|"The body is surprisingly light when prepared with lesser amounts of leaf, but the sweetness remains incredible - there's a dry finish that is very good to taste, as well. "|
I infused a couple of samples of this tea, using a level teaspoon of leaf and a much more rounded teaspoon (more like 1.5 teaspoons) to a standard 8 ounces of 205 degree water and a three minute infusion time. I preferred the higher leaf to water ratio in this case as it lent a heartier body to the tea which is a preference of mine. The lighter preparation yielded a similar taste profile only lighter and more elegant in overall mouthfeel. Both would be great ways to prepare this tea.
My tasting notes start off with the color, which was medium copper with a clear golden halo. I was immediately impressed by the sweetness of the tea which jumps right out at you. The body is surprisingly light when prepared with lesser amounts of leaf, but the sweetness remains incredible - there's a dry finish that is very good to taste, as well. The tea tasted more woodsy than malty to me, though there was a taste of maltiness as well. The sweetness is not at all syrupy but there are nice caramel undertones that made drinking a pleasure and lent a bit of complexity. This is a very enjoyable tea. It seems that I am consistently a fan of Keemun Mao Feng whether green or black, and this one does not disappoint. The Tea Horse is a UK based tea company but might be well worth checking out for North American and other tea audiences as well.
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