Review: Teasenz Keemun Tea

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Thumbs up!"For those who like a honeyed, light bodied cup. It doesn’t require any milk or sweetener, as it’s naturally smooth and sweet."
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.1/10
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teasenzkeemunblackThis is my first time reviewing a sample from Teasenz. This offering was harvested in the winter of 2012 in Qimen County, China, the original birthplace of keemuns. The picture on the website does not at all do justice to the tea. The dainty, lightly curled gold and ebony leaves are lovely to behold. Their earthy, barn-like aroma seems to be a holdover from their fermentation process. It’s not the most appealing scent but I know from experience not to get too hung up about a dry tea’s smell.

I brewed this tea following Teasenz’s recommendations, using a heaping teaspoonful of leaves in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees for 3 minutes. The resulting liquor is a deep rusty brown hue. The aroma is much more appetizing now, mixing gentle honey and malt notes. Taking a sip, the tea is smooth, with just a touch of astringency to the finish. It’s quite a light cup as far as keemuns go, honey balancing out tobacco and nut tones. It’s pleasant enough but I find myself wanting a bit more depth of flavour.

I try a second cup, steeping the leaves for 4 minutes this time. The flavours are a bit more developed, with more prominent wood, malt and brine tones appearing along with the honeyed finish. However, the feel is still very light.

I brew the leaves a third time for 6 minutes. The results are similar to the previous infusion but thinner still. I decide that the tea is getting a bit too watery to entice me to do a fourth steep. On the upside the sweet finish is still going strong. I would definitely brew the leaves a third time again.

I would recommend this reasonably priced tea to those who like a honeyed, light bodied cup. It doesn’t require any milk or sweetener, as it’s naturally smooth and sweet. I prefer a thicker, creamier feel so I probably wouldn’t purchase this leaf, but that’s not to say that it’s not a high quality offering.

— To purchase Teasenz Keemun Tea, 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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