Review: JING Tea Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"The aroma was quite strong, though, betraying malt, earth, smoke, and slight sweetness; like someone lit a woodland gingerbread house on fire."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8.9/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 9.5/10, Jamie gave it 7.5/10, Jamie gave it 8./10, CJ gave it 9/10, Dave gave it 8/10, Dan gave it 8.6/10
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"Mao Feng" - I thought - was a moniker bestowed only on a particularly famous Chinese green tea, but apparently it's a leaf length classification. Translated into English, Mao Feng means "Fur (or Hair) Peak". The name denotes leaves and buds that are of equal length and shape. Such leaves are broad, curved, and flat; the choicest shape for high quality leaves. Mao Feng green tea isn't necessarily my favorite, but I do have a lurking lust affair with Keemun blacks. JING Tea boasts that this is the "most outstanding example of a Keemun tea produced in the last three years." I'll be the judge of that. Keemun Hao Ya currently holds that esteemed rank in mein eyes.

The beige-to-brown leaves appeared curled and twisted so tightly, I compared them to a vegetal corset. The scent was unique in such a way I couldn't identify. I could only liken it to wine-scented tobacco; smoky, sweet, and creamy. JING mentioned the leaves were "tobacco-hued" but failed to mention that they smelled smokable. Of course, that just might be my predilection for good pipe tobacco. That and Keemun black teas generally have a smoky-sweet scent. No fault of the vendor, I assure...and jest. In short, it smelled mighty tasty.

Brewing instructions per the profile called for 1-2 tsp per cup of boiled water, infused for three minutes. I split the different and went with 1 tablespoon in an 8oz cup of 200F water. Hopefully the cup would be as mid-strength as my approach.

The infusion surprised me on coloring, steeping to a burnt ochre or russet color. It brewed on the light side of the black tea spectrum. The aroma was quite strong, though, betraying malt, earth, smoke, and slight sweetness; like someone lit a woodland gingerbread house on fire. The taste was pleasantly robust - a virgin rum-like kick on the front, a dry middle, and a smooth aftertaste. It warms and awakens in equal parts, and I surmise it goes pretty well with toast.

Keemun Mao Feng is a very good addition to the ranks. While it doesn't quite hold a candle to Hao Ya, it had enough character of its own to be a close colonel in the war against no caffeine. I soldier on.

— To purchase JING Tea 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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