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I haven’t had a moment in a while when I’ve been able to say, “wow, this is a really good tea.” And that doesn’t really change with this tea.

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I know Keemuns are supposed to be among the best black teas and I’m certainly a black tea kinda guy, but I’m just not getting all the Keemun hype. I’ll still take a good Yunnan, one that’s malty like Rishi’s Golden Yunnan, or one that’s caramel-like, such as an all-bud Yunnan, over just about anything.

This tea had a nice hint of deep chocolate, but the rest of the flavor was all smoky-tarry. When I’m in the mood for something smoky, I’ll go for some Scotch-smoked salmon on a bagel. Just not sure I’m looking to replicate that sensation in a hot beverage. (And I so don’t get the whole lapsang thing. First time I had it, I thought someone had accidently extinguished their cigarette in my tea.)

For all my bashing of this Keemun, it has a nice rich texture, however. But I think there are better things out there — maybe even among Keemuns.

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Angrboda

Aaaaaaaaaaand now I want a salmon sandwich before bedtime. Thank you SO MUCH for that!

East Side Rob

Probably hard to find a good bagel over there I imagine.

Angrboda

It’s gaining ground some. There’s a new little place that’s opened right where I take the train home from work. But I imagine it’s probably not really the same thing as what you get over there. There is a cafe near where I live too that makes them, but I’m not in love with the enormous amount of bean sprouts they insist on putting in. I like bean sprouts, but not really in those quantities. Mostly we have regular sandwiches though.

East Side Rob

I like bean sprouts, too, but I’m not sure bagels are really a good bean-sprout delivery system. A bagel should be served with cream cheese (or maybe butter or margarine) with Scotch, Irish or Norwegian smoked salmon. Reading the New York Times while eating one, however, is optional.

Angrboda

Yeah, they keep trying to get away with stuffing a whole serving of salad in there too. Makes it difficult to eat too, my mouth just doesn’t open that wide.

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Angrboda

Aaaaaaaaaaand now I want a salmon sandwich before bedtime. Thank you SO MUCH for that!

East Side Rob

Probably hard to find a good bagel over there I imagine.

Angrboda

It’s gaining ground some. There’s a new little place that’s opened right where I take the train home from work. But I imagine it’s probably not really the same thing as what you get over there. There is a cafe near where I live too that makes them, but I’m not in love with the enormous amount of bean sprouts they insist on putting in. I like bean sprouts, but not really in those quantities. Mostly we have regular sandwiches though.

East Side Rob

I like bean sprouts, too, but I’m not sure bagels are really a good bean-sprout delivery system. A bagel should be served with cream cheese (or maybe butter or margarine) with Scotch, Irish or Norwegian smoked salmon. Reading the New York Times while eating one, however, is optional.

Angrboda

Yeah, they keep trying to get away with stuffing a whole serving of salad in there too. Makes it difficult to eat too, my mouth just doesn’t open that wide.

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East Side Rob is head of marketing communications for a large philanthropy, where he spends a lot of time working late, contemplating a saner life, and drinking lots of — you guessed it — tea.

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