Keemun tea is short for China Keemun black tea. Its main producing areas are mainly distributed in Anhui province, including Counties of Qimen (Keemun), Dongzhi, Guichi, Yi, as well as Fuliang County in Jiangxi province. When talking about tea quality (taste), the teas from Likou, Shanli and Pingli towns of Qimen County are believed to be the best.
The premium Keemun tea is noted for tightly twisted tea leaves which appear black bloom and can produce bright reddish (brown) liquid and smooth and delicate flavor. The major elements most detected are notes of orchid/rose flower which is known as Keemun Fragrance (祁门香) with which Keemun black tea has gained a lot of attention home and abroad.
Keemun black teas are highly welcome on the international market, especially in Britain it has been complimented as "the most beautiful lady". As a national gift tea for many years in China, Keemun tea have been exported to Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Russia as well as other dozens of countries and regions.
Keemun black teas can be roughly divided into two types in term of process method.
The tea after having been processing with the above steps is called Raw tea or Primary tea which can be used for drinking directly.
Deep processing (Refining):
Generally, all steps above are carried out by machines nowadays, so most of the finished teas are less expensive and suitable for exporting.
Gongfu black tea is the traditional type. As to its process method, not much has changed since it had been invented.
The other type is hand-made Keemun black tea which is invented in 1990s by reference to the processing procedures of famous Huang Shan Mao Feng/ Bi Luo Chun tea. This new-type is also named as “famous high-quality tea 名优茶” in China.
In fact, as you can see the most of the processing steps of both types are not quite different except for the refined steps.
Tips: To better appreciate its flavors and tastes all sidedly, we suggest you sniffing the fragrance slowly first instead of drinking them immediately. By this way, you can experience the amazing feelings brought by its unique “Keemun Fragrance” and wonderful taste.
Keemun black tea is perfect for light drinking (without addition of milk, sugar, etc.). Purple clay and white porcelain tea set are recommended to brew black tea in traditional Chinese way.
Tea amount and water
Tea and water should be in a proportion of 1to 50 and the brewing temperature is about 85-90 ℃.
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