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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Review: The English Tea Store’s Keemun Panda Tea

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The Subject: Keemun Panda from The English Tea Store.


Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes

Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Rich, full, fragrant.
Aroma in the cup, plain: Rich, full, fragrant.
Taste, plain: Almost buttery feel; no bitterness, tang, or edginess; smooth.
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Rich, full, fragrant, hint of smokiness.
Taste, enhanced: Rich, full, fragrant, hint of smokiness.

2nd Infusion: Slightly lighter in color, fragrance, and taste; a bit of tang.

Chilled: Didn’t do but think would be great with a touch of sweetener.

This is a full-bodied, fragrant Chinese black tea that satisfies in every way. Plain in the cup, the liquid is dark amber in color and the taste is smooth enough to be drunk with ease. With a bit of milk and just a touch of sweetener, this tea not only smoothes out even more but exudes a smoky character (subtle, not overblown like Lapsang Souchong).

The 2nd infusion is lighter color with a slight tang developing. A touch of sweetener takes this away.

Overall, we can’t find a thing wrong with this tea except that we only have a small amount left after this taste test. Time to place another tea order, I guess.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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