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Keemun Hao Ya B

 
Last Updated: Sep. 5, 2017 

About Keemun Hao Ya B

Cup of brewed black tea below, wet (used) black tea leaves on dish aboveKeemun hao ya, brewed cup and spent leaves , Photo © Laubrau (Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 3.0.
Keemun Hao Ya B is a high grade of Keemun black tea.

It is produced similarly to the "A" grade, but harvested slightly later. Although usually considered a lower grade than Hao Ya A, and slightly less expensive, the differences between the two grades are subtle, and preference between them is a matter of personal taste. The variation in quality from one batch or one year to the next can be greater than the difference between the A and B grades from the same source.

Sometimes, this tea will be sold under the name "Hao Ya" without specification of A or B. If the letter is not specified, we classify teas in this category.

Like A, Keemun Hao Ya B tends to have wiry, thin, slightly curved leaves with a very dark color, almost black, sometimes slightly silvery. It is a tippy tea, making it more strongly caffeinated than lower grades.

The overall character is similar to other Keemuns. The aroma is slightly smoky, but this tea is often described as having a floral scent suggestive of orchid.

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98 / 100
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Hao Ya B (Keemun) from Harney and Sons

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

I thought this was an exceptional tea and was my favorite traditional Keemun ever sapmled.

Dry leaf is fine and dark in color, pleasantly aromatic, and the aroma is quite complex, it suggests fruit, spice, and dried flowers, a little like potpourri, with vegetal and chocolatey notes. The smell reminds me of Christm...

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93 / 100
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This is the only Keemun I've ever tried that didn't smell like perfume. It's got a natural but slight sweetness to it, but it's not overwhelming. Honestly, the only reason I haven't ordered giant tins of this stuff is because it's quite pricey. Well worth it as a once in a while treat, though!

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67 / 100
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This tea has a mild flavor, but it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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70 / 100
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I was surprised to find that I strongly preferred the slightly less expensive Keemun Grade 1 from TeaVivre to this offering. While this was a very good tea, it did not wow me as being outstanding, or even higher quality than a typical Keemun. It was just different. I was surprised at the strength of the cup, the dar...

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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Keemun Hao Ya B
Region:Qimen, Anhui, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Hao-Ya 'B' Superfine Keemun

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Keemun Hao Ya B
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Hao Ya B (Keemun)

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Keemun Hao Ya B
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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