Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Keemum Mao Feng, one special variety of Keemun black tea origins from Qi Men County in Anhui province of China, has famous reputation for its peculiar aroma and shape. It has also been made widely familiar as one of the four world’s best black tea. It is carefully processed so that the shape of the tea leaves resemble that of the Mao Feng Green Tea. This is why it got the name “Keemum Mao Feng“.
With the thin and twisted strips of tea leaves and peculiar aroma (fruity mixed with orchid-like), those russet interwoven tea leaves look neat and taste wonderful.
Learn more about this tea here.
I’ve tried a couple of different Keemun black teas from Teavivre and enjoyed the ones that I’ve tasted – so it’s no surprise to me that I’m also enjoying this Keemun Mao Feng from Teavivre. What can I say? Teavivre has never failed me yet!
When I opened the pouch of this tea, I could smell the fruity notes immediately. Hints of flower just beneath the delightful fruit notes with hints of earth in the background.
To brew this, I used my Breville One-Touch. Two bamboo scoops were measured into the basket of the tea maker and 500ml of water was poured into the jug. Then I set the parameters for 212°F (boiling) and 2 1/2 minutes. A few minutes later, I had a delightfully fragrant pot of tea. The fruit and flower notes are still there, tempting me to take a sip.
I’m not one to resist temptation, so after allowing the tea to cool to a drinkable temperature, I gave in to the temptation and began to enjoy this wonderful tea.
The fruit and floral aromas translate to the flavor. It tastes fruity, reminiscent of stone fruit (I taste plum) and notes of orchid. I also taste a raisin-y sweetness to this. It has some wine-like notes to it too, I taste notes of black currant toward the finish and the slightly dry astringency toward the tail play to that wine-like character.
Quite often with a Keemun tea, I experience a smoky note, but I’m not getting a strong smokiness from this one. Perhaps hints of smoke in the distance. This one is more fruity and wine-like than it is smoky.
It’s a satisfying tea, I think I’d want this one as an afternoon pick-me-up rather than a morning tea. It doesn’t have the really strong, malty flavors that I like a morning tea to have (and generally, Keemun teas don’t!) but it does have that beautiful fruity flavor that I like in an afternoon tea.
A really nice Keemun. Then again, you can’t go wrong with Teavivre. If you haven’t yet tried a tea from Teavivre, you really should! They are one of the finest tea companies from which I’ve had the great honor to review teas.
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!