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Bread, Honey, Molasses, Tobacco, Cherry Wood, Malt, Mineral, Smoke, Caramel, Chocolate, Earth, Cinnamon, Oats, Vegetal
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 20 oz / 578 ml

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There are only three Chinese black teas that ever receive consideration as being a “classic” Chinese tea. One of those is the famed Tangyang Congfu created by the tea masters in the Tangyang Village of China’s Fujian province. We partnered with these famous tea growers and producers to bring you Joseph Wesley’s Black Tea No. 5. This stunningly complex and varied tea has all the characteristics of an outstanding Chinese black tea: tightly rolled leaves, crystalline auburn/red liquor, sugary aroma and an unforgettably sweet taste that grows in complexity the more that it is steeped. We are honored to work with some of the most highly acclaimed tea growers and producers in the famous Tangyang village to bring you this extraordinary tea.

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90 tasting notes

The dry smell packed with Keemum Congfu is a whoa of saltiness. This is one of those teas that actually makes you think of meat–charred, but deliciously so. All that smoke produces the effect of the well-done-est burger you’ve ever had in your life. In the cup, it quiets down a bunch, like you’re getting the roasted veggies that came along as a side dish: caramelized carrots and sweet ‘tater fries.

Once you sip that first infusion, however, it becomes clear that this isn’t a stand-in for Five Guys. The deep amber liquor contains a smooth mouthfeel that could be rather conspiratorial–a mischievous wink and a nudge from… Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/11/09/snooty-tea-review-joseph-wesley-black-tea-round-2/


Sounds yum


Do you remember how long you infused these for?

The Snooty Tea Person

No, I’m sorry! Only that it was a quick steep, between 30-90 secs.

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114 tasting notes

It’s my final Sipdowwwnnn! Bless this teeny leaf tea for keeping me wired at work <3

RIP Joseph Wesley Black tea!

Cameron B.

I remember wanting to try Joseph Wesley, not sure if I ever got around to it…


You go, MiepSteep!


Yeahh!!! Tbh, JW did stock only excellent black teas, but they weren’t particularly unique. YS, What-cha, and whatnot have identically delicious teas imo

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15942 tasting notes

Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #36

This was my first tea of the day today – I had it during a quick instagram live with Arthur from Arthur Dove Tea where I was the “featured guest” this morning for his Sunday live show Biscuits and Brew.

I picked it out because I remembered reading a post of his once about his Banana Fudge tea and how he didn’t want to name is “Banoffee Pie” because he didn’t like the sound of the word. That stuck with me a lot – I remember as a kid I had what I thought was a pretty irrational hatred of words/names with lots of ‘P’ or ‘T’ sounds (good thing I got over that, because that would make drinking tea pretty challenging). Something about those two letters said out loud made my skin crawl – the word “poppy” was the worst.

I’ve never heard/seen someone else express a similar sentiment, so that stuck with me.

So why does this tea relate to that? It’s the reverse experience – something about the sound of that stretched out ‘ee’ noise makes my ears sing, and I’ve always especially loved the sound of vowels (any vowel) transitioning into the letter m. I can’t explain it; it just sounds nicer in my head.

The tea was nice too; I described it on the live as quite woody/savory with subtle pine/smoky notes to it (but not smoky like a Lapsang) and that welcome and familiar hint of jammy fruit undertone – in this case a subtle black currant. It probablys ranks somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, in terms of keemun I’ve tried. The mouthfeel was really nice though – hint of astringency at the top of the sip but short lived.

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536 tasting notes

I love me some Keemum. This tea was delicious. The leaves were cut and small. Taste was solid – caramel with some chocolate and bread as it was steeped longer. Kind of sad to sip this down.

Flavors: Bread, Caramel, Chocolate

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258 tasting notes

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this tea as I’ve had a tin of it for a while and have drank it a few times here and there. It is a nice Saturday morning around our crazy house. My wife and I were able to sleep in a bit. The 12 year old is gone at her dads. The 7 year old is up in his room playing with Legos and the 1 year old is contentedly (for now) crawling around and playing. So, it is a rare moment where I am not having to cater to anyones immediate needs. My wife is getting ready to go to work though so I’m sure this moment will be up soon haha.

