Review: Mark T. Wendell Tea Company M.T.W. Formosa Keemun

Black Tea, Keemun Tea, Mark T. Wendell Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Sweet grainy notes really make this a special tea as they follow on the heels of wonderful woody, chocolate and remarkably distinct cherry notes. A sweet aftertaste is the perfect kiss at the end of the date. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 9/10
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Mark T. Wendell's Formosa Keemun has medium to long gray black leaves. The Wendell website mentions the leaves having a silvery hue to them and this is in fact the case. You aren't looking at a silver needle by any case, but there's an interesting gray hue that you don't often see in a black tea.

I used a large teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of water brought to a boil and then cooled to 205 degrees. The tea infuses to a copper orange color - medium darkness. In terms of taste, this tea is excellent. It's delicious, woody but also with strong chocolate notes and a mild, dry, sweet light to medium body. A substantial, grainy sweet scent rolls off the infusing cup. The taste is elegant with natural sweetness that is pleasant. I enjoy the play of flavors.

I'm impressed especially with sweet cherry notes that play alongside the woody sweet tones. This tea is smooth. The woody chocolate notes become emphatic at the close of the cup when the tea has had a bit of time to cool.

Mark T. Wendell's website describes this tea as "a burgundy" among teas. It seems that all teas hailing from Formosa, regardless of oxidation, have a very high reputation. I enjoyed this offering immensely and found the range of flavors wonderfully engaging and compelling while the medium body of the tea was refreshing without being jolting or too heavy. This tea has smooth body and is a very satisfying cup with numerous layers to the taste profile. It makes a refined breakfast cup; while strong enough to be suited for morning drinking, it's not malty or brisk. It's fuller and more mellow than that.

Sweet grainy notes really make this a special tea as they follow on the heels of wonderful woody, chocolate and remarkably distinct cherry notes. A sweet aftertaste is the perfect kiss at the end of the date.

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