Keemun is certainly one of the most understated Chinese black teas. It is one of the most popular black teas in the West, comprising a number of the most prized classic blends including English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Often harvested incorrectly, the Keemun sold on the British market fails to do this classic tea justice.
To those not accustomed to quality black teas, this can be described as tea in 3D due to the complexity of its aromas. It has a delightfully subtle, sweet, malty, rich flavour with caramel undertones; its leaves comprise a combination of carefully picked and beautifully hand-crafted youngest tiny black leaves and cream buds that give it this sweet flowery scent.
It is believed that this tea was created in 1875 by a man named Yu Ganchen, who travelled to the Fujian Province of China to learn the secrets behind the production of the highest quality black teas. The secrets he learnt enabled him to create the exquisite Keemun black tea, which very quickly gained popularity, first in China, then in England, where it has since become one of the most popular teas.
This tea from Eastcott & Burges is grown and purchased in very small quantities from a family owned tea garden in the Quimen county (transliterated to ‘Keemun’ upon arrival in England in the 19th century), Anhui province of China.
Origin: Anhui Province, China – 2016.