REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Yunnan Black (2013)


Tea: Black tea from Feng Qing County, Lincang, Yunnan, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Yunnan Black on Tip Top Tea website

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is large, twisted leaves with golden tips scattered throughout

– It has a sweet, caramel-like aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a copper-coloured liquor that has a strong caramel aroma

– The liquor is medium-bodied, with a caramel-like flavour. It is extremely smooth, with only a small hint of astringency


– Infuse this tea for three and half minutes with 95C water to drink without milk. Increase infusion time by a minute to drink with milk. For the second infusion, increase the steeping time one to two minutes

– Personally, I think this tea is best drunk without milk. Its complex caramel flavour is not enhanced by milk. This tea has classic Yunnan flavours, but its smoothness and refined flavour distinguish it as a top-quality Yunnan

My top tip: While this is a good tea for an afternoon pick-me-up with a sweet treat, it is packed with enough flavour to make it a great breakfast tea, especially if you crave something slightly lighter than a hearty Assam



Retail price: 10 gram sample for £1.50 / 50 grams for £4.50 / 100 grams for £8.00 / 250 grams for £18.50


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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