Keemun Classic

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  • “mmmm thank you dexter! I picked this as one of my teas this morning and i kept reaching for it even after i'd finished it. In usual keemun fashion i added a bit of maple syrup to this but it...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4729 tasting notes
  • “This is a great morning tea. Thanks to Dexter3657 for sending me a sample. I opened the sample bag and I got a waft of the smokiness. I thought from the dry leaf that the smoke would be really...” Read full tasting note
    scribbles 200 tasting notes
  • “This is a really nice black tea. I've been drinking my Capital Tea blacks and have been lazy about writing tasting notes. I had this a few times at work this week, and it works really well at...” Read full tasting note
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    Dexter 698 tasting notes
  • “This dry tea smells of rye bread that has been allowed to develop a dark crust and is slightly smokey and chocolate and has broken but still fairly large thin leaves ranging in colour from black to...” Read full tasting note
    yyz 347 tasting notes

From Capital Tea Ltd.

Small and slender black leaves . This tea produces a strong and full bodied tea liquor with a sweet aroma and a medium level of astringency. This lot has a richer flavour and more forward aroma than our previous offering and is highly recommended!

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4729 tasting notes

mmmm thank you dexter! I picked this as one of my teas this morning and i kept reaching for it even after i’d finished it. In usual keemun fashion i added a bit of maple syrup to this but it didn’t need it. I just like the way keemuns + maple work for me. This could easily be one of my staple tea as it’s not too demanding, but it’s also not unassuming. Appreciate the share dexter! tasty!

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Dexter

That’s exactly how I felt about the Yunnan I was drinking earlier today, you just expressed it better than I did. :))

Sil

:) I feel like one of these days i need to have a keemun challenge and just drink as many of them from different companies as possible

ifjuly

a keemun-off! that sounds delicious. love keemun.

Dexter

ifjuly – I had noted that you were an assam, and yunnan fan? Am I confused or should I just add keemun to the list and send you samples of all my black teas…. :))

ifjuly

haha, please don’t worry about sending me stuff! i don’t have enough stuff i think you’d like to send back…i thought of a few more things but it’ll be a little bit because i need to restock them first (down to my last cup with a buncha golden moon :O ). i do love keemun though—i love smokiness, and rich not-very-sweet chocolate notes, so it makes sense i would. honestly, there aren’t many black teas as general categories go that i hate across the board…ceylon’s the only one i can think of offhand, and even that can be amazing when done right (sinharaja FTW).

i still need to add maple syrup to keemun sometime. every time Sil mentions it i’m like “oooooh that sounds good!”

Dexter

Golden Moon? as in Golden Moon Tea? http://www.goldenmoontea.com/
This is why I need to keep sending you tea! Trust me you have lots I’m interested in :))

ifjuly

Yeah! As soon as I place it and get my favorites reordered—I highly doubt they’re doing anything for seasonal sales but just in case I’m going to wait a week or so—I’d be super excited to send you some.

Dexter

I’m not in any rush and I’m not requesting anything, but Golden Moon has been on my list forever, but shipping is astronomical to Canada…..

ifjuly

Yay! That makes me super jazzed.

Terri HarpLady

Count me in for the Keemun extravaganza!

Sil

Terri – maybe we need to do that sometime with the BBB box… pick a variety and do a round of that.

Terri HarpLady

That would be awesome!

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200 tasting notes

This is a great morning tea. Thanks to Dexter3657 for sending me a sample.

I opened the sample bag and I got a waft of the smokiness. I thought from the dry leaf that the smoke would be really strong. I was delighted that while the smoke was evident in the sips, it wasn’t overbearing. I do like smoky tea’s but sometimes it’s too much. I didn’t add any sweeteners, and it was delicious.

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This is a really nice black tea. I’ve been drinking my Capital Tea blacks and have been lazy about writing tasting notes. I had this a few times at work this week, and it works really well at work. It’s well balanced and bold without being too strong that it oversteeps.
I’m not sure this is on my favorite black list, but it is a nice everyday kind of tea.

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347 tasting notes

This dry tea smells of rye bread that has been allowed to develop a dark crust and is slightly smokey and chocolate and has broken but still fairly large thin leaves ranging in colour from black to milk chocolate brown.

After 3 min at 95°C this tea brews up to a nice reddish copper.

The scent is soothing and warming of light to medium spicy smoke chocolate, a hint of vanilla orchid and a grainy slightly malty note and a hint of fruit.

The tea feels dense in the mouth, with moderate astringency. A sharp fruit tone like dark slightly sour berries and malt are up front, followed by a mild dark chocolate, insence like spice like burning fall leaves, and vanilla orchid to soften and balance the tea. This tea is nice and robust due to the tannins and the astringency. As it cools the chocolate, spicy tone from the smoke ( which is at a level I can appreciate and which enhances the flavour of the tea) and a robust grain tone become dominant and the sharper fruit are minimised. There is a tone that reminds me a little of iron and the flavour reminds me a little of a bitter sweet lava cake I once had.

After a resteep of 4 min the body is a touch thinner and it smells more of chocolate. When hot the sharp berry note is a biy more like a young wine with the sharp berrybalanced by bitter notes from the malt, cocoa, and smoke. There is a nice smokey, grainy element to this steep. This tea could probably take another resteep.

This tea is very nice, with a higher level of caffeine and with enough body to take milk if you prefer your tea that way, and a nice robustness in flavour. It reminds me of being at the field camp in Chapleau watching the mists rise off the lake in early morning and waking to the day in companionable silence. Overall very happy to have this in my cupboard.

looseTman

Awesome review! You have quite a refined palette! Perhaps your Steepster moniker should be Mass_Spectrometer!

looseTman

How does this Keemun compare to others you’ve tasted?

yyz

I haven’t had that many yet. This one definitely has more chocolate tones and is slightly smokier than the ones I’ve had so far. It has a denser mouth feel and more astringency at this temperature. It is a bit more bitter, but this appeals to me as I love espresso. Of the ones I had the Teavivre superfine, reminded me. Of a jinjunmei I had. The whispering pines one had a menthol pine tone that I liked and made the tea very refreshing. The Marie Antoinette one was Avery broken op which was smooth but did not have the resteepability of these other ones. I had an older Zen tea one I liked as well. I’d like to try this one at a lower temp and try it using shorter steeps. It is not as elegant as some of the Keemun’s I’ve had, but I like the robustness, the chocolate notes in it and I appreciate the tones the smoke contributes.

TheTeaFairy

Agreed with looseTman, your descriptions are so colourful! I think you have a lot more taste buds than the average human ;-)

looseTman

Thanks for the detailed reply! We look forward to your lower-temperature results …

boychik

i envy your tastebuds and description abilities;)

looseTman

Or how about, Super-Human_Buds

looseTman

Do you have a culinary background?

yyz

Not professionally. I do like to cook by taste though, and enjoy experimenting with food from different cultures ( one of the joys of living in such a multicultural area). My mom also used to take me on wine tours when I was quite young 13-14. A friend of my mom’s knew the honour of one winery outside of St.Catherine’s and she used to lay out everything she produced that year and we’d sample it all.

looseTman

You might consider adding this background info to your Steepster profile.

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