96

1 TB for 450mL water @ 98C. Steeped 4 minutes. Rating: 98.

For years, the phrase “gray leaf” in the packet copy turned me off this tea. Since then, I’ve drunk some good Keemun, a lot of middling Keemun and a few cups of thin tar that were a travesty. This is the first Keemun where I’ve caught any of the “sweetness” or “floral/orchid” notes I’ve read about. The sweetness balanaces a gentle smokiness. The finish is mineral-clean, with, yes, some floral notes in taste and aroma. A very, very good Keemun.

Wayne

Hey there! I’m making my first true online order .. Stash has a coupon code ( FALLETC ) this weekend, apparently for Canada only… (?)

http://smartcanucks.ca/stash-tea-canada-20-off-your-entire-purchase/

I think I’ll try Golden Monkey and the have one on there called “Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya Black Tea” , I assume something like Black Needles.. ? Any other recommendations? :D

Wayne

The coupon is 20% off , by the way..

Michelle Butler Hallett

Wow. Nice discount. I just re-stocked, otherwise I’d pounce on that.

Lessee, what would I recommend … you’re thinking black tea, right? I haven’t tried the Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya, though I almost ordered it last time. Stash’s Black Needle Yunnan is excellent. They also carry an estate Assam, Kopili, which is great. The Keemun, above, is lovely. They were carrying a Darjeeling Wood Smoke OP, which I quite liked but really have to be in the mood for. Their Caravan is a good smoky tea without getting in your face like some lapsangs. In the Yamamoto line, they carry a bagged pu-erh that I really like, plus a chrystanetmum pu-erh. I know, bagged, but really good. I haven’t found a pu-erh yet that I like better, and I’ve given up trying, as most pu-erhs upset my stomach. I think you’ll really like the Golden Monkey. Their China Yunnan is a so-so everyday Yunnan, nothing great, but really nothing wrong with it, either. If you like Earl Grey, Stash does a double bergamot version that blows people’s minds. (I am not a regular EG drinker, so I’m not a good one to ask about it.) There are some very good Darjeelings in their Teas if India line; I prefer the second flush.

Wayne

Awesome, thanks for the reply! Maybe I’ll hold off on the Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya for now since I’ve got lots of other choices. I think I trust your judgment on the Black Needle Yunnan so much that I’ll order buy 3 get one free (+20% off!!) as that’s the best deal I can even imagine on a tea like that – I really loved DavdsTea’s Black Needles so I’m excited for this. :D

I’ve been kind of “experimenting” with Keemun and I think I should try a really good one, so I’ll give that one a shot too.

I know I like the maltiness of Assam and if it’s as good as you and others say, I’ll give the Kopili a go.

On a side note, I love how Stash actually give volume discounts when you buy 100g or more :D:D

I might go out on a limb and try Guayusa and Black Tea, since it’s made with Yunnan and may serve to replace the morning coffee I’ve been making a part of my routine lately…

Caravan and Darjeeling Wood Smoke: I’m a little scared of smoky teas after I got a tin of Lapsang from DavidsTea …

I’ll try a few bags of the Pu-Erh and Darjeeling Summer, though.. (I found your review “Writer-chick” ;)

Well, that’s it, I think I’m ready to place my order!! :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooh, let me know what you think of the Guayusa and Yunnan — another one I almost ordered. Really hoping you like it all and don’t feel that I steered you wrong.

Michelle Butler Hallett

(gasps) However did you figure out my pseudonym?

Wayne

Hah, are you serious? You are a writer, n’est-ce pas? :P

Btw, I had to cancel my whole order because of an unexpected vet bill… damn animals, why do we have to love them so much… :P

Michelle Butler Hallett

No, not serious, just being a smart-arse.

Hope your pet’s feeling better.

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Wayne

Hey there! I’m making my first true online order .. Stash has a coupon code ( FALLETC ) this weekend, apparently for Canada only… (?)

http://smartcanucks.ca/stash-tea-canada-20-off-your-entire-purchase/

I think I’ll try Golden Monkey and the have one on there called “Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya Black Tea” , I assume something like Black Needles.. ? Any other recommendations? :D

Wayne

The coupon is 20% off , by the way..

Michelle Butler Hallett

Wow. Nice discount. I just re-stocked, otherwise I’d pounce on that.

Lessee, what would I recommend … you’re thinking black tea, right? I haven’t tried the Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya, though I almost ordered it last time. Stash’s Black Needle Yunnan is excellent. They also carry an estate Assam, Kopili, which is great. The Keemun, above, is lovely. They were carrying a Darjeeling Wood Smoke OP, which I quite liked but really have to be in the mood for. Their Caravan is a good smoky tea without getting in your face like some lapsangs. In the Yamamoto line, they carry a bagged pu-erh that I really like, plus a chrystanetmum pu-erh. I know, bagged, but really good. I haven’t found a pu-erh yet that I like better, and I’ve given up trying, as most pu-erhs upset my stomach. I think you’ll really like the Golden Monkey. Their China Yunnan is a so-so everyday Yunnan, nothing great, but really nothing wrong with it, either. If you like Earl Grey, Stash does a double bergamot version that blows people’s minds. (I am not a regular EG drinker, so I’m not a good one to ask about it.) There are some very good Darjeelings in their Teas if India line; I prefer the second flush.

Wayne

Awesome, thanks for the reply! Maybe I’ll hold off on the Fancy Golden Tippy Hao Ya for now since I’ve got lots of other choices. I think I trust your judgment on the Black Needle Yunnan so much that I’ll order buy 3 get one free (+20% off!!) as that’s the best deal I can even imagine on a tea like that – I really loved DavdsTea’s Black Needles so I’m excited for this. :D

I’ve been kind of “experimenting” with Keemun and I think I should try a really good one, so I’ll give that one a shot too.

I know I like the maltiness of Assam and if it’s as good as you and others say, I’ll give the Kopili a go.

On a side note, I love how Stash actually give volume discounts when you buy 100g or more :D:D

I might go out on a limb and try Guayusa and Black Tea, since it’s made with Yunnan and may serve to replace the morning coffee I’ve been making a part of my routine lately…

Caravan and Darjeeling Wood Smoke: I’m a little scared of smoky teas after I got a tin of Lapsang from DavidsTea …

I’ll try a few bags of the Pu-Erh and Darjeeling Summer, though.. (I found your review “Writer-chick” ;)

Well, that’s it, I think I’m ready to place my order!! :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooh, let me know what you think of the Guayusa and Yunnan — another one I almost ordered. Really hoping you like it all and don’t feel that I steered you wrong.

Michelle Butler Hallett

(gasps) However did you figure out my pseudonym?

Wayne

Hah, are you serious? You are a writer, n’est-ce pas? :P

Btw, I had to cancel my whole order because of an unexpected vet bill… damn animals, why do we have to love them so much… :P

Michelle Butler Hallett

No, not serious, just being a smart-arse.

Hope your pet’s feeling better.

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

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