Keemun comes from Qimen county in Anhui province. (Keemun is the anglicized version of Qimen). It is relatively a newer tea. As the story goes, it was formulated in 1875 by a civil servant who was seeking a new vocation after losing his job. He was following his father’s advice in learning a skill rather than depending on “precarious officialdom” for a living. Before Keemun started to be manufactured, Anhui province only made green tea.
Keemun is made from the local cultivar 槠叶种 (Zhu-ye-zhong). It is this particular bush, and the terroir that gives Keemun its distinctive flavor. Notably, many of the higher quality English Breakfast blends include Keemun as the primary tea.
BREWING INSTRUCTIONS: Use a teaspoon of tea for a cup. Steep in freshly boiled water for 2-3 minutes.