Spring Keemun

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Brand:Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Teas
Style:Keemun
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Spring Keemun

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 10, 2014

Commercial Description

...This is a spring crop of Keemun Xiang Luo (Fragrant Spirals), so while this tea has all the usual, unmistakable tawny richness of Keemun, it is more delicate than you might expect. Lion and lamb, all at once. The leaves are so beautiful — elegant, dark, and shiny — it’s almost a shame to pour water on them...

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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
(46 reviews) on

This is a really good black tea. The leaves are very pretty dry. The brewed tea isn't too acidic - I accidentally left the strainer in for over an hour once and it was still very yummy. A second brew is still good, but weaker of course.
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Reviewer pic94 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I sampled this tea at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival, and it was mind-blowing! I'm now writing an extended review after brewing it myself at home.

The dry leaf has a unique aroma, vegetal, suggesting sweetness, and with a hint of smoke.

Brews up a rich, dark cup which is surprisingly smooth in flavor, even naturally sweet, and low in bitterness. There's just enough astringency to make it full-bodied.

The cup has a very complex aroma, notes of wood smoke, vegetables, and a hint of wintergreen. Recognizable as Keemun, but pretty far outside the bounds of what I consider normal for Keemuns. A much lighter tea, less of the chocolatey, roasty, or dried fruit notes that I find in some darker keemuns. Fruity, but almost suggestive of plum, concord grape, or raspberry.

I found this exceedingly pleasant...it's a real sipping tea though, not easy to drink quickly in spite of its mild flavor. Its aromatic intensity seems to demand that I take only small sips.

Easy to brew. Not much leaf is needed, but smooth enough to brew stronger. Easily brews two cups, three if using more leaf and shorter steeps. The second cup is usually a little thinner-bodied but still exceedingly pleasant. I like a teaspoon of leaf (which is less than a teaspoon of most teas, because the curly leaf takes up a lot of space) and a 5 minute steep, followed by 8-12 for the second cup, or alternatively, a bit more leaf, and 2-3 min, 5 min, then 8-12 for the last cup. The leaf stretches surprisingly far.
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