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Imperial Keemun
Imperial Keemun


Anhui, China, a province in Eastern China became known for producing black teas in the late 1800's.

Imperial Keemun:

Brewing Suggestions

During his visit to Anhui, Roy cupped countless Keemuns from dozens of different factories and farms. Working with the best local producers, he help produced the Imperial Keemun and is extremely proud of it. The tightly rolled leaves have an almost oily sheen. Roy calls this characteristic "Bao Guang" or "treasured luster" in his book, Great Teas of China. "Bao Guang" is a rarity in today's lightly oxidized black teas from China.

The bright, jovial red liquor and the multitude of complex flavors and textures are mind numbing for some of us who have been doing without a true “traditional” Keemun for many years. However, the wait is finally over thanks to the Imperial Keemun. With commitment and hard work, we feel that we can continue to bring you high quality Keemuns of this kind in the future.

Also available in our Keemun Sampler

Preparation Notes:

As always, good water is essential to a good tea experience, so please choose water of high quality to brew your favorite tea. We cupped this tea with nearly boiling (208º F) water using 3 grams per 4 oz. of water. However, we think that 3 grams in a 6 oz. gaiwan will most likely bring the best result. Of the three Keemuns, this one will work best when enjoyed with the typical English style preparation.

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5 of 5 November 12, 2020
Reviewer: terry Whitney from Chicago, IL United States  

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5 of 5 Imperial Keemun October 2, 2020
Reviewer: Ballard Architect from Seattle, WA United States  
Wonderful, comforting, a welcome friend every night in our home.

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5 of 5 Perfect July 8, 2018
Reviewer: Rebekah S from Chapel Hill, NC United States  
There must be other keemum out there, but I can't imagine drinking any but this one. For years its balance and fragrance, flavor and presence have always been perfect. Thanks!

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  4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 The most flavorful of the 3 new Keemuns October 21, 2013
Reviewer: Dennis Emberling from Littleton, CO United States  
A very nice new black tea, although not the same as the old, classic Keemuns. Roy succeeded in getting all the smokiness and astringency out of it. Has considerably more flavor than the other 2 new Keemuns (Floral & Superior Keemun Mao Feng), but it's easy to make it too strong. We experimented with time & temperature, and preferred 3 grams/2 teaspoons for 1 to 1.5 minutes at 200 degrees.

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