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Briskness Body Aroma
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Our Review
Keemuns are some China's most renowned black teas, since the British acquired a love for Keemuns. The teas come from the rolling hills in southeastern Anhui Province in China. After the MaoFeng is finished around the beginning of May, the Hao Yas are made. Hao Ya's are separated: the best tips become Hao Ya A and the next best tips become Hao Ya 'B'.
Dry Leaves Small, intensely dark leaves with a bit of a sheen.
Liquor Clear and dark copper liquor.
Aroma Strong notes of cocoa and apricot.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body This is a full-bodied tea.
Flavors The Keemun Hao Ya 'A' has dark cocoa flavors. It is more intense the Hao Ya 'B'.
Brewing Time 4 to 5 minutes
Brewing Temperature 212° F

Hao Ya 'A'

The city of Keemun was a highlight of Mike's trip to China a few years ago. He was there for the start of the Hao Ya A season. This is the most intense Keemun loaded with light chocolate and toasty flavors.
tea bags
Hao Ya 'A' - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-006
Hao Ya 'A' - loose 4 oz tin
SKU: 44230
Hao Ya 'A' - loose 8 oz tin
SKU: 48046
Hao Ya 'A' - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 41640

Customer Reviews



The best China black tea, period.
Average Review:

Hao Ya 'A' has been my go to tea for several years now. I prefer China black to India black because it has less astringency and generally has great depth of complexity. The difference with the Hao Ya 'A' and 'B' is subtle but it is one of complexity. If you insist on milk and sugar I recommend that you go with the standard Keemun, which Harney now sells as English Breakfast, because these additives tend to subsume the flavor profile of the tea. Hao Ya 'A' has a lot going on. It is a rich flavor, hints of fruit, nice body and aroma. Really lovely tea. Highest recommendation.



Average Review:

There are not enough praises in the world for this tea; every time I come back to it, I find something new to love! Very forgiving to anything one throws at it, yet absolutely wonderful all on its own, in just about every circumstance. Hao Ya A is at once a powerful, flavorful brew, yet not a bracing one, and it is difficult to imagine a circumstance that would not welcome it. Try it - you WILL like it.



Very Fine Tea
Average Review:

Smelling the dried leaves has a slight citrus rind aroma. After a 5 minute steep with boiling water, the tea has a deep red color, but clear, not cloudy. The taste has muted citrus rind and a slight floral flavor, but not overpowering. It also has a sweet quality to it. It has no bitterness at all. The leaves can be re-steeped a couple of times.

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