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

Tea of the morning……

I am always dragging by Friday morning. I need a swift kick in the pants to really get going once the kids are on the bus. (They get on the bus at about 6:30am…..way too early to be heading to school IMO, but it is probably good to have this kind of challenge in the grand scheme, something that gets us out of our comfort zone a little.) It is also snowing pretty hard and I am preparing myself for some snow removal….around here a few inches of snow does not shut down the schools, but we are getting more over the course of the day. Luckily, it is a little too windy right now so I can enjoy my tea.

Very smooth, chocolatey, slightly smokey, but then there is a little kick at the end. Kind of like the electric jolt I needed this morning. Other Keemuns are just overall too smooth and relax me too much. This one is perfect for mornings when I need that little extra boost.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

Location

Ohio

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