100
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
223 tasting notes

The tea has improbably large, twisted black leaves that smell of chocolate. It brews up into a brandy-colored brew that smells like chocolate. The taste is true to the fragrance, it is like a cocoa tea with no bitterness and the merest hint of astringency. This is so good! I really need to order more of this when I run out of my small package. I’ve upped the rating a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Oooh, that does sound rather delicious. If I may pry, what is it not doing that’s keeping it shy of perfect?

Carolyn

There are three qualities a tea must have to be a 100 tea: Perfection of Taste, Passion, and Lasting Joy.

Both 99 and 100 teas have perfection of taste and this tea is simply perfect in that way.

However, the primary difference between 99 and 100 is passion. Both 99 and 100 teas must taste perfect with no downsides. But a 100 tea must have that quality that compels me to order the largest size possible of the tea. It must engender in me a devil-may-care passion. I must feel that my life is simply incomplete if ever I run out of this tea. This tea has passed that second test. A few days ago I put in an order for a pound of it.

The third quality is that I must not regret it when the large size arrives and, in fact, seeing the large quantity of tea must continue to fill me with happiness for a long time afterward. This tea has not yet proven itself regret-free since the large quantity hasn’t yet arrived. My honest guess is that this tea is going to prove to be a 100. I am already looking for a yixing teapot to dedicate to this tea and I never felt that way about a tea before.

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takgoti

Oooh, that does sound rather delicious. If I may pry, what is it not doing that’s keeping it shy of perfect?

Carolyn

There are three qualities a tea must have to be a 100 tea: Perfection of Taste, Passion, and Lasting Joy.

Both 99 and 100 teas have perfection of taste and this tea is simply perfect in that way.

However, the primary difference between 99 and 100 is passion. Both 99 and 100 teas must taste perfect with no downsides. But a 100 tea must have that quality that compels me to order the largest size possible of the tea. It must engender in me a devil-may-care passion. I must feel that my life is simply incomplete if ever I run out of this tea. This tea has passed that second test. A few days ago I put in an order for a pound of it.

The third quality is that I must not regret it when the large size arrives and, in fact, seeing the large quantity of tea must continue to fill me with happiness for a long time afterward. This tea has not yet proven itself regret-free since the large quantity hasn’t yet arrived. My honest guess is that this tea is going to prove to be a 100. I am already looking for a yixing teapot to dedicate to this tea and I never felt that way about a tea before.

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I’m a suddenly enthusiastic tea aficionado. I had no idea how varied and delicious teas could be. Also I’m a dairy-free vegetarian, so if you see me say “cream” or “milk” it means soy milk or soy cream.

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