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!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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