China Keemun Special Grade

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Black Tea
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  • “Tastes very woodsy-sweet--like sandalwood and maple syrup. Has a bit of "chewiness" and a hint of breadiness. The smokiness is more apparent on cooldown. I'm really enjoying this cup--I think...” Read full tasting note
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    StephL535 314 tasting notes
  • “This tea is much smokier than the Keemun I have from the Granville Island Tea Co - it's almost more like a Russian Caravan tea than a plain black. It's vaguely bakey and mildly tannic with a hint...” Read full tasting note
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    JillDragon 1607 tasting notes
  • “I got this in a swap from Jude. Just enough to make a 4-cup pot of it, perfect! Not so awesome that this tea seller has gone out of business? This is a nice cup of tea, malty and sweet with a...” Read full tasting note
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    Starfevre 536 tasting notes
  • “Smokey, maybe 25% as smokey as a lapsong souchong, especially predominant on the first steep. I'm thinking smoked figs, as if such a thing exists. Nice cup of tea to muse over. Medium-bodied...” Read full tasting note
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    Jude 97 tasting notes

From SpecialTeas

Our No.501 China Keemun Special Grade is our recommendation for an everyday China black tea. It has all the classic characteristics of a fine Keemun – reddish brown cup color, medium to full bodied with mellow smokiness, touches of fruit and a fresh baked bread quality. A touch of milk can bring out a soft floral note. All these notes can be found in its wonderful aroma. It is an excellent breakfast tea but is also great any time of day. Try it on a snowy morning, or out in the yard on a brisk night under the stars.

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13 Tasting Notes

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314 tasting notes

Tastes very woodsy-sweet—like sandalwood and maple syrup. Has a bit of “chewiness” and a hint of breadiness. The smokiness is more apparent on cooldown.

I’m really enjoying this cup—I think this is (was) a very good tea. It is very yummy. Makes a great breakfast tea—very substantial and invigorating. I love the mapley, caramelly, woodsy sweetness.

In short, Keemuns are great! :)
(and R.I.P. SpecialTeas!!!)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec
Jillian

I missed SpecialTeas too *glowers at Teavana * – I still have some of their teas that I’ve squirreled away, but you can bet that I’ll be rationing them.

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1607 tasting notes

This tea is much smokier than the Keemun I have from the Granville Island Tea Co – it’s almost more like a Russian Caravan tea than a plain black. It’s vaguely bakey and mildly tannic with a hint of bitterness. I’m not really picking out the fruity notes the description touts, maybe I should reduce the steeping time to see if I can pick up more of the subtleties.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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536 tasting notes

I got this in a swap from Jude. Just enough to make a 4-cup pot of it, perfect! Not so awesome that this tea seller has gone out of business?

This is a nice cup of tea, malty and sweet with a bit of caramel flavour to it. Very tasty. This tea gets a bit smokey as it cools though, not enough to turn me off, just enough to make it interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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97 tasting notes

Smokey, maybe 25% as smokey as a lapsong souchong, especially predominant on the first steep. I’m thinking smoked figs, as if such a thing exists. Nice cup of tea to muse over. Medium-bodied with nice balance of flavors. 2nd steep still flavorful, with the smoke diminishing to an undertone.

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355 tasting notes

Smoky and a bit bake-y. Adieu, sample.

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80 tasting notes

One of my favorite black teas. Needed some caffeine late in the day here at work.

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