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Produced at the same plantation as our Premium Keemun Hao Ya and Grade 1 Keemun teas, this tea is still made using the same processing techniques and grown from the same tea bushes. The difference in these teas is down to the time the leaves are grown, these being slightly later in the season and so not commanding the same price as the earlier buds.
Recommend Brewing Guide:
As one of the key ingredients in the famous English Breakfast tea, Keemun black tea is justifiably considered one of the finest black teas in the world. It's strong aroma and taste hints at both flowers and fruit, but is well balanced and always leaves you wanting more. When you look at TeaVivre's Keemun you will see thin, twisted buds that have been carefully hand-rolled to avoid breakage but allow the buds to fully oxidise during processing. A perfect breakfast tea, Keemun is the key ingredient in many breakfast blends, notably English Breakfast and Russian Caravan. It is great to drink by itself, or with milk or sugar.
Keemun black tea is fully oxidised, and so does not have the same level of antioxidants as our Green or White teas. However it still makes a great healthy tea to drink, especially if drunk with no or minimal milk and sugar, and provides a great natural source of fluoride and other vitamins.
For more information on the health benefits of TeaVivre's Black Teas, see our article on Tea Health benefit.
Keemun is best brewed in a Purple-sand or porcelain tea set. One to two teaspoons of leaves should be used for each cup of tea. It should be brewed in water that is around 205 ºF (95 ºC) for 2 to 3 minutes. This also will help pre-heat the teapot, which is a good idea given the longer brewing time best for this tea. Keemun can be brewed 3-4 times depending on your taste, with an additional minute being added to the steeping each time.
Be careful with this tea to not overbrew it, as you will then loose much of the complex, subtle rich tastes that are its highlights.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Tea.
Huangshan Mountain lies in the south of Anhui Province, circling from east towards west. Mountain regions occupies 90% of its total area, with an average elevation around 600 meters. Tea gardens mainly spread in valleys between the elevation of 100 to 350 meters. Forests take an percentage of 80% of its total area. Day and night temperature here ranges greatly, while with cloudy climate and short time of daylight, forming a suitable environment for tea’s growth. This Keemun Fragrant Black Tea TeaVivre choosed is from the tea base in Huangjing Village, Boxi Township.
Keemun County locates in the south of Anhui Province, west of Huangshan Mountain. Now it has an area of 10,000 squares’ tea gardens. Keemun, the Township of Chinese Black Tea, has a long history of producing teas. It could be traced back to Tang Dynasty, during which prosperous tea market already existed. Keemun Black Tea is one of ten famous tea in China. It is known as the boutique in Keemun products because of its tight shape, mellow taste and Keemun fragrance.
Mr. Jiang has been engaged in the black tea industry for over ten years. He and his workers are well known to produce some of China's most sought after Keemun teas, illustrated by their Keemun winning gold medal for best tea at the Shanghai World Expo. Till now, his tea garden has about 2,500 acres of tea gardens, including about 1,400 that have been independently certified as organic.
His gardens are all at about 1,200ft elevation, surrounded by high, forest covered mountains – perfect to ensure an ideal, mild, wet, climate for growing tea, and. have also had ISO9001 certification since 2008 and in 2009 began their own limited exporting.
Keemun Zhuye(槠叶) (sexually reproducing species), also called Keemun Species
Chemical composition of fresh tea leaf: 31.11% polyphenols, 14.66% Catechins, 5.42 % amino acid, 44.72% Water extract. It’s suitable for making black tea and green tea. Kung Fu Black Tea, which is made from the Keemun species, is tight and dark, and has long-last aftertaste and unique fruity floral flavor, which is called Keemun Fragrance.
