Keemun Treasures

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Cocoa, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 20 oz / 591 ml

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  • “Had for morning tea today. Feel so bad not saying more about it--aside from a lighter-than-usual (for Keemuns) note of sweet honey instead of heavy cocoa, it had a neat subtly wine-y grape element...” Read full tasting note
    ifjuly 613 tasting notes
  • “Tea of the morning..... This is the other fancy tea in my tea splurge. I know there is something close to this in the database, but the listing was 4 years old, and the name is ever so slightly...” Read full tasting note
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    SimplyJenW 974 tasting notes
  • “Breakfast tea this morning. I liked this. It is a lighter amber and a lighter body than most keemun I've had, but has a nice aroma - very slight honey with more pronounced malt and "keemun-ness."...” Read full tasting note
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    mzpriss 137 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

This the first teas made from the famous Keemun area, so it is lighter and sweeter than others.

Keemun (also called Quimen) is one of the most famous areas for black tea in China. It comes from the southeast corner of the Anhui Province in China. We buy many teas from Keemun, including this Treasure, through the powerhouse Keemun Hao Ya A to our everyday English Breakfast. The tea quality is determined time of the year. This Treasure is the first production of the year, so the leaves are tiny and there are many buds. So the tea is light and very special. In between Treasures and the Hao Yas, the leaves are bigger but still have some buds, so this is the time for Keemun Mao Feng. Later on the leaves are bigger and that makes for the powerful tea called Hao Ya A and slightly less intensely cocoa Hao Ya B. Then when the heat of the summer comes, we buy a more common tea that has some of the qualities we love in the early season keemuns but a fraction of the price. This we use for our loose English Breakfast. Please note that we offer many types of English Breakfast. So this description refers to our EB teabags, Loose EB, Classic EB and Wrapped EB sachets.
Dry Leaves Small curls of black and dark gold. This is an early season tea, so it is the the bud (that turns dark gold and small leaves.
Liquor Light brown because the golden bud lightens up the brew
Aroma Light and sweet cocoa notes
Body Since there is not much leaf, the body is lighter than other keemuns.
Flavors Lovely flavors of slightly sweetened cocoa make for a delightful brew
Brewing Time 5 minutes
Brewing Temperature 212 F

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4 Tasting Notes

613 tasting notes

Had for morning tea today. Feel so bad not saying more about it—aside from a lighter-than-usual (for Keemuns) note of sweet honey instead of heavy cocoa, it had a neat subtly wine-y grape element you don’t always find in Keemuns, that intensified as it cooled and was very apparent when sniffing the spent leaves—but this has been a nuts Monday morning return to work, alas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ysaurella

did you like it finally or do you need to explore it a little more ?

ifjuly

definitely wasn’t bad, but i didn’t give it the focus it deserves to make a final ruling. i enjoyed it.

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Tea of the morning…..

This is the other fancy tea in my tea splurge. I know there is something close to this in the database, but the listing was 4 years old, and the name is ever so slightly different. I just made it a new place here in Steepsterverse to be on the safe side.

This is very good. Light cocoa, honey, and this has more of a breadiness than the Anji black. There is also not as much body to this one. If I had to pick between the two, the Anji would win. I only wish they had more. I will happily drink this, but I am not sure I will be running back for more. In this price range, a tea has to be very special for me to buy it.

Usual mug method. Will try a resteep!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Since you’re drinking tea, I guess storms detoured around you. Did they get near your area?

SimplyJenW

Not bad at all here. Just a little windy. We did have a tornado go through our neighborhood several years ago. It was also a weird Sunday in November kind of a storm. There was property damage about 2 blocks away, but it missed us. Feeling very lucky!

gmathis

Since ours was in May, we were hot and miserable while doing damage cleanup…I hurt for the folks who are cold and miserable doing the same.

SimplyJenW

I agree. I feel that there is never a good time for such tragedy. However, when it does happen, it is amazing to see how the human spirit works through it coming out stronger on the other side, and the kindness and generosity of others. It restores your faith in humanity.

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137 tasting notes

Breakfast tea this morning. I liked this. It is a lighter amber and a lighter body than most keemun I’ve had, but has a nice aroma – very slight honey with more pronounced malt and “keemun-ness.” This one is more subtle that a lot of keemuns, very little smoke. There is a winey aftertaste that I quite like. While I like for my morning tea to be a little more assertive and full bodied, I think is a perfect afternoon keemun. I tried a sample and have probably another round to go. I don’t get much of a character change as it cools down. Due to the fact that I have a LOT of keemun, I’m not sure I would order more, but that shouldn’t be seen as a knock on this tea. It is good but it is not as full as I normally like my keemun. I would probably think of this as a “gateway” keemun for those who find other keemuns a little too agressive.

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