Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Drink the Leaf
Organically grown Keemun from the Anhui Province. The dry leaf is black and golden. The color of this tea is one of my favorites in our selection- like a “red peach” but with a darker amber hue. The aroma is great, but the flavor is the key to this tea. Medium to full, with caramel and honey notes,and a long finish. Enjoy this tea- a new discovery for us.
This is an exquisite black tea from Drink the Leaf. Such a pleasing complexity!
The dark, slender, twisted leaves produce a dark amber liquor that smells sweet with just a hint of earthiness in the background. But as interesting as the color and the fragrance is with this tea, the product description from Drink the Leaf is right: “the flavor is the key…”
And the flavor of this tea is remarkable! And with that said, I must confess that I find it difficult to describe it. There is a deep sweetness to it. Like the description from Drink the Leaf suggests, there are notes of honey and caramel to this tea – so the sweetness is there but it isn’t cloying.
There is also a savory taste in the background that lingers in the background that tastes somewhat bitter – but again, bitter doesn’t describe it adequately. It isn’t an off-putting bitter, it is more like the bitter taste from a grapefruit, but without the tangy citrus-y note.
This tea is very wine-like in character, with a glistening taste that is currant-like. Sweet, tannic, and delicious.
I enjoy this tea hot or iced, but to enjoy the many complexities of this tea, you should try it hot. It doesn’t need sweetener – it is absolutely perfect as it is! A deliciously intriguing cuppa, one that you will want to enjoy often!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!