Keemun has a short – by Chinese standards – history that begun in 1875 in Qimen. An unsuccessful bureaucrat by the name of Yu Gancheng decided to quit working for the government and try his hand at tea making. Due to the great demand and high prices for black teas at the time, he travelled to Fujian to learn how to make black tea. Returning to Anhui he introduced black teas to the area, that up until then had just made green teas. Over the next decade or so, the process and tea continuously improved, culminating in 1883 with what is now known as Keemun black tea.
The amazing taste and aroma of this tea, combined with good marketing, combined to make this tea an instant hit, and was in huge demand overseas in England and the US. It won international prize in 1915 Panamanian world Expos.
You may learn more about black tea knowledge from our article:
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This is perhaps the best black keemun I have found at this price point!
Great tea on a budget! As a college student I really appreciate a good tea under $10. Strong Keemun flavor, very straightforward but tasty. I think I like this more than the Grade 1, which I also bought a packet of.
Хороший чай для ежедневного потребления, без лишних изысков, не очень крепкий (Grade 1 будет покрепче), с приятным соотношением цена/качество.
his was my morning brew for this muggy day. While I was brewing up a cup of these small black and gold curls the aroma of smoke and dark wood escaped from my tea press. The liquor was a light translucent garnet colour. The taste was perfect for a grey day. The initial sip was a light and fruity flavor with an oak undertone. This soft and flavorful brew went well with breakfast. This was a nice calm black tea, and it still had the high caffeine to get me going.
Чай вкусный и очень не дорогой!!! ... Очень нравится:) я в восторге!
I got this tea as a trading gift. It's my first time trying any Keemum Black Tea, so I thought this one would be perfect as my entry tea. The tea liquor was a beautiful colour, and the smell was woody when it's steeping. The first sip of the tea surprised me because I expect it to be more astringent but it was not, which is great for me. Then I added a bit milk and sugar. It was very smooth and delicious. I think this will work great as the base for any milk teas.
I love Keemun teas, and I like having more than one kind. My top grade Keemun teas are usually for afternoons, but I like one with a little more smoke and cocoa for mornings. This one is a great buy and had just what I was looking for this morning. I had a cup before leaving home and it had nice bread-y, lightly cocoa notes, and the remainder that I had put in my JoeMo had such a lovely Keemun smokiness!
Thank you so much, Teavivre! With this one, I've tried all four of Teavivre's keemuns. The dry leaves on this one are all black - some of the other keemuns from Teavivre have bits of gold. Steep #1 // 13 min after boiling // 2 min steep I used two teaspoons of leaves. The cup is a lovely burgundy color. Honestly, because this is the lowest grade of the four keemuns, I expected a CTC leaf, or a brew that was very astringent. NOT SO. Even with two teaspoons, I'd say this one is closer to strength to the Organic Superfine Keemun -- it has less bite than the other two. But this one is lacking those hints of flavor that make the Superfine special - what I like to think of as the wine like properties, or the muscatel. This one might have a milder flavor, but I'd rather that than the astringency that a CTC might have. This cup has about the same hints of chocolate that the Superfine has. A very nice cup of tea, especially at this price. Much better than I expected! Steep #2 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min This cup has a lot of the cedar, tree-like oversteeped flavor. That becomes the main characteristic and the other flavors of the first cup are much less noticeable. The second steep isn't that great and I usually resteep leaves at least once, so that could be a problem. Maybe the three minute steep is too much though. I'll try less next time. Still surprisingly good for this price, but I think I'd buy one of the three other keemuns. Happy to sample!
We tried all of the keemuns that Teavivre had to offer, and this was my favorite. I drink this, and it pretty much cements in my mind that there’s no real need for Lapsang Souchong in my life. This keemun is rich and smokey, absolutely deliciously so, but without that really heavy smokey pine flavor. This tea, to me, felt like the perfect balance for a solid black tea with a smoke flavor that doesn't overpower the taste of the leaf itself.
I bought this so that I could finally see what a Keemun known for its characteristic fruity notes tasted like. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed because the fruity notes were very subtle and the smokey flavour was a bit too strong for my taste.
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