Review: JING Tea Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"Unusually rich and complex for a brisk tea. A fun change for black tea lovers. "
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 9.5/10, Jamie gave it 7.5/10, Geoff gave it 8.9/10, Jamie gave it 8./10, Dave gave it 8/10, Dan gave it 8.6/10
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JING  has an interesting business concept.  They divide their products by shoppers' self-perceived level of tea expertise.  Their entry level category is "gateway", their mid-range level is "explorer" and advanced is "connoisseur." I fancied myself a "connoisseur,"  but I had to demote myself to "explorer" after looking at the JING'S list of teas.  I have much to learn.

JING's Keemum Mao Feng was on both the explorer and conoisseur lists.  The dark, fine, twisted leaves smelled like chocolate and flowers. They were  so small, I expected a tasty batch of broken bits in my pot after brewing.  But these were entire leaves, most under an inch long and quarter inch wide.  Putting on my "explorer" hat, I learned that leaf size is a product of age.  Younger leaves are smaller.

Using just under a full teaspoon per cup, I poured boiling water over the leaves for about 4 minutes.  Brewed, the leaves smelled almost entirely floral, with slight nuances of fruit.  The taste was exquisite.  It was less malty than other black teas, but no less rich.  The mouthful was astringent, yet coated the entire mouth, not just the tip-of-the-tongue like other brisk, black teas.

Now I am proud to say, I wrote all of my perceptions before I looked at JING's website.  Proud because my senses picked up on the qualities  "advertised" by JING:

"Velvety textured with palate cleansing clarity and a long, lingering finish with notes of dark chocolate and sweet orchid."

I've always been fond of a good Keemum.  This one exceeded my expectations. I rate it a 9.

— 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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