Despite black tea’s worldwide popularity, very little is known about it among the general public. It’s the tea we have in the afternoon with our lunches. It’s the tea we sweeten and ice during the sticky hot summer days of the east coast.
Most, when they think of black tea, think English breakfast the same way most, when thinking of tea in China, think green tea. Not only was Keemun first cultivated in China around 1875 by Yu Ganchen who traveled to Fujian Province in pursuit of educating himself in black tea production and since has been deemed one of China’s top ten teas. It’s also considered a “tea hero” in the British market. That English breakfast you love so much? Keemun in the primary tea in the popular blend.
For some people, the astringency of English breakfast (likely caused by the nutty dark Assam tea) can be too much. What makes Keemun a great alternative is a mellow but complex flavor that still has a little of the bite a lot of die-hard black tea drinkers look for.
The caffeine is sometimes exactly what’s needed half way through the day. It might help boost alertness. It’s worth noting that there’s more to black tea then caffeine. Part of the reason the English drink it at noon is the studies indicating black tea may help in balancing hormone levels. This might just result in a better sleep and an elevated mood.
Our Keemun is traditionally cultivated in the Anhui province. Stop by for a nice hot cup (and maybe one of Dee’s gluten-free chocolate cupcakes,) or buy a bag to delight in a tea renowned in both China and England.