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Organic Imperial Keemun Mao Feng
Organic Imperial Keemun Mao Feng

Organic Imperial Keemun Mao Feng

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Loose - Organic - China Black Tea
March 12, 2019
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: Crisp and lively with flavorful burgundy notes. Delicious hints of oak with a golden red cup.
Ingredients: Black tea* *Organic Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems
INGREDIENTS FROM: Anhui Province - Qimen County
REGION(S): China
GROWING ALTITUDES: 1500 - 4900 feet above sea level
GRADE(S): Imperial Keemun Mao Feng
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Orthodox (Traditional leafy), Small batch crafted.
INFUSION: A reasonably thick reddish liquor
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.

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. Even though in recent years tea connoisseurs have taken more to Assams and Ceylon black teas, Imperial Keemun Mao Feng remains 'king of the black teas".
5 Stars
This Keemun has been my favorite for many years, a treat to wake up to each morning. I dip my nose into the bag and inhale; then a 4-minute steep in boiling Brita filtered water is a drink of heaven for the entire day.
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Reviewed by:  from Vermont. on 1/23/2020
5 Stars
This is a wonderful, robust black tea with hints of smoke and chocolate. I would drink it all day if I could, and never seem to get enough of it. The quality from Britishtea.com is consistently superior. I think I am now on my fourth order.
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Reviewed by:  from FL. on 6/18/2020

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