2010 Emperor's Aged Keemun (Oak Barrel Aged)

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We start with the highest grade of Keemun and age it in Oak Barrels to enhance the flavor. This aged Keemun is an excellent choice for coffee converts, and many connoisseurs claim this tea, like wine, improves with age. Known to be a favorite of the Queen, this tea is wonderful on it’s own or with a hint of milk.

Origin: Anhui, China

Caffeine Content: High

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As if I hadn’t had enough caffeine today, I decided to rip into a bag I received from Rare Tea Cellar – an oak-aged Keemun. I’m a sucker for anything that says “cask-conditioned” or “oak-aged” in the title. Although, that usually applies to beer, not tea.

This is very much a Keemun through-and-though, only a lot bolder. Like Assam bold, only with a bit more seniority. It’s hard to pick up on what the oak barrel contributes, but it is easy to see that this has all the trappings of a semi-aged hong cha. The flavor has a sense of “experienced” to it. Funny thing, too, the wood-sweet aspects of the Keemun are there, but there’s a wildernessy presence as well – usually a trait found in Yunnan blacks.

All said, I’m sold on the oak-aging thing.

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Ooohhh this sounds delicious!

Geoffrey Norman

And I just realized I had the information in reverse.

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Just picked up this tea and made it in my Affinitea tea machine. What a complex taste and great morning tea.

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