It took some experimenting to get this tea where I wanted. I settled on 2tsp (sometimes heaping), 10oz, 200F. First steep rather short around 2-3 minutes, second for as long as it sat while I readied myself for the day.
Great workhorse of a tea with solid flavor, a good medium-oily mouthfeel and enough caffeine to keep me wired while dealing with electrified people. This keemun isn’t fancy but it does have the hallmarks. It’s hefty, warm and brisk but never astringent or bitter. Deeply earthy but not dirty, much like a very dark tobacco. Lots of chocolate and tons of hardwood — oaky? Oaky. Okay. Leather. Malt. Almost creamy. Blueberry-strawberry-blackberry red wine undertone lifts it up and rounds it out like a pushup bra? Wtf derk. Hints of pine wood and a fading afterthought of smoke provide a little more depth. More mineral sweet in the second infusion. The pine, smoke and mineral sweetness actually dominate when I use less leaf.
Curious, I looked up this company called Winterbloom, found it’s a tea spot in North Carolina less than a few hours’ drive from so many memories. Thanks for the big ole bag and the big ole feels, ashmanra.
Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Leather, Malt, Mineral, Oak, Pine, Red Wine, Smoke, Strawberry, Tobacco