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qimen caixia

Based on 32 reviews
May 2022 harvest
May 2022 harvest
returning end of Jun
Anhui, China
Zhao Li Li
qimen caixia
Qimen Caixia or “Sunrise Keemun” is a unique black tea made from early spring leaves which are gently rolled to create a whole leaf tea. The semi wiry leaves do contain some tips as well. The dry aroma offers the classic Keemun orchid note. The cup itself is a medium-light bodied one that is delicate, sweet and complex with notes of orchid, honey and toast. While it is rather delicate, it presents a nuanced experience with a soft finish.

About the leaves:

Grown between 800 and 1200 meters above sea level this Twig Leaf cultivar was hand plucked at the beginning of May from 60-year-old trees. Known locally as "keemun maofeng", is consists of one bud and two or three leaves approximately 2-3 cm in length.

This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 2-3 minutes.

Customer Reviews (32)

Fresh From Origin

Qimen is located in Anhui Province of China where previously black teas were cut during processing. It is only in the past decade or so, that they are now picking the tea earlier and processing exceptional whole leaf tea.

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Zhao Li Li

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
Before working with tea, I was a worker in a bag factory. I had worked there for 5 years, but the business in the factory was very bad and I had to leave there without payment. I had a very hard life until I found a chance to work in the tea garden. It is good that I can work and get reasonable payment to make a living now.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I start very early in the morning at 6 and go out at 7. I will go to the tea mountain to pick the tea leaves. In the afternoon I will bring the tea leaves to the primary factory and get my payment.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
It is good that I can get payment the same day after plucking. I had bad experience to work in the previous bag factory and got no payment. As a result, I can buy what I want for my home and pay for my kids' education.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I hate rain, because the payment will be lower than sunny days. Sometimes if it is raining hard, I can not go out. My family is very poor and we do need to work as much as possible.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea? Any advice?
When you drink the tea in your cup, please cherish it. It takes lots of hard work from a tea leaf to the final cup of tea. So use good tea set or teapot to brew our tea.

What do you think makes your tea unique or better than others
The location of Keemum is very important. This area makes a very good cup of tea. Keemum black teas are famous in the world with its special sweet and pleasant taste. I think it is the best black tea in the world.

What is your favorite tea to drink and why?
I love our keemum black tea, because I think it is the best black tea in the world.

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