Yeah, no. Sorry yssah, and thanks for the sample, but my keemun confusion continues. There are teas I LOVE with 100% keemun bases. But straight keemuns elude me.
I did ask yssah for a sample of this after she offered because of the fact that I can never seem to figure out keemuns. And I think this is probably a decent example of a keemun. It’s very English Breakfast, bold and robust. A hint of smoke, which is something I have tasted in other high-quality keemuns but something I basically dislike. This would probably be fine with milk and sugar, but at the current steeping parameters it is too strong for me. Slightly bitter and astringent, but it seems like those are things some people look for (or at least don’t mind because they milk and sugar their tea.
I have a sample of Butiki’s Congou Keemun coming and I’m interested to see how I react to that. If I don’t like that one I’m pretty much giving up on straight keemuns :P