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Rated as the best of Chinese black teas, Keemun is an absolute delight to drink. TeaVivre's Grade 1 Keemun achieves a perfect balance between price and quality, with a taste, aroma and appearance that completely justifies its reputation as one of the best black teas in the world.
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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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Another lovely sample from Teavivre! thank you! Teavivre would certainly be my go-to for stocking up on keemuns. However, the three I've tried aren't as smoky as I expect keemuns to be. I don't know what happened to Teavivre's steep instructions cheat sheet/ site I had. It seems like they are on the page for each tea but it already confuses me since it says 17 ounces for western brewing. I know my mug isn't that big! Teavivre suggests 194 degrees, 1-2 teaspoons, 2-5 minute steep time. Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 2 min The leaves smell like a dry field of grass. I used 1 3/4 teaspoons for this steep... probably shouldn't have though! I'd go with one or 1 1/2 next time. The leaves are cut smaller, so this cup was a tiny bit astringent. Before sipping, the fragrance from the mug was like a tasty pastry. I haven't had a cup of tea that smelled like that before! The cup is very deep red in color. The flavor is very nice! Not at all smoky, but it's like dark chocolate, much like Teavivre's premium Hao Ya, but not as much chocolate. There is also a lovely underlying flavor of deep sugarless plum that I just love. Steep #2 // 8 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep This cup was nice but the first steep had a lovely depth of flavor that this one didn't have as much. The plum is missing. There is a lighter fruity flavor, I can't tell what it reminds me of. In my opinion the Keemun Grade 1 is very similar to the Premium Hao Ya Keemun and both are slightly better than the Organic Superfine Keemun. But with Teavivre's amazing sample program, it's very easy for each tea lover to try all of them before finding their favorite. I love the first two I mentioned, I will try the remainder of my samples to see which I love more and the keemun I choose will DEFINITELY be a cupboard staple.
I bought this online from Teavivre a while ago. I used all the leaves from one packet, but I could have split it into two or three parts to use later. Keemun is not particularly my favorite black tea, but it was one of the first loose leaf teas I had ever bought. This tea is actually very good. It is smoky but not overpowering or ‘in your face’. It is a little woody and has a hint of cacao in it. It is ever so slightly astringent, but it is VERY smooth. In fact, I didn’t add any additives to this tea at all. This was a pleasant and good experience and a great morning brew. This review was originally published on Steepster by oOTeaOo on March 2, 2014. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from oOTeaOo.
This tea smells strongly earthy and more vegetal than smokey. It is smooth, but not the smoothest keemun I have had. There is a slight smokey flavour, I would describe it as more rustic. There is also a bit of an earthy flavour. There is just a touch of astringency on the back of my palate towards the end of the sip but it goes away really quick. There is just a tinge of sweetness.
If you are looking for a cup of tea that has no special flavours, just regular tea as some would say, this is it. Nice tasting and blends well with different varieties.
Ok, so I just got my box of samples from Teavivre this morning and wanted to tear right into them and start drinking. Of this box, I was most excited about the flavoured ones (strawberry oolong and peach jasmine dragon pearl green) but as I had started the day with a keemun yesterday, I thought I’d have the keemun grade 1 today to compare. I have to say that this one is milder. It’s less smoky than the Red Blossom from yesterday. I do taste a bit of a cocoa (as opposed to actual chocolate) flavour, and a bit grainy. I admit I do not pick up anything floral or fruity. I would say that if there was anything fruity, it would probably be more like a black plum, or maybe date…but any fruit flavour is really mild and indistinguishable from the richer cocoa and grain flavours. I do think that my straight black tea palate is growing some, so whereas I may not have liked the previous keemun from Teavivre as much, it has grown on me. That said, I think I still prefer the Fengqing Dragon Pearls and Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu over this, but it is a nice smooth flavour that is great to start the day with. I do thank Angel at Teavivre for providing yummy samples for review, and I can’t wait to try more from my box. Expect a tasting from one of the fruit ones soon…probably the strawberry oolong. I am excited about this round of samples. :) This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on July 18, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
This is a very nice, high-quality tea at a reasonable price. I have to agree that it has a sweet, earthy, full-bodied taste without any bitterness. When I need the extra caffeine, I'll trade my favorite greens for a Keemun. Thanks for the free sample!
Thank you Angel of Teavivre for this sample. Such an enjoyable tea. A bit of maltiness, fruit, and smoke. I really liked the smokey flavor and how it lingered after the sip. The tea is smooth, and while it has some strength I would not call it a robust tea. In the future I’ll drink this as an afternoon tea. I like something with more kick to it in the morning. This review was originally published on Steepster by Veronica on December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Veronica.
A nice solid black tea. There’s some interesting notes in this tea. I’m getting some chocolate, malt, and some heartiness, too. As it cools I find that it’s still enjoyable and doesn’t get too bitter. There’s definitely fruity tones to it that pop more, as it cools.
I have yet to be disappointed by any of Teavivre's products. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Teavivre’s fabulous Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea. That tea is nothing short of incredibly fantastic, albeit a little pricey. This time, I thought I would save some money and hope that their Grade 1 Keemun selection was good enough to satisfy my Keemun itch. I love the aroma of the short unbrewed tea leaves. It is a rich, sweet, and earthy smell that seems to belong only to Teavivre’s Keemun. I steeped the tea at 205 degrees for three minutes as instructed on the packet. The color of the brewed liquor was golden brown. As I brought the cup to my lips, I could already smell the savory Keemun. The first sip was absolutely delicious. The taste was sweet, earthy, full-bodied, and very smooth. There was no bitterness to be found. Subsequent sips…and cups…were at least equally delightful. In my opinion, this Grade 1 Keemun is every bit as delicious and satisfying as Teavivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea. If you are on a budget (as I am), and you love Keemun, take advantage of the great taste and very reasonable price of the Grade 1 Keemun tea. I am very glad that I did! By the way, if your budget is even more restricted than mine, Teavivre also has a Grade 2 Keemun black tea at even greater savings.
Excellent tea for the price! This is one I could drink every day and be content. It's a little smokier than the hao ya, but just as malty. This is smooth enough to drink straight.
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