Keemun Tea is a black Chinese tea that features a floral yet smoky delicious flavor profile. Read on to find out more about this great tea!
First cultivated in the late 1800s, Keemun tea, also known as Qimen Hongcha, is a type of Chinese black tea from the Camellia Sinesis plant. It is produced in the Quimen County in Anhui Province, China.
This type of tea features light flavors compared to other stronger black teas. Its aroma is like a bouquet of orchids, with a malty and smoky taste with a low astringency. A very subtle hint of cocoa can be discerned in some types of Keemun tea.
The tea leaves are harvested only in spring and summer, and only the buds and the top two or three leaves are selected for further processing.
Keemun tea has an unusually slow withering and oxidation process which creates its flavor.
And its high price!
Once the leaves are dry, they are rolled to ready it for oxidation, the next step for making Keemun tea.
Like most black tea, the leaves are allowed to fully oxidize before being heat-processed and dried.
And Keemun black tea is no exception!
Oxygen interacts with chemicals in the leaves, and this is what gives tea its dark color. The flavor changes from a light to bold liquor.
When the tea leaves are picked, they are withered on large bamboo mats in direct sunlight. They are then heated on open fires or in woks.
There are five types of Keemun black tea. These are as follows:
Like most black teas, Keemun black takes higher temperatures and steeping times when compared to other types of tea.
We recommend Teayra Keemun Mao Feng premium Chinese black loose-leaf tea. This Keenum tea has a honey flavor and can be used as a base for other drinks.
It is smooth with a warm amber color. Harvested in early spring, it is of Mao Feng grade.
The oxidization process increases thearubigins and theaflavins which are polyphenols. Polyphenols have lots of antioxidants which help prevent chronic diseases.
Yes, you can drink Keemun without milk or with milk and sugar. If you are vegan, you can also use oat milk or any other type of milk.
But I would suggest enjoying the pure flavors of Keemun, specially if it's a high grade tea!
Yes, Keemun tea is quite high in caffeine with slightly less caffeine than coffee.
With its strong floral aroma and malty taste, Keemun tea is a worth a try if you like black tea or are looking for a substitute to coffee with a lower but more sustained caffeine hit.