Review: Drink the Leaf Keemun Hao Ya A

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Thumbs up!"There’s a lot of promise even before brewing the cup. Brewing it with boiling water, the liquor infuses to a lovely reddish brown very quickly and does not become bitter, even with left a bit longer on the leaf."
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407keemun-gen.jpgWhen I drink a quality Keemun tea, a little voice in my head whispers, “Now that's a real cuppa.” And my intellectual curiosity about all other teas is put to bed and I savor the dark, smoky intensity of ‘real tea'. It's not that Keemun has ever been my favorite tea but it has always been one from which I receive comfort in continuity. It was the first loose leaf, unblended tea I ever tried. The memory of that first experience is probably the source of that little voice in my head. British accent & all. My first premium tea outings were in the tea rooms of London.

So, when I try a new Keemun ...œ like Drink The Leaf's offering ...œ Heemun Hao Ya A #407 from the Anhwei province of China, there is a high bar. This one measures up rather well. It begins with a rich, malty aroma and a very nice cut of the dry leaf. There's a lot of promise even before brewing the cup. Brewing it with boiling water, the liquor infuses to a lovely reddish brown very quickly and does not become bitter, even with left a bit longer on the leaf. The natural sweetness makes it a very pleasant cup without milk or sugar but certainly invites your favorite additive. (My husband enjoyed his cup with a splash of brandy.) The flavor stays with you with a very clean after-taste.

The second infusion however, was very light. The color and flavor were still present and it was very much worth brewing. In fact, someone who doesn't want the spoon standing tall in every cup might prefer this phase of the leaf. As an example, I would probably serve the second steeping with milk and honey to a child, knowing that the intense Keemun flavor and some to the caffeine are reduced. Or, I might save this second steeping for dessert after dinner when I don't want the intensity of the first brew.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf Keemun Hao Ya A, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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

  1. Geoff Says:

    Ooooo, I have to try this. It’s one of the Chinese Famous Teas. I’ve already notched off two of the ten. This would make three!

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