Dry leaf aroma: Pure cocoa.
Dry leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/sc5ybFlcOu/
Wet leaf aroma: Smoky with a hint of damp hay.
Wet leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/sc6h_ylcPv/
Preparation: Brewed western style in an all glass infuser mug.
First steeping: 3 minutes 30 seconds at 205 degrees. Smoky aroma with notes of earth and hay. While the cup is hot I taste strong smoke and malt flavors, with a hint of bitterness. As I let the cup cool the bitterness is more pronounced.
Second steeping: 4 minutes at 205 degrees. Almost identical to the first steeping.
I was hoping the second steeping would bring out more flavor but I think I just personally perceive this tea as a very smoky Keemun. I’ve never experienced a smoky flavor in Keemun before and I’m not sure I will finish the sample package, though I’ve considered using it in a custom Breakfast blend.
Flavors: Earth, Hay, Smoke