|"Sweetness there is, and in abundance, but its understated nature is mature and the dryness of the tea keeps it fresh and not overwhelming. "|
I steeped 1 tablespoon of tea in 8 ounces of water heated to 205 degrees for 3 minutes. This treatment yields a dark infusion with a very dry aspect that is also naturally sweet, woodsy and leafy. There's a nice contrast offered in the clean, dry finish. This tea is complex and I find myself lacking especially well suited jargon to describe it. As the tea cools you can pick out a chocolate like depth in the tea, somewhat bittersweet and quite good. There is little in terms of smokiness to this keemun, nor a deeply caramel like sweetness. Sweetness there is, and in abundance, but its understated nature is mature and the dryness of the tea keeps it fresh and not overwhelming. This keemun has a very full body and a light, dry aftertaste.
The second infusion of this tea has a wetter feeling to it with a similar dry finish that is very pleasing. I don't find the second infusion to have such dynamism in terms of contrasting sweet and dry flavors/qualities. With a tad of sweetener, one can note a slightly sour flavor on the high notes of flavor and the body remains full and wet feeling with slightly caramel sweet notes pitching in prior to a sour-dry finish.
Very enjoyable!! A treat of a Keemun for special occasions or to enjoy with friends.
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