Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
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.
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!