Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea Grade One

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Baked Bread, Berry, Molasses, Spicy
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Edit tea info Last updated by Bluegreen
Average preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 6 g 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “Light on taste with standard Keemun notes – I couldn’t find much more than that going on with this one. My Hao Ya “B” from Harney and Sons outshines this one by a kilolumen, at a lower price point...” Read full tasting note
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  • “using my standard sampling setup, the glass teapot, standard brewing for blacks, 30 second initial brew, +10 per additional. first off, smelling the dry leaves is simply amazing. the leaves smell...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It’s a good tea that is frustratingly close to being great. It is simply too restrained for me: a delicate smell, a delicate understated taste somewhat reminiscent of a wild unsmoked Zheng Shan...” Read full tasting note
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Keemun Mao Feng (祁门毛峰): Keemun Mao Feng is a kind of Keemun Black Tea,has a more refined production process.using one bud and one leaf for full fermentation. the shape is cord tight knot small as eyebrow, the luster is Ukraine; tea aroma lasting fragrance, like fruit orchid fragrance, the aroma has this special name “Qimen fragrant” in the international tea market; tea soup color and leaf color is red and bright, the taste is fresh and thick, and even drink with milk and the sweet sugar, the aroma is not only reduced, but more fragrant.

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Light on taste with standard Keemun notes – I couldn’t find much more than that going on with this one. My Hao Ya “B” from Harney and Sons outshines this one by a kilolumen, at a lower price point and easier shipping options. I am grateful for the opportunity to try this one out for free, but I will not be ordering this anytime soon. There are plenty of more interesting teas at AprTea, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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using my standard sampling setup, the glass teapot, standard brewing for blacks, 30 second initial brew, +10 per additional.

first off, smelling the dry leaves is simply amazing. the leaves smell sweet, fruity, possibly of dried apricots, not sure. but its amazing, and makes me hungry.

the wet leaves smell of raisins, and the tea has a bit of the sweet fruity smell from the dried leaves. the flavor is very light while still hot, lightly sweet. has a bit of a leathery taste, a bit of bread. very light taste. its odd though, while it has a subtle flavor, it also seems to be full bodied and filling. it could just be me though. it has a nice sweet aftertaste that comes to you after a bit.

the second steeping introduces a bit of fruityness. quite pleasant. nothing els really changed overall.

on the third infusion, the tea is becoming noticeably darker, with a dark reddish hue appearing. the tea is giving off a sweet potato aroma, but still has a sweet smell under that. there is definitely a sweet potato taste present this time, which i find a bit surprising. being as its on its third steep, and with a total of 50 seconds, there is no trace of bitterness, which is nice. the flavors are actually a bit more pronounced than its first steep.

this tea is still going fairly strong at 6 brews, with the flavor tapering off slightly. definitely a workhorse. overall, its a good tea, but a bit….. confusing…. to me. it seems to be a full bodied tea, and “filling” if you will, yet it has mild flavors…. good for mornings or a calm day, but if paired with strong foods, the tea will be entirely lost.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s a good tea that is frustratingly close to being great. It is simply too restrained for me: a delicate smell, a delicate understated taste somewhat reminiscent of a wild unsmoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong.

I can go along with its lack of malt, chocolate and kick that is more typical for a Keemun Hao Ya. But if I was looking for restrained subtlety I would be drinking white teas .This tea reminds me how Michael Harney called Keemuns “the aristocrats of Chinese black teas”. Maybe I am simply not refined enough and would rather mingle with uninhibited commoners.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Molasses, Spicy

derk

The dregs of society know how to have more fun, anyway.

Lexie Aleah

May I ask how you went about steeping this?

Bluegreen

I really don’t remember. I know it was’nt a gaiwan since I don’t subject my Keemuns to that. Yousually I steep a new tea Western style for a reasonably short time, try a smal sip to see if it comes out good, and if not let it sit another 30 seconds and try again and so on. Apparently, I was unable to get a full-bodied taste I had grown to expect from Keemuns by applying this methods without risking to end up in the Oversteeped Land.
I hope you will get better results and manage to find a way to let this tea show its strengths. Good luck!

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