Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tea Review: Keemun Black Tea Grade 1 (Teavivre)

Keemun Black Tea
Type:  Black (Grade 1)
Origin:  China, Anhui (Qimen)
Product Description:  As one of the key ingredients in the famous English Breakfast tea, Keemun black tea is justifiably considered one of the finest black teas in the world.  It's strong aroma and taste hints at both flowers and fruit, but is well balanced and always leaves you wanting more. 
When you look at TeaVivre's Keemun you will see thin, twisted buds that have been carefully hand-rolled to avoid breakage but allow the buds to fully oxidise during processing. 
A perfect breakfast tea, Keemun is the key ingredient in many breakfast blends, notably English Breakfast and Russian Caravan.  It is great to drink by itself, or with milk or sugar.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet caramel aroma, oaty with a light marine quality that reminds me of kombu.

The red amber infusion has an aroma of honey and flowers with light smoky notes.  The taste is smoky, lightly sweet, with a dry finish.

The flavor and aroma carried well through multiple infusions, though I favored the complexity of the first and would like to try the second with a splash of milk.  

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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