Keemun Black Tea

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Ok black tea. Nothing really special about it.
A bit bitter.

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3294 tasting notes

Another one from Sil, & much more to my liking this morning. The pine is very forward in this cup, backed up by a bright tart plum, & both leave a lingering tongue sensation. It’s not particularly sweet, & I’m too lazy to get up & add anything to it, but it will do. :)

Terri HarpLady

In retrospect, both of these teas from what-cha left me with a lingering burning sensation in my lips, sinuses, tongue, mouth & throat, tummy, & also on the skin on my cheeks. I’m not gonna say what that means, but being chemically sensitive, I have my suspicions.

Terri HarpLady

Now my eyes are watering & burning. Tony said I’m like litmus paper.


Oh no, Terri! That’s awful!


Have you tried any of the What-Cha teas from Greenland Organic Farm, Nepal

For Chinese teas, I think Mandala, TeaVivre, Verdant, Yezi, & Whispering Pines are very careful about pesticide residue levels.


Have you had this same type of reaction to any other teas?


Have you also seen:
“Yunnan Sourcing LLC guarantees that all Pu-erh teas produced under the Yunnan Sourcing Brand label from October 2013 onward comply with the European Commission’s Safety Standards for Pesticide content.”

Terri HarpLady

It’s starting to fade now, thank god, although I have a residual soapy taste in my mouth, a slight headache, some congestion in the back of my sinuses, & some of my tastebuds hurt. Tman, most of the teas in my cupboards are from YS, Verdant’s, or teavivre. I have had a reaction before, but never this severe, & never to any of those 3 companies.


Do you need Benadryl or to be checked out by an MD?

Terri HarpLady

No, I just need to let it pass. Then I’ll have some Laoshan Black, because I know that’s a safe choice!


“…Laoshan Black, because I know that’s a safe choice!” +1

Which do you enjoy more: LB, Yu Lu Yan Cha Black, or Zhu Rong Yunnan Black?

looseTman is also a safe choice if you enjoy an extremely smooth & mellow Golden Tip black tea.


Hi Terri,

I’m really sorry to hear about the reaction you had. The Yunnan Dragon Pearls and the Keemun Black come from two different sources and have been tested and are within EU limits but as with most Chinese teas are not organic.

Hygiene on my side of things is unlikely to be the cause as I have had my premises inspected recently for food hygiene and got the top rating –

I’ve not had or heard any reports of others having any negative reactions to any of the teas I’ve sold and I’m at a loss to explain your reaction.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the reaction you had and if you register an account on What-Cha, I’ll add £10 credit to it.


woah terri… i’m so sorry!!

Terri HarpLady

Tman: I enjoy all 3 of them, along with several other blacks from several other companies.
Sil: Not your fault! I’m still glad to have the opportunity to sample them, & always grateful for our friendship & all our tea trades :)
What-Cha: I want to start off by saying I’m sorry for this negative review. I am very sensitive to a lot of things: chemicals. flavorings, etc. I don’t know which tea I reacted to, or if it was both. Initially I thought it was the kind of sensations I get from a sheng puer, some tingling, etc, but then it became more of a burning sensation that spread, which I’m still experiencing, hours later, even after coconut oil pulling, teeth brushing, & breakfast. I know there weren’t any flavorings added to these teas, & I believe you when you say they are tested. I don’t hold you accountable in any way, as I don’t know for sure what I was reacting to, only that I had a reaction. Thanks for your offer. :)

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12573 tasting notes

this is the sort of keemun i don’t love. This is a fruity, plum sort of keemun. For me, this results in a weird after taste drinking this. I’m glad i compared it against what-cha’s other offering since if this one was the one i’d tried, i don’t know that i’d have ever risked the other one. If you like fruity sorts of teas…this would be a keemun for you. It’s just not for me!

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