Saturday Morning Tea

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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