drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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On Jacqueline’s recommendation I am trying this one again and taking it with sugar and milk. I tried it before with no additions and though it wasn’t bad, I thought it wasn’t great.

I tried the first cup with just sugar added, and it was very pleasant. Although no one else has mentioned it, I really think I picked up on the barest hint of smoke in this, as is common with many keemuns. It was lovely! I tried it with sugar and milk both next, and liked it just as well, though most of the time I don’t add milk to my tea. Hubby is very picky and likes only a few teas but he finished his cup so he must have rather liked it! It was a lovely pot to follow up a quiet Sunday brunch while I catch up on my correspondence. I would liken this to Premium Steep’s Golden Monkey, though perhaps not quiet as refined, and also to Teavana’s Golden Monkey, though it is not as honeyed as either and has a little more heft because of that hint of smoke.


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