When Adagio reached out to me awhile back and offered to let me select several samples to share with you I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try a tea from their Masters Collection. They're hand-made in limited quantities and the price certainly reflects that. Today's tea, Anhui Keemun, is among the more affordable costing roughly $0.86 per cup.
Keemun isn't a tea I drink often, but I do pull it out every autumn once the weather cools off and the rain sets in. The smokey flavor always reminds me of this time of year and leaves me with the strong desire to pull out the fire pit, bundle up in a thick sweater, and roast some marshmallows for s'mores.
Perhaps it's because I already have them on my mind, but the flavors of this Keemun remind me of s'mores. The tea has a silky-smooth texture similar to melted chocolate, you can almost taste it on your tongue if you close your eyes and concentrate. There are subtle notes of graham flour and brown sugar—then comes the smoke. It's mellow compared to a pine-smoked tea such as Lapsang Souchong, which is why I prefer Keemun when I want to enjoy the flavors of autumn in my cup.
This is the type of tea I prefer to select when the weather is brisk and I want to stay bundled up inside. It remind me of everything I'm missing by staying indoors, like the smell of wet leaves and roaring hot fires, but with a cup of Keemun I get to enjoy them all from my nice comfy chair. I'll let the rest of the world enjoy the cold weather, I'm still a Southern girl at heart, I don't know what to do with icy cold rain or snow.
My Rating: 83/100
Would I order this again? I would definitely drink this again, but the price tag of $59 for 5 ounces of tea is a little too rich for me.
Keemun is a black tea from the Anhui province of China. Perhaps the most famous of Chinese varieties, prized for its toasty flavor, dark chocolate or red wine notes, mineral flinty sparks and sweetly smoky aroma. Anhui Keemun, our most prized Keemun from the Masters Collection, is a hand-made limited production. The tea brews to a fiery reddish brown color, with incense smokiness, deep brown sugar and a slight earthy fruitiness. Textured and layered mouthfeel with incredible depth: sweetness of dates or lychee fruit, brightness of fresh black pepper, warm fresh biscuits and smooth earthy cocoa notes. Soft, smoky finish and intriguing lingering fragrance. An extremely fine Keemun not to be missed!
Where to Purchase
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
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