|"This tea offers a great balance between robust flavours and more delicate overtones. It's a hearty, creamy cup yet still light. I see no reason to drink any other Keemun! "|
I brewed the leaves according to the directions on my sample's package, infusing a heaping teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The cup quickly colours to a deep mahogany hue. The tea's aroma is now much sweeter: almost all malt, with a hint of cocoa. Taking a sip, the first thing that strikes me is how decadently smooth and creamy the tea feels. The cup gets milkier and milkier as it cools. Again, the flavour is very malty, with some plum, roasted squash and sweet potato thrown in. Occasionally a smattering of savoury flavours appears, reminiscent of smokey, salted almonds. The finish has a hint of cinnamon to it. It's a delicious cup through and through.
The next steep is much milder but still good. Following a 4 minute brew, the body has lost a lot of its creamy feel but it's still smooth. The finish is sweet and spicy, with a hint of fruit and cinnamon to it. This cup doesn't knock my socks off like the previous one did, but it's worth the effort.
After a 5 and a half minute-long steep, my third cup is definitely watery. I would stop at the second cup next time, or else add more leaf, using shorter infusion times from the start.
Teavivre's website suggests drinking this tea with milk. I can't say I agree with this recommendation. This brew is naturally very smooth and milky. I also wouldn't want anything obscuring its delicious features. This tea offers a great balance between robust flavours and more delicate overtones. It's a hearty, creamy cup yet still light. The fact that it's organic, relatively reasonably priced and available in a variety of formats to boot is a bonus. I see no reason to drink any other Keemun!
— To purchase Teavivre Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea, 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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