A high quality Keemun with a subtle smoky, clean cup. Thick reddish liquor produces a slight orchid characteristic.
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. In fact, it is reported that the Queen of England counts upon Imperial Keemun Mao Feng as one of her teas of choice.