REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Simao Gao Shan (2013)


Tea: Green tea from Simao, Yunnan Province, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Simao Gao Shan on Tip Top Tea website

Simao Gao Shan is one of Tip Top Tea’s newest additions. I am very pleased to be reviewing this tea, as Yunnan green teas are some of my favourite Chinese green teas. Compared to a Chun Mee or a gunpowder, I think Yunnan green teas are lighter and sweeter, although they are unforgiving during the infusion process, so using proper water temperature and steeping time is vital. Read on to see what I thought of this Simao Gao Shan.

Dry leaf:

– It is a beautiful dry leaf with large, twisted leaves. Many of the leaves are covered with downy white hair

– The dry leaf has a light floral and sweet aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a very pale liquor (similar to a white tea) with a light floral and sweet aroma

– Despite the cup colour, the liquor is medium-bodied and packed full of flavour. The liquor has very little astringency, and it has complex sweet and floral flavours


– Infuse this tea with 75C water for one and a half to two minutes. Try infusing two to three times

– The aroma of the dry leaf and liquor and the extremely pale colour of the infused tea all initially made me think that this tea was going to be too delicate for my liking. After tasting the tea, I was proved wrong. I was very pleased to find that this is a robust tea with loads of complex flavours

– I’ve tried a lot of Yunnan green teas priced in the £4 to £6 range. While these teas were good, I think you can spend a little more money on this Simao Gao Shan and get a big return. It has an ‘everyday tea’ price tag, but it tastes more like a ‘special weekend treat’



Retail price: 10 grams for £2.00 / 50 grams for £7.50 / 150 grams for £20.00


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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