Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Little Red Cup Tea Company Keemun Black Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot and infuser basket
Liquor: reddish brown

This was a fairly typical Keemun, malty and somewhat smoky yet mellow. It was brisk but not bitter because the astringency was balanced by fruity notes and an almost floral aroma. I wouldn't recommend using milk or sugar with this tea as a lot its nuances would be masked. This would make a great morning tea for those who find English breakfast style blends too harsh. I've increasingly become a fan of Chinese black teas for this reason. As is the case with all of Little Red Cup Tea Co.'s offerings, this tea is organic and fair trade certified. In case you missed it, check out the interview that I did with Martin, one of the co-founders of this great little company. I'm a little sad because this is the last of the sampler I had purchased of their teas. My favorite out of the five teas that they offer is their Lu Mai green tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.