Keemun Orchid

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What it is

A very popular, quality black tea with fruity, cocoa notes & just a hint of smokiness.

Where it’s from

Qimen County, in Anhui Province, an area of China renowned for making some of the world’s best black teas. Keemun is the British Colonial spelling for Qimen.

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1355 tasting notes

My talk about Keemun with looseTman reminded me that Tea Horse sent me some in the monthly club.

This Keemun has a dark, smoky and wooden scent in it’s raw form. The leaves are finely chopped into roughly 2-3mm pieces that are very dark brown with a few golden tips.

I shall be brewing one large teaspoon of tea into a small mug which I estimate to be around 4oz. The temperature and steeping time are as suggested by Tea Horse.

Once steeped the tea is golden honey coloured with a beautiful smoky, cocoa and floral scent. Very beautiful.

Flavour is very clean tasting and smooth with essences of smoke, sweet flowers, fresh wood and very dark cocoa. It’s rich in dark flavour but light in consistency which makes it refreshing. Also picking up increasing malt flavour which is a personal love of mine.

Very delicious, looks like this is a new favourite Keemun to add to my cupboard. :)

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125 tasting notes

“What’s in your cup?” This morning’s tea was truly a new experience – Keemun Orchid by Tea Horse courtesy of KittyLovesTea. Premium Keemun Hao Ya is my usual morning tea. By comparison, this Keemun is quite unique! I brewed 1 tsp. (3g) / 8 oz. & 6 oz. / 212*F / 4 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

- Fragrance: A lush but gentle smokiness that reminds me of fine pipe tobacco & a light floral scent.
- Liquor: Golden amber
- Aroma: Lush, winey, & smoky
- Flavor:
8 oz.: A smooth, winey, med-bodied Keemun, with a pleasing velvet-like orchid aftertaste that persists long on one’s palate – truly special. At 8 oz., the lush winey Keemun character is more potent than the cocoa notes.

8-min Re-steep: Nearly as enjoyable as the first cup. With a little less potent winey character, the orchid notes are easier to appreciate.

2nd Cup – 6 oz.: With this higher leaf-to-water concentration, the orchid flavor is much more obvious and the cocoa notes are easier to appreciate.

8-min Re-steep: Nearly identical to the first 6 oz. cup.

An exceptionally unique Keemun.

Thanks to KittyLovesTea for providing this delightful generous sample. Unfortunately, per KittyLovesTea, “they have recently closed down. :( “ Thus, I feel very fortunate to have tasted this Keemun Orchid, which was also my first orchid tea experience.

- RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter
- Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a Finum brew basket

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We rarely see flavoured or scented Keemun, this sounds very unique and interesting…


It was an interesting & enjoyable tasting experience. It’s a shame Tea Horse has recently closed. I wonder if this Keemun was unique to Tea Horse or if it’s available from another supplier?

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