Hey there Teacups! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around I’ll be reviewing Edgecumbe’s Tea & Coffee’s Imperial Keemun. A thick rich infusion that has an orchid like fragrance and wonderfully rich flavour which explains how imperial Keemun is classed as the third highest grade of Keemun available. Origin: Anhui Province, China | Grown: Below 5000ft above sea level.
Tea Tasting Notes
Brewing Guide: 3-7 mins | Two Teaspoons Per Cup (The package says 1 but I prefer it stronger) | 100 Degree Water (C)
For my tasting session with this tea I used my biggest Teacup and my ForLife in cup infuser. The leaves are to broken to have done it in my Gaiwan they just would have passed through even the smallest of gaps.
Floral – Malt – Wood – Honey – Sweet Plum – Earthy – Slight Vanilla
For me this is everything you could wish for from a classic/natural black tea and more. I first tried this tea on a cold grey evening at home wrapped in a blanket watching the world go by from the spot in the living room where I do my tea tasting sessions. It had been such a miserable day but as soon as I tried this tea it was heart-warming and bright and the perfect companion for a cold stormy evening. I can easily see myself drinking this everyday and while I current have a lot of this left it probably won’t last long. I’ve tried quite a few Keemun teas before, but I will absolutely admit that this is the best one I’ve had. For me this is naturally sweet enough and I really wouldn’t suggest adding any sweetener to it, it would just ruin it. Mouthfeel wise its smooth and really isn’t drying at all which surprised me a little most Keemun teas I’ve tried in the past have been a little drying, so it was nice to have one that is unmistakably smooth.
Normally I don’t eat while I do tea tasting sessions but with this tea I had a lemon sugar cookie and my god did they make the perfect pair. They will both be my do too on cold miserable days now together they just seemed to brighten up the day. I can see why this is dubbed a luxury black tea you can tell from the moment you take your first sip.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
You can find out more about Edgecumbe’s Tea & Coffee & purchase this tea for yourself here. As always if you have any questions either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Monday! Happy Steeping – Kimberley