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drank YUNNAN FOP by Teaopia
107 tasting notes

Backlogging slightly: I had my very last cup of this one last night. I have had 100g of it since I first discovered it – in fact, it was my standard breakfast tea for a while – but a pretty little Ceylon has since caught my eye…so it’s time to move on, and I don’t think I will be re-cupboarding this one.

I have been trying to formulate a tasting note for this one for weeks, and yet couldn’t seem to. Despite near-daily cups of the stuff, I just couldn’t generate something to say about it. It’s dependable. It’s…black. Yep, black! Suuuuure is a black tea…

It’s not “too” anything, but that also means there’s nothing particularly spectacular about it, and it was ideal for bleary mornings when I didn’t want to waste anything I’d really want to taste. I guess the only thing of real note here is that I could never stomach it with less than a packet of turbinado. Angrboda had a tasting note a few weeks back in which she said she finds Yunnans to often be like a mouthful of hay…and I have not been able to get that statement out of my head since when I drink this one. It’s not drinkable to me clear – it does, indeed, taste like hay, and sugar is required to cut that taste and bring out whatever-it-is that I like about black tea, the “tea” taste which I guess really only tastes like itself.

So. Goodbye, Yunnan FOP! I had a good time with you while it lasted.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I’m glad it’s not just me with the hay note. It’s such a popular type, Yunnan blacks, sometimes I wonder if it’s just me who’s a bit odd. :)

Daniel Scott

Heh. It was kind of a, “Now that you mention it…” thing, but then I felt like neighing.

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Angrboda

I’m glad it’s not just me with the hay note. It’s such a popular type, Yunnan blacks, sometimes I wonder if it’s just me who’s a bit odd. :)

Daniel Scott

Heh. It was kind of a, “Now that you mention it…” thing, but then I felt like neighing.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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