooted in the abundant Central-East African terroir, most of this region's geography is elevated – the lowest point of the country is still 950 metres above sea level. Due to this elevation, the climate is relatively cooler than other countries so close to the equator, ensuring a healthy environment for tea plants.

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