China Keemun Heng Ru Organic

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A smooth, delicate and refined selection, with classic Keemun notes. The aroma has a light floral nuance, and the cup has a smooth toasty note and gentle finish.

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I haven’t had a moment in a while when I’ve been able to say, “wow, this is a really good tea.” And that doesn’t really change with this tea.

I know Keemuns are supposed to be among the best black teas and I’m certainly a black tea kinda guy, but I’m just not getting all the Keemun hype. I’ll still take a good Yunnan, one that’s malty like Rishi’s Golden Yunnan, or one that’s caramel-like, such as an all-bud Yunnan, over just about anything.

This tea had a nice hint of deep chocolate, but the rest of the flavor was all smoky-tarry. When I’m in the mood for something smoky, I’ll go for some Scotch-smoked salmon on a bagel. Just not sure I’m looking to replicate that sensation in a hot beverage. (And I so don’t get the whole lapsang thing. First time I had it, I thought someone had accidently extinguished their cigarette in my tea.)

For all my bashing of this Keemun, it has a nice rich texture, however. But I think there are better things out there — maybe even among Keemuns.

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Aaaaaaaaaaand now I want a salmon sandwich before bedtime. Thank you SO MUCH for that!

East Side Rob

Probably hard to find a good bagel over there I imagine.


It’s gaining ground some. There’s a new little place that’s opened right where I take the train home from work. But I imagine it’s probably not really the same thing as what you get over there. There is a cafe near where I live too that makes them, but I’m not in love with the enormous amount of bean sprouts they insist on putting in. I like bean sprouts, but not really in those quantities. Mostly we have regular sandwiches though.

East Side Rob

I like bean sprouts, too, but I’m not sure bagels are really a good bean-sprout delivery system. A bagel should be served with cream cheese (or maybe butter or margarine) with Scotch, Irish or Norwegian smoked salmon. Reading the New York Times while eating one, however, is optional.


Yeah, they keep trying to get away with stuffing a whole serving of salad in there too. Makes it difficult to eat too, my mouth just doesn’t open that wide.

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The nose on this is a little spicy, but the actual flavor is not. It’s a nice rounded taste that appeals to me even though I am usually not a huge fan of Chinese black teas. There is a hint of bitterness but no astringency to match, which is a little out of the ordinary for a black tea. There is some cedar in the smell and it is reminding me of Christmas past; the old chest my family kept the Christmas ornaments in was made of cedar.

As the tea cools a bit, I’m even getting a little more bitterness and a bit of spicy heat on the finish. Like… straight cinnamon. There’s a little dissonance going on in the aftertaste now – like a very mild version of drinking OJ after brushing your teeth. It’s not quite as nice as it was when it was hot.

A pretty interesting, yet solid tea. Just drink it before it gets cold.

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Thank you Momo for the sale! Always like to try any keemuns since they seem to be never be the same. This one is certainly smokier than the keemuns I’ve been drinking. Not so smoky that it compares to a lapsang souchong, but it’s almost the only flavor I’m noticing. Keemuns usually have their own odd flavor that is tough to describe and whatever that is, this particular keemun doesn’t really have that. I don’t know what the “keemun flavor” is but I love it. It’s a tasty, tough black tea, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s a lapsang souchong. I’ll be trying to puzzle this one out again at some point.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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