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drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
2801 tasting notes

I think I wrote a good number of tasting notes for quite a number of backlogged holiday teas for the entire month of December. whew. I do love my holiday tea collection… but those are usually on the flavoreds side… except for possibly Andrews & Dunham’s ‘Holiday’ tea which has always went insanely well with cookies. And there are too many cookies around here so I will definitely be steeping ‘Holiday’ a couple times to go with these cookies.
On to this tea: A smaller recent Harney purchase. I couldn’t help it with the holiday sale and the free shipping and my love of supporting smaller companies. But I’m not sure now… if their tea is found in grocery stores… is Harney a small company? I tried a harvest of this tea years ago. I remember it much darker and smokier. Now the black leaves with hints of gold are actually much lighter with a very fruity note… sometimes noticeable plum, sometimes some other fruits. The smoke is entirely gone in this harvest. It does have a starchy and slightly sweet potato note under all that fruit and it’s also very sweet anyway. I think others could pick out a billion other flavors here. The color of the brew is more amber than midnight murky. I will miss the older harvest. This one is very different but very good. My rating would probably still be an 88 for this harvest, but it seems a completely different tea now.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

ashmanra

I wouldn’t call Harney a small company anymore. With stores in Soho and Millerton, and their teas sold in Barnes and Noble, Target, and nicer grocery stores, plus their online sales and European market…they blend the teas for the Historic Royal Palaces society in England and just opened a new store in…Tokyo? Somewhere in Asia, but I am not sure where. But yes, not so terribly long ago they began in John Harney’s basement!

tea-sipper

I’m glad Harney is doing so well then. :D

Kawaii433

I saw the top 10 tea list recently on twitter… Harney was on it. I haven’t tried any of their tea. I’ll have to try. :)

Kawaii433

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Mastress Alita

The only time I’ve tried their tea was some samples at a tea festival, heh.

tea-sipper

What the heck, if I had the new teas from Harney before mailing out the teabox, I should have added some! They have free shipping all the time now, if you wanted to just sample a couple things (I know you’re on a NO NEW TEA ban right now though) (also they send a couple extra teabags along and sometimes in summer, hefty iced tea samples.)

Bluegreen

tea-sipper, do you actually have 999 teas in your cupboard? Are you doing it on purpose to irritate OCD folks like myself?

tea-sipper

No one is supposed to SEE the 999. I feel bad enough about it. haha. I’m a tea addict, what can I say. Most of the teas are last servings of a tea that I’m hoarding. But of course some of the earliest are at least eight years old… actually I’m surprised I don’t have even older teas.

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ashmanra

I wouldn’t call Harney a small company anymore. With stores in Soho and Millerton, and their teas sold in Barnes and Noble, Target, and nicer grocery stores, plus their online sales and European market…they blend the teas for the Historic Royal Palaces society in England and just opened a new store in…Tokyo? Somewhere in Asia, but I am not sure where. But yes, not so terribly long ago they began in John Harney’s basement!

tea-sipper

I’m glad Harney is doing so well then. :D

Kawaii433

I saw the top 10 tea list recently on twitter… Harney was on it. I haven’t tried any of their tea. I’ll have to try. :)

Kawaii433

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Mastress Alita

The only time I’ve tried their tea was some samples at a tea festival, heh.

tea-sipper

What the heck, if I had the new teas from Harney before mailing out the teabox, I should have added some! They have free shipping all the time now, if you wanted to just sample a couple things (I know you’re on a NO NEW TEA ban right now though) (also they send a couple extra teabags along and sometimes in summer, hefty iced tea samples.)

Bluegreen

tea-sipper, do you actually have 999 teas in your cupboard? Are you doing it on purpose to irritate OCD folks like myself?

tea-sipper

No one is supposed to SEE the 999. I feel bad enough about it. haha. I’m a tea addict, what can I say. Most of the teas are last servings of a tea that I’m hoarding. But of course some of the earliest are at least eight years old… actually I’m surprised I don’t have even older teas.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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