Imperial Keemun Mao Feng Secret Garden

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Brand:Culinary Teas
Style:Keemun Mao Feng
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Imperial Keemun Mao Feng Secret Garden

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

Commercial Description

Imperial Keemun Mao Feng Sacred Garden is winey and juicy with a very clean cup that has depth and character. The tea almost has a natural orchid character. This Chinese black tea has a reasonably thick reddish liquor.

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Reviewer pic88 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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Finally, a good Keemun! The dry tea has an aroma of aged wood, with a smoky scent that's more like the smokiness of a smoked cheese than the harsh smokiness of lower quality Keemun. I brewed it in a French press with water that hadn't reached boiling yet. The brewed tea has a similar aroma to the dry leaves, but this aroma doesn't even hint at the flavor. It has tangy tropical fruit and berry notes and a smooth and full mouthfeel; I now understand where all the talk of Keemun being "winey" comes from. The fruity, juicy finish lingers forever (coincidentally reminding me of a red wine I sampled earlier in the day), without a hint of astringency, while a black pepper-like spiciness appears at the back of my throat. I've been really enjoying spicy tea lately, so that's a pleasant surprise.

The second cup is substantially different, lacking the spiciness of the first and exchanging the berries for a rich dark chocolate flavor that blends well with the tart fruit notes. This cup is slightly more astringent than the first, but that only means that I actually noticed a small amount of astringency this time. It's still far less astringent than any Indian black tea I've ever had would be after a five minute steep.

I bought this at a tea shop, not from Culinary Teas' website, so I'm judging its value by the price I paid. This being my first Keemun that I would consider to be good quality, I don't have much to compare it to, but I think it's a great tea that I'd happily buy again.
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