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Heather J.

(1 review)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

For such a cheap tea it's really good, it's very aromatic and flavorful. It's very interesting and has a lot of character. The smell is kind of a weird burnt smokey smell which I actually really enjoy, and the taste is consistent with that smell. The taste is very smokey and warm and thick so it's a very comforting tea...

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Difflugia

(39 reviews)
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Qimen Black Tea from Starway

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 5th, 2017

Like other Starway teas, this tea is very inexpensive ($6.99 for 6 ounces) and is packaged in a red tin of the same style as other Starway teas. The leaves are broken, but in reasonably large pieces.

The dried leaves are quite pungent and smell strongly of raisins. As the tea steeps, the aroma is of earth, oak leave...

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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng from Music City Tea

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2017

Less than $6 for 2 ounces?...I couldn't resist :)
The tiny curly leaves smell of earth and perhaps a cinnamon sweetness.

I brewed this "semi-western" style (I normally use gong fu style). Using 4 grams of leaf in a 10 ounce teapot.
With this particular setup, my goal is to get two infusions (about 20oz of tea in ...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Hao Ya A from Harney and Sons

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016

I have had a lot of Keemun, but never before sampled Hao Ya A. The overall experience of drinking this tea was somewhat different from what I expected. It's similar, but recognizably different from the Hao Ya B, and I'm not convinced that I like it better. I like both, and this one is not that much more expensive (s...

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Keemun Mao Feng from Harney and Sons

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2016

I loved this tea. It reminded me a lot of the Spring Keemun from Andrews & Dunham, both in the smell and taste, and the appearance of the leaf.

Mild but pleasant smell to the dry leaf, which looks very curly in shape, little snail-like curls a lot like bi luo chun. Smells sweeter than other Keemun Mao Feng, but st...

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Keemun Panda #1 Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2015

Served at Notting Hill coffee shop in Lewes, DE.

Very aromatic loose leaf, slightly smoky, typical for a Keemun of good quality.

Brews a rich, mellow cup with a rounded character and strong warming quality. Probably not the best tea for a hot summer day like today, but I was in the mood for it and it was excellen...

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Brytta Sóþword

(289 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Bare Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 30th, 2014

Tried this one while on the go using a travel tea mug. I'll have to give it a proper tasting later, at home, but so far I'm pleasantly surprised! More subdued than most black teas, and not bitter at all (though I also made a point to steep it briefly).

Update: Okay, I got to try this again at work. It's definitely a...

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Keemun Concerto from Adagio Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 8th, 2014

Very interesting tea. It has a robust flavor that's hard to pin down in words. The dominant flavor is one that's savory and fruity at the same time. Perhaps akin to the flavor of sourdough bread? It tastes almost like a black tea, but without the bitterness that causes me to dislike most black teas. Of the tea I've tri...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2014

Opened a fresh package of this wonderful loose leaf blend, and enjoyed the fresh aroma of the dry leaves: earthy, slightly smoky and a light honey scent as well. Just over three minutes as a steep with boiling water. Beautiful color and a malty aroma begins to develop.

I am not sure I would classify this as a tradit...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Bare Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 17th, 2014

I was impressed with this tea; it made a good cup to enjoy on my work break. I thought it had a subdued flavor compared to other English Breakfasts, and it didn't leave a bitter aftertaste.

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Bare Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 14th, 2013

This tea is pretty good, but it has a slight vegetal flavor that I don't like. It tastes a little green. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Bare Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 11th, 2013

Initially sampled at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival, but I'm glad I sampled this on my own because I liked it even more when I brewed it myself. An unusual Keemun with both cooling and warming qualities. Strong enough to be a breakfast tea, but stands out among both other English Breakfasts and other Keemun...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2013

I really like this tea. It has a nice smoky aroma. The flavor is strong and rich and not too bitter, but it's still crisp. One of the best black teas I've had. I added cream and sugar.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 26th, 2013

I really liked this tea.... it was inexpensive and tasty -- right up my alley! I enjoyed its full and rich flavor and thought it was a good, strong, black tea. I'm happy to call this my 100th tea on the site! :)

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 23rd, 2013

An inexpensive Keemun of very good quality for its price. Very smooth and mellow, but rich. Classic Keemun flavor and aroma: winey and slightly smoky.

Dry leaf is fine and pretty broken, with a mild but very pleasing aroma.

Upon brewing I notice a very gentle smokiness, and the characteristic wine-like quality ...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2013

I really like this tea. It has a deep, smoky aroma that I like. The flavor seems kind of like lapsang souchong, but without the heavy sweetness. It has a crisp quality. I added cream and sugar.

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Elonwy

(2 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2013

I must thank Angel at Teavivre for this experience. My tea arrived today and I have been ogling the whole box since.

Black tea is one of the great loves of my life. I brew it daily, inhale the deep aromas, gaze at the dark colors, and sip at it greedily. It is truly a spiritual experience for me, and I consume far m...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

I've liked most of the products Arbor Teas offers, so I was little bit disappointed with this one.

Smells mean a lot to me and this tea didn't deliver. It smelled smokey, which I normally like, but this was a little too much like an ash tray. The smell is really the only thing I found disagreeable about this tea, a...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2013

I find it interesting how different people I have given this tea to have perceived it differently. I thought it a top-notch tea, but I also found that it doesn't have as much of a universal appeal as some high-quality teas.

Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic, and shares a lot of qualities in common with top-quality bl...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 9th, 2013

I thought this tea was good for a basic black. The flavor wasn't as complex as the description suggests. I noticed more of a smokey taste than floral and fruity undertones. I enjoyed this tea overall, but I probably wouldn't buy it on my own for its listed price.

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 6th, 2013

This tea has a sweet aroma that I like. The flavor is a little weird, but it's okay. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2013

Keemun can be really diverse, so I never know exactly what to expect when trying it. This one really surprised me--while being recognizable as Keemun.

A very complex, organic-tasting Keemun (and I mean organic in the sense that it tastes natural and multifaceted, not overly refined or simplified).

The dry leaf c...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 25th, 2012

This tea has a mild flavor, but it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2012

I was surprised to find that I strongly preferred the slightly less expensive Keemun Grade 1 from TeaVivre to this offering. While this was a very good tea, it did not wow me as being outstanding, or even higher quality than a typical Keemun. It was just different. I was surprised at the strength of the cup, the dar...

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Keemun Black Tea – Grade 1 from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 19th, 2012

I liked this tea right from the start, but the more I drank this tea, the more it has grown on me. Very full-bodied, intense flavor, smooth. Fruity, with a fair amount of smokiness. Relatively little leaf is needed for a bold-flavored cup. Surprisingly, I like this a lot better than the Keemun Hao Ya from the same ...

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