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drank Keemun by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

Steepster! I miss you, steepster. I am just insanely busy and, in fact, the only reason I have a few moments this morning is that I’m packing to go on a trip. But I do miss you, and all of your wonderful tea discoveries!

This isn’t one of them, sadly. I’m slowly beginning to come to terms with the fact that I’m running out of Jackee Muntz, and I’m in need of a really solid Keemun to replace it, so I’ve begun the hunt. When Teas Etc. shot me an email about a crazy keyword deal, I decided that the time was nigh. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be the staple replacement I’d hoped for, but it’s a pretty good tea — it just doesn’t knock my socks off the way that Muntz does.

Reading the scant notes about this I can see that one person thought it was weaker than usual (Auggy) and another person thought it was stronger (someone I don’t recognize). I’m leaning in Auggy’s direction. I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but there isn’t much punch to this one. In the interests of full disclosure I should say that I’m slightly stuffed up from allergies, so part of this is probably not the tea’s fault, but I did steep longer than my standard for new blacks of three minutes, in the hopes that my water would continue to turn amber, which took quite some time.

On the plus side, the flavor is clean, there is a pleasing sweetness present, and even if the cup is slightly watery compared to the Keemun I’m searching for, there isn’t a hint of astringency to be found, which might make it a pretty swell afternoon cup.

And that’s it for me! One brief and inadequate half-asleep cameo before I dash off to shower and throw a few more things into a suitcase so that I can wing my way south for a family reunion I am not even a little bit prepared for. Whee!

Hope all of you marvelous steepsterites are beating the heat with endless pitchers of iced tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

The second time I had this, I used a little extra leaf and I think that helped it be more normal Keemun than mild Keemun… still no match for Jackee though!
Have fun on your trip!

Rabs

I wish that I could’ve done a better review of this one, but it was my first straight-up Keemun. I’m not sure how you feel about smoke, but the Tea Guys’ Evening Escape is a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong (despite what their website says — it’s LS and not Darjeeling). I would rate it higher, but I think that it’s almost too rich for me Keemun-wise.

You’ve been missed! I hope that soon you’ll get a chance to relax with some great tea in the near future :)

Ricky

Have fun and good luck with the reunion. Then come back to us :)

sophistre

Many thanks, friends! Trip was a smashing success.

I love smoke, Rabs! And I dig Tea Guys (hit and miss, but they’re from my state and probably got me into loose leaf tea, so my loyalty totally holds). I’ll be sure to tack that tea on the next time I place an order with them. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Auggy

The second time I had this, I used a little extra leaf and I think that helped it be more normal Keemun than mild Keemun… still no match for Jackee though!
Have fun on your trip!

Rabs

I wish that I could’ve done a better review of this one, but it was my first straight-up Keemun. I’m not sure how you feel about smoke, but the Tea Guys’ Evening Escape is a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong (despite what their website says — it’s LS and not Darjeeling). I would rate it higher, but I think that it’s almost too rich for me Keemun-wise.

You’ve been missed! I hope that soon you’ll get a chance to relax with some great tea in the near future :)

Ricky

Have fun and good luck with the reunion. Then come back to us :)

sophistre

Many thanks, friends! Trip was a smashing success.

I love smoke, Rabs! And I dig Tea Guys (hit and miss, but they’re from my state and probably got me into loose leaf tea, so my loyalty totally holds). I’ll be sure to tack that tea on the next time I place an order with them. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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