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drank Keemun A by Chaplon
1268 tasting notes

Well. Who am I to resist a Keemun? You will never find the perfect Keemun if you do not try all the ones you come across. No need for samples here, as I have never met a Keemun I could not drink. The whole 140g tin for me please!

This company has some funny amounts for sale. Rather than setting standard amounts for their products, they have a standard container and then see how much they can get in there. With Keemun, 140g. Wtih the Ceylon Galle only 120g in the same tin. The tins look nice enough. Metal, wrapped with paper and with double lids. But they have shoulders. I get the purpose of this, making the exposed area of leaf whenever the tin is opened as small as possible, but I hate a shouldered tin. It’s such a hassle reaching when you get to the bottom of it and it’s difficult to empty completely. And it’s a good thing we have a dishwasher, or I wouldn’t have bothered trying to wash it at all. For anything else than leaf preservation, shouldered tins are not very practical at all.

However, Chaplon sells tea in these tins and they also sell tea in refill bags! So here’s to hoping this is the Keemun I shall find myself wanting to refill! That would make most of my complaints about the non-practical tin moot. (I definitely think I might want to refill the Gâlle, even if Husband didn’t find it as spectacular as I did. That’s why I bought two Roy Kirkham pots after all)

The leaf has a floral sort of aroma to it with just smidge of smoke in the background. It doesn’t come across as particularly grainy either, although there is some of that too. Mostly it’s just the floral and maybe a little leathery. Hmm. I was hoping for more grain and smoke, really. Still, it doesn’t mean all is lost. The aroma of a tea rarely translates directly into flavour for me. Usually there is a difference balance between notes.

After steeping, it seems much better. It’s got a good, round grainy body topped with that floral note with a smidge of smoke. I could have wanted it to be a wee bit more smoky than floral rather than the other way around, but I can deal with this as well. It does actually smell very good and very very promising. On the whole, it’s a thick and smooth aroma, which comes very very close to being Just Right.

The top note seems right on the balance between floral and smoky. At first I can’t seem to decide if it’s more one or the other, but then, as I’m ready to swallow, I think it’s mostly smoky. And yet, a floral aftertaste is lingering right on the tip of my tongue, which feels kinda funny. So far so good! All I need now is a good, strong, grainy body that makes me think of rye bread.

Well, it’s not traditional Danish rye bread, but it’s actually almost better! It’s all sweet and brown sugar-y. Like a slice of rye sprinkled with brown sugar. I’ve even brewed it a little stronger than I usually would this morning and now it tastes all dark and a little bit sinister. It’s totally swirling a theatrical theater cape in my head right now.

“This is not the Perfect Keemun,” says Ang’s brain.

“Well, what would you change?” asks Ang’s tongue.

“…” gapes Ang’s brain.

Yes, I think I’ve come closer than ever to it. Closer than ever! I can’t tell if it’s the One True Perfect Keemun for me yet, I need to have it some more times, but we are definitely very close to it. Close enough that for now I will say the search has at least temporarily ended. Like Auggy said of a Keemun not too long ago, “I’m sure TeaSpring has a Keemun that could wipe the floor with this one and make it cry for its mommy”, but this particular one is available from inside the actual country and therefore not expensive in shipping, and it’s affordable in Srs Bsnss amounts. Those two are major factors when calculating the Perfection Score!

And to think I just added it to the order as an afterthought because, hey, Keemun, why not? Why exactly is it I haven’t shopped here in years and years and years?

(Oh yeah, and this is another one where I need to translate the vendor’s info for you lot. I’ll get around to it soon, I promise. I’ve put it on my to-do list so that I don’t forget.)

charab

Hmm, need to go out and hunt myself some Keemun, apparently. There can’t ever be enough smoky teas in our household and my favorite tea shop is bound to have some of this type. Sounds very intriguing.

Angrboda

Oh, Keemun is a favourite of mine, along with anything black out of Fujian, particularly panyong. Be aware, though, that sometimes they’re not smoky at all but rather very floral. I think it depends on how you experience that particular note. For me it’s mostly a mixture of floral and smoke, and on lower leaf grades primarily smoke. That’s also why I tend to prefer lower leaf grade over the really fine stuff. Aforementioned panyongs can also sometimes have a smoky note to them, but they can be a little more difficult to locate than Keemun. TeaSpring has an excellent, but pricy one. The ♥♥Tan Yang Te Ji♥♥, which as you can probably tell is tolerable. ;)

Marie

I’ve only tried a Keemun by the Metropolitan Tea Co., and it was very decent. Do you have access to an Asian market? The one nearby me has a huge selection of teas. Definitely an experiment in quality. :)

Angrboda

Those aren’t very common in Denmark, Amy. We haven’t got super-many Asian immigrants. Middle-eastern markets are much easier to find. I’ve seen a few small Asian shops, but I’ve never gone inside. From the outside they look primarily food related, though, and none of them are very large. I do need to get around to looking inside eventually, as there are a few food items that I suspect I might be able to find there and which I haven’t been able to find in regular supermarkets.

charab

Floral teas are alright as long as the flavor isn’t too sweet, I think I’m able to find a very well suited tea for me from the ones you described. Preferably several splendid ones, of which I have no doubt. Thank you very much!

Angrboda

I don’t care too much for floral myself. I hope you find one you like. :)

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charab

Hmm, need to go out and hunt myself some Keemun, apparently. There can’t ever be enough smoky teas in our household and my favorite tea shop is bound to have some of this type. Sounds very intriguing.

Angrboda

Oh, Keemun is a favourite of mine, along with anything black out of Fujian, particularly panyong. Be aware, though, that sometimes they’re not smoky at all but rather very floral. I think it depends on how you experience that particular note. For me it’s mostly a mixture of floral and smoke, and on lower leaf grades primarily smoke. That’s also why I tend to prefer lower leaf grade over the really fine stuff. Aforementioned panyongs can also sometimes have a smoky note to them, but they can be a little more difficult to locate than Keemun. TeaSpring has an excellent, but pricy one. The ♥♥Tan Yang Te Ji♥♥, which as you can probably tell is tolerable. ;)

Marie

I’ve only tried a Keemun by the Metropolitan Tea Co., and it was very decent. Do you have access to an Asian market? The one nearby me has a huge selection of teas. Definitely an experiment in quality. :)

Angrboda

Those aren’t very common in Denmark, Amy. We haven’t got super-many Asian immigrants. Middle-eastern markets are much easier to find. I’ve seen a few small Asian shops, but I’ve never gone inside. From the outside they look primarily food related, though, and none of them are very large. I do need to get around to looking inside eventually, as there are a few food items that I suspect I might be able to find there and which I haven’t been able to find in regular supermarkets.

charab

Floral teas are alright as long as the flavor isn’t too sweet, I think I’m able to find a very well suited tea for me from the ones you described. Preferably several splendid ones, of which I have no doubt. Thank you very much!

Angrboda

I don’t care too much for floral myself. I hope you find one you like. :)

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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