|"While this Keemun is a basic black tea, there is nothing simple or plain about it. It provides a very generous cup that maintains a great balance of flavours, being robust without feeling too heavy. Highly recommended! "|
I followed LRC's recommendations, brewing 1 level teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 195 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 and a half minutes. The resulting cup is again dark and rich. It's aroma is very smokey, which is mirrored by the top notes of each sip. The flavour profile then develops pleasantly into briny, doughy notes followed by a sweet malt and stone fruit finish. The feel is creamy and decadent. There is also a hint of astringency at play that stops just short of being bitter. Those looking for a heftier cuppa could easily brew it a few minutes longer without fear of it becoming too acidic. While this tea is robust enough to take milk and sugar, it's already so naturally creamy and sweet, I see no need for any additions.
I steeped the leaves again for 4 minutes. The brew is definitely drinkable with malt and toasted bread notes dominating the cup. It's also thinner in feel and more astringent, so I decide to call it a day.
While this Keemun is a basic black tea, there is nothing simple or plain about it. It provides a very generous cup that maintains a great balance of flavours, being robust without feeling too heavy. Besides being organic and fair trade, this delicious tea is affordable and available in a variety of formats. Unfortunately for me, shipping is currently limited to the US. Otherwise I would definitely stock up. Highly recommended!
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