Keemun Black Tea - Organic - Fair Trade

3 ratings
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Brand:Arbor Teas
Region:Qimen, Anhui, China
Product page:Keemun Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 5, 2010

Commercial Description

... This organic and Fair Trade Certified black tea consists of large, elegantly twisted leaves. Its red-brown infusion features a deep, winey quality, with a slightly sweet juiciness. Because of these qualities, Keemuns are often compared to Burgundy wines.

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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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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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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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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, as I thought the taste was full-bodied and toasty.

I've been told that this tea is a little unusual for a Keemun, so I'm willing to give others a try!


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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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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 consists of thick pieces of broken leaf, and suggests smoke and wood. The leaf brews a very light-colored cup, the lightest I've seen in a Keemun, relative to its strength.

Upon brewing, the aroma becomes very complex...a hint of smokiness and woody qualities. Reminiscent of a clean barn or farmyard. But upon sipping, the aroma becomes much more fruity. There are some weird vegetal tones in the finish too. Finish is more smoky as well.

Flavor is more muted: there's not much bitterness and only a small amount of sweetness and sourness.

Moderate astringency, and a very dry finish. Not quite as warming as some Keemun.

The price on this is good; it can be hard to find any Keemun that is both organic and fair trade, and this tea is priced reasonably for its complexity. My only complaint is that teas of this price usually have less astringency. The astringency is noticeable enough that I think it really detracts from this tea. This would be one of my favorite all-time teas if only it were smoother: the complexity and freshness of the aroma is really wonderful.
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