I got a sample of this tea with my last order. The "A" looked a little pricey for me, so I tried this one. I was not disappointed! A lot of character and depth. A little milk balanced it out perfectly. I'll be getting a tin for my next order.
This brew has a very smokey aroma and a nice, dark color. The flavor is bold and earthy, only slightly bitter, with a crisp, dry finish. I can see this tea being an excellent substitute for black coffee. The flavor is strong enough to be enjoyed without cream or sugar, but they do add a new dimension to the flavor. This Keemun seems to me, at least, to have a rounder, more mouth-filling taste than English Breakfast while still having that dark, slightly smokey Keemun quality you don't find in an Assam, for example. In general I prefer Indian black teas, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like Hao Ya 'B'. It is a very satisfying cup of tea.
In Charleston we take our iced tea seriously. But in looking for more flavor, I was correctly advised that this is the stuff to get. It's my first tea to brew and pour over ice in the morning. And it's great with lemon.
> Other reviews