Review: Life in Teacup Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"Very sweet, with a savoury underpinning of bread and malt notes, this light but flavourful tea makes a great afternoon pick me up. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.9/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 7.7/10
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I love the richness of Chinese black – or as they would say, red teas. Produced in the summer of 2010, this tea heads from the birthplace of all Keemuns, Qimen County. Mao Fengs, or “fur peaks” are typically very downy teas. At a glance, this offering is elegantly spidery, thin, jet black leaves curling into one another. Taking a sniff, their scent is an interesting mixture of sweet cream, vanilla and black pepper.

I loosely followed the directions suggested by Life in Teacup. Their preparation shuns the need for an infuser, letting the leaves sink to the bottom of the cup. Personally, I like a bit more control than that so I used my trusty tea ball instead, opting for a western-style infusion. I brewed a teaspoonful of leaves in water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The resulting copper-coloured cup is redolent with an enticing malt and toasted bread aroma. Predictably, I can spot a little pile of down floating at the bottom of the cup. The flavour profile seems to seesaw between fruity and malty notes. There is also a tasty toasted bread element present, as foreshadowed by the aroma. With its berry and peach flavours, this brew is very sweet on its own and does not need any added sweeteners. I'm not sure this brew could take milk. Although it gets a bit heavier as it cools, it's fairly light bodied for a black tea. Besides this cup is silky smooth and there is absolutely no bitterness that needs to be tempered.

I'm definitely tempted to brew these leaves again, for another 4 and a half minutes. The tea feels a little thin but the sweet, malty fruitiness is still there. There is more roughness and astringency present but overall it makes for a palatable second cup. I'm not convinced that these delicate leaves will weather a third infusion so I decide to call it a day here.

Very sweet, with a savoury underpinning of bread and malt notes, this light but flavourful tea makes a great afternoon pick me up. It might disappoint those looking for a heftier morning brew. It lacks a certain richness and depth of flavour to make it a truly superb tea, however these leaves are well worth it as an everyday brew.

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