Review: Teayama Imperial Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"The dark coppery cup is very smoky, but in the silkiest way possible. Very tasty!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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teayamaimpkeemmaofengThis Chinese black tea promises “complex flavor, both delicate and robust with floral and woody notes”. The leaves are quite wispy and dainty looking. Most are a deep espresso brown but there are a few tan threads here and there. Taking a sniff, their aroma is a sturdy mix of malt and pipe tobacco.

In the absence of brewing instructions on Teayama’s site, I steeped a heaping teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The dark coppery cup is very smoky, but in the silkiest way possible. Its aroma is very pungent, with strong smoke and nutritional yeast notes. Taking a sip, the notes are again very robust with lots of smoke and tobacco. There is a hint of malt and brine towards the middle. The finish is sweeter, stone fruit and dark chocolate lingering on the tongue. Although a bit thin, the feel remains completely smooth throughout.

After a second, 4 minute-long steep, the cup is much more delicate. The smoky profile that was so prominent initially has all but disappeared. What remain are sweet plum and malt notes. The flavours are much more evenly distributed throughout the sip, making for a simpler drink.

I try brewing the leaves one last time, following a 5 minute-long infusion. The feel is a bit rougher now, with a milder flavour profile, especially as it cools. The tea is very fruity, with an interesting hint of cinnamon. It’s definitely drinkable but also clearly passed its prime. I could probably pull another decent cup from the leaves but I decide to call it a day.

The chocolaty taste found in the first infusion is very convincing. This would be a great tea to use in a blend, if it wasn’t so darn tasty on its own. It’s a bit thin in feel for my linking but being reasonably priced along with said chocolate notes, this leaf could conceivably find its way into my personal stash.

— To purchase Teayama Imperial 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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