Red Mao Feng, one special variety of Keemun black tea origins from Xiu'ning county of Anhui province of China, has a famous reputation for its specific aroma and shape. It has also widely familiar as one of the four world's best black teas. It is carefully processed so that the shape of the tea leaves resemble that of the Mao Feng Green Tea. This is why it got the name "Red Mao Feng". With the thin and twisted strips of tea leaves and peculiar aroma (fruity mixed with orchid-like), those russet interwoven tea leaves look neat and taste wonderful.
With fresh, finer selections of tea leaves and traditional style processing method, this Keemum Mao Feng Black Tea does have floral notes in the aroma that could mature to a deeper, fruit-tone fragrance. This is the very tea you have been looking for. Once the tea leaves and buds are harvested, those tender leaves are sorted out by hand to create a premium Keemun tea. The selected leaves then go through an elaborate fermentation process which changes the color of the leaves from green to a deep dark brown or brownish-black color.
Xiu'ning county lies in the south of Anhui Province, circling from east towards west. Mountain regions occupies 90% of its total area, with an average elevation around 600 meters. Tea gardens mainly spread in valleys between the elevation of 100 to 350 meters. Forests take an percentage of 80% of its total area. Day and night temperature here ranges greatly, while with cloudy climate and short time of daylight, forming a suitable environment for tea's growth. Keemun has a short – by Chinese standards – history that begun in 1875 in Qimen. An unsuccessful bureaucrat by the name of Yu Gancheng decided to quit working for the government and try his hand at tea making. Due to the great demand and high prices for black teas at the time, he travelled to Fujian to learn how to make black tea. Returning to Anhui he introduced black teas to the area, that up until then had just made green teas. Over the next decade or so, the process and tea continuously improved, culminating in 1883 with what is now known as Keemun black tea. The amazing taste and aroma of this tea, combined with good marketing, made this tea an instant hit, and was in huge demand overseas in England and the US. It won international prize in 1915 Panamanian World Expo.
◆ Origin: China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: It produces a rich flavor with the subtle undertones of delicately aged tea. Reddish in color; at the surface of tea water a golden loop appears along the circle of inner side of tea cup. The taste is naturally sweet and strong with a matching aroma. After a few sips, the sweet aftertaste will linger on in your mouth.
◆ Notes & Well Being: Refreshed, Alert.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
195°F - 205°F
3 - 5 Minutes