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Delicious!

Mostly, I detect the slightly sweet almost sandalwood-like flavor of good Keemun. Then a rich, malty, breadiness. There is a bit of peppery smoke rounding it all out. Super smooth yet substantial. It has a wonderful, satisfying flavor and “chewiness”.

I wish I knew exactly which types of tea are in this mixture (it says “a blend of three Chinese teas”)—there has to be Keemun, I’m sure of it. The breadiness must be Dian Hong (Yunnan). Then the smooth/smokiness of…..Lapsang? (no—not that, there’s no “campfire” notes)

I would swear there was Assam in this—with all its hearty, bready, malt. But, since Assam is Indian, what is the Chinese equivalent?

A yummy mystery, this tea is. :)

Overall, Queen Catherine is a beautiful, enigmatic blend!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I read somewhere that this is a blend of Keemun, Yunnan, and their Panyang Congou.

Stephanie

Mystery solved! :) Thank you!! I need to sample some Panyang Congou now.

Auggy

And upon learning that (since I do adore Panyang Congou), my Harney & Sons order has inched closer.

ScottTeaMan

Haven’t met a Panyang Congou I don’t like.

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SimplyJenW

I read somewhere that this is a blend of Keemun, Yunnan, and their Panyang Congou.

Stephanie

Mystery solved! :) Thank you!! I need to sample some Panyang Congou now.

Auggy

And upon learning that (since I do adore Panyang Congou), my Harney & Sons order has inched closer.

ScottTeaMan

Haven’t met a Panyang Congou I don’t like.

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My ratings are purely subjective and each note varies according to my perception and mood at the moment. So, with that said, my rating scale can be deciphered as follows:
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