Review: Tea Horse Black Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"The tea has a nice biscuit-like richness that is accented with hints of flowers and a caramel- or cocoa-like sweetness"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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Black Keemun Mao Feng is a great deviation from the normal Keemun. While I like Keemun tea, I often find that this standard breakfast tea it can be a little too heavy and/or smoky for my personal preferences. This offering, however, is much lighter than your average Keemun, in terms of both flavor and body. The dry leaves are long and narrow, loosely curled, and highly voluminous. A teaspoon of leaves really doesn't give you that many leaves because the leaves are so light and loose. Because of this, I used a bit more than one teaspoon of leaves per cup. I steeped the leaves in boiling water for three minutes, resulting in a reddish-brown semi-transparent tea. The tea has a nice biscuit-like richness that is accented with hints of flowers and a caramel- or cocoa-like sweetness. I also detected just a hint of a spiciness. The smokiness that is usually plentiful in Keemun teas is much more subdued here, and I must say that I think it made for a more enjoyable tea. This tea is not nearly as heavy-bodied as other Keemun teas that I have sampled. While I would not hesitate to add milk and/or sugar to heavier-body Keemuns, I think that this medium-bodied brew is best taken straight up. This tea is a clean-drinking brew that does not linger, but its fleeting presence makes me look forward to the next sip. This is a nice break from the usual Keemun offering.

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