CHINESE KEEMUN OP TEA LEAVES
Keemun OP is indigenous to the Anhui province that lies just southwest of Shanghai. Deriving its name from the Westernized spelling of Qimen city in Anhui, this black tea sports a mild flavour, an aroma reminiscent of orchids, and a soft finish. Just as interesting as its tasting is the history of Keemun tea.
In the nineteenth century, a farmer from Fujian started to cultivate fine tasting black tea in Anhui, bringing with him the knowledge and expertise of his home district. He went against the local tradition of cultivating green tea and latched on to the European demand for black tea instead. The result? His loose leaf—now known as Keemun—quickly became popular worldwide and is considered one of the world’s best black teas. The “OP” stands for the tea grading Orange Pekoe. You can find out more about different tea grades here. Keemun leaves are quite wiry and have a tightly twisted appearance. When brewed, these leaves unfurl beautifully and infuse the water with its delicate flavour.
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