Review: Tea Horse Black Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"A strong, dark tea worth bragging about. Very chocolaty! "
CJ’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8/10, Shaiha gave it 7.3/10, Jamie gave it 8/10, Sophie gave it 8.3/10
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When I tell people I'm a "tea reviewer," I usually get no response.  The general public here in the U.S. at least, doesn't consider tea very interesting or important, so I usually keep my avocation to myself.  Tea merchants, on the other hand, brag about their love of tea and its lore.  None does so more flagrantly than the U.K. based  "Tea Horse."

"We’re named after an ancient trade route, the Tea Horse Road.  Brave men faced the elements to carry tea along an arduous trail over mountains and through valleys, from China to Tibet, where they traded it for horses," explained the Tea Horse website.

"Like the tea porters of China, we are on a mission to  make loose tea accessible and show that it’s not old fashioned or stuffy or pretentious...or complicated to brew" their "About" page continued.

Mission accomplished, Tea Horse!  I am grateful that you made this Keemum Maofeng accessible to me.  It's wonderful, and easy to make.

I poured boiling water over 1.5 teaspoons of the leaves per cup.  The result was a chocolaty, robust, Chinese breakfast-like tea.  Small, (1/4/to 1/2 inch) very dark leaves expanded to twice their size in the pot.  The liquor was dark amber and the smell, all over cocoa.

The taste had a sharp bite at first, but smoothed out quickly.  Besides chocolate, I tasted malt and even a hint of smoke.  This tea would stand up well to a hearty breakfast.  Fans of more delicate flavors would probably add milk, or avoid it altogether.  As a lover of hearty teas,I drank it black.  I rate it an 8.5.

— To purchase Tea Horse Black 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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