Black Keemun Mao Feng
A high grade black tea from Qimen, China, known as one of the world’s best.
What it is
A second Keemun Mao Feng for Tea Horse, but this one is a black tea. Mao Feng (referring to the shape of the leaves) is a high grade Keemun tea, which has a reputation as one of the world’s best black teas.
Where it’s from
Keemun is the English spelling for the town of Qimen, in Anhui province, China, from where the tea originates.
A relatively new tea, it was first produced in 1875. A government official, unfairly dismissed from his post, learnt instead how to make black tea. He was so successful that others copied his style and the Qimen region switched production from green tea to black tea in order to satisfy demand in Europe. Keemun became the most popular and distinctive tea in an English Breakfast blend and is said to be one of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s favourites.
Why we chose it
This fine example of a black tea is full of health-giving polyphenols. These become flavonoids in the production of black tea, a highly powerful group of antioxidants that help to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar. One cup of tea contains 150-200mg of flavonoids, which are believed to protect against heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is said three cups of tea a day, or most certainly regularly drinking (we would say that!), can help maintain good all-round health.
What it tastes like
Deliciously fragrant dry leaves create a burnt orange brew that offers quite a complex combination of malty, sweet richness with some cocoa taste and lightly floral notes. It hints at a gentle smokiness common in other Keemuns.
Drink it with
Although the most popular tea in an English Breakfast blend, we prefer to drink it straight up in the morning with breakfast. Also pairs well with salty cheese like Parmesan or Feta, Korean food, chillis or even vanilla-based desserts.
How to make it
Use one teaspoon per cup, pour on fresh water just off the boil and brew for about four minutes. If you leave it too long by mistake, it won’t become bitter like some teas. If you like to add milk/sugar, use a bit more tea to create a stronger brew. Keemun Mao Feng can be infused three times, for slightly longer each time