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This was a truly special treat for me this morning, especially because until yesterday afternoon I didn’t even know I would possess it! Many thanks to SimplyJenW for a lovely surprise packet of tea to sample. :) I couldn’t choose, so I turned the packets face down, shuffled them and chose one at random. This is the lucky winner today. Well, actually I am because this tea is really wonderful.

First, when I sniffed the tea in the packet, I picked up on a very roasted scent, much like a roasted Dong Ding. So, in my mind, I imagined I’d be tasting something similar. The taste, however, is not anything like that, other than that there is a definite smoky note to the tea. What I do taste is something unique. There’s a hint of cocoa, kind of like hot chocolate before the milk is added, but it has a sweetness and a nuttiness to it that keep the taste on the lighter side instead of being bitter. It’s unlike any tea I’ve tasted before.

Thank you again, SimplyJenW, for a lovely tea this morning. I can’t wait to try the next ones. :)

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SimplyJenW

So glad you liked this one…it is my favorite!

Kashyap

does it have any dark plum notes? sometimes Keemuns are known for this…just curious?

QuiltGuppy

I’m on the second steeping of this right now, and I let it steep for four minutes this time, but I’m not able to taste dark plums. There is a sweetness there, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s not like a sugary sweet taste, but it’s definitely present. I need more practice with describing black teas.

ashmanra

I got an unexpected package today, too! RIght on time, as I am having some tea guests tomorrow! :). Thanks, Jen!

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SimplyJenW

So glad you liked this one…it is my favorite!

Kashyap

does it have any dark plum notes? sometimes Keemuns are known for this…just curious?

QuiltGuppy

I’m on the second steeping of this right now, and I let it steep for four minutes this time, but I’m not able to taste dark plums. There is a sweetness there, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s not like a sugary sweet taste, but it’s definitely present. I need more practice with describing black teas.

ashmanra

I got an unexpected package today, too! RIght on time, as I am having some tea guests tomorrow! :). Thanks, Jen!

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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