Organic Imperial Keemun
This tea has a thick rich liquor with an orchid like fragrance, the tightly rolled leaves promote a deep rich concentrated flavour.
Qimen county produced only green tea until the mid-1870s. Around that time a young man in the civil service lost his job. Despite being totally heartbroken and completely embarrassed by his shame, he remembered what his father told him - A skill is a better guarantor of a living than precarious officialdom.
Following this advice, the young man packed up his courage and his bags to travel to Fujian Province to learn the secrets of black tea manufacturing. Upon his return to Qimen in 1875 he set up three factories to produce black tea. The black tea method was perfectly suited to the tea leaves produced in this warm moist climate with well-drained sandy soil.
Before long, the superb flavour of Keemun became very popular around the world. Despite its relatively short history (for a Chinese tea!), Keemun became world renown by 1915 and in taste tests conducted by the leading tea companies of the day, was preferred over Darjeeling! 1915 also marked another milestone in Imperial Keemun's storied history - it won gold at the International Exposition in Panama.
When properly stored it will take on a deeper wine and mellow characteristics. Even though in recent years tea connoisseurs have taken more to Assams and Ceylons,Imperial Keemun Mao Feng remains "king of the black teas” and this is one of the best!.
Caffeine Guide: Medium
Region: Anhui Province - Qimen County
Antioxidant Content: Medium
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Appearance: Tightly rolled leaves
Aroma: Floral - orchid-like notes and delicious hints of oak
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