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.
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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