Review: JING Tea Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"The scent of the brewed tea is lightly astringent, a little sweet and somehow a little earthy. These characteristics are reflected pleasantly in flavor as well."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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Keemuns are teas that I have not had a chance to sample too many of. I really enjoy black teas, especially China Blacks, and it was with a happy curiosity that I approached this offering from Jing. Jing's Keemun Mao Feng exhibits slender and very fine gently twisty/wiry dark leaves with bright tan leaves interspersed. The fragrance is sweet and has faint notes of tobacco - not smoky but sweet, earthy and even a little bit floral.

I used 2 tsp of this leaf in 8 ounces of water, steeping four minutes in water just off boiling. The scent of the brewed tea is lightly astringent, a little sweet and somehow a little earthy. These characteristics are reflected pleasantly in flavor as well. Light, fresh and mildly astringent, with a slight earthy quality I placed this tea somewhere in the midst of a Darjeeling and an Indian style black tea to satisfy my comparing mind. There were no green elements to the taste but there was a wonderful complexity and layered quality to the flavors that reminded me of a Darjeeling, yet the taste is more darkly developed than that. The taste is more delicate and playful than a robust assam or other Indian Black. Each sip is freshly and interestingly sweet and slightly sour with a fine, gentle astringency that comes off as a clean finish.

I did prefer steeping 2 tsp of this leaf to 8 ounces of water rather than one. The leaves are large and the higher ratio of leaves brings out a deeper red brown radiance to the brewed leaf that is stunning to behold. I also found that more leaf developed the sweet and to my taste slightly (and deliciously) sour notes.

I found this to be a fresh and interesting tea.

— To purchase JING Tea Keemun 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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