Saturday Morning Tea


Danny has been downgraded to a “tropical depression” and that’s exactly what the weather feels like since last evening.

Lots of rain cascading from gloomy skies.

A rainy day like this calls for a heartier tea than my usual summer cuppas so I’ve selected a China black Keemun called Hao-Ya “B”, the letter referring to its leaf grade. The leaf is dark and twisted (sounds like a character in a horror story, lol) but what really stuns me about this tea is the tea liquor color – a rich, warm red brown.


I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes in boiling (212 degree F) water. My glass teapot shows off the amazing color of the tea.


Isn’t that color just gorgeous?

Keemun tea, often called the “burgundy” of China black tea, has been produced since the late 1800s.  I first wrote about it here.


The aroma of the dry leaf has a rich, winey cocoa note that follows through into the taste. A hint of ripe fruit lingers in the full finish. It’s a wonderful tea for chasing the damp away on a day like today.


This tea is hearty enough for the addition of milk and sweetener. I find it to be smooth enough and sweet enough on its own so I am enjoying it plain.

The weather forecast is calling for rain all weekend as Danny makes his way up the coast. It’s a great weekend for indoor activities. Time for another cup. Now, where are my pointy sticks?

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot

where dreams may go.

~Louise Driscoll

6 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. nina says:

    for some stupid reason, my blogroll didn’t let me know you posted yesterday. i’m glad to see that you are ok, just making the most of a gloomy weekend.
    another tea for my list, i see
    sending you a hug, as always, my friend

  2. Bruce says:

    Hao Ya “B” is a wonderful tea. I get it from another source but I’m sure it’s pretty similar. It’s a favorite of mine. I love the cocoa notes in this tea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. judysheart says:

    I just love the beautiful color of this tea.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Nina and a hug back to you! Most of the weekend was gloomy but it brightened up on Sunday afternoon to our delight.

    You’re welcome Bruce!

    Me too, Judy. 🙂

  5. Jason Witt says:

    I just tried a Keemun Hao Ya A, my first of the tea I’ve ever tasted. And it was one with cocoa notes that were quite prominent, much like yours you’ve described here. I mention it because it was very impressive. I’d never expected the Chinese to do a black tea so well compared to those of India or Ceylon or perhaps even Kenya. Well, the Chinese know their tea. –Spirituality of Tea

  6. […] tea, this tea being a top grade. I’ve written about Hao-Ya “B” Keemun tea before here. To me, all Keemuns have such a dark glossy leaf, this one also having a sprinkling of golden […]

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