Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Life in Teacup
Production Year – 2011
Production Season – Summer
Production Region – Qimen, Anhui Province
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Keemun is among my favorite black (or red) teas. Such a wonderful complexity to Keemun tea – at once it is a deep, smoky tea, but it isn’t too heavy. It is light enough to allow the drinker to experience its delicious fruit notes. It is rich and bold and flavorful, and it has gusto to spare!
This Keemun Mao Feng from Life in Teacup is an excellent tea. It has all the flavor components I mentioned above and more. I love the sweetness to this, it is like a honey caramel and it melds nicely with the smoky tones. The sweetness of the caramel curbs the smoky tones just enough so that they do not taste too harsh, creating a very smooth, well-rounded flavor.
This would make a delicious breakfast tea (0r that all-important first cup of the day), and it has such a pleasant set of fruit tones that it would also make an agreeable afternoon cup. And while I personally prefer a Keemun served straight, with no additions, this Keemun would accept the additions of milk and honey quite well, if you like to take your tea that way!
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!