Keemun Black Tea from Swan Sisters

KeemunSwanSistersTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

This tea is available from Amoda Tea.

Tea Description:

This is a rich, lightly smoky black tea that’s smooth & bold. There’s a subtle rose note that adds depth to this cup. It has an assertive edge that gets more pronounced with longer steep times. Try it more “edgy” – 1 tsp in 8oz for 3-5 minutes. 

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Taster’s Review:

This Keemun Black Tea from Swan Sisters is a lovely Keemun.  It has a lot of the flavors that I expect from a top-notch Keemun tea.

To brew this, I used my Kati Tumbler.  I measured a bamboo scoop of the tea into my basket and poured boiling water into the tumbler and let it steep for 3 minutes.  This produced a robust cup of tea that would make a nice mid-morning cuppa!

It’s got a pleasant smoky flavor – not too smoky, not too overwhelming – but just enough to stimulate the senses.  It evokes thoughts of autumn when the weather starts to become a little cooler and people start warming their homes with fires in the fireplace.  The smoke billowing from their chimneys creates a smoky note in the air that I can almost taste.  That’s what I experience when I drink this Keemun, that wisp of smoke in the air on a cool autumn evening.

I often think (in my own little twisted tea mind) that there are two different ‘types’ of Keemun:  there is the smoky Keemun (like this one) and there is a wine-like Keemun.  This one is more smoky than wine-like, although there are some fruity, wine-like notes to this as well.  I like the way the hints of fruit play with the smoky flavors.

And to my surprise, I notice hints of rose as suggested in the description above.  This is not something I always pick up on, so I’m not sure that I’m tasting it now, or my mind is just making me think I taste it because it was suggested to me.  But, either way, it’s a pleasant experience.

Overall, a really enjoyable Keemun.  Amoda Tea offers me another lovely tea, making me a happy tea sipper.  Thank you!

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