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Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by absence » Nov 21st, '17, 06:48

I recently tasted Qimen Xiang Luo from Palais des Thés, and enjoyed it a lot. I would like more of similar quality, but preferably from somewhere without the inflated prices of a fashionable tea shop in France. I have tried Nonpareil Keemun Hao Ya A from Dragon Tea House, but I find it's not as good. Does anyone have a good source for Qimen?

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by Psyck » Nov 22nd, '17, 08:38

My knowledge of Keemun is limited to one order of that same Hao Ya from DTH you mentioned (which was horrible) and one order of Superfine Keemun Mao Feng from Teavivre (which was good).

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by abnyc » Nov 24th, '17, 20:20

Good Keemun is expensive. Hojo has one that's supposedly superb, but it's like $3/g. He's got a lower quality one as well, maybe worth trying that since he has decent sourcing connections. I enjoy the highest grade that's available on TeaSpring, I think it's under $1/g. If you're in the US, tea trekker has several keemuns, and very reasonable prices. I'd go for the mao feng or gongfu versions, which I prefer to the broken-leaf style.

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by absence » Nov 25th, '17, 08:06

Expensive is fine when the price is for the actual tea, and not for covering the cost of running a fancy shop. $3/g is well beyond the point of pain however. :D Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try both Tea Spring and Tea Vivre. I'm not in the US, so Tea Trekker is a no-go. I've read that Mao Feng is supposed to be better than Hao Ya, but the ones from Dragon Tea House are oposite in my opinion. Their Mao Feng is very bland, but the "nonpareil" Hao Ya is decent enough. Not amazing, but certainly not horrible, to my taste anyway.

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by Psyck » Nov 25th, '17, 10:10

Some seem to prefer Mao Feng over Hao Ya and some the other way around. I suppose the quality of the ones they tried may be a factor there too. Please do update on how they compare when you get and try the new teas.

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by abnyc » Nov 26th, '17, 10:57

absence wrote: Expensive is fine when the price is for the actual tea, and not for covering the cost of running a fancy shop. $3/g is well beyond the point of pain however. :D Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going to try both Tea Spring and Tea Vivre. I'm not in the US, so Tea Trekker is a no-go. I've read that Mao Feng is supposed to be better than Hao Ya, but the ones from Dragon Tea House are oposite in my opinion. Their Mao Feng is very bland, but the "nonpareil" Hao Ya is decent enough. Not amazing, but certainly not horrible, to my taste anyway.
The TeaVivre Mao Feng looks okay, but probably a bit overpriced. The TeaSpring one I was referring to is the "Xian Zhen".

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by 12Tea » Nov 27th, '17, 08:48

I prefer Lapsang and Jinjunmei over keemun black teas. I guess that's just a personal preference. You could try the Keemun offered by Teasenz: https://www.teasenz.com/keemun-black-tea

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by demonyc » Nov 28th, '17, 21:28

I quite enjoyed the Gift Grade Qimen Jing Tea Shop. Link if you're interested:
http://www.jingteashop.com/pd-jing-tea- ... emn-gg.cfm
I think it may be one of the best Qimen that I've ordered online. They also have other red teas, but I haven't tried any of them except the long out of stock Dancong Red that was phenomenal.

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by Nefarious » Nov 30th, '17, 05:37

Anyone tried the following from YS? - seems like a much more palatable price...
https://yunnansourcing.com/products/pre ... pring-2017

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by absence » Nov 30th, '17, 07:16

12Tea wrote:You could try the Keemun offered by Teasenz:
How does it compare to other Keemun teas? And how is the shop? Can't find much info about it on the forums.
demonyc wrote:I quite enjoyed the Gift Grade Qimen Jing Tea Shop.
Jing looks like an interesting shop, with reasonable postage too, maybe I'll try some!
Nefarious wrote:Anyone tried the following from YS?
I think it's quite new, it wasn't there when I looked a few weeks ago. I'm curious as well!

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by Nefarious » Dec 1st, '17, 06:04

Nefarious wrote:Anyone tried the following from YS?
I think it's quite new, it wasn't there when I looked a few weeks ago. I'm curious as well!
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I only just made an order but I put it on my wishlist for the New Year. I've not had Keemun for years but I used to really like it when I was a teen

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Re: Recommendations for high grade Qimen/Keemun?

by CWarren » Dec 1st, '17, 06:11

absence wrote:
12Tea wrote:You could try the Keemun offered by Teasenz:
How does it compare to other Keemun teas? And how is the shop? Can't find much info about it on the forums.
I’ve had the Huang Shan Mao Feng and Jin Jun Mei from Teasenz in the last few months, (first and only order from them), and really enjoyed it.

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