Keemun Black Tea

In China, when people think of black tea, they think Keemun Black Tea. It is a superior variety of black tea produced in Qimen with a history of over 130 years. Qimen is a mountainous country in China’s Anhui province, and was named "Keemun" during the colonial era. Today, many people prefer to call the tea its original name: Qimen black tea. Keemun black tea enjoys a high reputation throughout the world and is hailed as the "Queen of Black Tea", partly because it has always fascinated the Queen of England and royal family there.  

Features of Keemun Black Tea

The Unique Features of Keemun Black Tea

Keemun black tea field, with an area of approximately 107 sq km, has superior natural conditions with rather high elevation, fertile red and yellow soil, warm climate, plentiful rainfall, and moderate sunshine, very suitable for tea plantation. The spring tea is the best of all.  

The processed Keemun black tea has fragrant aroma, embellishing black color and slim shape like thin brow, and turns to be flush and transparently vivid when soaked into boiling water. Keemun smells like honey and orchid, giving the tea a distinctive and balanced taste - the so-called “China Qimen aroma”. The tea can be added with milk or sugar, but tastes best without adding anything else.

Varieties of Keemun Black Tea  

Varieties of Keemun Black Tea 

There are four main categories of Keemun Black Tea, including Keemun Gongfu, Keemun Mao Feng, Keemun Xin Ya and Keemun Hao Ya, with different picking time and processing methods.  

Keemun Gongfu is processed with careful skill ("gongfu") to produce thin, tight strips without breaking the leaves.Keemun Mao Feng adopts only slightly twisted leaf buds and is usually with a smoother flavor. Many people like to brew a smaller quantity of this tea for a longer time, maybe up to 7 minutes, for a more interesting tone.

Keemun Xin Ya is the early bud variety, with less bitterness. While Keemun Hao Ya is the refined bud, and generally known as the highest grade.  

Benefits of Black tea

Health benefits of Keemun Black Tea 

Keemun black tea is rich in riboflavin, folic acid, carotene, totaxin, protein, vitamin C, etc and an important source of fluorid. Drinking Keemun black tea will help to enhance your memory and get rid of fatigue, protect you against cancer, degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, prevent heart attacks, lower the blood glucose, blood pressure, blood fat, and protects you from ultraviolet rays and radiation. 

How to Brew Keemun Black tea

How to Brew Keemun Black Tea 

1. Prepare the tea set. Purple clay or white porcelain tea set produced in Jingdezhen is the best choice. 

2. Boil the purified or spring water to 90-95 ºC (194-203℉). 

3. Add 1-2 teaspoons of tea leaves to 8 ounces boiling water. And wait for 1 to 3 minutes.

4. Pour the tea into the drinking cup, then you can enjoy the tea with rich aroma.


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