Grand Keemun

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cocoa, Drying, Earth, Malt, Plums, Smoke
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “I’ve been slowly working my way through TeaSource’s rather extensive catalog of Chinese black teas and have enjoyed almost all of them, but this one was a rare miss for me. The flavor is very dark...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “This is one of those teas I can’t stop smelling and in the past few weeks this has quickly become one of those teas that I’m going to have to keep around. I was worried when I first got it because...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “This was my breakfast tea this mroning. I was going to try something new, but I just wasn’t in the mood. I wanted something black with caffeine. Again, I enjoyed it for a plain, good black tea in...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “I’m not crazy about this one—not a surprise. I’ve had mixed reactions to China Blacks and especially the ones from Anhui. I do love Black Bud and Hunan Dark and Keemun Mao Feng, which is an Anhui...” Read full tasting note
    61

From Tea Source

Bill’s desert island tea. This black tea from China steeps up dark, rich luxuriant, smooth, slightly sweet, toasty, with an almost cocoa-like note. It is a completely satisfying experience. Keemuns are often compared to burgundy wines; Grand Keemun would be comparable to a really good Burgundy wine.

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6 Tasting Notes

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690 tasting notes

I’ve been slowly working my way through TeaSource’s rather extensive catalog of Chinese black teas and have enjoyed almost all of them, but this one was a rare miss for me. The flavor is very dark and earthy…it almost reminds me of puerh, actually…and too drying to drink straight. With the addition of milk, the flavor does smooth out a bit and I start to get some of those cocoa notes that were promised in the description. I definitely prefer it with milk, but it’s still not a favorite for me.

Flavors: Cocoa, Drying, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is one of those teas I can’t stop smelling and in the past few weeks this has quickly become one of those teas that I’m going to have to keep around. I was worried when I first got it because I could smell just a hint of smoke and me and smoked teas have not gotten along in the past. It remains just a hint that comes out in the steam, but plays nicely with the other flavors in the tea itself. It’s like natural cocoa, malt, and dark purple plums, and did I mention it smells amazing? I think I’ve found a tea to take camping.

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Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Plums, Smoke

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626 tasting notes

This was my breakfast tea this mroning. I was going to try something new, but I just wasn’t in the mood. I wanted something black with caffeine. Again, I enjoyed it for a plain, good black tea in the morning. I love that this one came in its own tin.

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108 tasting notes

I’m not crazy about this one—not a surprise. I’ve had mixed reactions to China Blacks and especially the ones from Anhui. I do love Black Bud and Hunan Dark and Keemun Mao Feng, which is an Anhui tea. But hated Empire Keemun, and this is more reminiscent of that one. Just a bit too earthy, too smokey for my tastes—especially unadulterated with milk—a little dairy or almond milk does make this more drinkable, but hardly a favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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37 tasting notes

Very nice full bodied black tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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