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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Happy Steepsterversary to ME!! Yes, on December 1, 2009, I joined this cool looking tea site thinking maybe I’d check it out every once in awhile. Who would have thought that it would become such a rich source of happiness and fun for me! :) Thank you Steepster Overlords – you’ve created something wonderful :) and thank you Steepsterites! It’s been so great to read what’s in your cup each day and talk tea. I like you guys enormously!!! :)

I chose Harney & Sons Hao Ya ‘A’ for my Steepsterversary cup, because it typifies how my tastes have changed AND stayed the same over the year I’ve been on here. What has stayed the same? My favorite place to order online was Harney & Sons when I joined, and it still is :) (and I ordered A LOT of tea from all over the place to come to this conclusion). Also, I loved black teas the best when I joined, and that still holds true.

What has changed (dramatically!) is that I used to favor Assams and flavored teas with lots of milk and sugar, and now my absolute favorites are Chinese teas taken without milk and sugar. Now take this Hao Ya A. I think I would have just about died if I drank it on December 1, 2009. Now, I’m swooning over the dark roasty chocolate notes, deep sweetness, and slight smoke. It’s absolutely delicious and so satisfying. I adore it! It reminds me of Queen Catherine alot, but richer and more…single minded. Catherine has quite a few things going on, but Hao Ya A is a laser beam of roasty chocolate smoke. I think now that I’ve had both, I understand better why I thought Catherine would make a good afternoon tea.

Ah, I’m a happy Steepsterite today :)

Two more funny facts before I close this note. 1. One year ago today, I didn’t know that you could resteep tea! 2. Since December 1, 2009 I have had 552 cups of tea (NOT counting resteeps!).

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Congrats! Happy Steepsterversary!

ashmanra

Happy Anniversary! Steepster-ites are enriched by your presence here!

gmathis

If I could, I’d pour it up for you in the December Cup of the Month. (Holly, of course.)

JacquelineM

gmathis – Awwwww!!! :) I am imagining it :) :) :) We can pour yours in your birthday month cup :) I made some scones too! ;)

LENA

YAY! Happy Steepsterversary! :)

Jaime

Happy Steepsterversary!!! Loved reading about how things have changed/stayed the same!!

LadyLondonderry

Happy Steepsterversary, Jacqueline! Maybe someday I’ll evolve to the point you’ve arrived at!:)

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wombatgirl

Congrats! Happy Steepsterversary!

ashmanra

Happy Anniversary! Steepster-ites are enriched by your presence here!

gmathis

If I could, I’d pour it up for you in the December Cup of the Month. (Holly, of course.)

JacquelineM

gmathis – Awwwww!!! :) I am imagining it :) :) :) We can pour yours in your birthday month cup :) I made some scones too! ;)

LENA

YAY! Happy Steepsterversary! :)

Jaime

Happy Steepsterversary!!! Loved reading about how things have changed/stayed the same!!

LadyLondonderry

Happy Steepsterversary, Jacqueline! Maybe someday I’ll evolve to the point you’ve arrived at!:)

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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