Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The predominant flavor, a sweet and sturdy caramel-cocoa note, is complemented by a mildly astringent finish which contains subtle notes of pine and earth. This one does stand out as being among the best Keemuns I have sampled over the years. "|
The more I sample products from Lu Lin Teas, the more I am becoming impressed with what they have to offer. This morning I opened their Single Estate Keemun Tea and was greeted with a fresh and pungent aroma that consisted of cocoa notes with some mild pine notes too. The dry leaves are thin and compact, just as I expect of a Keemun. I steeped one teaspoon of leaves in six ounces of boiling water for three minutes, producing a coppery red liquid that is often a hallmark of Keemun teas. I found this tea to be an instant pleaser because it possesses a rich flavor that is fairly complex, but without being too heavy (which is often a fault I find with many a Keemun tea). The predominant flavor, a sweet and sturdy caramel-cocoa note, is complemented by a mildly astringent finish which contains subtle notes of pine and earth. This is a solid drink that works well as a breakfast tea and does very well on its own. I enjoyed two cups in a row without ever feeling compelled to add milk or sugar. But as this is a heavier-bodied brew, I assume it can handle either or both quite well. While this tea is heavier-bodied, it avoids tasting flat and heavy, which is sometimes a delicate balance that can be hard to attain. While I don't consider myself to be an expert on Keemun teas, I can say that of the various offerings I have sampled over the years, this one does stand out as being among the best, if not the best. The price of this tea (approximately $15 for 50 grams) is, at least for me, a bit on the steeper side of the price scale, but if you are able to splurge, this is a tea worth trying.
— To purchase Lu Lin Teas Single Estate Keemun 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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