Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
Rwanda Rukeri is an Orange Pekoe grade green tea that originates from a cooperative of small farms in Rwanda. This tea is grown at an altitude of 5,900 feet above sea level. The thin forest green leaves unfurl during steeping to produce a vibrant lime-colored liquor. This unique tea has a juicy mouth feel with notes of artichoke and seaweed. Rwanda Rukeri is an assertive tea that produces a pleasant astringency.
Learn more about this tea here.
When I opened the package, I immediately noticed the fragrance of this tea. Perhaps it’s because I just got finished mowing the lawn this afternoon, but, this tea smelled distinctly like freshly cut grass! It’s really quite fresh and exhilarating. Once brewed, the bright green colored tea has a lighter aroma, but it still smells very fresh and green.
The taste is pleasantly sweet and very smooth. It has a juicy quality to it, very thirst-quenching … which is quite nice especially since I did just mow the lawn and am in need of refreshment!
This is a very “green” tasting tea, with notes of kelp and steamed vegetables. The description above suggests the flavor of artichoke and I’m tasting that, It’s mild and pleasant.
What I’m finding very interesting about this is that usually with a strong vegetative flavor like I am tasting here, the mouthfeel is usually thicker, reminiscent of a broth. The mouthfeel here is lighter, reminding me more of a nectar than a broth. The texture is very light, almost crisp, rather than thick or creamy. The finish has a tangy astringency to it, with a slight citrus-y acidity noted. The citrus-y taste lingers into the aftertaste.
This is very refreshing served hot, and just as nice when served iced which is how I’m drinking it now. I find it to be very restorative and soothing. A really delicious green tea from Rwanda, and what’s even better … it’s on sale! Now through July 15th, this tea is priced at 18% off regular price. Sounds like it’s a good time to stock up!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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