Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong (ZK22)

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Chinese Keemun Black Tea
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Rated a top tea region since the Tang Dynasty, Hubei province produces this remarkable black tea. A special grade of Keemun.

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Tea of the morning….. (SRP #5)

I can’t believe I have an untried Keemun in my possession. It has been in my sample bin since last November. See, it is a good thing to check what you have every so often.

This is very good. The leaves are not long, but they are fine (narrow) like the higher grades of Keemun. There are light notes of smoke, and cocoa, just like you would find in a good Keemun. A great breakfast tea on its own for sure. It is currently (as of April 14, 2012) $8.40 for 125 grams, so roughly $2 an ounce. I do think it is slightly richer tasting than the Organic Heng Ru Keemun which is a little less expensive. Not sure I would need the more expensive one, though, but I might spring for this at some point as my stores of Keemun are down to only the Heng Ru and my precious Harney Keemun Mao Feng. And, I must try ALL the Keemuns at Upton, just because they make it so reasonable to do so!

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I love that they offer inexpensive samples of everything too.

Dylan Oxford

Wow, I just looked at all of their samples, that’s a definite plus. And extremely reasonable shipping. May have to order from these folks.


@Dylan-They are fabulous, too (I have ordered from them about 10 times). The problem there is trying to decide what to try, because there are so many choices.

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There really are. I was just going through their chai selection. And excuse me, but 19 Earl Greys? Sheesh!


Yeah I have their catalogue – wow – I can’t even get a grasp on all of it!


It does help to concentrate on one thing at a time. I think I ran my way through the Chinese- Other Congou first, trying to get a handle on what different price points taste like. Then I went through the chais, too. Now, I try the new Keemuns whenever they come in. At some point I will tackle Darjeelings, but that category is so huge!

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, wow. That’s a lot of darjeelings.


Upton is an excellent place to test different varieties. Having already tested most of the flavored ones that I wanted to, I’m now in the vortex of unflavored that’s endless, lol. Super customer service too (lightning fast).

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One of my favorite teas. Very rich and bold, but at the same time really smooth – no bitterness. The flavors are strong enough to stand up to milk. The aroma is earthy (but not to the point of "soil"y like some Pu-Erhs), a little spicy, with berry or wine-like undertones; and the price is an absolute bargain: I got 125 grams for $8.40 and I’d be happy paying twice that!

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Lightly earthy with a trce of smoke, an excellent tea

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