drank Keemun Orchid by Tea Horse
122 tasting notes

“What’s in your cup?” This morning’s tea was truly a new experience – Keemun Orchid by Tea Horse courtesy of KittyLovesTea. Premium Keemun Hao Ya is my usual morning tea. By comparison, this Keemun is quite unique! I brewed 1 tsp. (3g) / 8 oz. & 6 oz. / 212*F / 4 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

- Fragrance: A lush but gentle smokiness that reminds me of fine pipe tobacco & a light floral scent.
- Liquor: Golden amber
- Aroma: Lush, winey, & smoky
- Flavor:
8 oz.: A smooth, winey, med-bodied Keemun, with a pleasing velvet-like orchid aftertaste that persists long on one’s palate – truly special. At 8 oz., the lush winey Keemun character is more potent than the cocoa notes.

8-min Re-steep: Nearly as enjoyable as the first cup. With a little less potent winey character, the orchid notes are easier to appreciate.

2nd Cup – 6 oz.: With this higher leaf-to-water concentration, the orchid flavor is much more obvious and the cocoa notes are easier to appreciate.

8-min Re-steep: Nearly identical to the first 6 oz. cup.

An exceptionally unique Keemun.

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for providing this delightful generous sample. Unfortunately, per KittyLovesTea, “they have recently closed down. :( “ Thus, I feel very fortunate to have tasted this Keemun Orchid, which was also my first orchid tea experience.

Method:
- RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
- http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
- http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
- Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a Finum brew basket http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
- http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39312-teavana-perfect-preset-tea-timer

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g
looseTman

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TheTeaFairy

We rarely see flavoured or scented Keemun, this sounds very unique and interesting…

looseTman

It was an interesting & enjoyable tasting experience. It’s a shame Tea Horse has recently closed. I wonder if this Keemun was unique to Tea Horse or if it’s available from another supplier?

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TheTeaFairy

We rarely see flavoured or scented Keemun, this sounds very unique and interesting…

looseTman

It was an interesting & enjoyable tasting experience. It’s a shame Tea Horse has recently closed. I wonder if this Keemun was unique to Tea Horse or if it’s available from another supplier?

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