Review: The Little Red Cup Keemun Black

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Thumbs up!"Produces just what a Keemun is all about – pronounced, malty, black tea flavor."
Dan’s Teaview: 8.6/10
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Little Red Cup prides themselves on offering only teas that meet the following criteria: they must be whole leaf, must be organic, must be fair trade certified, and must be “tremendously good to drink”. Can’t argue with that mission statement, and honestly that’s what ALL tea is (or rather *should be*) about – a delicious, healthy product that is good for your body and reciprocally good for the generations of tea cultivators who make it available to us.

The dried leaf provides a semi-sweet and malty aroma, slight but welcoming. 90%+ of the leaves are uniform in deep mahogany color, with a peppering of lighter brown shades mixed in. The leaves are are small (cut and/or torn) and remain fairly inconspicuous once infused as well.

A two minute infusion yields a pale golden yellow liquor, light on hue and aroma. The flavor is nice, albeit a bit mellow for my personal taste. Still, it produces a satisfactory cup for those times (although rare) when maybe a more subdued flavor profile might be desired. The four-minute-mark, on the other hand, produces just what a Keemun is all about – pronounced, malty, black tea flavor. The liquor doesn’t really get much deeper in color, but the flavor does. At four minutes, this is neither an overpowering assault on the palette, nor is it wimpy – but rather, a perfect amount of flavor eked from black tea leaves.

Keemun Tea has long been a “backseat favorite” of mine – always enjoyed, but always overlooked at the same time. It’s quickly and recently come to the forefront of my tea drinking, and riding shotgun alongside my default go-to Darjeelings. Little Red Cup’s fair trade and organic offering is that much more enticing to help propel this tea back into my daily conscience.

— To purchase The Little Red Cup Keemun Black, 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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