drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

I think I found the (metaphorical) sweet spot for this tea (it’s still gutsy as hell): 175, 2 minutes. Increase by a minute each steep until you can steep no more! Strong, a little tarry, on the edge of almost-caramel. If I ever gave up my morning cup of coffee, I would make this instead. No tea invigorates me like this tea! My not so secret weapon on busy days – new student registration today – I need all the Tippy Yunnan I can get!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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


Collingswood, NJ



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