Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Keemun 3 Monkey has a complex yet subtle flavor. Aromatic and penetrating without being lush or floral. It is said you can compare this to a fine burgundy wine because of it’s superb bouquet. The flavor is best brought out with the use of milk. This Chinese black tea has a bright tending reddish cup.
Learn more about this tea here.
For me, no other black tea variety says “winter” like a good Keemun. It has such a delightfully cozy flavor to it, like something I would want to cozy up with after waking up on a chilly morning, or curling up with on a cold, winters afternoon.
I think it is what I would call the “trademark” characteristics of a Keemun that make me so fond of this type of tea when the weather turns cold. It has a warming quality to it that I liken to the warming effects of a liquor that has been carefully aged in oak. It has a very pleasing, yeasty baked bread kind of flavor, full-bodied, with notes of smoke and leather and the faintest hints of spice. All of these qualities make for a warm, cozy cuppa on a chilly winter day.
But even though this tea inspires one toward warm and comfort, it has a stoutness to it, a invigorating quality … GUSTO that will also get you going if that is what you need. For that reason, this Keemun would make a fantastic choice for a breakfast tea. And it takes to the additions of milk and honey well, if you like to add them to your breakfast cup.
There are a lot of Keemun teas out there from which to choose, and some can be quite expensive! I think that this Keemun 3 Monkey from Culinary Teas is good for those who seek an exceptional value for their tea dollar. It is also a good “starter” Keemun for those who are new to this type of tea, to learn more about it and start exploring the nuances that Keemun offers. It has a good depth of flavor, and it doesn’t seem to be leaning toward any one flavor characteristic more than others… it possesses a really nice balance of those aforementioned Keemun trademark characteristics.
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!
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