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drank Hao Ya 'B' by Harney & Sons
316 tasting notes

One of my first great discoveries when I joined steepster was Keemun tea. My first was from Teavivre, but I soon discovered that Harney made good Keemun as well. I haven’t drunk it much lately, since becoming totally assimilated by puerh. However, today I wanted a strong eye-opener, and still had a tin of this in the kitchen.

I’m really enjoying this. It is strong and smoky, with a flavor that isn’t quite chocolate, but a bit more nut-like. Just the thing for a morning I wish I could have slept in. It has an almost chewy texture, possibly because I just dumped a bunch of tea without weighing it, and it’s probably stronger than I would normally steep. I’m very content.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 2.5 oz, generally 10, 10, 20, 30, 60 sec. Since I use less tea, 6 sessions is equivalent to twice that many for people who use 7 grams of tea.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again. Probably didn’t finish

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