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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
2031 tasting notes

Sipdown, 198. I have a lot of new teas, but of course I am complused to sip down all my one-cup samples first… they are mostly Butiki, so I will have quite a Butiki run on tasting notes, I think!

So once again the short story with me and keemuns: some of my favorite flavored teas have a 100% keemun base (and I love the base flavor), but I haven’t been able to find an unflavored keemun that I really enjoy. I figure between this and the Qimen that came in the Verdant Reserve Club this month, if I’m not feeling either of them then I am giving up on unflavored keemun.

Well, this one smells delicious. It smells more like some of the Fujian blacks I’ve loved… notes of molasses-y grains. There’s also a hint of a slightly smoky-floral note of keemuns that I am not as much a fan of, but it is only the barest hint. The flavor is very pleasant; this is definitely my favorite keemun I’ve tried so far! I would also consider this to be one of the lighter-bodied keemuns I’ve tried, which is what saves it for me I think. Most keemuns are too robust and strong, and that smoky-floral note is overwhelming to me. Here it is playing in the background, hinting at its presence. The main part of the sip is honeyed and a touch plummy. Yum! I don’t know if this will convert me to a keemun drinker, but it’s nice to have found one that I do like.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

My swap from Terri arrived today…71 new samples added to my cupboard. I give up hahahaha

whatshesaid

71!!!! Whoa.

Sil

Whatshesaid – yeah we basically swapped boxes of tea. Lol I think her box was bigger than mine but I also sent her along a huge number of teas. It was a lot of fun! I just wish I was feeling better today so I could start I on them. For now I’m sitting around smelling them all lol

Dinosara

Haha, awesome. I told you your prize for winning was more tea!

Sil

lol looks like it. also got my swap from mercuryhime in today

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Sil

My swap from Terri arrived today…71 new samples added to my cupboard. I give up hahahaha

whatshesaid

71!!!! Whoa.

Sil

Whatshesaid – yeah we basically swapped boxes of tea. Lol I think her box was bigger than mine but I also sent her along a huge number of teas. It was a lot of fun! I just wish I was feeling better today so I could start I on them. For now I’m sitting around smelling them all lol

Dinosara

Haha, awesome. I told you your prize for winning was more tea!

Sil

lol looks like it. also got my swap from mercuryhime in today

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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