Review: Teayama Imperial Keemun Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"My general lack of desire for black teas considered, Teayama's Keemun Mao Feng makes for an undoubtedly solid brew."
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teayamaimpkeemmaofengRegardless of even the most black tea-averse palate, it is nearly inevitable that every tea drinker will find themselves, mug in hand, with the most globally consumed variety. I for one will openly profess that black teas are typically not my forte. And I admit with slight embarrassment that the very tea I discuss here was, due to my hasty assumption (and complete disregard for the word “Keemun” in the name), believed to be a green in composition and far from its actual robust and full-bodied nature.

The dark russet and copper leaves of Teayama’s Keemun are small and wiry, typical for teas of its kind. A hint of chocolate immediately emanates from the dry leaves, with notes of malt and smokiness in close company. Once steeped, the leaves further accentuate the smoky aroma and stand at the forefront of the overall multifarious array.

Despite the protruding smokiness in the Keemun’s brawny bouquet, the liquor’s flavor profile holds none of it. Instead, the hints of chocolate and malt effectively work their way into its overall composition, and strong yet rounded characteristics leave out any potential hints of woodiness or astringency. These pleasant tasting notes hold firm their integrity even into the third brew, and aside from the dissipating tinge of dark chocolate, lose hardly any of even their subtler elements.

Teayama's particular Keemun is relatively insusceptible to the woes of over-steeping; thus, any time frame from 2-4 minutes under freshly boiled water should do. It should be noted, however, that an infusion of just over two minutes is sufficient and perhaps best-suited in delivering the most out of what the tea has to offer.

My general lack of desire for black teas considered, Teayama's Keemun Mao Feng makes for an undoubtedly solid brew. To my surprise, I found the tea to be quite delightful and well worth multiple sips - this despite my general indifference towards black teas. If balance is what you're looking for, Teayama's balanced and unique Keemun should be of meaningful consideration.

— 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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