Customer Reviews (5)

Review by Kristine Matlack DVM
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I have enjoyed this tea, served by my grandmother, for more than 60 years! (Posted on 1/16/2018)
Review by K. Schreier
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My Grandmother has been enjoying this tea for the past 50 years and I will be enjoying it for the next 50 as well. (Posted on 10/26/2017)
Review by D. Harper
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An excellent Lapsang Souchong. I've been drinking Hu Kwa for decades, and it has been a consistently good Lapsang Souchong. Instead of using inferior tea and letting the smoky flavor and aroma dominate, Hu Kwa tea leaves are of good quality, with the result that the smokiness supplements (rather than hides) the taste of the tea.

When you pour a cup of Hu Kwa, your first impression will be the smoky aroma, but sniff again and you'll smell the underlying clear scent of the tea. When you taste the tea, the smokiness is much less pronounced, as the clean, medium-bodied flavor of the tea comes through. I prefer to drink Hu Kwa without anything else in it, though a little bit of sugar can bring out the flavor.

I mostly think of Hu Kwa as a very satisfying tea to drink in the autumn, or on those cold winter days. However, I have also made iced Hu Kwa in the summer -- drinking it iced makes a nice change from the more common iced teas.

It's tempting to be careless when brewing strong-flavored teas, but I have found that Hu Kwa actually requires a little extra care to get the best flavor. You *must* use good-tasting water -- the strong flavor of the tea seems to magnify the taste of poor water, not hide it -- filter the water if you have any doubts. The water has to come to a *full* rolling boil (no cheating here!), and you have to steep it for a bit over five minutes. Please don't judge the taste of Hu Kwa until you have made it properly, and with care! Original Review Submitted: 7/11/12 (Posted on 10/26/2017)

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HU-KWA Tea - 1 lb. Tin

This size of Hu-Kwa Tea is packed in a round gold, red and black lithographed tin with slip lid.

Brewing Suggestions

In order to enjoy the unique flavor of your HU-KWA Tea, we recommend brewing using the instructions perfected by Mr. Wendell! Firstly, bring cold, filtered water to a rolling boil (205-212° F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. Allow your HU-KWA Tea to steep for 5-5 ½ minutes. Stir, and let the tea settle for about one-half minute. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. HU-KWA Tea is best appreciated when drunk clear. Milk or too much sugar compromises its delicate flavor. A little cream goes well but sugar should be used sparingly.

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