Qimen Black - Premium Loose Leaf Tea


Grown by Zhou Dong Hui, this wonderful Qimen tea is the product of an elaborate and complicated growing cultivation process.  The tea has a rich and full bodied taste, and is notable for being slightly less bitter than many other Qimen black teas. When brewed the tea exudes an amber red colour with an flowery, orchid aroma.  Black Qimen Hong Cha is one of the most popular and famous black teas in China, and this Premium tea represents everything great about classic tea.
  • Growers Name: Zhou Dong Hui
  • Age: 51
  • Years in Industry: 33
  • Tea Specilization
  • Qimen
  • Population: 190,000
  • Climate: Humid subtropical
  • Weather: Hot and humid summers, with chilly and damp winters. Temperatures average around 28 C ( 88 F) in the summer, and about 6 C ( 44 F).
  • Elevation: The area is mountainous, and the average Elevation is around 250 meters.

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Raspberry Iced Tea: 8 servings
  • 8 cups black tea
  • 2 cups (500 mL) raspberries, fresh or thawed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar

In large heatproof measure or bowl, steep tea in 8 cups (2 L) boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard bags.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, bring raspberries, sugar and 1 cup (250 mL) water to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring, until raspberries break up. Add to tea; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into pitcher, pressing solids only gently so beverage remains clear. Serve with ice cubes.

Hot Teddy: 1 serving
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • (Optional) 5 cloves
  • (Optional) 1 stick cinnamon
  • (Optional) 1 piece star anise
  • 1 Tbsp. black tea
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (preferably a strong, dark honey)
  • (Optional) 2 ounces brandy, dark rum or whiskey / whisky
  • 1 wedge lemon

Combine water and spices in a pot.

Bring water to just below boiling and remove from heat.

Add tealeaves.

Steep for 4 minutes, and then strain into a large mug.

Stir in honey.

Float brandy, rum or whiskey on the top of the drink.

Squeeze lemon into the mug.

(Optional) Drop the lemon into the mug for a stronger citrus flavor.

Hong Kong Milk Tea: 4-6 servings
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. black tealeaves
  • 1 small (14-ounce) can sweetened, condensed milk, or 14 ounces evaporated milk, plus sugar (to taste)

Combine water and tealeaves in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in sweetened, condensed milk. Return to heat.

Return to a boil. Simmer for 3 more minutes.

Strain and serve hot or (optional) chill and serve over ice. Small glasses are ideal.

Black Tea Syrup: about ¾ cup
  • 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp black tealeaves (can use green tea leaves as well)
  • 1 c sugar
  1. Bring the water to the usual steeping temperature you'd use to steep the tea you're planning to flavor your syrup with. (For example, a black tea would need boiling or nearly boiling water, but a green tea would only need simmering water.)
  2. Steep for the usual amount of time. (For example, four to five minutes for an Earl Grey simple syrup, or two to three minutes for a green tea simple syrup.)
  3. Strain out the tealeaves and bring the tea to a rolling boil over high heat.
  4. Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved completely.
  5. Reduce heat and stir until the mixture has reduced to half its original volume (about ten minutes).
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool somewhat.
  7. Pour into a very clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  8. Keep refrigerated. Has a shelf life of about six months. To extend the shelf life, mix in about one ounce of vodka as the syrup cools.
For chilled drinks:

Add a teaspoon or two of tea simple syrup per serving, or sweeten to taste. Stir. I particularly recommend this for sparkling water, sparkling punches and exotic lemonade s.

For hot drinks:

Add one teaspoon of tea simple syrup per serving, or sweeten to taste. I particularly recommend this for dirty chai -type coffee-tea drinks and for apple cider

For milk steamers / tea lattes:

Bring slightly more than one cup of cold milk to a simmer, or froth it with an espresso machine steam wand. Add about one tablespoon tea simple syrup. Stir and serve hot. This makes a great hot tea latte

For fresh fruit:

Slice fresh fruit (such as peaches, strawberries and apples). Drizzle with tea syrup to taste.

For cakes and other confections:

Drizzle over pancakes, cakes or other sweet foods for added flavor. Green tea goes well with fruit and vanilla flavors. Black tea goes well with caramel, chocolate, darker / cooked fruits, vanilla and creamy sweets. For more ideas, see this guide to cooking with tea and this guide to tea flavor profiles

Fuzz: What is it and why is it in my can? Is there something wrong with it?

No, nothing is wrong with your tea – in fact, fuzz is a good thing. Don’t be alarmed, it is not mold or any other fungus. Although it may appear unsightly at first, this fuzz is proof of the youth, vitality, and quality of the tea leaves. This fuzz appears on tea which is harvested at the most opportune time, and is simply the hairs from the collected tea leaves.

Caffeine Content:

Many people drink tea both in the morning and before bed, but won’t the caffeine levels affect their sleep (and help them feel alert in the mornings)? Now, most teas have nowhere near the levels of caffeine that coffee does, but there is enough to be aware of. An 8oz cup of black tea will have anywhere between 14-70mg, and green tea ranges between 24-45mg.

Is Teagora tea gluten free?

Because traditional tea is made from Camellia sinensis, it is naturally a gluten-free product. Gluten comes from gluten grains, such as wheat, barely, and rye, and unless tea is subjected to cross-contamination during processing, it will be naturally gluten free. All of Teagora’s teas are gluten-free, unless otherwise stated. If you are still curious about our gluten-free policy, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to point out which varieties you should shy away from, if any.

How long will the delivery take?

Because we at Teagora strive to bring you the highest quality, freshest teas directly from the grower, it may take a few days longer for your order to arrive. We ship our teas directly from the growers upon your order, not from a storage facility in your different country, so in order for us to provide you with tea that is truly Grower Direct, it takes a few extra days because of the international shipping.

How long is tea good for?

The good news is that tea, if properly stored away from air, light and moisture, will never spoil. With that being said, tea will gradually lose its flavor over time. Most teas are seasonal and therefore picked during a specific growing season each year. The further they are off plucking date, the less fresh they become.

Should I keep my tea leaves in the refrigerator?

We do not recommend keeping your tea leaves in the refrigerator. Certain teas are refrigerated by growers, distributors, or retailers, but those teas are vacuum sealed and do not let any oxygen (and more importantly moisture) in. By putting tea leaves in the fridge, you are adding extra moisture to them and that will cause them to spoil.

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