Monday, October 1, 2012

Hayes Tea Keemun Black Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat curled
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: deep reddish brown

This tea was smoky and spicy with earthy and mineral notes. There was just the right amount of astringency to make it brisk and refreshing. The aftertaste had a sweet, lingering fruitiness that brought to mind plums. I love Keemun tea because it is a robust, full flavored tea but isn't overly tannic or bitter. It could certainly stand up to milk and sugar but doesn't need it at all. This is the second offering that I have tried from Hayes Tea. They are a very small company but I think they are off to a great start. I love that they are growing their catalog slowly rather than offering lots of mediocre tea.

You can find this tea here.

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