King Red” is organically grown and produced in the Quimen area of Anhui Province. Quimen is a small geographic area defined by mountains and steep slopes cut and nourished with streams of fresh water. True Keemuns are made from the “Zhuye” varietal. This tea is unique in its flavors. Its' leaves are cut thin and, with oxidization, its oils deepen and combine giving this black a distinct sweetness and aroma. Its' liquor is a bright red, claret-like, with a pleasing bouquet.
Our lot is “gongfu” or “congou” grade made with disciplined skill keeping the thin leaves intact and uniform in size, a factor in developing a smooth taste. It has become increasingly difficult to source good quality organic Keemun as the domestic market increasingly enjoys this tea. This lot has a good balance of winey flavors and a camphor-like aroma. Excellent with breakfast, spicy foods, as a digestive, it also serves well as a refreshing cup anytime of the day.
Keemuns are referred as to as the "Burgundy" of China's red teas because of its superb bouquet. It is also one of China's 10 most famous teas. Traditionally known also as "Keemun Congou".
Long recognized as a superb breakfast tea, it is often served under the name English Breakfast. King Red offers very pleasing, full-bodied & strong flavors to the palate; some with hints of fruit flavors in the finish. This is a well-made lot, offering fragrant, nuanced tastes with a finish that will linger and warm. For those that prefer it, Keemuns can take milk and sugar.
A rounded teaspoon for 8-12 ounces should provide a round cup flavor. Use water at 195 -205 F and steep the leaves for 2.5 to 3 minutes and taste. The flavors of this tea should be open by not steeping too long & preserving its winey flavor side. Leaves will steep 2-3 times.