Among all varieties of Qimen black tea, the most well-known is Qimen Maofeng, harvested earlier than others, and with a lighter and sweeter taste.
Qimen black tea is produced in the south-eastern corner of Anhui Province, just west of Huangshan mountain. Qimen black tea was first made in the late 19th century and quickly became popular in the West. At the World Expo in Italy in 1913, it won a gold prize, and again, won a gold prize at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco.
Qimen black tea is used in several classic blends, such as English Breakfast.