Keemun Hao Ya A

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Keemun is one of the most famous Black tea in the world and Hao Ya A (Downy Buds Grade A) is the finest grade of this tea. A century ago, the best Keemun tea was a luxury beverage affordable only by the English Royal family and upper class. Not many people know this but the best Keemun originates from a small village within Qi Men County called Da Wu Village. This small village has a population of around a hundred people and produces some of the finest Keemun in the world due to its high elevation and its pollution-free environment. The locals nicknamed this village “Qi Men Cha Di Yi Cun”, which translates to “Number One Keemun Tea Village”. Our Keemun Hao Ya A is from this village.

Other names:
Qi Men Hao Ya A, Da Wu Shan Qi Men, Keemun Downy Buds

A wonderful complex taste with floral sweetness and hint of rosy notes. What is truly unique about this tea is that you can steep it as long as you want and it would never go bitter from over-steeping.

Tiny black tea leaves with golden bud.

Qi Men, An Hui Province

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My rolemodel in all things smoky and chinese black Auggy posted about a lovely Keemun this evening. I’m not sure if I’m as big a Keemun fan as she is, as I don’t think I’m as experienced in the field yet, but it is definitely a type I enjoy immensely. Unfortunately the leaves of awesome that she had are not available to me, due to the branch of the company in question available to me never have anything of interest to me.

BUT! I’ve got my TeaSpring Keemun (tin level getting low) which is also very nice indeed and I felt inspired. Last time I had it I accidentally managed to make it double strength, but I’ve avoided that trap this time. No idea how it even happened in the first place. I must have been distracted and added leaves to the pot twice or something.

Tonight it works though. Nicely smoky and little bit rough, but with a lovely sweetness underneath.

Tonight it’s just absolutely wonderfully awesome and I’m cranking the rating up a few points.

ETA: And you won’t believe the idiotic way in which I just spilled a third of the cup. It was on the table, I wanted to put something down on the table behind the cup, missed and end ended up with a cup of tea and hand and Lake Keemun on the table. ARGH!


Stop, you’re going to make me blush you big, giant flatterer! :P And boo on Lake Keemun! Did you attempt to clean it through slurping? ’Cause I think I would have! :)


I didn’t, because the current state of my table otherwise is a bit… ;) I’m a messy person. And a lot of it was on the floor too.


Okay, I suppose if it got on the floor too, you are forgiven for using traditional cleaning methods. :P


lol, We have all done that.

I lost my teapot lid into the cup once whilst i was watching the tv and pouring, felt such a dilly :P

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The Final Sipdown: Day 8
Decupboarding Total: 15

Today, The Final Sipdown feels a bit like a beating. Mostly because it seems like I have all of these meh to okay teas that I have to finish off – and I have a lot of them left (a lot of each tea more than a lot of tea… well, actually I have both). Anyway, I’ve decided to do something that is leaving me feeling a little mixed: Decupboard a good tea.

No, not just good. A great tea.

So in some ways, I’m all “Yay! One more tea decupboarded! One more step closer to allowing myself to make a Kusmi order! YAY!” But on the other hand, I’m all “But, but, but! This means this tea is gone. Why can’t I save this tea forever and ever and then I’ll never have to worry about being out of it? WHY?”

So yeah, mixed.


I miss it too. Unfortunately I think it’s a wee bit on the expensive side to be a regular…


Oh how our love for tea (or anything) can quickly feel like slavery! What if we only had one tea, so we could enjoy it completely, without the experience being ‘watered-down’ because as we enjoy it, we also have in mind the new that is to come?


Angrboda, at least it is cheaper than Adagio’s Anhui Keemun! Chicago Tea Garden’s version is cheaper though I don’t know what shipping would be internationally (I’m assuming you could arrange that with Tony).
Shinobicha, no slavery here! The final experience with this one was tinged with sadness since I didn’t want to see it go. The only reason I was thinking of new teas to come was trying to find a silver lining to my Keemun-less cloud.


Regardless of how bittersweet saying goodbye may have been, your accountability buddy is proud of you for forging on through TFS! [And it will simply make the reacquaintance sweeter, should you find yourself buying more in the future!]


Yay! And I still have CTG’s Keemun so I feel kind of like I get to have my cake and eat it too – accountability buddy is giving me the thumbs up AND I still have tasty Keemun in my pantry!

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