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