Leaf Type: Black
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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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!