Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Narien Teas
Keemun Hao-Ya A is a top-grade Black Keemun tea from the town of Qi Men in the Anhui province of China – north of Fujian.
Prominent silver tips which brew into a reddish-gold cup with a full-bodied fruity, sweet flavor.
This is an excellent Keemun, one of the finest I’ve tasted.
The tea brews up very dark and almost looks like a cup of black coffee! The flavor is much better than coffee though, so says this former coffee drinker!
This Keemun is rich and full-bodied. It has a fruit flavor to it that reminds me of fresh plums ripened in the summer sun. The flavor possesses notes that are slightly musty and woodsy. There is a burnt-sugar-like sweetness to the cup as well that is nicely contrasted by a savory bitterness that hits the palate at about mid-sip. It finishes clean and dry like a fine wine, but with a lighter astringency than a wine might have.
I prefer Keemun teas when hot and this one is no exception. I find that the notes come across much more distinctly when the tea is hot … as it cools the flavors do become slightly muted. This Keemun tastes great served straight, or with a little milk and honey, if you like. It makes a great wake-me-up tea in the morning, and might be a little heavy for an afternoon tea – not for me though, because at the moment I am drinking this later in the day.
A spectacular Keemun!