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Well, I’m certainly not tasting orchid!

Auggy sent this to me with fair warning that it was going to be merely average. I pretty much love trying all tea, so… this one was quite fun to dig into!

The smell of the dry leaves was black tea with a hint of something deeper… maybe cocoa accents? I really didn’t sniff them for long. This one is chopped into somewhat tiny pieces, a pretty standard black size. It isn’t anything to look at.

So I brewed this up in 6 oz. of water (per Auggy’s suggestions), and the resulting cup was very dark and beautiful. The scent off the cup reminded me of raw cacao, deep and powdery (don’t ask how I got powdery from a smell), with a chaser of a tart-like smell that I often associate with the Keemun taste. As for the taste… it’s pretty smoky, actually! Not a smoke like a lapsang or a gunpowder, which taste of actual smoke. More like a quality. There’s flashes of a cacao-like taste, and an underlying tart quality that gives way to a bit of astringency in the mouth. In the aftertaste (and in the flavors that linger on the palate after the sip has been swallowed), there some sweetness. Orchids? Hell no. Not even close. It’s just a general sweet. I couldn’t distinguish a flavor from it.

Even though Auggy advertised this as a “meh” tea, it was definitely serviceable. And as I described, very flavorful! I really liked that this wasn’t weak or lacking depth. Is it stellar? No… it’s a bit rough around the edges. I feel like the flavors don’t extend and lengthen. They’re stunted a bit. But that’s okay, because the ones that manifest are pretty good. I could see myself craving something similar to this. Of course, the only Keemun I’ve had in comparison is Adagio’s English Breakfast, which tastes very different from this. This is more full-bodied and interesting than that EB, which tastes more “default” and more along the lines of a variation on a Ceylon.

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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Auggy

It’s like you read my mind in this review. Smokier than most Keemuns, a bit cocoa going on (and I totally get the powdery smell, too) but the rougher edges and lack of clear depth make it less than stellar. Yeah, I could continue to point out the things that I found in it to, but I’d be quoting your entire review back at you. The good thing with this one is that it has smoothed out since I first got it. So yay aging! And glad you found it serviceable!

teaplz

Wheee really? I actually didn’t read your review for this one before I wrote it, so I’m going to read what you wrote right now… and you said things that I was definitely thinking. Especially the smoky-without-meat comment!

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Auggy

It’s like you read my mind in this review. Smokier than most Keemuns, a bit cocoa going on (and I totally get the powdery smell, too) but the rougher edges and lack of clear depth make it less than stellar. Yeah, I could continue to point out the things that I found in it to, but I’d be quoting your entire review back at you. The good thing with this one is that it has smoothed out since I first got it. So yay aging! And glad you found it serviceable!

teaplz

Wheee really? I actually didn’t read your review for this one before I wrote it, so I’m going to read what you wrote right now… and you said things that I was definitely thinking. Especially the smoky-without-meat comment!

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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