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It’s a good tea that is frustratingly close to being great. It is simply too restrained for me: a delicate smell, a delicate understated taste somewhat reminiscent of a wild unsmoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong.

I can go along with its lack of malt, chocolate and kick that is more typical for a Keemun Hao Ya. But if I was looking for restrained subtlety I would be drinking white teas .This tea reminds me how Michael Harney called Keemuns “the aristocrats of Chinese black teas”. Maybe I am simply not refined enough and would rather mingle with uninhibited commoners.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Molasses, Spicy

derk

The dregs of society know how to have more fun, anyway.

Lexie Aleah

May I ask how you went about steeping this?

Bluegreen

I really don’t remember. I know it was’nt a gaiwan since I don’t subject my Keemuns to that. Yousually I steep a new tea Western style for a reasonably short time, try a smal sip to see if it comes out good, and if not let it sit another 30 seconds and try again and so on. Apparently, I was unable to get a full-bodied taste I had grown to expect from Keemuns by applying this methods without risking to end up in the Oversteeped Land.
I hope you will get better results and manage to find a way to let this tea show its strengths. Good luck!

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derk

The dregs of society know how to have more fun, anyway.

Lexie Aleah

May I ask how you went about steeping this?

Bluegreen

I really don’t remember. I know it was’nt a gaiwan since I don’t subject my Keemuns to that. Yousually I steep a new tea Western style for a reasonably short time, try a smal sip to see if it comes out good, and if not let it sit another 30 seconds and try again and so on. Apparently, I was unable to get a full-bodied taste I had grown to expect from Keemuns by applying this methods without risking to end up in the Oversteeped Land.
I hope you will get better results and manage to find a way to let this tea show its strengths. Good luck!

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I like to drink teas to recreate a specific mood, or just to take a break at work. The world of tea is so endless, patiently waiting for exploration and rewarding you in many ways big and small.

I am looking forward to years of playing with tea leaves, gaiwans, cups, and YouTube videos.

My ratings:

90 or more – a very good/excellent tea, I can see myself ordering it again.

80-89 – it is a good tea, I enjoyed it but not enough to reorder.

70-79 – an OK, drinkable tea but there are certainly much better options even in the same class/type.

60-69 – this tea has such major flaws that you have to force yourself to finish what you ordered.

<60 – truly horrible teas that must be avoided at all costs.

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