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Keemun Black Tea

Brief Introduction to
Keemun Black Tea

Keemun Black Tea is a world-famous Chinese black tea. Compared to Lapsang Souchong tea (the world’s oldest black tea), Keemun Black Tea has a relatively “short” history. It was invented by Yuanlong Hu in 1875 while quickly became popular in the West, especially England, and became the most prominent ingredient of high class English Breakfast tea. Over the years, Keemun Tea continued to take the world by storm. A two-times gold medallist in World Exposition Fair, the unique aroma is said to rival any of the Darjeelings and Ceylon. A tantalizing blend of fruit, honey and floral, the Keemun aroma is a charming experience. The taste, often described by worldwide tea lovers as “Chinese sweetness”, is well balanced and distinctive. Keemun is still used for a number of classic blends. It is a light tea with characteristic stone fruit and slightly smoky notes in the aroma and a gentle, malty, non-astringent taste reminiscent of unsweetened cocoa. Top varieties have orchid-like fragrance and additional floral notes in the flavor.

Keemun is produced exclusively in the Qimen County of the Huangshan City, in Anhui province. The name of the tea is an older Western spelling of the name of the nearby town, Qimen (pronounced “Chee-men”). The tea-growing region lies between the Yellow Mountains and the Yangtze River. The cultivar used for Keemun is the same as that used in production of Huangshan Maofeng. While the latter is an old, well-known variety of green tea, Keemun was first produced in late 19th century using techniques adapted from the tea farmers of Fujian Province.

Many varieties of Keemun exist, with different production techniques used for each. Nevertheless, any Keemun undergoes particularly slow withering and oxidation processes, yielding more nuanced aroma and flavor. Some of Keemun’s characteristic floral notes can be attributed to a higher proportion of geraniol, compared to other black teas.

Among the many varieties of Keemun perhaps the most well-known is Keemun Mao Feng. Harvested earlier than others, and containing leafsets of two leaves and a bud, it is lighter and sweeter than other Keemun teas. Another high grade variety, containing mostly leaves and stronger than others, is the Keemun Hao Ya. For Western markets, it is separated by quality into Hao Ya A and Hao Ya B categories, the former being somewhat better than the latter. Either has a markedly intense taste. Other varieties include those specifically tailored for the Gongfu tea ceremony (Keemun Gongfu, or Congou), Keemun Aromatic Snail and Keemun Golden Needle, an early bud variety, said to have less bitterness.

Having been in keemun tea production for more than 30 years, Chinese Tealeaves, as a devotional inheritor and innovator of Chinese traditional tea ceremony (Chadao), always prides itself on its quality keemun black tea which are sought after by tea connoisseurs. As a leading keemun black tea manufacturer, supplier and wholesaler, Chinese Tealeaves has keemun black tea of various types and grades available and been trying our best to provide you with the keemun tea at reasonable prices.

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