Review: Drink the Leaf Keemun Hao Ya A

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Thumbs up!"The tea smelled "heavy", but delivered a really wonderful combination of malty, sweet and fruity notes."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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407keemun-gen.jpgKeemun Hao Ya A # 407 is the first tea that I have sampled from Drink the Leaf, a company that offers "exceptional loose leaf tea from around the world". Although I wouldn't say that keemun is a daily beverage for me, I do appreciate the rich and malty flavor for which this tea is known. The dry leaves of Drink the Leaf's version were very thin and wiry, with a characteristic malty aroma, as well as a subtle sweet aroma that I might compare to the smell one experiences when opening a package of raisins. As directed on the website, I steeped my tea for 3 minutes in boiling water to produce a rich amber-brown liquid. The tea smelled "heavy", but delivered a really wonderful combination of malty, sweet and fruity notes. The maltiness, like a heavy dose of barley or other grains, was the key player here, but there were definitely undertones of a sweetness (perhaps nutty or chocolatey) and a floral fruitiness, similar to a first flush darjeeling. With heavy black teas, such as assams, I almost always find that I need to add a bit of sugar, but this tea's natural subtle sweetness was completely sufficient to satisfy my sweet tooth. In all, I was highly impressed by this tea and really enjoyed my sample. In my opinion, however, there are two minor drawback to this tea, although neither is substantial enough to outweigh all of the positive aspects of the tea. First, because the tea leaves are so thin and wiry, many of them seeped through my infuser into my cup, which resulted in me getting a mouthful of tea leaves at the end of the cup (not pleasant, trust me). Second, costing $20 for 4 oz, this tea tends towards the pricier side; while the price isn't outrageous, it may be high enough to discourage some people from giving this tea a try.

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One Response to “Review: Drink the Leaf Keemun Hao Ya A”

  1. Richard Says:

    Agreed. This tea is wonderful. I also like most every other tea from this seller, Must buy!

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