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90
drank Guangxi Hao Ya A by Tea Embassy
115 tasting notes

Note: Their website currently calls this just “Hao Ya A” but when I got the package of it, it is labeled “Guangxi Hao Ya A.” It’s description is that it is their highest quality of Keemun.

A good Keemun is one of my favorite black teas. But I am very particular about my Keemuns. I have sampled many supplier’s Keemuns, from standard grades on up thru 2nd and 1st grades, to Hao Ya A and B grades. I find that while high grades typically look more refined and have a more uniform leaf size, usually a small size, it doesn’t mean their flavor is always superior in my opinion.

A really good Keemun has that unique flavoring of a hint of smokiness mixed with pine/oak nuances and some hints of fruit notes, followed by some notes of chocolate. It’s hard to describe but once you take a good one, I find it not replicated in any other tea.

I pit this particular Keemun Hao Ya A against 3 other Keemuns I found enjoyable from previous samplings in a blind taste test which I and my wife took part in. I equalized all the parameters, side-by-side cups of equal size, same hot water source, equal steep timing, equal sweetener (sugar, I’m not a hard-core tea drinker of black teas who omits sweeteners). This tea came out as our number 1 pick of the 4 Keemuns. It’s leaf quality was not notch and it’s flavor profile was really very good. This is one I could recommend fully to those who love a really good cup of Keemun.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I agree with your Perfect Keemun requirements, more or less. It’s more grain-y for me that it is for you, it seems, but otherwise I agree. I found that for me the best Keemuns are actually the lower grades, the higher grades often being too floral in flavour rather than smoky.

LadyLondonderry

I have a similar situation with Ceylons. The high-grown ones seem to be the ones preferred by connoisseurs, but the low-grown ones are the ones I like best. I guess they’re looking for extreme subtlety and I’m not. :)

Teaman

I know what you mean. I have found some Keemun’s that are wonderful but are labeled “Imperial” or “First Grade” or even “Second Grade”. I’ve paid a bunch for Hao Ya “A” and the “B” is better or not as good as the 1st or 2nd grades. That’s why I do taste tests, 4-5 cups brewed identically at one time. It’s fun and I get to know which one I like the best for re-orders. :)

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97

I went for a pint of this today with a bowl of cereal (in almond milk) and…more chocolate cake. The stuff looks like but packs quite a wallop still in the caffeine department. It’s a gold-tipped Yunnan hong cha to the core.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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42
drank Love Story by Tea Embassy
15 tasting notes

I don’t know if I got a bad batch of this tea or what, but it barely tastes like anything at all, even when I adjusted the steeping time. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

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71
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
23 tasting notes

THANK YOU TEA EMBASSY FOR SENDING ME THIS SAMPLE! (more like full size bag lol..yay!)

But awe man. I must’ve effed this up a few different ways. I either over-steeped, over-steeped with too much tea to not enough water, or had the water too hot. Cause I think I scorched it and it went bitter bitter bitter. :( Trying again later tonight, but you know what? It was still drinkable after what I did lol, so that tells me its still a pretty damn good blend.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

Our favorite!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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97

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Zhen Qu gold-tipped Yunnan. The last one I tried was – dare I say it? – a year ago. That one was sheer and utter perfection. This one was…almost perfect. With a liquor color like leather and a taste like honey and cream, how could it not be close to perfect? Hard to pinpoint what it was missing, but it wasn’t much. Truly an excellent Yunnan Gold.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve bought Stash’s Zhen Qu, and really love it. It is one of my favorite China blacks. Looking forward to your review.

Geoffrey Norman

Yep, I remember you telling me about Stash’s Zhen Qu. I still have yet to try it.

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90
drank Greenbelt by Tea Embassy
2 tasting notes

One of the most delicious teas I’ve ever had. I love the marzipan and the creamy texture. It’s sweet but not too sweet. I often want green tea with a little more kick, so the mate is perfect. The coconut is subtle and mixes well with the cherry. I brew it a little on the weaker side so it’s more soothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86

I’ve enjoyed this tea many times.

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65
drank Cream Earl Grey by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

This tea never disappoints! Mellow and comforting, but also strength with purpose. It’s just good at what it is. It doesn’t need to pretend to be something else.

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

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61
drank Lapsang Souchong by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

Great aroma, mild flavor. Goes great with plain glazed doughnut holes. Or a cloudy, cold, windy fall day. I have both, so the tea is very welcome!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cream Earl Grey by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

An afternoon lift provided by bergamont and vanilla. Takes away the grey afternoon doldrums which rear their ugly heads.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

Gimme sommathat wakeup juice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Bergamot Blossom by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

When the boiling water hit the leaves the kitchen filled with the scent of bergamot. First taste without milk is very citrusy. Added a dash of milk which smoothed out the rough spots. At first it was too hot to get a full taste, but once it cooled off it definitely has a creamy fullness to it, which I believe is from the tea itself rather than the milk. A healthy amount of bergamot without being too strong. This is the kind of Earl Grey I imagine Picard drinking to help him think. Next time I’ll try my preferred parameters – water a little less than boiling.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

Tried it a little hotter than my usual temperature. This preparation brings out a hint of bitterness and spice, which would be welcome on a cold autumn morning. Still pretty mild, which is nice for me. I generally prefer mellow black teas rather than rattle-your-teeth strength. I’m having this in the early afternoon as I settle back into work.

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

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59
drank Bengali Blend by Tea Embassy
52 tasting notes

This is a good black tea, but I’ve had more of a “buzz” from this tea. I’ve concluded that I like the C.S. Lewis tea from Tea Embassy better than this.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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83
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
52 tasting notes

I’ve tried this several times in the past several days and liked it much more than I did when I first got it. The French Breakfast tea is much more of a favorite, but this has hit spot on several times.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Strawberry Cream by Tea Embassy
56 tasting notes

The creaminess of this tea keeps the strawberry from being too sweet. This is a favorite of mine.

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

The mild flavor is very welcome this morning.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

A mild assam. Not too peppery, but with a pleasant warmth. Second steep is pretty decent, too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Lapsang Souchong by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Strawberry Cream by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

A mildly flavored green tea with subtle edges of strawberries.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cream Earl Grey by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

A mild Earl Grey with a vanilla cream accent. Light bergamont flavor. I suppose I would describe this tea as light or mild all around. Pleasing for when you are looking for a relaxing cup and not a rattle-your-teeth strong cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Considering my general preferences with tea I surprisingly like EG (I think it’ll be great iced this summer!), but I’m a bit hesitant to try cream EGs (unless cold) because I’m afraid they’ll taste like a hot dreamsicle.

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