Review: Drink the Leaf Organic Hong Tao Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"I've had lesser-quality Keemun teas before and enjoyed them for what they were. The flavors that come through on this tea, however, are worthwhile to seek out. The playful nature of complex flavor is welcoming, and subtlety is key."
Dan’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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drinkleafmaotungDrink the Leaf is run by a guy named Dan who grew up in the outskirts of Buffalo, NY with a love for tea - ah, Dan, we have so much in common! This organic tea is a Keemun variety, a Chinese black tea which comes from the Qimen County of the Anhui province. For those unfamiliar with it, this tea is a common ingredient in English Breakfast teas.

The leaves are very wiry and expertly rolled to a very fine, fragile status. The dried leaf has a very woody aroma, and is a deep, rich black tea color with a very small peppering of lighter-shade tippy buds.

A 200-degree brew works well with this tea, and I found a 3-4 minute steep to be ideal. The liquor is a deep amber hue with an aroma that expands on the woody scent of the leaves, and invites more fruity notes into the mix. The flavor is lovely as well - complex in sourcing its flavor, I find slight hints of grape and rose, with a mild sweetness (caramel?) that's barely present. The wood-like notes play a part on the tongue as well, especially in the finish, which is quite dry and nice. There is an air of smokiness in the finish as well. None of this is like a brick to the head, mind you - this flavor palette is quite subtle all around, while still providing the essence of a nice, rich tasting cup.

I've had lesser-quality Keemun teas before and enjoyed them for what they were. The flavors that come through on this tea, however, are worthwhile to seek out. The playful nature of complex flavor is welcoming, and subtlety is key.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf Organic Hong Tao Mao Feng, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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