Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #37 - Keemun Mao Feng
I am so happy to have arrived at the Keemuns just as cooler weather has begun to arrive. The high was only 79 degrees yesterday. Brrr!
Category: Black Tea
Purveyor: Upton Tea
Dry leaf appearance: Dark, almost black bits of tea leaf which, thanks to a comment I recently read about another tea, reminded me of pencil shavings.
Wet leaf appearance: A bird's nest after a tornado.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 205 degrees, 4 minutes.
Scent: The dry tea had that lovely earthy scent I know to be Keemun scent. The steeped tea? Now don't freak out, but ... it reminded me of wet leather and fire ashes -- and I loved it!
Color: Coppery brown.
Flavor: This tea has a great earthy taste I love, and I drank it straight black.
Additional notes: From the Harney book: "The name Keemun is an older Western spelling of the town now known as Qimen (pronounced "Chee-men"). There is also great information on how and when this tea is harvested.
Next week's tea: Keemun Hao Ya A