160 Tasting Notes

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Beautiful dry leaf fragrance of rich dark fruits. Wet leaf also smells lovely and sweetly spicy.

Taste is so good! Smooth and rich, with the earthiness of sweet potatoes accompanied by some fruitiness, and a soft creamy spiciness with nutmeg and cinnamon.

And although I do not taste oranges, this tea very pleasantly reminds me somehow of orange coloured vegetables like yams, pumpkins and peppers, although I can’t really explain why.

I re-steeped this twice after having my first cup, and all three cups were very rich and full of flavor. I really enjoyed this tea and look forward to having it again! Delicious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Oh man, sounds great!

caile

Yes, I’m glad I ordered a sample of this – so yum!

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Delicate appearing black and gold dry leaf; fragrant like a field of fresh clover hay. Wet leaf smells deliciously sweet like honey.

Taste is flavorful with winey, fruity and floral notes combined with a wee bit of leather. No smokiness that I can detect.
Re-steeped well, and very lovely to drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Sipper

Looking forward to a sample of this one with my order!

caile

Yay! :-)

boychik

caile whats your favorite Teavivre Keemun? i need to narrow them down. I dont mind smoke but dont like "ashtray " taste

caile

I think my Teavivre favorite is the ‘organic superfine keemun fragrant black tea’.
I got a sample of it in my last order so I can try it again along with this one sometime to see how it compares. I have also had the ‘premium keemun hao ya’ and liked it as well – it was smokier than the superfine one but I wouldn’t call it a smokey tea really, just a hint. It is hard to narrow down a favorite for sure!

boychik

thanks. organic superfine keemun fragrant black tea is on my list. i might get a sampleof premium keemun hao ya.

Sil

i second organic superfine keemun! (though to be fair when i had them all and tried to do a comparison, there were 3? that i enjoyed quite a bit for different reasons)

caile

I could send a sample of this one, if you’d like to try it. :)

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Thank you to Green Terrace teas for the generous sample!

This is sweet and fruity (like ripe stone fruits), and has a distinct spiciness that is delicious. I also get a pleasant and fresh feeling after sipping, that reminds me in some way of mint but it is not minty in taste at all, just in the sensation somehow – hard to describe really. A lovely and tasty tea, and very enjoyable.

boychik

I liked this tea a lot

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Fragrant, with a beautiful honey, raisin and lightly malty taste – a bit like bread with jam. A lovely afternoon tea, which re-steeps well.

Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for providing the sample for me to try.

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90

Having this again today with a longer five minute steep. And this makes it so much tastier!
There is still the earthy floral and fruitiness, but now also with caramel. So good!

So, I brewed this longer to see if it would bring out the salty notes that boychik noted. Although I can’t say that I would have noticed saltiness in particular if I wasn’t intent on seeing if I tasted it, there are some salty-type notes that linger afterwards. Sort of like salted caramel I would describe it as, but yes, it is there… more like salted caramel than chocolate to me though..

I re-steeped this at about 8-3/4 minutes and the flavour was still delicious and full. No bitterness, but note that I do put milk in my tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

Oh good. Did you put milk both times ? If you’d drink without milk I think salt would be more pronounced. It’s not bitter or astringent plain. Thank you so much for trying ;)

caile

I did put milk both times.. I usually do now as like it that way better. Maybe that’s why it was more caramel-like than chocolate to me perhaps also.
But regardless, I’m glad you mentioned to try it brewed longer, as it was tastier this way! Thank you! :-)

boychik

I should try it with milk too ;)

caile

Yes, it’s yummy! ;)

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90

So, although I haven’t been on steepster much the past few weeks, I fortunately happened to have the time and focus to check on the day it was announced that A&D were having free shipping to Canada – yay! So I decided to try a couple thing I have been wanting; this being one of them.

I made a cup of this shortly after my package arrived, and was quite pleased with this tasty keemun. Earthy, floral and fruity, with perhaps the lightest hint of smoke. Delicious and flavourful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

YAY!

Stephanie

Can’t wait till mine gets here :)

caile

:) Shipping was surprisingly quick!!

OMGsrsly

Nice! Mine should be here soon then. :)

caile

It will probably be there tomorrow! I ordered on the 1st, it shipped on the 2nd, and then arrived yesterday. :)

boychik

It’s very good and different from other Keemuns I tried( not that I tried many)

boychik

I went back to my notes. You should try it @ 5 min. If doesn’t get bitter or astringent

caile

I will try longer next time. It might have been more like 3 minutes this cup as sometimes I don’t pay attention.. :)

boychik

If you try longer steep can you tell me if you noticed this tea gets slightly salty? It really bugs me that nobody mentioned it in their tastings. Am I the only one who got it ?

caile

I remember reading that note about it being salty! I’ll try and have some tomorrow with a longer steep.

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drank Black tea-Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
160 tasting notes

A very nice smooth and rich tea, with notes of cocoa and leather.
Satisfying and tasty, and was perfect on this chilly and rainy day, even though my bag of this is now finished.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
160 tasting notes

This was a sad sipdown.
Chocolate, malt, honey with a hint of smokiness and perhaps citrus.
I still find it similar to verdant’s laoshan black, but this is more crisp and earthy and less toasty.
Very delicious, although I would have to say that the laoshan black is my favorite of the two.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
160 tasting notes

Even though I often don’t care for fruity/berry flavoured black teas, I picked this up with my recent zen tea order as I don’t have many flavoured teas and this had good reviews.

This turned out to be quite a nice tea which is well balanced with both soft strawberry and cream. There is also a very slight green bitter sort of note from the strawberry leaf that seems to add a freshness to the strawberry flavour.
I enjoy this more as the cup cools, and re-steeped the leaves for another tasty cup. Nice to have for something different once in awhile.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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