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Keemun Finest Chuen Cha from Butiki Teas

March10

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Grown near the Huang Shan mountains in the southern Anhui Province, Keemun in China, this tea is a relatively strong. Subtle notes of cocoa, leather, dried plum and wet earth can be noted.

Taster’s Review:

This is a stunning Keemun:  full-flavored and delicious, but with a somewhat softer approach.  Many Keemun teas are very bracing, this is not quite as bold but at the same time manages to maintain a gentle strength that I am really enjoying.

My first reaction to the taste of this tea is “wow!  Smoky.”  But as I continue to sip, I realize that it is less “smoky” than it is almost charcoal-esque.  Not that it tastes as though I’ve steeped some of charcoal briquettes or anything, but it has that sort of essence about it.

It is a very earthy and masculine tasting tea, but underneath these assertive flavors is a wonderful sweetness.   A molasses-y sweetness!  I also get the flavors as described in the product description above.  I taste notes of a savory cocoa, a rustic leather, sweet dried plum and damp earth.

Together, it becomes a deliciously complex cup of tea.  At first reaction, I was a bit uncertain about this tea, but now, as I am finishing the cup, I am realizing just how good this really is.  It’s good for multiple infusions too!

Another remarkable tea from Butiki Teas!  I expected no less!

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