ORGANIC KEEMUN PANDA #1
(China Organic Black Tea)
One of the greatest chinese black teas.
Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.
Ingredients From: China
Region: Anhui Province
Shipping Port: Shanghai
Grade: Panda #1
Altitude: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: Lovely burgundy depth with light hints of an oak cask. A tea to savor during hectic or quite times.
Infusion: Bright tending reddish
Caffeine Level: Medium
Luxury Organic Ingredient: Black tea
Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd.
Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.
(Equivalency agreements NOP, COR, EU)
Shelf Life: Almost 2 years after opening
Of all the China black teas available Keemun Panda #1 is probably one of the best known. Keemun is one of the congou-type
teas; meaning it requires a great deal of gongfu, (disciplined skill) to make into fine taut strips without breaking the leaves.
Interestingly the characters in the written Chinese script for time and labor are the same as those used for ‘gongfu’. It is often
said that a properly produced Keemun such as Panda #1 is one of the finest teas in the world with a complex aromatic and
penetrating character often compared to burgundy wines.
Traditionally keemuns were used in English Breakfast tea.
In the early 1800’s tea was such the rage in England there was a danger that the British treasury would be drained because all
the silver was being used to pay the Chinese for tea. The Chinese did not need textiles, one of Britain’s main exports- so what
to do??? India and Burma produced significant quantities of opium and in due course China became a major market.
The economic circle that evolved was as follows: Opium from India was sent to the British merchants stationed in Canton, China.
The Chinese paid for this in silver and the merchants received credits against debts in England. This silver was then used to pay
the Chinese for their tea. This practice led to wars between England and China - called The Opium Wars. The last war was
won by the British in 1860 which led to opium being a legal commodity in China until 1908 when it was finally outlawed.
Keemun black tea was only produced after 1875 - against the grain of the Chinese practice of producing green teas. The
English palate was finely attuned to fine black tea and with virtually unrestricted trade with opium and tea, Keemun rapidly
became an English staple, notwithstanding that keemuns were particularly flavorful and full bodied. This interest in Keemun
also came about as some describe the taste and aroma of Keemun’s as reminiscent of toast hot from the oven - another British
Keemun is one the best-keeping black teas. Fine specimens will keep for years if stored properly and take on a
mellow winey character.
Hot tea brewing method:
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of
loose for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water
into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Add
milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart):
Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼
cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving
pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and
diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality
and nothing to worry about.)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving):
Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per
serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the
tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Sweeten and/or add
lemon to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be
poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury
quality and nothing to worry about!)
We recommend the use of our ‘1 Cup of Perfect Tea’
measuring spoon for best
More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and
the more tea or rooibos that is used, the greater the antioxidant benefit.
FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY:
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea.
Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce
the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF.