Keemun is my absolute favorite tea for breakfast. Once upon a time long ago, if you asked for breakfast tea, Keemun was what you were given. These days, even specifically ordering English Breakfast can result in many different types of tea being delivered to you, with Assam or Kenyan tea being the most likely to show up at your table. There are many, many kinds!
But Keemun is gentler on my stomach and still has that “start the day” vibe. Although I rarely add anything to my tea, Keemun can take additions of milk and/or sugar and still shine. The taste is so great as is that I don’t want to dampen it.
This particular Keemun is the middle grade offered by AprTea Mall. I reserve the highest grades for afternoon tea or for drinking by themselves, and I don’t enjoy lower grade Keemun teas nearly as much, but I find a mid-grade to be just what I am looking for in a breakfast tea or to pair with a meal.
The leaves are very dark, long, and lightly twisted. These are whole leaves and not broken bits. The dry leaf aroma is fruity, and the wet leaf aroma is fruity and bright.
It has just enough heft and just enough cocoa or malt flavor to be paired with waffles and syrup and clear the palate without the pucker factor of most breakfast teas. This particular Keemun also has that hint of fruit that earns some of these the designation of a “winey” Keemun, although it is just a hint here and not terribly pronounced.
Overall, I deem this to be a good, serviceable Keemun that I can enjoy as a daily drinker.
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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: AprTea Mall
Keemun Mao Feng (祁门毛峰): Keemun Mao Feng is a kind of Keemun Black Tea,has a more refined production process.using one bud and one leaf for full fermentation. the shape is cord tight knot small as eyebrow, the luster is Ukraine; tea aroma lasting fragrance, like fruit orchid fragrance, the aroma has this special name “Qimen fragrant” in the international tea market; tea soup color and leaf color is red and bright, the taste is fresh and thick, and even drink with milk and the sweet sugar, the aroma is not only reduced, but more fragrant.
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– Caramel aroma
– Smooth texture with no bitterness
– Caramel taste with a malty finish
Origin: Keemun, China
– Heat water to roughly 95°C/207°F
– Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
– Brew for 3 minutes
– Always remove the leaves from the water once the tea has brewed
– Re-use the leaves multiple times and increase steeping time with each subsequent infusion
– Best without milk
Ahhhh! A mighty nice Keemun! Yes indeed this Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea from What-Cha has that caramelly aroma paired with a caramel taste and malty finish. It’s VERY smooth on the tongue and has absolutely NO bitterness. This black tea has one of the ‘cleanest’ tastes I have ever experienced with a black tea base. For my 2nd infusion the color of the tea in the cup was much lighter and faded and the taste was more of a sweet wood than a caramel like with the first infusion. This is absolutely delicious and smooth! It leave no aftertaste and is tremendously ‘clean’. This won’t last long in my cupboard that is for sure!