This tea’s dried leaf didn’t have a big smell to me. Actually, a bit of a fairly common black tea smell which, for me, usually smells like a mix of malt and cardboard. Doesn’t sound appealing, I know, but I’ve learned that the cardboard smell doesn’t necessarily equal cardboard taste. The dried leaves are small and thin but with a high quality look to them.

Upon a flash rinse (done to my blacks to try to knock down a bit of the caffeine), the smell rising up was a malty baked bread with a hint of sweetness.

A quick 10 second steep…The flavor of the tea is mostly the same as the smell with a slight hint of something… savory? I do mean slight though. Almost undetectable but just enough to give pause and try to discern what it is. There is certainly a warm brightness as well. The tea color is a wonderful burnt orange. It also pairs very well with a Great Harvest cinnamon bread ;)

There goes the wife to work, there goes the baby letting me know his displeasure, and there goes this review :) Overall, a wonderful tea that I will continue to enjoy.

Flavors: Bread, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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2171 tasting notes

This smells much better to me once steeped and brewed. The dry leaf smelled so overwhelmingly of tobacco (or rather, stale cigarettes) that it was a little off-putting. It wasn’t a good smoky smell either, just the smell of the tobacco itself. Usually I enjoy the tobacco aroma in teas, but not so much this time. It’s much tamer after steeping and I"m enjoyed the flavor, which has a slight chocolate note.

Flavors: Chocolate, Tobacco

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1271 tasting notes

This black is worth playing with steeping methods – gongfu and western give you different results, but both very complex.

Gongfu (boil, 1g 15ml), I got a savory tea of chocolate mole, char, bittersweet, molasses. Later steepings got brown sugar and malt sweet. It was never dry.

Western (190F 4g 10oz), the keemun was a meld of savory, fruity and sweet with a dry finish that wasn’t present in the gongfu steeping.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/05-keemun-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/


Love it. I do it both ways too


Never knew the two steeping styles give such different results! I’ve always just done western for all my teas.

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694 tasting notes

This has been my tea of the week. I wake up thinking about it and am excited to get to work to make a cup. It has been the perfect addition to my morning. It even received tin status this week.


I just ordered a sample of this one! My box from Joseph Wesley arrived yesterday so this may have to be the first one I try. If you wake up thinking about it then it must be good. :)


you know they have promo 2015HOLIDAYS 20% off. im going to get tea for two set
two chawan and can of tea(your choice) $36 free ship. i think its a great deal!


Ahh, tin status, haha! I was thinking about upgrading a couple teas to a tin this week…love the term. :P


@Shae, I hope you like it! It is a pretty good keemun. @boychik- I was eyeing these, but I have told myself no more tea until Feb! @Mike- I finally broke down and ordered a crap ton of H&S 4oz black tins. I love having my favorites in tins. Much easier access, then my sealed bags in a box somewhere.


Nice! I’ll have to invest in more…I have a few tins, but not nearly enough! I’m buying the Harney and Sons English Breakfast, and one or two teas at a local place near my sister’s house, then nothing until February, haha!

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84 tasting notes

I haven’t been reviewing much but I was excited to get to try a few of joseph Wesley teas, thanks to a generous tea friend. This was the first I chose, and wow, now I know what I have been missing all this time – this tea is fantastic!
It brewed a rich and fragrant cup that tasted of spiced fruits and caramel with some smokiness and very light floral – so sweet, so tasty! Resteeped for a few cups which were all delicious.
This is a tea I would easily drink everyday!


I love this one, too! I had this today!


yay! I was wanting to try this for quite awhile so was very happy – it was really good!


Yay! i love this tea too :)


:)) It was such a delicious treat!


Sounds amazing… Hello, wishlist!


:) This is one I’m keeping on my wishlist!


YUM! How does Keemun Congfu compare to TeaVivre’s Keemuns, especially their Premium Keemun Hao Ya? Thanks!


It has been awhile since I have had Teavivre’s so I can’t really compare. I have the premium keemun hao ya on order from their recent sale though. :)


Excellent! I look forward to reading your comparison!

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15131 tasting notes

Pulled this one out this morning – a lovely tea to start the morning off

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