Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating:


Results: Zingy lemon citrus notes greet you like like a ray of sunshine for the first two infusions then mellowing to chocolate and honey for the next four. Brisk and comforting, nothing warms away the winter cold better.

Vendor: Upton Tea Importers

Tea: Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong

Type: Black

Origin: Hubei Province, China

Tasting: 9.6 grams/ 212°/ 8oz water / R5-10/15/20/35/45

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Average number of infusions:  5 (you can go for eight, but after 5 it really needs to be boiled)


I love bright teas and Hubie Province Keemun Ji Hong is sunshine bright with its lemon notes. I did a number of blends for the holidays using this tea and my tin is about gone. Winter has finally come to my home in the desert and needing something to keep me warm I’ve been sucking up pot after pot for the last few days. Like a ray of sunshine in a cup, its a great tea for a cold winter day when you’re missing the warmth of the sun.

When I purchased this, I ran with the assumption that it was a traditional “Keemun.” It’s not though and the name easily identifies the truth even if Upton Tea Imports decided to call it one anyway in their description. The strict rules protecting tea producers and their craft in China requires that only teas produced in Anhui Province are true Keemuns. I’m glad Upton choose to include the actual production area in its name even if its description was not quite accurate. Hubie Province Keemun, though not a true Keemun, is still a well known and cherished tea the world over. I for one love it.

image provided by Wikimedia Commons

I looked high and low trying to find out why its still called a Keemun but couldn’t find anything definitive. When I compared this tea next to images of a true Keemun I couldn’t see any difference – I’m going to assume they are processed in a similar fashion.




Gong-Go Tasting

Dry Aroma:


Fragrant notes of lemon, honey & cocoa



Dark fine even leaves



Deep glossy amber



Bright notes of citrus with brown sugar

Mouth Feel:


Smooth, refreshing, and silky

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :


Tangy notes of lemon and orange with a brown sugar finish

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:


Lighter body than the first infusion. Sour lemon head, smokey body and grapfruit finsh

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:


Even lighter with a nice floral aroma & flavor

Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-8:


Lighter still but with a clean floral finish. I stopped at eight, but boiling would probably give you a nice iced tea

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