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This is my last teaspoon of leaves from the Tiger. It’s very bittersweet, literally and figuratively! That chewy smoky sweet flavor is so delicious, and I am going to miss it. I feel like I’m chewing on a caramel candy. Harney & Sons, in their tea book, says Yunnan teas are (and I paraphrase) the happy but poor cousin tea (to the Keemun aristocrat tea) so I imagine it as a caramel that you could have found in the neighborhood corner store in the 1940s (with all the high fructose corn syrup you just don’t get good common candy anymore. I probably am one of the few people here who was old enough to still have the corner candy store where you could bring pennies and nickels and get little brown paper bags of sweets – this was in the 70s – I’m not sure if they were filled with HFCS but I do know from my grandparents that they did not taste the same as in the 40s and 50s (you see, not only candy but the whole world went to hell in the 60s as far as they were concerned, but I digress!)

I’m lightening up my choices for the spring and summer, but once Fall rolls around, I’m going to be experimenting with some other Yunnan teas to see if I can find one I like as much as this guy!!!! Suggestions appreciated!

Second infusion: Even sweeter and lighter caramel tea goodness. Just a hint of smoky chewy. Very enjoyable, but it’s the first infusion that knocks my socks off!

Farewell Tiger!!! Ricky – I will love you forever for sending this to me!!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Dan

I remember penny candy and nickel soda and candy bars. Those were the days. I was a kid in the 50’s.

gmathis

Ahhh….Horton’s 5 & 10 on the square in Lamar, Missouri….closed in the mid 80’s. Candy counter was about an acre square. Oooh—retro tea that tastes like Bottle Caps or Jolly Ranchers or Chick-O-Sticks….there’s a flavor idea or three!

SoccerMom

Mmmm Chick-o-Sticks flavored Tea….gee Gmathis you really must stop! :P

Ricky

Nooooo the tigers all gone! What about those pesky work mice! No more tiger to keep em away! Yunnannnn is soooo delicious!

And hey now, those corner stores selling five cent toffees were still around in the 80s and 90s =] Not sure if they are still around today. Anyone checked lately?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh that’s sad. =( I heart my Tiger.

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Dan

I remember penny candy and nickel soda and candy bars. Those were the days. I was a kid in the 50’s.

gmathis

Ahhh….Horton’s 5 & 10 on the square in Lamar, Missouri….closed in the mid 80’s. Candy counter was about an acre square. Oooh—retro tea that tastes like Bottle Caps or Jolly Ranchers or Chick-O-Sticks….there’s a flavor idea or three!

SoccerMom

Mmmm Chick-o-Sticks flavored Tea….gee Gmathis you really must stop! :P

Ricky

Nooooo the tigers all gone! What about those pesky work mice! No more tiger to keep em away! Yunnannnn is soooo delicious!

And hey now, those corner stores selling five cent toffees were still around in the 80s and 90s =] Not sure if they are still around today. Anyone checked lately?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oh that’s sad. =( I heart my Tiger.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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