Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Grey’s Teas
This extra quality Keemun has a neat pine-needle leaf producing a subtly rich liquor with a toasty character and delicate aroma. A truly delicate tea that can be enjoyed any afternoon or evening.
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When I read the name of this tea on the package, I was a little confused by it: Keemun Peony. Is it a black tea, or a white tea? Before I brewed it, I brought up the Grey’s Teas Website and found that this is a Black Tea from China. The aroma of the dry leaf is rich with notes of a warm, toasty, earthy type of scent. There is also a sort of leather-y type of fragrance. The brewed tea smells very similar to what I experienced with the dry leaf.
Nice! This is such a rich and satisfying Keemun. It has wisps of smokiness in the background. Not an overpowering taste of smoke, I would describe it more as a smoke you’d taste if you were to taste a fire-roasted plum. And I mention “plum” because I taste notes of fruit in this cup as well, and it’s not so easy to pinpoint the fruit flavor I taste, but, I’d say it’s closest to plum. As I continue to sip, I notice that the fruit notes seem to morph into the fruit notes you would taste in a well-aged wine. The astringency to this tea further develops the wine-like flavors. There is a honey-like sweetness to the cup as well.
Overall, I would describe this tea as a masculine tea. It has a rugged sort of flavor, like something you’d want to drink early in the day to give you that inspiration to get moving. Toasty and smoked. Rich and earthy, with notes of leather. It does have sweetness to it too, from the aforementioned fruit and honey notes, but even these have a sort of masculine quality to them, tasting sweet but with savory undertones to cut through some of the sweeter notes. Nothing too sweet here. Just a smooth, rich tea experience.
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!