One of the world's great teas. Complex and subtle. Excellent full bodied winey character with oaky notes. Less than 10,000 kilos made each year. The Queen of England loves Keemun and the only one good enough for her is Hoa Ya A! A Chinese black tea that has a bright golden coppery cup.
Country of Origin: China
Region: Anhui Province
Shipping Port: Hong Kong and Shanghai
Grade: Hoa Ya A
Altitude: 4000 - 6000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Complex and subtle. Excellent full bodied winey character with oaky notes
Infusion: Bright and golden coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea
Of all the China teas available Keemun is probably one of the best known. Keemun tea has a rich aroma and yields a full thick almost sappy beverage. Keemun tea originally was a common green tea until it was discovered that when allowed to ferment, the leaves produced a drink so fine that it has been termed the burgundy of China teas.
Traditionally Keemuns were known as the classic English Breakfast tea - the best (read Hoa Ya A) are on the Queen's table. Perhaps this came about as some have described the taste and aroma of Keemun as reminiscent of toast hot from the oven. Keemun is one the best-keeping black teas. Fine specimens will keep for years if stored properly and take on a mellow winey character. Many tea connoisseurs claim that Keemun Hoa Ya A improves with age, taking on a deeper and more complex character.
Hoa Ya A is extremely rare. Our supplier only produces 120 kilos per annum and in Anhui Province perhaps 1200 kilos is made on an annual basis. The leaf used to produce this tea is hand sorted even before it is fired; and then, sorted again! The result is a uniform wiry leaf, very dense and evenly sized. This tea is best enjoyed with milk. Milk gives the tea a mellow depth and accentuates the complexities of the flavor profile.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea 'straight-up' it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: We do not recommend this tea for iced tea. The fine and delicate details will be lost.