This distinctive organic Chinese tea originally hailed from the Quimen County of Huangshan Shi, in China's eastern Anhui province. In fact, "Keemun" was actually the English spelling for "Qimen" during the colonial era. This Fair Trade Certified organic loose tea consists of large, elegantly twisted leaves. Its brown infusion features a smooth slighty roasted quality, with a sweet juicy finish. Because of these qualities, Keemuns are often compared to Burgundy wines. Grown and manufactured in the neighboring Jiangxi Province, this organic and Fair Trade Certified Keemun is a great example of an affordable Keemun.
This organic tea is our standard grade Keemun organic black tea. For those looking for a higher grade Keemun, please try our Organic Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea.
Ingredients: organic Chinese black tea
Serving Size: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: I enjoy the juiciness of this tea on the back corners of my palate.
Jeremy Says: An excellent China black - a definite self-drinker!
Posted by Matthew on 31st Mar 2017
When brewed correctly this Qimen has some fruity notes, and smells strongly of it. While not the highest grade Qimen (Arbor actually sells a higher grade) it's an excellent daily tea, one of my favorites in fact, especially considering the price.
Posted by Kara on 1st May 2016
There's a slight earthiness to this tea. It's good but the Keemun doesn't "wow" me. Just okay, probably good as a daily black tea.
Posted by Jo on 23rd Jan 2016
This one just didn't do anything for me. It was 'okay,' but not really worth ordering again.
Posted by Bryan on 30th Apr 2015
First wiff of this stuff reminds me of "Smoke", no idea why. The taste is identical to the smell, however much milder than one would expect. I have no reason to rate this less than 5 leaves even though I probably wont be buying it in bulk. Its a solid tea, but probably has to fit your own personality, I can see why some people are not a fan, but if its your thing....you may have an everyday drinker.
Posted by Will on 14th Feb 2015
I'm making my way though a bunch of samples, and this is my first, so I don't really have much to which I can make a comparison. That said, s'ok. I wasn't blown away or anything, but it was good. Honestly, it tastes fairly generic. I got two good infusions, but it didn't really open up until the second. I guess it would make a good daily drinker.
Posted by Lauren on 20th May 2013
If you like smokey teas, you may enjoy this one. To me, this tastes like a normal everyday black tea with some Lapsang Souchong mixed in. The smokeyness is not overpowering, but prominent. However, since I'm not a big fan of smokey teas, I won't be getting this one again.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 27th Jan 2009
I am beginning to appreciate black teas and this is my current favorite. From the deep rich color to the full-bodied flavor this is one to savor on its own or with a meal. I much prefer it without milk.
Posted by William F. Edwards on 31st Dec 2008
This Keemun is a remarkably complex tea. This should be enjoyed by itself not to be consumed unconsciously while wolfing down a meal! I appreciate a smokey taste as well as other complex flavors. I do not drink it with milk. This may be my favorite black tea.
Posted by Christopher Newton on 31st Jul 2008
I like Keemun because it takes milk well and I have tried a lot of them over the years. This Keemun is excessively bland it's really not in the running with the delicious Keemuns on the market (not fair trade unfortunately). I only use it as an extender for Arbor's full-flavored Yunnan. I can make a much tastier tea from three parts of this to one part of the more expensive Yunnan. Find a better Keemun guys!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
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