|Qimen black tea wins worldwide popularity for its pleasant fragrance. (China Daily/Fan Zhen)|
Name of tea: Qimen (Keemun) Black Tea
Type: Black tea
Origin: Qimen county, Anhui province
If you know one variety of Chinese tea, it's very likely to be the Qimen black tea.
That's the one that made the tea table of former leaders Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher's 1982 meeting. It's also rumored to be the favorite of the British royals, especially the queen.
If there is a leader among Qimen's many traits, it's "fragrant". It's actually the most fragrant of all the world's teas, ranking ahead of Darjeeling and Uva black.
The aroma's intensity is the stuff of legend: Even the very perfumed concubines of emperors were said to be unable to compete. Qimen is therefore nicknamed "the one that makes beauties drunk".
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