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Keemun Mao Feng

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An exceptionally high grade of Keemun tea from China's Fujian Province.

One of our most prized Chinese teas, we've sourced this exceptionally high grade of Keemun from AnHui Province, the home of Chinese black tea. While 'Keemun' refers to the region of 'Qimen' where this tea was first produced using specialist techniques learnt in AnHui, 'Mao Feng' gives a clue to the superb quality of the young spring leaves. Skilfully picked and processed by hand, the result is an extraordinarily smooth, plummy sweetness, tinged with a subtlest touch of Lapsang-style smokiness.

Comparable to a fine Burgundy in the tea-tasting world, this is the sort of tea connoisseurs dream about. We'd recommend using slightly less leaf, brewing lightly and drinking without milk to bring out the notes of plum, black pepper and smoked pinewood.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin

    China

  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Aromatic

  • Tastes like

    Aromatic notes of sweet plum and smoked pinewood

  • Food pairing

    Perfect on its own so that you can enjoy its complex profile

  • When to drink

    When there's time to sit and dream

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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Origin

China

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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