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Keemun, comes from Quimen in Anhui Province and was first produced in 1875. Long recognized among the great black teas of the world, this tea highlights a natural sweetness on both the nose and the palate. The wonderful aroma of the dry leaf is enhanced once brewed producing an intensely bold cup.

Ingredients: Chinese black tea (keemun)

Origin of Keemun : Anhui, China

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Direct trade quality loose leaf tea for more than a decade. World Tea Championship winners in 2008 & 2009. USDA Certified Organic. Based in US with buying office in China.

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911 tasting notes

This is a fairly mild Keemun. It struck me as having a lot of Yunnan characteristics – very earthy with an almost figgy sweetness. The Keemun aspect came in towards the end of the sip when there was a touch of smoke-ish acridity followed by a smooth smoky/roasty note. Certainly not a bad tea but a little mild for me. Perhaps this one would be a good introduction to someone unfamiliar with Keemuns and just wants to test the waters.

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Steepster! I miss you, steepster. I am just insanely busy and, in fact, the only reason I have a few moments this morning is that I’m packing to go on a trip. But I do miss you, and all of your wonderful tea discoveries!

This isn’t one of them, sadly. I’m slowly beginning to come to terms with the fact that I’m running out of Jackee Muntz, and I’m in need of a really solid Keemun to replace it, so I’ve begun the hunt. When Teas Etc. shot me an email about a crazy keyword deal, I decided that the time was nigh. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be the staple replacement I’d hoped for, but it’s a pretty good tea — it just doesn’t knock my socks off the way that Muntz does.

Reading the scant notes about this I can see that one person thought it was weaker than usual (Auggy) and another person thought it was stronger (someone I don’t recognize). I’m leaning in Auggy’s direction. I’m not sure what I was hoping for, but there isn’t much punch to this one. In the interests of full disclosure I should say that I’m slightly stuffed up from allergies, so part of this is probably not the tea’s fault, but I did steep longer than my standard for new blacks of three minutes, in the hopes that my water would continue to turn amber, which took quite some time.

On the plus side, the flavor is clean, there is a pleasing sweetness present, and even if the cup is slightly watery compared to the Keemun I’m searching for, there isn’t a hint of astringency to be found, which might make it a pretty swell afternoon cup.

And that’s it for me! One brief and inadequate half-asleep cameo before I dash off to shower and throw a few more things into a suitcase so that I can wing my way south for a family reunion I am not even a little bit prepared for. Whee!

Hope all of you marvelous steepsterites are beating the heat with endless pitchers of iced tea.

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The second time I had this, I used a little extra leaf and I think that helped it be more normal Keemun than mild Keemun… still no match for Jackee though!
Have fun on your trip!


I wish that I could’ve done a better review of this one, but it was my first straight-up Keemun. I’m not sure how you feel about smoke, but the Tea Guys’ Evening Escape is a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong (despite what their website says — it’s LS and not Darjeeling). I would rate it higher, but I think that it’s almost too rich for me Keemun-wise.

You’ve been missed! I hope that soon you’ll get a chance to relax with some great tea in the near future :)


Have fun and good luck with the reunion. Then come back to us :)


Many thanks, friends! Trip was a smashing success.

I love smoke, Rabs! And I dig Tea Guys (hit and miss, but they’re from my state and probably got me into loose leaf tea, so my loyalty totally holds). I’ll be sure to tack that tea on the next time I place an order with them. Thanks for the recommendation!

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89 tasting notes

Very pleased with this tea. More so as it cooled. The 1oz package will not last long.

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371 tasting notes

Tea #2 of my “Basic Tea Trilogy.” Um, this is “deeper” than the Ceylon. It’s like the Ceylon is a flittering fluttering fairy that sprinkles sugar on people’s tongues. Keemun is an earthier gnome that bestows more of a carmelized sugar sort of sweetness. I think that as of now I’d be able to pick out a Ceylon easier than a Keemun. I think I get why Keemun’s such an excellent base for tea blends. It’s got depth without being overpowering. NE

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596 tasting notes

Tasty, smooth, but a bit more aggressive than other Keemuns I’ve tried. If you eschew Keemun on the grounds that it is wimpy, do give this one a try.

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