Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Drink the Leaf
Organically grown Keemun from the Anhui Province. The dry leaf is black and golden. The color of this tea is one of my favorites in our selection- like a “red peach” but with a darker amber hue. The aroma is great, but the flavor is the key to this tea. Medium to full, with caramel and honey notes,and a long finish. Enjoy this tea- a new discovery for us.
This is an exquisite black tea from Drink the Leaf. Such a pleasing complexity!
The dark, slender, twisted leaves produce a dark amber liquor that smells sweet with just a hint of earthiness in the background. But as interesting as the color and the fragrance is with this tea, the product description from Drink the Leaf is right: “the flavor is the key…”
And the flavor of this tea is remarkable! And with that said, I must confess that I find it difficult to describe it. There is a deep sweetness to it. Like the description from Drink the Leaf suggests, there are notes of honey and caramel to this tea – so the sweetness is there but it isn’t cloying.
There is also a savory taste in the background that lingers in the background that tastes somewhat bitter – but again, bitter doesn’t describe it adequately. It isn’t an off-putting bitter, it is more like the bitter taste from a grapefruit, but without the tangy citrus-y note.
This tea is very wine-like in character, with a glistening taste that is currant-like. Sweet, tannic, and delicious.
I enjoy this tea hot or iced, but to enjoy the many complexities of this tea, you should try it hot. It doesn’t need sweetener – it is absolutely perfect as it is! A deliciously intriguing cuppa, one that you will want to enjoy often!