What Black Are You Drinking

Oxidized tea
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debunix
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Mon Jan 29, 2024 2:44 pm

I also ordered several of the greens but will be waiting a bit to open those because of a backlog of greens that are already open....
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Wed Jan 31, 2024 2:04 pm

debunix wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2024 3:00 pm
Qihong Songzhen from Likou, Qimun, Anhui, via Daxue Jiadao. so lovely.

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I had only tried Keemun along time ago when I was exploring Teas for the first time because I could no longer get my usual SeaDyke Ti Kuan Yin, at the time I had no idea about things like burying temperature and time and quantity of tea to get what I liked, especially with teas that are prone to bitterness. so my first encounters with it or a disaster, and it ended up going to the worm bin for compost.

Even though I learned better, and I've had some wonderful experiences with things like Ruby black, and Jin Jun Mei, I was a little wary when Ki Won shared this during a gathering of LA tea lovers last spring. I needn't have worried, because it was a remarkably fine tea.

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This weekend I opened up my first order from Daxue Jiadao, and I've enjoyed a couple of sessions with this Qimen already. I am naturally infusing it my way, which means low leaf and lots of water, and the result is lovely amber liquor that is delicate fruity, floral, a little malty, and delicious.

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you can see clearly how tiny and delicate the leaves are... visually appealing as well as very tasty.

mmmmm.
I concur this tea is eye popping good. When prepared at 5-6g/ 100 ml - i had the impression of those cherry filled chocolate bon bons - of the highest quality - or of a piece of dark chocolate paired with a good manhattan. The chocolate is actually quite subtle - and the aftertaste is exceptionally refreshing and sweet with (rosy?) Florals. Mine is from 2021
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Wed Jan 31, 2024 8:57 pm

as I am reading this, I am sipping the last bit of a sample of 2022 Nilgiri Highland Black from Ketlee. it is completely unfair to compare this sample, which was delayed in opening and then sat open for a while before I finished it off today. Kettle tea is tasty, but now your post is making me long for the Keemun. maybe I'll have some while I'm making a chocolate dessert tonight.
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Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:43 am

Had some Black Tea before and during m a short road trip. Nice and clean.

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Enjoying some brewed and boiled Liu Bao to end the night. Aromatic and calming.

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Cheers!!
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Thu Feb 22, 2024 6:33 am

OCTO wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:43 am
Had some Black Tea before and during m a short road trip. Nice and clean.


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Is that some sort of brewing flask?
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Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:11 pm

Iizuki wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2024 6:33 am
OCTO wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:43 am
Had some Black Tea before and during m a short road trip. Nice and clean.


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Is that some sort of brewing flask?
Yes it is.
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