It’s been eons since I last had a Keemun, and then, if memory serves me, it was a pretty low quality Keemun. I’ve seen lots of people in the meantime classify them as smokies and I didn’t really get it because I couldn’t remember ever having found smoke in one. Not that I’d looked, but you know. It sounded like it’s something I ought to have noticed.
This one though, a random pick, now this is smoky! Properly smoky too.
It’s reminding me rather a lot of my Lapsang, to be honest. It’s the same kind of prickly smoke flavour, but it’s smoother and much sweeter. This tastes like the Lapsang does when I get it just right and hit that sugar-y note. Only much less finicky.
I’ve never tried A&D’s Keemun which people say have strong caramel-y notes, but tasting the sweetness in this one, I think I know what they mean. If Kusmi’s Caramel was smoky and a little more frenchness, then this, I think, would be close.
Chinese black has come through for me again. We have a shopping list candidate here.