Review: Vicony Teas Hao Ya B

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Thumbs up!"Highly recommended! This tea is everything that a Keemun should be. The flavor is smooth with a full body and a slight dryness at the end. "
Shaiha’s Teaview: 9.3/10
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viconyhaiyaBMy experiences with loose black teas before I joined TeaViews consisted of breakfast teas and flavored blends. I think that one of the best parts of being a reviewer is having my eyes opened to all the wonderful varieties of teas that there are too discover. Keemun is one that I have discovered and really enjoy. I really appreciate the floral aroma and the slight fruitiness. So when I opened up my sample of Vicony Tea’s Hao Ya B, I knew that I was in for a real treat . According to their website, this quality of Keemun rarely makes it out of China and that is a real shame.

Opening up my sample, I am greeting with a light floral aroma that I am not able to pinpoint and the scent of butterscotch. That one is a new one for me but they blended together delightfully. The leaves are thin, wiry and a uniform blackish brown. I have to admit being slightly disappointed as their website touted this variety as having ‘prominent amount of golden tips’. Guess that the gold just didn’t make it to my sample.

I set my tea-maker up using one tablespoon of leaves to four cups of water. I used a temperature setting of 210 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes. The resulting liquor is a light reddish brown in color. The aroma is malty with a slight scent of stonefruit.

As I took my first sip, my eyes almost rolled back in my head. This tea is everything that a Keemun should be. The flavor is smooth with a full body and a slight dryness at the end. I am able to pick up flavors of plums and butterscotch. There is the slightest taste of pine forests on the very tip of the tongue which then wisps away. This tea is naturally sweet so be wary about adding any sweetener.

Would I purchase this tea for my own use? In a heartbeat. But to my dismay, it is only sold wholesale. If someone discovers a tea vendor that carries this tea, please let me know.

— To purchase Vicony Teas Hao Ya B, 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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