Sample purchased by self. I used my own parameters for the evaluation. Brewed in a porcelain gaiwan, drank from a white porcelain cup. Steeping times: 20 seconds, 10, 20, 30; 1 minute, 2, 6.

I pretty much only pick out a tannic aroma from the dry leaf, which consists of small and short leaves, many broken. The dry leaf aroma changes and becomes more complex after I let the leaf rest in the heated gaiwan, which brings out a light chocolate note and strong purple raisins note. The wet leaf aroma returns to tannins but also equally smells of molasses.

The liquor is dark orange and clear. Overall, this is a brisk, strong-bodied keemun. It doesn’t undergo evolution during the session. Although I read that this keemum would better suit Western-style brewing, I wanted to see how it would brew in the a gongfu session. The first four infusions not only taste brisk, but have the typical keemun thick sweetness of molasses and honey. The tannins rest on the tongue, while the sweetness sticks to the back of the throat. The aftertaste is also sweet but short.

One can easily finish the session with the fourth infusion. Beginning with the fifth, the strength of the tannins declines, although the sweetness remains. This keemun is done by the sixth and seventh infusions, in which a smokiness replaces everything.

Keemun Grade 2 makes an easy-going breakfast tea. Good quality for the grade.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about its history, its manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

Japanese greens were my first love and gateway into the world.

My favorite teas are leafhopper oolongs, pu’erh (shou and sheng), and masala chai. My favorite herbal tisanes are spear/peppermint, lavender and chrysanthemum.

I’m currently exploring pu’erh, and any Chinese and Taiwanese teas in general. I’m not much into flavored teas, unlike when I first started. The only teas I truly dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit. I do like hisbiscus, especially iced.

I like to write nature essays. I’m a birdwatcher as well as a tea enthusiast. The kiwi is one of my favorite birds. I also like Tolkien, Ancient Egypt, and exercising.

IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: After two and a half years of having an account here, I will no longer will provide numerical ratings as an addition to the review because the American school system has skewed my thoughts on numbers out of a hundred and the colors throw me off. Curses! My words are more than sufficient. If I really like what I have, I will “recommend”, and if I don’t, “not recommended”.

Key for past ratings:

96-100 I adore absolutely everything about it. A permanent addition to my stash.

90-95 Superb quality and extremely enjoyable, but not something I’d necessarily like to have in my stash (might have to do with personal tastes, depending on what I say in the tasting note).

80-89 Delicious! Pleased with the overall quality.

70-79 Simply, I like it. There are qualities that I find good, but there also are things that aren’t, hence a lower rating that I would have otherwise like to put.

60-69 Overall “meh”. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily good.

0-59 No.

If there is no rating: I don’t feel experienced enough to rate the tea, or said tea just goes beyond rating (in a positive way).


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