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Keemun Hao Ya A

Last Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 

About Keemun Hao Ya A

Dry black tea leaves
Keemun Encore (Keemun Hao Ya A)
from Adagio Teas
Keemun Hao Ya A is a top grade of keemun black tea. Hao Ya(毫芽) is usually translated downy buds or downy sprouts, reflecting the fact that the Hao Ya teas contain a large portion of tips or leaf buds, which are covered with downy white hair. Its aroma is often described as having qualities resembling cocoa and burgundy wine, and having a hint of smoky qualities.

Black tea leaves and a cup of black tea
Hao Ya A
from Harney and Sons
As a tippy tea, Keemun Hao Ya A tends to be higher in caffeine than Keemuns with a lower portion of tips and larger portion of mature leaves. Keemun Hao Ya (whether A and B) can be dark in color relative to other tippy black teas, although it can also have a more golden color like golden monkey; the color is not necessarily indicative of quality.

As a top grade of a tippy tea, Hao Ya A can be very expensive, and its qualities can vary significantly from year to year. In general, if a tea is marketed only as Keemun Hao Ya without specifying A or B, it probably refers to Keemun Hao Ya B.

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Hao Ya A from Harney and Sons

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China
Apr. 22nd, 2016

I have had a lot of Keemun, but never before sampled Hao Ya A. The overall experience of drinking this tea was somewhat different from what I expected. It's similar, but recognizably different from the Hao Ya B, and I'm not convinced that I like it better. I like both, and this one is not that much more expensive (s...

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90 / 100
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Hao Ya A from Harney and Sons

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China
Oct. 12th, 2011

This tea has a nice, dark color and a crisp, smoky aroma. The flavor is not bitter, not too dry and not very smoky at all, as I thought it would be from the aroma and my experience with other Keemun teas. It is even less smoky than its nearly as delicious sibling, Hao Ya “B”. It has a very clean, crisp, fresh tast...

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80 / 100
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Keemun Hao Ya from The Tao of Tea

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China
Dec. 16th, 2010

Pouring the tea into the cup, the color is a medium brown color. It smells sour with a complex flowery undertone. The taste is mildly sour but incredibly sweet. There are hints of a rose taste with overtone of a flower that I can not identify.

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Hao Ya A

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Keemun Hao Ya A
Region:Anhui, China
2 Ratings
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Keemun Hao Ya

Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Keemun Hao Ya A
Region:Qimen, Anhui, China
1 Rating

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