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When I opened the tin of this, I was intrigued by the smell. Smoke. Not as intense as a lapsang, but more obvious than most Keemuns I’ve tried. The other person to write a tasting note about it compared it to Bohea, and I think that’s a pretty apt comparison, actually.

I was a little bit concerned about the amount/quality of the smoke scent when I steeped it. It seemed vaguely ash-tray to me. I detest the smell of cigarette smoke, so making that mental connection was going to be a very, very bad thing. I had to determinedly tell myself that it wasn’t ash-tray, it was just smoky tea…

The smell is still a little bit worrisome (to me), but the taste is really lovely. It brews to a light amber, and now that it’s cooler the taste is a bit bready and easily the sweetest of any smoke-heavy tea that I’ve tried. The sweetness really blossoms on your palate after you swallow, and sticks around. It’s sort of making my mouth water, actually.

Absolutely delicious! Set the rating for this one at 87 or so, but I think the sweet flavor will merit pushing the rating upward.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Now you’ve got me contemplating a Tao of Tea order. You are a bad influence. :)

sophistre

If it makes you feel any better, it’s almost all organic, and they have a frequent-buyer program (in the form of ‘tea leaves’ you can collect, that earn you free tea).

I recommend it! And I recommend the 500 mile chai. It’s not my absolute favorite company, but I haven’t tapped much of their catalogue yet! (Though I liked their Ali Shan. Mmm.)

Auggy

Ack! Correction: You are horrible influence! Hehe!

sophistre

Hahaha. I think my work here is done.

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Auggy

Now you’ve got me contemplating a Tao of Tea order. You are a bad influence. :)

sophistre

If it makes you feel any better, it’s almost all organic, and they have a frequent-buyer program (in the form of ‘tea leaves’ you can collect, that earn you free tea).

I recommend it! And I recommend the 500 mile chai. It’s not my absolute favorite company, but I haven’t tapped much of their catalogue yet! (Though I liked their Ali Shan. Mmm.)

Auggy

Ack! Correction: You are horrible influence! Hehe!

sophistre

Hahaha. I think my work here is done.

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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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