drank Keemun Hao Ya A by TeaSpring
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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.


Hao Ya Nom = <3!!

I have a sample from Harney – my first Hao Ya A to try! I’m hoping the stars align sometime this week :)


That was supposed to be a heart, not m by the way!

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Hao Ya Nom = <3!!

I have a sample from Harney – my first Hao Ya A to try! I’m hoping the stars align sometime this week :)


That was supposed to be a heart, not m by the way!

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

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