Imperial Keemun Black Tea

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A young monk asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:

– Sensei, what tea is worthy of the Emperor of All under Heaven?

– Tea that is indeed worthy of the Emperor is Keemun Red Tea. Only one bud with one leaf is picked for this tea that gives it such a mellow and rich taste, with an exquisite flowery aroma.


The fresh leaves of this tea grow at an average elevation of 800 m above sea level. To produce this tea only one bud with one leaf (which just starts to open up, called Chu Zhan "初展") is hand-plucked. These fresh leaves are loaded with nutrients, while the processed dry leaves look neat and bold, having tiny golden tips. There is a sweet, mellow taste, which creates a pleasant smooth sensation on the palate. At first, you might sense a roasted sweet potato flavor mixed with a somewhat flowery aroma. Further on it becomes very mellow. Lastly, the third infusion‘s sweet and fragrant aftertaste will give you plenty of enjoyment. 

With its unique Keemun fragrance (祁门香) and sweet, soft taste, Keemun Imperial tea is revered as the noble type of Chinese black tea.


Place of Origin: Qimen, Huangshan, Anhui, China
Harvest Date: April 2019
Dry Leaf: The black leaves are curly, wiry and twisted, with a high amount of tiny golden tips
Aroma: Roasted sweet potato mixed with a flowery aroma
Taste: Smooth and soft, with a rich aroma of roasted sweet potato
Tea Species: Keemun Zhuye
Caffeine level: Medium 


How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:


Brewing guidelines:

     195℉ / 90℃ 

 4g    2-4min 

 6g    Rinse. Then 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion  


How to brew loose leaf tea, Gong Fu style: 

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