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Keemun “Qimen” Black Snail

Black Tea from China
$15.95

Keemun Black Snail is derived from a delicate pluck of the bud and tender young leaves from the Zhu Ye cultivar, resulting in a smooth and aromatic tea.

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Keemun Black Snail is derived from a delicate pluck of the bud and tender young leaves from the Zhu Ye cultivar, resulting in a smooth and aromatic tea.

The tea is produced from the same cultivar as Qimen Mao Feng (Imperial Keemun), one of the top 10 teas of China and well known for full-bodied and rich flavours. Keemun Black Snail is more delicate and aromatic than the traditionally processed Imperial Keemun.  

Origin: Qimen county, Anhui province, China

Flavour profile: Velvety | Muscatel | Cocoa

Harvest: Spring

Processing: The tea is processed entirely by hand. Tea leaves are tightly rolled into spirals and twisted into shapes resembling tiny snails of which the tea is named.

Qimen is revered for its growing conditions, which are ideal for black and green tea production. The region is mountainous and is characterised by a temperate climate with plenty of rainfall. The tea growing area is heavily forested, often enshrouded with clouds and frequent fog resulting in high humidity.

Elevation: 400m

Keemun "Qimen" Black Snail is wonderfully complex combining flavours of muscatel, cocoa and pine, which is reminiscent of chocolate. This tea leaves a velvety feeling on the palate.  

Keemun "Qimen" Black Snail would pair well with breakfast foods and vanilla.

Try this tea with vanilla bean baked custard garnished with raspberries or poached eggs, baby spinach and goats cheese.

Leaf appearance: Black-brown leaves are tightly curled into a spiral and twisted into the shape of tiny snails with many golden tips

Aroma: An elegant floral aroma that is encased by muscatel and malt notes

Liquor colour: Brilliant golden colour

Brewing & Storage

    Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

    Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
    Western 2-3g / 150mL 90˚C-95˚C 4-5 min 2
    Gong Fu Cha 4-6g / 150mL 90˚C-95˚C First brew: 35s Subsequent: 50-80s 4-6