Choosing the Highest Quality Keemun Chinese Black Tea

Published: Friday 10 November, 2017

As keemun black tea is one of the most famous and scrumptious teas in the world market, there are several ways to evaluate the Keemun black tea you are purchasing to determine the quality of the tea itself. Here are some tips to help you to select a top grade Keemun black tea:

The Appearance of the Dried Leaves: Keemun black tea have beautiful deeply dark leaves, which should be very tight and slim. The looser and coarser the leaves are, the lower the quality of the teas. You should also look for bright, dark leaves, and avoid old or faded tea leaves.

Observing the Brewed Tea Leaves: Quality can also be determined by closely observing the brewed tea leaves and resulting brew. A high quality one will have soft and tender leaves once brewed and will present a bright red color to the tea. If the brewed leaves are extremely dark and not tender, they are of lower quality.

The Color of The Brewed Tea: As mentioned above, a higher quality Keemun will have bright coppery-red tones, but the tea liquor should also remain clear. An inferior Keemun will produce not only a darker brew, but may be cloudy as well.

The Color of the Dried Leaves: To help evaluate the quality of a Keemun black tea before purchasing it, you may observe the dried tea leaves to check for quality. A high quality Keemun will have a bright and shiny bold color that is consistent throughout the batch of tea. Stay away from Keemun teas which are dry and dull colored, or faded with inconsistent flat colors.

Evaluating Flavor and Aroma: You can also evaluate the quality of a Keemun black tea by enjoying the flavor and aroma of this one of a kind, incredible Chinese tea. A high quality Keemun tea will have a rich mellow flavor and aroma, with little to no astringency, with a deep black tea flavor. Lower quality Keemun teas may taste bitter, or have little to no flavor, and may even possess a grassy smell which is not a good thing for a Keemun tea to have.

Additionally, some low quality Keemun teas may use artificial coloring to present the appearance of quality, and this causes the resulting tea to taste bitter and too light. If the tea contains artificial coloring, the appearance of the coloring on the leaves will not appear consistent.