Review: Tao Tea Leaf Keemun Gongfu

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Its OK"Starts off pleasantly enough but finishes with a bitter aftertaste. A great tea though if you prefer cream and sugar in your cup."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 5.5/10
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The first time I tried out a premium keemun was last year and I was hooked. Unfortunately I wasn't able to pick any up because the company only sold wholesale. If I thought that there was any way that I would have been able to drink if up fast enough to keep the leaves from going stale, I probably would have gotten some anyways.

Now I have an opportunity to check out another premium keemun. And this one is sold in retail quantities! Can you tell that I am excited? There just a bit of confusion in my mind about this tea though. My sample is labeled "Keemun Kong Fu" which isn't listed on their website however there is a "Keemun Gong Fu". Hopefully if they aren't the same, they are really close.

My sample consists of smaller wiry black tea leaves that are a dark greyish green in coloring. The aroma is malty. It almost reminds me of a good scotch of all things, and I don't even like scotch. The only instructions on the website is for gong fu brewing so I went with my standby for black teas using a rounded tablespoon of leaves, my black tea setting and a 3 minute steep time.

The resulting liquor is a darker golden brown. So dark in fact that if you don't hold your pot up to the light, you could mistake it for coffee. The aroma has a very slight malt to it now. The tea just rolls over over the tongue starting out with a taste that is best described as rounded. It does finish off though with a bitter aftertaste at the back of the tongue. I would try to brew up another pot and use a shorter brewing time however there was just enough in my sample for one. A dab of cream does eliminate that bitterness though.

As it stands now, I wouldn't stock this tea though I am considering picking up some just so that I can playing with the brewing times. If I can get it right, then this keemun would find a place in my cupboard.

— To purchase Tao Tea Leaf Keemun Gongfu, 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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