I spent $3.50 for 8oz of some random Yunnan tea from some random cafe this afternoon because I really wanted more tea.

That was dumb. I asked for black tea, and the guy said they had a Yunnan, which “was similar to an Assam”. Uhh, no. No no no nononononono. I said that I didn’t find that at all, especially since the Yunnan should be from China while the Assam was from India. He insisted. Maybe I should have had the Earl Grey?

Anyways, the tea was thick and dark and tasted like buckwheat honey with a little smoke. Not the sweet bright thick honey I associate with Yunnan teas. It was OK, and a nice change from the standard bagged black teas, but IMO not worth the $3.50. Especially when I had lots of little pieces of tea leaves in the bottom of my mug. They strained it with a fine strainer, too, so it really made me wonder how broken up the tea leaves were.

NofarS

So sorry that you had such a disappointing experience. What is worse is if someone who isn’t familiar with Yunnan teas picks that tea and is turned off from Yunnan teas because of it. I love Yunnan teas, and there are so many good ones to be had for reasonable prices (Yunnan Sourcing has an excellent selection).

OMGsrsly

It wasn’t a terrible tea, but it wasn’t like an Assam (ha!) and also wasn’t as bright and fresh as I expect a Yunnan to be. (Granted, I haven’t had a huge amount of them, but I’ve had a few..) Definitely better than the Tazo ‘Awake’ I had. :) Just really pricey for what it was.

mj

Ugh, Tazo “awake” shudder

OMGsrsly

My refrain for the day was pretty much, ‘Should have had the earl grey.’ :D

Actually I would have had coffee but it was one of those super pretentious places where you have to choose one of however many coffees and then choose how they make it for you. Which just. I can’t do that. I dn’ot really get the subtleties of coffee, just give me my caffeine please. :)

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NofarS

So sorry that you had such a disappointing experience. What is worse is if someone who isn’t familiar with Yunnan teas picks that tea and is turned off from Yunnan teas because of it. I love Yunnan teas, and there are so many good ones to be had for reasonable prices (Yunnan Sourcing has an excellent selection).

OMGsrsly

It wasn’t a terrible tea, but it wasn’t like an Assam (ha!) and also wasn’t as bright and fresh as I expect a Yunnan to be. (Granted, I haven’t had a huge amount of them, but I’ve had a few..) Definitely better than the Tazo ‘Awake’ I had. :) Just really pricey for what it was.

mj

Ugh, Tazo “awake” shudder

OMGsrsly

My refrain for the day was pretty much, ‘Should have had the earl grey.’ :D

Actually I would have had coffee but it was one of those super pretentious places where you have to choose one of however many coffees and then choose how they make it for you. Which just. I can’t do that. I dn’ot really get the subtleties of coffee, just give me my caffeine please. :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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