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Of the two keemuns for sale at Churchill this is the cheaper one and thus the one that needed a snappier name, thus “Panda”. Its not bad, it has almost clove and cinnamon aftertaste, a nice holiday keemun, not much smokiness though and no chocolate taste. Not bad but I’m looking forward to trying the fancier one.
Zhen Mei or Chun Mee, whatever spelling they would like to use, is never my favorite Chinese green, I much prefer Dragonwell but it is interesting. It has a lot more bite then most green teas and an almost dry dusty earthiness, which is a paradox I know. Might need some honey for it.
This was another tea I was foolish enough to smell in the store after the budget was already gone. With my mother. On mother’s day.
Instant obligatory impulse buy.
It’s based in decent looking silver needle and smells like fresh lilac and hay, quite harmonious. But this blend has major identity issues. The silver needle base and lilac are completely seperate. The yin zhen is, oddly, quite savory and almost like honeysuckle and mushroom soup. The lilac is, well, lilac, fresh and floral. I can’t decide if I like this or not. The tea and flowers are good but they just cry out to be seperated. The maternal unit loves it so I’ve got plenty of chances to decide.
The blending of a standard Sencha with a collection of fresh Sakura cherry blossoms is something I found surprising the first time I saw it, but given the love of the Sakura blossoms and associated festivals in Japan, I shouldn’t have.
This delicately balanced tea is lightly astringent which I didn’t expect so much, but doesn’t detract from the taste much. The floral-but-still-cherry flavor is distinct and memorable.
This isn’t like a “sour cherry” tea you may get from somewhere else. This blend is light and flavorful, but not particularly aromatic. For an additional level of aroma I would either use maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of extra loose material or steep an extra 30 seconds.
This is a great blend for fans of Sencha teas looking for a bit of a changeup. I also think fans of Jasmine green teas will really enjoy this tea.