Of all the Chinese black teas, the ones most familiar to the West are commonly called ‘congou teas’. The most famous of these congous are the keemuns. The Keemun Honey Orchid is noted for its excellent value and deep rich flavor. The aroma of Keemun Honey Orchid reminds one of long-unopened jewelry boxes, with hints of incense or distant pine.
The Chinese say that the bouquet of this tea is like the perfume of an orchid, and the less poetic will say that it is like toast hot from the oven. It has been suggested that the reason this beautiful tea is a classic English breakfast tea is that its fragrance is brought out by the addition of milk.
In any event the thick reddish liquor from the fine, tightly rolled leaves of this superb tea has a deep, rich concentrated flavor, reminiscent of the fine qualities of Burgundy wine. If well stored, it will take on a mellow wine-like character.