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China Keemun Dahlia Black Tea From Grey’s Teas

May17

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Grey’s Teas

Tea Description:

Keemun is grown in Anhui Province and is a ‘gongfu’ tea requiring disciplined skill to produce thin tight strips. It produces a rich liquor with a slightly scented flavour and delicate aroma. Keemun is the most famous of China’s black teas and, due to its subtle and complex nature, it is considered the “Burgundy of teas”.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

OH wow!  This China Keemun Dahlia Black Tea from Grey’s Teas is awesome!

The flavor is rich and powerful – it is a bold, robust, hefty black tea, but it also possesses enough subtle nuances to it to keep it from becoming too overpowering.  There are some smoky notes to this, but, they aren’t as apparent as in some other Keemun teas I’ve encountered.  Here the smoky notes are softer … like wisps of smoke that waft their way throughout the sip.

There is a really pleasant complexity to this tea – with notes of fruit, earth, leather, caramel, hints of smoke and very delicate whispers of flower within the layers of flavor.  I like that it is a strong tea, but, it isn’t all about the strength.  I like that it isn’t so heavy in flavor that the softer notes become lost … I love that I can taste all the little delicate notes here.

This is a tea that has the strength that is needed for that first cup of the day (this would be great as a morning latte!) but it also has enough softer, wine-like notes that make for a very enjoyable afternoon cuppa as well.

An excellent Keemun – this one gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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