|"The taste is smooth and well rounded especially with the additions of the cream and sugar. This would make an excellent breakfast tea perhaps even edging out my Irish Breakfast."|
One thing that I really like about Culinary Teas is that they don't stint on the information for their teas. This particular blend comes from Qimen County, Anhui Province (home of the original keemun). The particular grade of Keemun is 3 Monkeys. And the cup characteristics are: A complex and subtle flavor that is aromatic and penetrating without being lush or floral.
Looking at my dry sample the leaves are smaller and of a deep brownish black. To the dry nose the aroma is very faint and slightly fruity. I set up my tea-maker using five teaspoons of leaves to 1200 ml of water. The water temperature was 212 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes.
There is a richer aroma when brewed now showing a slight maltiness. Culinary Teas' website however recommended using some cream and sugar to really bring out the aroma and flavor. So deciding not be a rebel today, I took their suggestion. The aroma has totally changed to one that is slightly floral however what it reminds me most of fresh bread just being pulled out of the oven. So glad that I decided to follow instructions because it is enough to make me hungry.
The taste is smooth and well rounded especially with the additions of the cream and sugar. There is a tart, tangy bite to the tea that seems to change with every sip between pine and a dry chardonnay. This would make an excellent breakfast tea perhaps even edging out my Irish Breakfast. And the price is more then reasonable so I have added this to my list of teas to pick up.
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