A standard Keemun, nothing fancy, no bells and whistles, just solid, good old tasty tea from the Keemun family. I’m not calling it simple to detract from it, I say that because I find some Keemuns to be very complex, and contemplative. The backbone of this one is a malty flavor, the kind of malty flavor that I find to be the commonality throughout the black tea world, that which makes a black tea taste “black tea-ish”! I don’t really know how else to describe it. (albeit common to most black teas, isn’t always the back bone.) There are little hints of smokiness, and dark chocolate, but there’s no question that those flavors are in the background. The bitterness is halfway between standard black tea tannin and the sort of bitterness that the high grade Keemuns have, which is along the lines of bitter chocolate for me. (definitely a good thing) It is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall, great quality for something in its price range.

This isn’t really something something that I’d use for a tea and cheese pairing class, but since I’m eating cheese with breakfast, I might as well talk about it. Of course basic brie tasted good with it. It gives you that typical milk in black tea flavor, but also brings out the dark chocolate note a little bit, while subduing the little bit of smokiness it has. I also tried it with a Spanish (Navarra) sheep cheese called Roncal. It reveals the orchid flavor that Premium Steap lists in their description, but it’s still not incredibly detectable. The tea also helps bring out some of the fruit in the cheese, as it’s far from the fruitiest cheese out there.

I can’t wait until summertime. This will be great as an iced tea. It would also be at home with a big breakfast of bacon, fried eggs, buttered toast, and sausage… and lets throw some scrapple in there because I’m in Philly!

I steeped it in an automatic Breville for 4 min, basket rotation, 205 F, 9g leaf, 700 ml water.

Xxxxx

I love the cheese and tea pairings!

Tea and Cheese Lover

Thanks, White Antlers! I just did an awesome Keemun Mao Feng pairing this morning that I’m typing up, but I’m being summoned by my GF to leave the house, so I’ll be a dead man if I try to finish typing it now… Hopefully by Monday!

Xxxxx

LOl! I’ll look forward to reading it. Philly is beautiful today, so listen to your GF and enjoy the sunshine.

Tea and Cheese Lover

Indeed. Tree flowers blooming everywhere!

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Xxxxx

I love the cheese and tea pairings!

Tea and Cheese Lover

Thanks, White Antlers! I just did an awesome Keemun Mao Feng pairing this morning that I’m typing up, but I’m being summoned by my GF to leave the house, so I’ll be a dead man if I try to finish typing it now… Hopefully by Monday!

Xxxxx

LOl! I’ll look forward to reading it. Philly is beautiful today, so listen to your GF and enjoy the sunshine.

Tea and Cheese Lover

Indeed. Tree flowers blooming everywhere!

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The name says it all. I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea for about a decade and a half, and was in the cheese business for almost 2 decades.

I was spoiled with the cheese by always be surrounded by a wide variety to taste everyday. Now that I’m (mostly) out of the business, I’ve discovered that a daily tea habit is way easier on the wallet than a daily cheese habit for me, and I love both, so here I am to learn more about tea!

I’ve been drinking great blacks, and greens from my local shop for years now. A white and an Oolong on occasion. Mostly Chinese, but other countries as well.

But all these years I’d only had one 10 yr aged loose shu with regard to Pu-erh. I’d only had Ti Kwan Yin, Forever Spring, and the Chinese restaurant stuff with regard to Oolong.

I’d like to continue learning more in the green and black world, but I’m most excited to have joined Steepster to learn about the world of Pu-erh and Oolong, which I am terribly ignorant of.

I always forget what teas I’ve had before, so I think logging my teas will help with that. I also love pairing tea and cheese together, so you’ll see some long winded pairing entries mixed in as well ;)

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