ZK80 Hao-Ya B

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 oz / 198 ml

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  • “This is the second time I’ve tried this tea, with very similar tasting notes. Rich smoky nose, with perhaps a touch of cedar. Compared with the Harney Hao Ya B, this tea is less smoky but more...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Very fine, delicate, wiry leaves. Prepared in my Jian Shui gaiwan, and served in my porcelain tea cup via my glass cha hai. Filtered Santa Monica municipal water just off the boil throughout. Deep...” Read full tasting note
  • “Maybe it’s my unrefined palette, but I’m having a hard time discriminating among the three Upton Keemuns I have recently sampled: Mao Feng, Mao Feng Superior and the Hao-Ya B. This one might have a...” Read full tasting note
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China Keemun.
Extra care is taken with each step, from the extra-fine picking through the fermentation. Exquisite in style, color, aroma, and taste. If an unspecified ‘Hao-Ya’ Keemun is sold, it is typically Hao-Ya ‘B’.

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This is the second time I’ve tried this tea, with very similar tasting notes. Rich smoky nose, with perhaps a touch of cedar. Compared with the Harney Hao Ya B, this tea is less smoky but more refined.

In the mouth, the smoke is less obvious than the tea flavors. It is smooth and not overly powerful. The finish kind of sneaks up on you: doesn’t seem like much at first, but grows, and lasts forever. I want to say there is some chocolate in the taste and finish, but if so it is just barely there.

(5 min re-steep): Weak nose. Good taste and finish, but there is a slight hint of bitterness in the finish.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Very fine, delicate, wiry leaves.

Prepared in my Jian Shui gaiwan, and served in my porcelain tea cup via my glass cha hai. Filtered Santa Monica municipal water just off the boil throughout.

Deep bole liquor with copper highlights; faintly floral and flinty aroma; brisk palate entry with hints of raisin and smoke (or nearly-burnt toast); dry almost chalky finish; low, raw, dusty cocoa flavor lingers on, especially with longer steep times (e.g. starting with 40 seconds rather than 15-20).

Refined and potent (caffeine is very present) but this tea has a certain “arid” quality to it so it isn’t one I would turn to for comfort.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Maybe it’s my unrefined palette, but I’m having a hard time discriminating among the three Upton Keemuns I have recently sampled: Mao Feng, Mao Feng Superior and the Hao-Ya B. This one might have a little more body and a more prominent burgundy flavor but all three are smooth and fairly light with a nice sparkle in the cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
looseTman

Of all the brands you’ve tasted, what’s your favorite Keemun to date?

Doug F

I go back to a Keemun I tried a couple of years ago from Teagschwender, China Keemun Finest Chuen Cha. It was incredible. I don’t know why I haven’t ordered it again; that will change soon.

looseTman

Since you enjoyed Teagschwender’s China Keemun Finest, you may also want to check out: http://steepster.com/teas/zen-tea/46734-black-tea-keemun-finest during one of Zen Tea’s sales.

Doug F

Thanks for the suggestion!

looseTman

You’re welcome!

boychik

Joseph Wesley has incredible Keemun and limited edition Qimen. I love Keemun but didn’t try the new Qimen
https://instagram.com/p/4CqfppC9Lz/
They are running 20% off till August 1 code 2015

looseTman

Cool – thanks for the heads-up!

Doug F

Thanks boychik!

El Monstro

I love getting samples from Upton and doing drink-offs, then buying a giant bag of the winner.

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