Crisp and lively with flavorful burgundy notes. Delicious hints of oak with a golden red cup. Superb Tea!
Net Wt. 100
g/3.5 oz. Bag $16.60
g/3.5 oz. Tin $17.60
Grade: Imperial Keemun Mao Feng
Altitude: up to 5000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Crisp and lively with flavorful burgundy notes. Delicious hints of oak with a golden red cup.
Infusion: A reasonably thick reddish liquor.
Ingredients: Luxury organic black tea
Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd.
Certified Organic by QMI Organic Inc.
Certificate #: 150 - 2008
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This Keemun is a particularly fine example of a winey Keemun -very often referred to as the “Bordeaux or Burgundy of Tea”. The tea has a thick rich liquor that has an orchid like fragrance -a fragrance that some say can be enhanced with milk. This grade has tightly rolled leaves that promote a deep rich concentrated flavour - in fact when properly stored takes on a deeper winey and mellow character. This is the third highest grade of Keemun that is available, (the two top grades are Hoa Ya A and Hoa Ya B), and is only made during March and April growing months after which the leaf and cup quality are not sufficient to meet the Imperial Mao Feng grade.
The name Keemun comes from Qimen county in southern Anhui province, where almost all the mountains are covered with tea bushes. Qimen county produced only green tea until the mid 1870’s. 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 tealeaves produced in this warm moist climate with well-drained sandy soil. Before long, the superb flavor of Keemuns became very popular around the world.
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