Yet another one from the inventory archive. I had no idea I still had this, and it had been on mothballs for at least half a year. This was a Keemun from the 2011 Spring Harvest, but I had never opened the sample. Results? This was one of the maltiest Keemuns I’ve ever tasted. Sure, the requisite sweetness was there, but it brewed amber and pounded the tongue with burliness. I guess that’s what happens when you forge-…er, I mean, “age” a Keemun.
This sumptuous and satiating black tea hails from Qimen in the province of Anhui, China, where it was skillfully rolled into elegantly twisted leaves featuring caramel-coloured tips.
A classic English Breakfast tea, Keemun’s tealeaves bear rich and refined aromas of bittersweet chocolate, dry firewood and hints of leather and white flowers. The copper-hued brew offers abundant, winy flavours of stewed apples, cocoa and warming spices. Its smooth, full flavour finishes clean with lingering cocoa-apple sweetness. Delicious!
As a beverage that pairs effortlessly with breakfast foods ranging from Nutella crepes to maple turkey/soy bacon, this enchanting and invigorating black tea is, perhaps, the perfect start to your day. It’s also incredible as a post-dinner quaff alongside spiced apple pastries or dark chocolate desserts.