drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Thank you ashmanra for another delicious tea!!!

I am home today to study for a test tonight – thought a gutsy, resteepable Yunnan would help with that task :) I made a big 16 oz pot to keep refilling all day!

My first infusion was strong and invigorating! That tangy chewy sweet Yunnan flavor I love. I didn’t taste a lot of pepper. As it cools, it got very slightly bitter. My home setup is just an olde kettle, so I can’t wait to take this into work and try it at a slightly lower water temp to see if it helps that initial little bit of bitterness.

My second infusion is just as richly colored as my first (wow!). It’s a little smoother and I can taste the earthy qualities a little stronger. It does still have some bitterness.

I’ll save the third for after lunch- will report back!

I liked it enough that I included a bag in the Harney & Sons order I just placed (I know I am not down to 40 teas. Shush! But I simply can’t live without Queen Catherine). It’s reasonably priced, and I am confident that a slightly lower temp will take this little bitter edge off.

EDIT: Making a 16 oz pot was too much! After two infusions at 16 oz of water each I’m so caffeinated it’s not even funny!! Note for the future: this is one strong tea, reminiscent of the Tiger! Proceed with caution (and a mere teaspoon of leaves!).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Oolongs and pu-erhs do that to me! I was utterly “buzzed” after drinking a pot of Queen Catherine and then trying some oolongs. I read that there is actually a phenomenon called pu-erh intoxication. I have had two 6 oz. cups in a row without difficulty, but a pot of black tea followed by a pu-erh or oolong and I get all wonky.

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ashmanra

Oolongs and pu-erhs do that to me! I was utterly “buzzed” after drinking a pot of Queen Catherine and then trying some oolongs. I read that there is actually a phenomenon called pu-erh intoxication. I have had two 6 oz. cups in a row without difficulty, but a pot of black tea followed by a pu-erh or oolong and I get all wonky.

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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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