Review: Drink The Leaf Organic Hong Tao Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"A Chinese black that, while not very deep, is a worthy cup to brew."
Scott’s Teaview: 8.1/10
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drinkleafmaotungAccording to their website,, "Keemun grown in the Anhui Province, near a high mountain lake. The dry leaf is black and golden. The color of this tea is one of my favorites in our selection- like a "red peach" but with a darker amber hue. The aroma is great, but the flavor is the key to this tea. Medium to full, with caramel and honey notes,and a long finish. Enjoy this tea- a new discovery for us."

No brewing instructions so I did the standard for black tea: 200F water for 3 minutes. Only one steep this time, since it's not a blend, flavored tea, or a tea recommended for multiple infusions.

Color is amber, borderline flat brown. The smell is malty, earth, and this curious sea/brine smell that I always get from good black teas. Taste is quite pleasant. I get rose, malt, wet dirt, and a honey sweetness on the finish that holds for a good fifteen seconds. Little mouth-pucker; it is smooth and refreshing.

This is a pretty nice tea. I do have to admit it isn't the most complex tea but it is delicious in its own simplicity. I would definitely stock this regularly. And it's a pretty good price to boot.

— To purchase Drink The Leaf Organic Hong Tao 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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