I decided to do a little experiment with this one today. Made by the recommended steeping parameters, it was a refined afternoon cup. I wanted to see if brutal western brewing would turn it into a hearty breakfast cup.
Last time: 194F and 2 1/2 minutes.
This time: 212F and 4 1/2 minutes.
This liquor is still very clean and clear and medium orange red, a tiny bit on the light side of color for a black tea. This is black tea as the Chinese enjoy it.
The test – did it bring out more cocoa, more smoke?
No, it brought out SWEET POTATO! BOOGIE BAM BAM! This is delicious! Seriously, I have Caramella Girls playing in my head from the first sip. Aromatic, steaming, freshly cut open baked sweet potato.
So this still isn’t what most people would consider a breakfast cup, but it is great tea! Some keemuns are a little rough around the edges for me. This one is incredibly refined.