Imperial Keemun Black Tea
One of the most celebrated black teas from China comes from Qi Men County of Anhui Province. Qi Men tea (romanized as Keemun) is among the oldest black teas produced in China. Our Imperial Keemun is produced from a xiao ye (small leaf) varietal that have an almost oily sheen that the Chinese call bao guang (treasure luster), a rarity in today’s lightly oxidized black teas from China. The leaves are uniform in size and color with notes of ripe apples. This tea has bright, red liquor with complex flavors and textures. Imperial Keemun is an extraordinary tea that we’re proud to offer to our customers.
Anhui, China: Province in southeastern China, known for producing black teas in the late 1800’s. A number of excellent green and black teas are now grown in the region.
As always, good water is essential to a good tea experience, so please choose water of high quality to brew your favorite tea. We recommend steeping 3 grams in a 6 oz. Gaiwan with nearly boiling (208º F). Of all our Keemuns, this one would work best if enjoyed with the typical English style preparation.