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Rated as the best of Chinese black teas, Keemun is an absolute delight to drink. TeaVivre's Premium Keemun represents the highest quality of this tea generally available to the public, and has a taste, aroma and appearance that completely justifies its reputation as one of the best black teas in the world. Handmade in Keemun's birthplace of Qimen, this tea is simply stunning.
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 194 ºF (90 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.
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Excerpt from my Steepster post:
I like a Keemun to be largely smooth and rounded, but with a little bit of a smoky edge to it. Just a bit. I like the smokier tasting Keemuns better than the more floral tasting ones, and my least favourites are the ones that fall right in the middle of that spectrum because they’re so confusing!
This one has a mild aroma. It’s grainy and kinda sweet, and unfortunately it’s one of those where I can’t tell whether I think it’s more one or more the other. sigh In many other things I would call that a perfect balance, but in this particular kind of tea? I really really want it to be more smoky than floral. I really can’t decide what I think here, and now I’ve put lotion on my hands and can’t smell anything other than that so we’ll just move on.
The flavour is going a lot better in terms of leaning towards smoky or floral. Unfortunately for me, it’s more floral. Still, it’s better than the middle of the scale.
Read the whole post here: http://steepster.com/Angrboda/posts/104104
I really, REALLY needed some caffeine, and this is the darkest tea I have. I actrually forgot about it for a few minutes, so I’m not sure how long I steeped it, but the results were fantastic. The color of the tea is a very deep red, bordering on black. The aroma was very strong, but it was hard to pin a specific scent to it. The tast of the frist cup was much better than I remember despite how strong it was. It’s a very nice black tea, but there really isn’t anything special about the taste.
This review was originally published on Steepster by Joshua Smith on May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Joshua Smith.
bold, strong and a delicious, spicy smell. The perfect breakfast tea for me.
only needed a teaspoon to get a bold dark, strong tea.
My favourite wake up call so far.
This is one of my favourite Teavivre black teas so far, I prefer mym blacks strong, bold and without any bitterness, this one certainly is.
it's now sits on my kitchen table, within easy reach for my breakfast tea.
Drank it without any sweeteners or milk.
This is a fairly good keemun, I got lots of bold cocoa notes but without much bitterness, which is important. I found it very strong without being harsh so it was very drinkable with or without additions. I tend to drink all my tea unaltered, but this one would be good with milk and or sugar, I think.
I liked it a lot, though I generally don't prefer Keemuns. Interesting level of smokiness here.
brews a strong tea, good for breakfast. nice and smooth.
Received a generous sample. I have never tried Keemun. My main experience with black teas has been with Golden Monkey and Bailin Gongfu, both of which I like. This is very different and I would say is more bold with a definite smokiness, especially on the 1st steep. There is no astringency, but there is slight bitterness, which may be typical of Keemun. For me, a tiny bit of milk with some sweetener made this a better cup, but that's because I don't like any bitterness in my tea. That is a matter of personal taste, and not indicative of the quality of the tea.My rating is based on added milk and sweetener. My husband and adult son both liked it a lot without sweetener.
This reminds me of why I love black tea — and tea in general! An absolute delicious flavor. It isn’t too strong of a flavor but some black tea is very light but this isn’t too light either. The flavor is a bit oaty in the best way possible. I had a hint of a floral scent for a second. The flavor is very smooth and a bit smokey. (But I like some VERY smokey teas, so it doesn’t bother me!) The unsteeped leaves are definitely a black color! The steep color is a deep brown. A great tea paired with my breakfast of blueberry pancakes, or probably any breakfast really. I’ve tried a few of Teavivre’s teas and they have been so so delicious. I doubt that Teavivre has any tea in stock that isn’t fantastic. They know what they’re doing! I’m looking forward to trying any and all from Teavivre!
Received a generous sample. I have never tried Keemun. My main experience with black teas has been with Golden Monkey and Bailin Gongfu, both of which I like. This is very different and I would say is more bold with a definite smokiness, especially on the 1st steep. There is no astringency, but there is slight bitterness, which may be typical of Keemun. For me, a tiny bit of milk with some sweetener made this a better cup, but that's because I don't like any bitterness in my tea. That is a matter of personal taste, and not indicative of the quality of the tea.My rating is based on added milk and sweetener.
This is a great tea, but I did not think the flavor was much better than the Keemun Grade 1.
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