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Thanks again for the samples, Nannuoshan! This one is a keemun I suppose, even though the name doesn’t say so. The leaves are black with tinges of gold, thin, so twisty they cling together like a crazier barrel of monkeys. The leaves have a bakey scent. The aroma of the mug is even better but difficult to describe, like caramel — intoxicating though! The bronze brew is delicious – definitely like a keemun: chewy, bakey, a little sweet smokiness, caramel, chocolate, hints of tomato. The second steep seems to mellow a little bit, while still keeping those flavors: add a little molasses and maple syrup. I’m surprised at the level of flavor in the second steep, since I accidentally waited another ten minutes for the water to cool. A third steep probably would have been nice too. This definitely has that keemun profile I’ve come to know & love. Another good one for this winter morning.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp. // 10 minutes after boiling (should be 194 degrees) // 12 oz mug 2/3 full // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 4 min steep
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Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Molasses

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The name means:
• Yi Ji = first grade.
• Qi Hong = abbreviation of Qimen Hong, that means “Qimen red”. Qimen is the name of the county where this tea is produced. Red, because black tea is called red tea in China.
• Xiang luo = fragrant spiral, with reference to the shape of the leaves and the intense fragrance.

Back in the centuries, the British transliterated the word QIMEN into KEEMUN. So yes, this is a Keemun! You spotted right tea-sipper.

tea-sipper

Thanks so much for the info!

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The name means:
• Yi Ji = first grade.
• Qi Hong = abbreviation of Qimen Hong, that means “Qimen red”. Qimen is the name of the county where this tea is produced. Red, because black tea is called red tea in China.
• Xiang luo = fragrant spiral, with reference to the shape of the leaves and the intense fragrance.

Back in the centuries, the British transliterated the word QIMEN into KEEMUN. So yes, this is a Keemun! You spotted right tea-sipper.

tea-sipper

Thanks so much for the info!

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Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

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