Keemun Quimen

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Baked Bread, Creamy, Malt, Mineral, Oats, Pepper, Smoke
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Every year we return to Anhui Province to purchase this tea. This organic black tea is characterized by large, elegantly curled leaves that impart a full–bodied, winey flavor and a rich amber liquor. Perfect for breakfast, with or without milk. . Steep for 2 – 3 minutes at 180 – 195 degrees.

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One of my favorites. An intense, peppery red tea that, in addition to tasting exhilarating, is also a good kick-in-the-pants tea for getting a day started.

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This sample came from Blodeuyn. Yay, another Keemun! :D This is one of those tea categories that I am trying to explore more, as I feel I have neglected it in favor of Yunnan and Fujian teas. This tea has what I would consider to be typical Keemun leaves – they’re thin and small and very dark in color. Whoa, the dry scent hit me over the head when I opened the pouch. This tea smells so mineral and it’s extremely strong, almost to the point of being chemical. There’s a touch of musty hay scent there as well. I must admit, I was scared, so I steeped it for 2.5 minutes instead of 3 and I was very careful to level my teaspoon of leaf…

After steeping, the liquor also smells quite mineral but it’s less extreme. I can also smell bread and malt aromas. Luckily for me, drinking this tea is only a bit like licking a rock. The mineral is definitely the strongest note, but there’s also malt and bread, along with a creamy grain note reminiscent of oats. I get a light peppery taste, especially toward the end. Overall, not my favorite flavor profile, but not bad.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Malt, Mineral, Oats, Pepper, Smoke

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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