Inspired by my tea-taste twin, I went and made me a cup of this also. And decupboarded. And whimpered heartbrokenly while doing so. Then I went and looked it up on TeaSpring’s site and with even more heartbreak determined that I simply can’t afford to keep myself in a steady supply of Hao Ya A. They have a ‘regular’ Keemun also, which is half the price of Hao Ya A, so I’ll have to try that one out and see if it even remotely measures up to this one. If it doesn’t, I’ll try and get the Keemun Superior or whatever it was called (Keemun Imperial?) from Nothing But Tea. I rather liked the sample I had of that one.
So yes, I’m drinking this cup with all the attention I can muster to get as much as possible out of the last leaves, while at the same time trying not to dilute it with my tears of Hao Ya A-less despair.
On the upside, I managed to make it just about perfect this time. It’s so smooth, almost viscous! And sweetness times lots. And rye. And grain. And caramel-y sweetness. And a bit of smoke, but not much this time actually.
It’s just… Yes.
Hao Ya Nom. That totally ought to be a leaf grade. Just saying.