Keemun Snail

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Astringent, Cream, Creamy, Sweet Potatoes, Almond, Butter, Camphor, Cedar, Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Orange Zest, Plum, Toast, Tobacco
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 oz / 251 ml

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Aesthetically pleasing, fragrant, and full of exquisite flavors, this tea is a classic Keemun Mao Feng. An early season tea from the Keemun gardens in Anhui Province, China, the delicately thin and twisted strips of black tea and russet produce beautiful dark cocoa aromas when infused. A superb tea to enjoy as an after-dinner energizer, or a sweet treat that’s sure to start the mornings off right.

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I went for a run first thing this morning, and today is the final day of the Bundesliga season, so I am now watching soccer. An excellent morning so far, so it calls for an excellent tea.

I brewed it western style for just over 4 minutes.

This is so smooth and creamy — no spice to it at all. Slightly astringent but in a good way. I taste cedar and sweet potatoes as flavors.

This is definitely one I savor on special days — even if that “special” day is as mundane as today. Happy Saturday, all!

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Creamy, Sweet Potatoes

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

Mundane special days are the best.

Tiffany :)

I also had a nice Saturday; weather was nice, went to car wash with boyfriend for his car, got to spend time with my family as a group for only 2nd time since March 2020 (other time was July 2020), and my soccer team Columbus Crew had an away match – and we won! :D I did not however drink as much tea as I should have.

Not a big black tea drinker but this tea sounds nice – might have to get a sample next time I make an Harney order.

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소문대로 향이 독특하다. 맛은 순하고 달콤한데 향은 도발적이고 상큼하다고 해야할까. 마시는 내내 반가운 벗에게 조용히 칭찬을 받는 기분이다.

This tea feels like getting slyly complimented by a friend who tends to deliver mild insults in a taunting yet loving tone. I think it’s because there is a scent-flavor mismatch that is not unpleasant, and really quite humorous.

3 g 2 OZ / 45 ML

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This was the last tea I finished in July, and to be honest, it did not do all that much for me. I’m something of a Keemun fan, but I do not go out of my way to try them very frequently since there are other black teas I enjoy more. This one, while pleasant in the early steeps, faded very quickly and revealed a harsh texture in the mouth that I did not enjoy.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a very quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 205 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes. I normally take black teas to at least the 5 minute mark in my gongfu sessions, but I did not do that with this one because I was not getting much out of it at 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of honey, chocolate, cedar, and sweet potato. After the rinse, I noted a stronger sweet potato aroma and a new aroma of butter. The first infusion then introduced a subtle plum scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered thin notes of cream, butter, cedar, and honey that were chased by subtle sweet potato notes. Subsequent infusions saw the chocolate presence grow stronger on the nose as new aromas of malt, cream, orange zest, and toast also showed themselves. The honey and sweet potato notes swelled in the mouth while new impressions of malt, orange zest, minerals, toast, and roasted almond appeared. Chocolate also belatedly revealed itself on the palate along with a very subtle plum presence. The swallow imparted some interesting herbal notes that reminded me of both camphor and tobacco. The final few infusions washed out very quickly, though I could pick up mineral, malt, cedar, and cream notes that were framed by some very vague, fleeting hints of honey and sweet potato.

As some of you may have guessed two of the things that I weight heavily in my reviews are texture and longevity. Initially, this tea had a very pleasant milky, creamy body, but that soon faded to reveal the kind of harsher, sharper, more mineral-laden mouthfeel that I would have expected and welcomed in a Wuyi oolong or black tea. Here, I did not find it all that enjoyable. Also, this tea faded fast. It was a mixed bag overall. The first third of the session or so was nice, but the remainder was not very satisfying. A few points above the 50% mark feels fair to me.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Camphor, Cedar, Chocolate, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Orange Zest, Plum, Sweet Potatoes, Toast, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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