Day 3 of the Qimen Quandery.j
So, yes, I’ve been hoarding this Qimen, which was an offering with the reserve TOMC, and which I bought extra of, & so it’s time to include it in the Keemun reviews. I have mostly drank this one using my tiny 4oz porcelain teapot, with short steepings, but I felt that in order to get a fair comparison to the other keemuns, I should use the same parameters.
And without a doubt, this one beats them all! First off, it’s very nicely smokey! The flavor of this one is so rich, even deep, with nice elements of incense, caramelized brown sugar, & chocolate pudding. The resteeps were also wonderful. I still have more drinking to do, but as it stands, I think my preferences are:
1 – this one
2 – organice superfine fragrant – teavivre
3 – either keemun hao ya or keemun grade 2 – both teavivre
4 – keemun grade 1 – Teavivre

On friday I plan to go to the London Tea Room to sample their keemun, which I haven’t had for quite some time, but which I recall had really nice brown sugar taste to it.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


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