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Tippy Golden Yunnan

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A deliciously layered, russet-coloured tea with plenty of golden buds.

Grown in China's southern Yunnan Province, our Tippy Golden Yunnan has a superbly sweet, honeyed taste, with a hint of spice and a wisp of Lapsang-style smokiness. Harvested by hand, the large, bright leaves have an abundance of golden tips; the result is a richly russet brew with some of the malty robustness of a classic Assam and all the fruity complexity of a Chinese Keemun tea.

We tend to brew this tea lightly to appreciate its layered, full-bodied taste and floral clarity, but it also holds its own against a splash of milk.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Malty, Refreshing, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Sweet and fruity, with light, smoky notes

  • Food pairing

    An alternative to English Breakfast especially if served with brunch

  • When to drink

    Lovely at breakfast, ideally

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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A note from Whittard

“I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so I tend to go for classic black tea blends like Earl Grey, or single origin varieties like Ceylon or Assam. Lapsang Souchong is a treat with hot cross buns.”

- Jamie, Oxford Street Store Manager
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