|"The aroma was quite strong, though, betraying malt, earth, smoke, and slight sweetness; like someone lit a woodland gingerbread house on fire."|
The beige-to-brown leaves appeared curled and twisted so tightly, I compared them to a vegetal corset. The scent was unique in such a way I couldn't identify. I could only liken it to wine-scented tobacco; smoky, sweet, and creamy. JING mentioned the leaves were "tobacco-hued" but failed to mention that they smelled smokable. Of course, that just might be my predilection for good pipe tobacco. That and Keemun black teas generally have a smoky-sweet scent. No fault of the vendor, I assure...and jest. In short, it smelled mighty tasty.
Brewing instructions per the profile called for 1-2 tsp per cup of boiled water, infused for three minutes. I split the different and went with 1 tablespoon in an 8oz cup of 200F water. Hopefully the cup would be as mid-strength as my approach.
The infusion surprised me on coloring, steeping to a burnt ochre or russet color. It brewed on the light side of the black tea spectrum. The aroma was quite strong, though, betraying malt, earth, smoke, and slight sweetness; like someone lit a woodland gingerbread house on fire. The taste was pleasantly robust - a virgin rum-like kick on the front, a dry middle, and a smooth aftertaste. It warms and awakens in equal parts, and I surmise it goes pretty well with toast.
Keemun Mao Feng is a very good addition to the ranks. While it doesn't quite hold a candle to Hao Ya, it had enough character of its own to be a close colonel in the war against no caffeine. I soldier on.
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