Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Keemun Black Tea is one of the four famous black tea in the world, while Keemun Fragrant Black tea is one of the best of it. Keemun Fragrant Black tea only use spring tea leaves as material, in the form of one bud and two leaves. Making process of this tea will take 8 – 9 hours, including lightly sun withering, rolling, fermentation, drying, and manual kneading. The dry leaves are tight and thin. Keemun Fragrant Black tea is fully fermented, presenting a color of coppery red, and revealing abundant golden buds. The unique Keemun fragrance and fruity floral flavor makes the tea suitable for either brewing with Gaiwan or drinking with milk.
Learn more about this tea here.
When a tea has ‘fragrant’ in its name, you know you just have to smell it! The dry leaf possesses a deliciously wonderful aroma. I smell notes of cocoa! Deep, rich, dark chocolate notes dominate, while hints of freshly baked bread linger in the background. I can smell a malty tone, as well as notes of caramel. It smells so sweet and rich. The fragrance of the brewed tea is much softer when compared to the dry leaf, but, it is still very alluring. So much so that it beckons me to take a sip!
Wow … so good. This is the Keemun I’d recommend to someone who usually finds Keemun to be on the smoky side, because while there are some whispers of smoke in the distance, they are such distant notes that they’re barely distinguishable. This tea focuses on the sweeter side of Keemun with pronounced notes of cocoa, malt, and caramel.
It is also a milder Keemun. Many Keemun teas are very invigorating and have a hefty, almost rugged kind of flavor and texture … a good amount of gusto. And while this Keemun is indeed invigorating in its own way, it doesn’t have that same robust boldness that other Keemun teas that I’ve tasted possess. That is not to say that this tea lacks anything in terms of flavor, because this tea is incredibly full flavored.
Instead, I would say that this tea, while stern in its own way, takes the softer, “nice cop” approach. It tempts the drinker with its sweet, delicious notes of chocolate and warm, freshly baked bread. It entices the drinker with its luscious caramel tones and envelops you in the delicious complexity. Rather than strong-arming the drinker to an alert state of mind, it lulls the drinker into a sense of attentive consciousness. It’s really quite lovely!
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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