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The fresh leaves for making this tea grew in the original producing area of Keemun tea, at an average elevation of 800 m above sea level. The one bud with one leaf (which just starts to open up, called Chu zhan "初展") is hand-plucked for making this tea around the Chinese season of Qing Ming in early spring days. These fresh first-plucking leaves for making are loaded with nutrients and hence the finished dry leaves are neat and bold with high percentage of tiny golden tips. There is a sweet, mellow taste which creates a pleasant smooth sensation in your mouth. Overall, the first infusion of this tea is high in roasted sweet potato flavor mixed somewhat flower aroma, the second infusion is very mellow and the third infusion‘s lingering sweet and fragrant aftertaste will give you more enjoyment.
With its unique Keemun fragrance (祁门香) and sweet, soft taste, Keemun imperial tea is venerated as the noble type of Chinese Keemun black tea and it definitely can bring you good mood apart from good taste.
As the fifth generation inheritor of the national nonmaterial cultural heritage of Keemun black tea, Mr. Wangchang has over 30 years of experience in both growing and making Keemun black teas. Through the past 30 years he devoted himself to the study and upgrading of Keemun black tea quality with the aim of providing tea lovers with healthier and safer tea products. Mr. Wangchang once said to us that he expected to bring more and better teas for tea lovers in the future.
White tower tea garden(“白塔茶园”) is located in Keemun County, the corn producing area of Keemun black tea, in Huangshan city. There are more than 9,225 acres of ecological tea garden, including 2,965 acres of certified-organic garden which has got the BCS organic certification.
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.
Keemun County locates in the south of Anhui Province, west of Huangshan Mountain. It has a long history of growing Keemun tea and has long been regarded as the hometown of Chinese Keemun black tea . Now it has an area of 10,000 squares’ tea gardens. (Now it has an area of 10,000 squares tea gardens, and the Keemun black tea produced from here has been listed on the top-10 Chinese famous tea.)
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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Another good keemun tea from Teavivre. Lovely pure buds made the tea smooth satisfying. It tasted a bit like jin jun mei but not quite so biscuity. It also had a sweet potato like finish. Not my favourite of the keemun teas but still a great, high quality tea.
Nice flavors of wood and smoke
This is delicious. Mellow and smooth with a bit of winey malt and creamy caramel. Perhaps a hint of smokiness but minimal. Could drink this all day!
Another one to try from Teavivre - thank you! This is a Keemun in all its glory. The dry leaves are black with hints of gold and almost has that shiny sheen that the Keemun Snail has, but not quite. The scent of the leaves is intoxicating. I went with two teaspoons (I guess that is what I usually use for Teavivre teas.) The medium amber brew is what I expect from a Keemun -- that Keemun flavor that is tough to describe. It's so distinct to Keemun, it's like a tanginess but not the same tangy that other teas have. I could swear with the first few sips there is some sort of berry too. The flavor is light, but complex, if that makes sense. All three steeps were fairly different, though the second was a little oversteeped for me -- there was an astringency there. I should have went 30 seconds less. It was still a delicious cup, but the astringency shouldn't have been there to ruin such a great tea. The third steep was a little lighter and I could have steeped for 30 seconds more. (So each steep should have been 2 1/2 minutes and all three steeps would have been perfect.) The first steep was the best (well balanced - neither astringent or too light). The third steep was definitely like sweet potato, but still had slight tanginess. Overall, a delicious Keemun. Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep Steep #2 // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 minute steep Harvest: April 2015
Generously given as a free sample. Many thanks to Angel! Brewed in ceramic gaiwan, had a gongfu session. No rinse. Steeping times: 15, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60; 2 min, 5. Nearly all of the leaf is dark, dark brown, save for a few golden leaves. They’re short and curly, like black bi luo chun, but thin and without hairs. The dry leaf smells of sweet potato and a hint of chocolate. After the leaf spent a little time in the heated gaiwan bowl, the chocolate note strengthened, and a graham crackers note also appeared. The wet leaf aroma is malty at first; as the session went on, it smelled more like sweet potato. The liquor has a dark orange color. It is clear and clean-tasting, with a full body but light mouthfeel. The first infusion tastes of sweet potato and malt with clove in the background. Second infusion and onward, the liquor sweetens more and more, consistently tasting of sweet potato. Its texture feels thick and smooth, almost creamy. Being hongcha, this is a delight to drink on colder, overcast days. Unfortunately, this is only my second keemun – and my first keemun from Teavivre – so I can’t evaluate it fully. I wasn’t wowed by the aroma or the taste, though I did enjoy the full session. I also liked its hug-in-a-cup effect.
For the first couple of steeps I find this tea very bold and strong and fiery, and then the final couple of steeps mellows and the tea becomes soft and sweet. It's smooth and malty with a roast-sweet aftertaste - luxurious, and goes very nicely with a rich evening meal.
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