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‘I love this tea. Like, yeah. A lot.’

That was all Auggy wrote about it on the card with the bag, and then she noted steep times. How could I not go for this?

This has been included because I am presently on a crusade to find a Keemun that will occupy the ragged hole that’ll turn up in my cupboard eventually, but which is currently occupied by Jackee Muntz. Jackee will not last forever, after all.

The smell has a lot of depth. Freshly steeped and too hot to drink, I kept catching glimpses of something fruity behind the familiar smell of Keemun’s mild smoke, then something bright and bake-y, and something slightly nutty. These are terrible descriptions, but I would be hard-pressed to be more accurate with them. As the cup cooled a bit, still hot for drinking but no longer billowing steam, the smell became predominately bake-y fruit. It wasn’t until I opened up the page to start writing a note that I saw ‘grilled peaches’ on the description and said, YES. That! I am the first to be skeptical of tea descriptions, since people are usually more suggestible than otherwise, but this is a far cry from ‘well, maybe I can find that there if I think about it’…oh, it’s there. It’s there in spades with the bake-y flavor that makes me want to say this is like…like…like slathering something in peach preserves and grilling it. I’m trying to figure out what the ‘something’ would be. Its been a long time since I had potato bread last, but maybe something like that?

This translates very well to the taste. Sipping, the flavors are as above, with a pronounced and obvious musk and nuttiness (I associate both with peaches in my head), without losing a very mellow, shadowy sweetness.

I don’t get the roses mentioned from this cup, though I think the sweetness at times tastes more floral than fruity to me, particularly in the aftertaste. Holding the tea in my mouth, it’s more starchy and bake-y. As it cools even more, the fruity smell is coming so far forward that it almost reminds me of the tropical plaintain thing that some of my favorite teas have…starchy but sweet. I would never in my life have expected something like that from a Keemun, but there it is!

This is one smooth steep. It does have that sort of ‘I could get bitter and sour on you in a hurry if you use too much leaf or steep too long’ taste on the middle of the back of the tongue, but I think that’s just a Keemun thing generally, and it hasn’t made good on the threat, so I’m quite pleased.

It isn’t the salty-sweet caramel pretender that Jackee is, but this tea has a lot of the qualities I enjoy in a cup, so I think I shall find a place for it on the reg.

Subsequent steeps will get noted in a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I totally need to place a Chicago Tea Garden or maybe just go there and pick something up. All the great reviews I have seen have me curious.

sophistre

I haven’t had much from them to be honest — just the sticky rice tuo-cha and this tea, so far — but I really liked both of them.

Auggy

Yay! Glad you liked it. I’m seriously having a love affair with this tea. It’s very different from Jackee but so complex and tasty – much more than I would have thought a Keemun would give.
Rachel, I don’t believe they have an actual store yet (talking to Tony, I believe both of the owners still work “real” jobs full time) but they are seriously worth checking out. Great stuff.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Darn, I could have just stopped if there was a brick and mortar location. Nevertheless, I will need to place an order.

katers

Hmm… This description REALLY makes me want to try this tea. I’m on the hunt for a really great peachy tea, and I’m reaaally wanting to try something with a bit of smoke.

sophistre

I’d hesitate before calling this a peach tea, per se, but the note is there nevertheless. I say this only so that you don’t place an order expecting an obviously fruity tea, only to get a Keemun with a little bit more fruit than one might expect from a Keemun (at least when the aforementioned ‘one’ is me, as I’m still learning as I go). I’d hate to mislead you! That said, I wholeheartedly recommend it! I think it’s delicious.

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I totally need to place a Chicago Tea Garden or maybe just go there and pick something up. All the great reviews I have seen have me curious.

sophistre

I haven’t had much from them to be honest — just the sticky rice tuo-cha and this tea, so far — but I really liked both of them.

Auggy

Yay! Glad you liked it. I’m seriously having a love affair with this tea. It’s very different from Jackee but so complex and tasty – much more than I would have thought a Keemun would give.
Rachel, I don’t believe they have an actual store yet (talking to Tony, I believe both of the owners still work “real” jobs full time) but they are seriously worth checking out. Great stuff.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Darn, I could have just stopped if there was a brick and mortar location. Nevertheless, I will need to place an order.

katers

Hmm… This description REALLY makes me want to try this tea. I’m on the hunt for a really great peachy tea, and I’m reaaally wanting to try something with a bit of smoke.

sophistre

I’d hesitate before calling this a peach tea, per se, but the note is there nevertheless. I say this only so that you don’t place an order expecting an obviously fruity tea, only to get a Keemun with a little bit more fruit than one might expect from a Keemun (at least when the aforementioned ‘one’ is me, as I’m still learning as I go). I’d hate to mislead you! That said, I wholeheartedly recommend it! I think it’s delicious.

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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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