China Keemun First Grade zk11

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Smoke, Tar, Earth
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 132 oz / 3918 ml

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  • “This is another sample from Upton. I brewed it basket-style with a teaspoon of leaf for maybe 4 minutes maybe longer. It has a nice aroma and a light flavor. Unfortunately I have had some other...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yes, I remembered to brew some of this before class, so I had a nice travel mug of strong, leathery tea to drink. But that's not why I'm writing a tasting note, such as it is. Mostly this is an...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Cup #6 in SimplyJenW's Tour of China blacks: This one is kind of a side trip. I have been primarily focusing on Fujian black tea because the cocoa notes of tea from that region have me always...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Brews up a nice red colour and has a nice strong taste to it. It reminds me a bit of the Teavivre Gongfu tea that I tried a while back, malty, a bit strong, and kindof a "heavy" taste. It's...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

Description:
This is the top grade (1110) of standard China Keemun, which include the 1154, 1143, 1132, and 1121 lower grades. Demand often exceeds supply for this grade of China’s most famous black tea.
Origin:
China

Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 3-5 min.

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I added a sample of this to my Upton order, because I’m still such a newbie when it comes to varieties of straight black tea. From what I’ve heard about Keemun, this seems like a good example. The aroma is pretty smoky (though it’s a smoother smoke than a strong Lapsang Souchong). The taste is strong and dark, and like others have mentioned, there are leathery and peppery notes. When I first took a sip, I thought, “Ah-ha! So that’s where the flavor in breakfast teas comes from.” I’d noticed the taste in a lot of breakfast blends, but didn’t realize it was Keemun, specifically.

Anyway, I like this! It’s the kind of dark smoky tea I enjoy drinking, especially in cool weather. So far, I think I might prefer Fujian and Yunnan black teas overall , but I would consider reordering this (and/or sampling other Keemun teas in the future).

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I am up far, far too early. I started off this morning (at 3 am) on a sweet cloud of Shang’s Golden Needle (thoughtfuly provided by TeaTiff) and then decided since I have all this morning time, I would dive into my Upton Keemun samples. I wish I had picked a different one to start with.

This is aggressively smokey- almost acrid. I don’t mind some smoke, but this is unpleasant to me – leaning toward tar/creosote. I might not finish this cup.

Flavors: Smoke, Tar

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Veronica

Yikes. Not sure I’d want that much smoke in the wee hours of the morning either!

MzPriss

I almost never pour out a cup of tea, but that was more than I was willing to suffer through this morning

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225 tasting notes

a bland black tea… not the best. i still prefer “TI69: Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT”

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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I’ve had this sample around for months, opened and clipped shut with a binder clip. As such, I wasn’t expecting much when I brought it out on a bit of a whim.

I was pleasantly surprised! Quite flavorful, with notes of honey and something floral or fruity that I can’t put my finger on. Seems to pack a nice caffeine kick as well. May have to bring this into the rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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3 tasting notes

A little too strong for me plain, but tasty with a splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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48 tasting notes

This made a great ice tea. I brewed it once at 212 degrees for 3 minutes and then 5 minutes the second time then combined the two brewings and chilled it for ice tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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148 tasting notes

Very smoky nose. The flavor and finish are dominated by the smoke. This makes it a bit one-dimensional, though I like the taste. A good enough tea, but not my favorite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking Lapsang Souchong, so this tea is less strong than that. A little smokiness in the back. I think I’ll try steeping for 5 minutes next time to see if that fills out the flavor next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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