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What is a “tippy” tea?
The term “tippy” refers to when tea contains the new unopened bud of the new growing shoot of the tea plant, which appears as a tawny colour in made tea. The Assam region of India and the Yunnan region of China are characteristically “tippy” teas. The abundance of tip is visual evidence of fine plucking whereby “two leaves and a bud” have been plucked, and also promises a sweet flavour.