TT51: Superior Bold-Leaf Formosa Keemun

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Black Tea
Black Tea, Chinese Keemun Black Tea
Earth, Malt, Smooth, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Formosa Keemun has a unique style that has attracted a dedicated following. This selection has the characteristic Oolong notes and gentle smokiness of this tea. It also has the lighter-colored leaf and infusion of our original Formosa Keemun from several years ago. Recommended for those seeking a divergence from traditional China Keemun.

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 5 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)

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6768 tasting notes

It lacks the Keemun stance and stagger but is almost as beautiful as a Formosa. It holds up well to a 2nd infusion, too, so that is a plus.

This is a pretty good one!

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4083 tasting notes

Next! This is one of the few teas from my Upton order that isn’t Assam or Ceylon. I’m generally a big fan of Taiwanese black teas, though I think this will be my first Keemun from there. The leaves are somewhat broken and pitch black in color, and they have a fragile, feathery look about them. Dry scent is slightly earthy with sweet hay notes.

This is a simple but fairly tasty tea. The flavor is somewhat strong with malt, earth, and wood flavors. It doesn’t have the harshness that earthy teas sometimes have. It’s smooth and has no hint of bitterness or astringency (gotta love that about Chinese/Taiwanese blacks). I can’t say that this would be a repurchase for me, but I’ll definitely have no trouble finishing my sample packet. This is an excellent tea for mindlessly sipping while distracted by other things. :)

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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