Keemun Queen's Hope

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Astringent, Earth, Smoke
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Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Blend of Keemun tea, one of the World’s Three Great Teas which is known for being served at the Queen’s party.

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San Francisco weather: the end of June, it will be 60 degrees and foggy all day. Ick.

O.K., it’s a sipdown. Finishing off this tea from Lupicia, which is a very mild blend of Keemun black teas. I’m not really a Keemun person at all, but this is pretty good for a murky day like today, better with some soymilk. See previous notes if interested.

Scott B

I’ll trade you 95 and sunny for 60 and foggy anytime.


97 and smoky trumps sunny and foggy (let’s see who comes through the saloon door next)


I’m not complaining too much, I just find it difficult to get out of bed. :-/


The sort of weather I’m craving is the direct opposite of the weather we’re having.

Bonnie, be careful or you’ll be the proud owner of 136 varieties of Lapsang Souchong ;)


Sunday, I watched the US Open at the Olympic in SF…….it was neat watching all the fog [but I don’t have to deal with it on a regular basis].


Uh oh, this tea was not a winner for my palate. Glad you enjoyed it though!

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321 tasting notes

My 5th tea from The Book of Tea. I kept the brewing time short as suggested by others. The aroma was rich and unique – very smoky (but of course nothing like the bacon-smokiness of Lupicia’s Lapsang Souchong) and also earthy. Taste-wise it’s somewhat pungent, bitter, with hints of plums. Quite a complicated tea huh. It isn’t the kind of tea that will be liked by everyone… it’s more an acquired taste I think, and it may have a greater appeal to sophisticated and adventurous tea drinkers. Definitely not my cup of tea, though I don’t mind having it with Chinese food (which is what we Chinese always do)! I really can’t imagine serving it with milk…

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618 tasting notes

This tea has a distinctive aroma! It’s hard to describe. It almost smells peppery.

Something in the aroma is off putting, but I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of. Gander described this tea as smoky, and that’s probably it. Smoky is an apt description.

I bought a Lupicia sampler kit for my mom a while back. She said she loved every tea except for one, which she described as tasting like dirty diapers. As soon as I remembered that story, I started laughing. I think this might be the same tea!

Okay, I’ve put off actually tasting it for long enough. I’m not brave enough to try it straight first, so I’m adding milk.

The verdict: the aroma is scarier than the taste. I’m adding a little sugar now.

Yeah, this is not my cup of tea. On subsequent tastings, I’m afraid this one is going down the drain.

If you like smokiness, then this is the tea for you. I just can’t get “dirty diapers” out of my head. Thanks, Mom! ;P

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386 tasting notes

I didn’t like this one but then again I’m not so much a fan of smoky teas at all.

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78 tasting notes

Light Chinese black tea. I completely forgot how much I love Chinese black tea, and I need to get more of it. Well, maybe not this particular one; it’s tasty, but it’s not very exciting.

Earthy, smoky, astringent, but lighter than I expected.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Smoke

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Recommended brewing time is pretty short, 2-3 minutes. Smokier than other Keemun teas I’ve tried, like a lighter version of Lapsang Souchong, and also more astringent compared to smooth Keemun like H&S English Breakfast, with a slight citrus note. Not my favorite tea, but this would be nice with an Asian light meal or snack.

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