I balked at the price at first, but the description lured me into trying a sample, at least. I've been completely hooked on it, since. Smooth, flavorful, and just plain perfect! Also, the leaves can be steeped more than once without resulting in a bitter tea, meaning that it is not, actually, more costly than the less expensive teas, cup for cup. I tried both the A and B versions of this tea, and the A version is clearly more flavorful and worth the price.
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.
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.
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