Rare Chinese Keemun
Rare Chinese Keemun

Rare Chinese Keemun Loose Leaf Black Tea

11 reviews
Regular price £7.99
(20p per cup)

635 in stock

Hand crafted black loose leaf tea from one of the most beautiful tea gardens in the world in Qimen, Anhui Province, China, where the terraces are shaded by ancient forest.

Our rare Keemun is a sweet and rich black loose leaf tea so perfectly balanced it could poise on one leg on top of the tallest shanghai tower.

(Previously called Premium Keemun on our old website.)

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Customer Reviews
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20 August 2022
Fiona T.

Rare Chinese Keemun Tea

This tea continues to be beautiful. The last order that I received from the Company had been mysteriously "opened" and some of the merchandise cunningly removed! Maxwell at RTC immediately sent replacement teas to me which arrived - safely - and in double quick time. I cannot praise the company enough for their continually efficient and sympathetic handling of any problems or questions that have arisen in the years that I have been shopping with them (fortunately, the queries etc have been few and far between and usually due to other agencies such as Royal Mail!).

10 June 2022
Samantha M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Simply the best black tea

This tea has a natural sweetness and is simply delicious on its own. Highly recommend.

30 July 2021
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Wonderful flavour

I ordered a few different loose leaves from this website and this one is hands down my favourite. A super smooth, slightly sweet taste with an incredible smell. I'll definitely be ordering more.

19 June 2021
Pablo N.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Liquid love!

Rare Tea has helped me to discover a number of delicious delights. This rare Chinese Keemun hits the spot every time.

12 June 2021
George O.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Keemum black Tea

Light with lots of subtle flavours. I love it! Consistently good.

27 April 2021

Another winner!

This keemun knocked my socks off with it's incredible flavor! It's a strong tea, so be prepared to do a second infusion, or what a shameful waste it would be of such excellent tea! I get tasting notes of light brown sugar, malt and touch of lime peel. I can not get enough of this tea! I love milk tea, and this black tea is excellent for that. With longer brew times (4-5 minutes on the first infusion and 6 minutes on the second) and adding brown sugar and plenty of 1/2 and 1/2, you will have one of the most divine milk teas you have ever tasted. Almost no bitterness to be found, it's very smooth. This tea deserves more than 10 stars! Thanks Rare Tea for sourcing the best teas of my life.

03 February 2021
Mike B.
United States United States

Satisfying: rich but not overpowering

I wanted a medium-strength black tea to drink with milk with good flavour but some subtlety, and the Keemun fits the bill perfectly. A good late morning or post-lunch tea to keep you going through the rest of the afternoon.

03 February 2021
Mary R.
United States United States

Smooth and delicious

A pot of this is a great way to start my morning. I usually make a second infusion on the weekend and it’s just as delicious. No harsh tannins, even drinking it without milk.

03 December 2020
ahhyun k.
South Korea South Korea


I was satisfied overall with your keemun tea. But the package has no best before date or production date, I'm a little disappointed that there's no information on it.

16 April 2020

Simply delicious

I thought I'd had good Keemun tea before, but none of them reached this one to the socks! The first infusion is sweet, like a liquid milk chocolate and the scent reminds me of caramel. I made four infusions today and the flavours spanned from chocolatey to nutty, covering a refreshing fruitiness and a silky smooth and creamy third infusion on the way. This tea is simply delicious and will be my new go-to morning tea when I need a gentle but strong nudge to wake up and face the day.

10 May 2019

A supreme daily driver

This is the tea I always give to my friends when they say then don't like black tea without milk. The sheer cascade of flavour is present is mind-blowing. For me it's chocolate with a powerful but gentle tannic backbone. Plus, it's cheap enough to have every day, especially if you blend the infusions.

Tasting Notes

With the sweetness of muscovado sugar this black tea has notes of marzipan and milk chocolate perfectly balanced by elegant tannins. The second infusion reveals fruitier notes of pear and brown butter.


Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion use 85°C (185°F) water.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least twice.  With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

20p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

Origin & Craft

Hand crafted black tea from one of the most beautiful tea gardens in the world in Anhui Province, China, where the terraces are shaded by ancient forest.

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