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No. 14

Chinese Keemun - Loose Leaf

Chinese Black Tea

The godfather of Chinese breakfast brews, this smoky, single-origin Keemun tea offers sweet, fruity characters to get your day off to a luxurious start.

From: Qimen County, Anhui Province, China

LOOSE LEAF
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From £15.00

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2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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The origins of our Keemun Chinese black tea


Bold and luxurious, our single origin Keemun loose-leaf black tea from China has a fruity aroma and complex characters with an alluring, slightly smoky hint. Robust in flavour, it tastes of honey and oak, with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it a luxurious alternative to a regular breakfast tea.

With its strong, black wiry leaves and light amber infusion, this single-origin summer flush is a premium, special high-grade version of Keemun black tea that brings deliciously refined luxury to the daily ritual of tea making. The wonderful aroma of this exceptional Chinese loose-leaf black tea is enhanced by adding a splash of milk, which brings out its extraordinary, soft floral notes. Although perfect as a breakfast brew, this refreshing tea can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Requiring great skill to produce, Keemun is the most famous Chinese black tea, known in China as 'Qimen', Keemun is made from the Chinese variety of the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. Its name stems from its place of origin, Qimen County in China's Anhui province, located between the Yellow Mountains and the Yangtze River. Keemun tea undergoes an unusually slow process of withering and oxidation during production, which creates the nuanced characters and non-astringent flavour that has won it generations of fans as a great breakfast tea.

Read more about our Keemun Chinese Black Tea

Keemun was first produced in the late 1800s. At the time, China was primarily exporting green teas, and Keemun's invention was an attempt to compete with the black teas produced in India. Keemun tea quickly became popular in the West and is used as one of the key components of English breakfast tea blends, partly for its flavour and partly for its high caffeine content.

Like all black teas, this smoky Chinese Keemun tea comes with all the benefits of being packed with polyphenols, the antioxidant plant compounds that have been linked to everything from lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease to helping improve gut health. If you want to make it a vegan tea, simply serve it black.


Alternatives to this smoky loose leaf tea


For more full-flavoured breakfast brews, try our Margaret's Hope Darjeeling or Ahinsa organic, Lover's Leap or Luxury Pekoe, all of which are excellent Ceylon black teas. For something a little different, also from China, look to Dian Hong – another complex tea with a delicate balance of cocoa and floral notes.

There's more to morning tea than a classic English breakfast or Earl Grey. For the full range of varieties to start your day, check out the range of Breakfast Teas available in our Tea Shop.

Ingredients


Pure Chinese black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a smoke hint of cacao aroma and dark orange infusion. A bold cup with honey and oak notes with smooth, caramel and touch woody mouthfeel.

Region


Yunnan is a province in the Southwest of China, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the South, and Tibet to the North. The relief is mostly mountainous, with high mountain ranges branching out of Tibet and running all the way to the South East of the province, with elevations between 5,500 meters in the North of the province to 1,500 meters above sea level in the South. North East Yunnan is mostly snow-capped peaks and high plateaus, with powerful rivers running down the slopes; the valleys of the south are more open, with fertile plains and irrigated fields.

Learn more about the Yunnan Region, China

The climate is similarly contrasting: the highest peaks experience a Tundra climate (ET), with freezing temperatures for most of the year and a least one month above 0°C – but below 10°C – leading to snow melting. Below is a Temperate Oceanic (Cfb) climate, with mild winters and summers with highs of 26°C, and precipitation across all seasons but particularly during the summer months, which are also cloudy.

The valleys at the southernmost part of the province experience a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), with high precipitation from May to October, and temperature ranging from 11°C to 35°C. With such varied climates and relief, it is no surprise that the region is famous for its biodiversity. Of the 30,000 species of plants found in China, more than half are in Yunnan! Over half of the province is covered in forest, with pines and conifers on the lower plateau, bursts of colourful azalea and rhododendron on the higher hills and fir, bamboo and juniper on the higher peaks. Similarly, the province is home to a dizzying array of animals, with hundreds of species of mammals, fish, reptiles and birds.

The tropical forests of the South harbour monkeys, bears, elephants and porcupines. Only a small portion of the land is arable, but the variety of climate means many crops can be cultivated. Rice is the main summer crop, along with corn, sweet potato, sugarcane and, of course, tea, which is mostly grown on the southern, tropical part of the province, all the way to the Myanmar and Laos borders.

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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