Keemun Imperial Black Tea


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With its unique Keemun fragrance (祁门香) and sweet, soft taste, Keemun imperial tea is venerated as the noble type of Chinese Keemun black tea and it definitely can bring you good mood apart from good taste.

Keemun Imperial Black Tea
Growing area:  Qimen, Huangshan, Anhui, China
Tea type:  Black tea
Harvest season:  Spring tea
Dry leaf:  The black bloom leaves are curly, wiry and well twisted with a high percentage of tiny golden tips.

Aroma:  Roasted sweet potato aroma mixed with lingering aroma.
Liquor color:  Clear orange red
Mouthfeel:  Smooth and soft with rich aromas of roasted sweet potato
Tea species:  Keemun Zhuye
Fermentation:  Fully fermented

Caffeine:  26 – 40 mg
Storage:   Keep this tea in an airtight container away from high temperature, sunlight, moisture and abnormal smell.
Shelf Life:  36 months


The fresh leaves for making this tea grew in the original producing area of Keemun tea, at an average elevation of 800 m above sea level. The one bud with one leaf (which just starts to open up, called Chu zhan "初展") is hand-plucked for making this tea around the Chinese season of Qing Ming in early spring days. These fresh first-plucking leaves for making are loaded with nutrients and hence the finished dry leaves are neat and bold with high percentage of tiny golden tips. There is a sweet, mellow taste which creates a pleasant smooth sensation in your mouth. Overall, the first infusion of this tea is high in roasted sweet potato flavor mixed somewhat flower aroma, the second infusion is very mellow and the third infusion‘s lingering sweet and fragrant aftertaste will give you more enjoyment.


With its unique Keemun fragrance (祁门香) and sweet, soft taste, Keemun imperial tea is venerated as the noble type of Chinese Keemun black tea and it definitely can bring you good mood apart from good taste.

Recommend Brewing Method
Western Method:

  • Teapot: 17 oz / 500 ml
  • 185℉ / 85℃
  • Use 7 Grams Tea
  • Brewing time: 3-5 mins
  • Teapot may be your choice

Chinese Gongfu Way:

  • Gaiwan: 3 oz / 85 ml
  • 185℉ / 85℃
  • Use 5 Grams Tea
  • 4 steeps : rinse, 25s,35s,45s, 55s
  • Gaiwan may be your choice.

Tea Farmer

As the fifth generation inheritor of the national nonmaterial cultural heritage of Keemun black tea, Mr. Wangchang has over 30 years of experience in both growing and making Keemun black teas. Through the past 30 years he devoted himself to the study and upgrading of Keemun black tea quality with the aim of providing tea lovers with healthier and safer tea products. Mr. Wangchang once said to us that he expected to bring more and better teas for tea lovers in the future.

tea farmer

Tea Garden

White tower tea garden(“白塔茶园”) is located in Keemun County, the corn producing area of Keemun black tea, in Huangshan city. There are more than 9,225 acres of ecological tea garden, including 2,965 acres of certified-organic garden which has got the BCS organic certification.

baita tea garden

Producing area

Huangshan Mountain lies in the south of Anhui Province, circling from east towards west. Mountain regions occupies 90% of its total area, with an average elevation around 600 meters. Tea gardens mainly spread in valleys between the elevation of 100 to 350 meters. Forests take an percentage of 80% of its total area. Day and night temperature here ranges greatly, while with cloudy climate and short time of daylight, forming a suitable environment for tea’s growth.

Map of Anhui province

Keemun County locates in the south of Anhui Province, west of Huangshan Mountain. It has a long history of growing Keemun tea and has long been regarded as the hometown of Chinese Keemun black tea . Now it has an area of 10,000 squares’ tea gardens. (Now it has an area of 10,000 squares tea gardens, and the Keemun black tea produced from here has been listed on the top-10 Chinese famous tea.)

Tree species

Keemun Zhuye("槠叶") (sexually reproducing species), also called Keemun Species Chemical composition of fresh tea leaf: 31.11% polyphenols, 14.66% Catechins, 5.42 % amino acid, 44.72% Water extract. It’s suitable for making black tea and green tea. Kung Fu Black Tea, which is made from the Keemun species, is tight and dark, and has long-last aftertaste and unique fruity floral flavor, which is called Keemun Fragrance.

Zhuye tree


Keemun has a short – by Chinese standards – history that begun in 1875 in Qimen. An unsuccessful bureaucrat by the name of Yu Gancheng decided to quit working for the government and try his hand at tea making. Due to the great demand and high prices for black teas at the time, he travelled to Fujian to learn how to make black tea. Returning to Anhui he introduced black teas to the area, that up until then had just made green teas. Over the next decade or so, the process and tea continuously improved, culminating in 1883 with what is now known as Keemun black tea.

The amazing taste and aroma of this tea, combined with good marketing, combined to make this tea an instant hit, and was in huge demand overseas in England and the US. It won international prize in 1915 Panamanian world Expos.

Collections: Black Tea, Loose Leaf Teas, Most Popular, Teas

Category: Black Tea

Type: Black Tea

Vendor: PureTea

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