drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1112 tasting notes

This tea courtesy of Doulton!

I am very excited because I’ve been wanting to try this tea ever since I read about it. The leaves are absolutely GORGEOUS! Long, dark and handsome! It’s so hard to believe they are not blended with chocolate!!

This tea is ridiculous, and I mean that in the most highly complimentary way possible! It’s deliciously tea-ish and a chocolatey roasty flavor. Not hot chocolate, not coffee, not chicory although all these things come to mind. It’s something all it’s own and simply sublime!!! I want to wander the streets and go up to random strangers and say “Taste this tea! It is simply pure camellia sinensis, but have you EVER tasted anything like it!?!?!?!?”

!!!!

Now that it is cooling a bit I am tasting a caramel note joining in with the tea/chocolate/coffee/chicory. Wow. This is one of the highlights of my tea tasting experiences thus far!!!! THANK YOU DOULTON!!!!!

EDIT: Great resteep! 6 minutes, more roasty chicory chocolate. Lighter but so delicious. Better than many teas first steep! but steep #1 is the best one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Stop! You’re making me drool! o.O
The info on Steepster doesn’t seem to say, but do you know anything about where it’s from? It’s kind of reminding me of my Tan Yang with the natural cocoa notes.

JacquelineM

This is interesting actually! It’s from Arunachal Pradesh which (from wikipedia):

Arunachal Pradesh is a federated state of India, located in the far northeast. It borders the states of Assam and Nagaland to the south and southeast, and shares borders with Burma/Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the northwest, and Tibet (part of China) in the north. The majority of its territory is claimed by the People’s Republic of China which regards the claimed area as South Tibet. The current border is the McMahon Line agreed upon by Great Britain and the then de facto independent Tibet in a 1914 treaty. The Chinese government of the time had not been party to the treaty, resulting in a dispute over the treaty’s legitimacy. Itanagar is the capital of the state.

Arunachal Pradesh means “land of the dawn lit mountains”1 in Sanskrit. It is also known as “land of the rising sun”2 (“pradesh” means “state” or “region”) in reference to its position as the easternmost state of India. Most of the people native to and/or living in Arunachal Pradesh are of Tibeto-Burman origin. A large and increasing number of migrants have reached Arunachal Pradesh from many other parts of India, although no reliable population count of the migrant population has been conducted, and percentage estimates of total population accordingly vary widely. Part of the famous Ledo Burma Road, which was a lifeline to China during World War II, passes through the eastern part of the state.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachal_Pradesh

Angrboda

Interesting. Also strange that it sounds like it’s so similar to the Tan Yang, because that one’s from the Fujian province, so it’s not even remotely in the same area! I think you would enjoy the Tan Yang. Sadly I don’t have enough left to share, or I’d have sent you some. :(

JacquelineM

Once I get a proper size of this I will send you some!! I’ll PM you when I order, probably in a month :)

Angrboda

Aw, that’s sweet of you. :)

sophistre

Okay, that’s it! I’m getting this now. I’ve put it off long enough, but that is totally happening. Mentioning chicory to someone who grew up drinking coffee from New Orleans…yeah. Done!

Doulton

My students would say that the tea is “sick”. I’m glad you like it.

Lori

this one is on my list as well. I just cannot resist chicory…

~lauren.

oh the romance of it – “land of the dawn lit mountains” – doesn’t that inspire one with images of beauty and serenity and peaceful graceful tea drinking?

LiberTEAS

I love this tea! I love this tea! It’s amazing!!!

sophistre

‘…that the tea is “sick”.’

I giggled. Doulton, I love reading your notes and comments.

Ricky

Dude, this tea is definitely sick! In the best way possible! It’s rad!

Stephanie

I can’t believe it’s not blended with chocolate either! It’s totally amazing. But have you noticed that the sides of the bag look like they’re dusted with cocoa?

JacquelineM

Stephanie – I got it as a sample from Doulton but once I order I’ll take a look!

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Angrboda

Stop! You’re making me drool! o.O
The info on Steepster doesn’t seem to say, but do you know anything about where it’s from? It’s kind of reminding me of my Tan Yang with the natural cocoa notes.

JacquelineM

This is interesting actually! It’s from Arunachal Pradesh which (from wikipedia):

Arunachal Pradesh is a federated state of India, located in the far northeast. It borders the states of Assam and Nagaland to the south and southeast, and shares borders with Burma/Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the northwest, and Tibet (part of China) in the north. The majority of its territory is claimed by the People’s Republic of China which regards the claimed area as South Tibet. The current border is the McMahon Line agreed upon by Great Britain and the then de facto independent Tibet in a 1914 treaty. The Chinese government of the time had not been party to the treaty, resulting in a dispute over the treaty’s legitimacy. Itanagar is the capital of the state.

Arunachal Pradesh means “land of the dawn lit mountains”1 in Sanskrit. It is also known as “land of the rising sun”2 (“pradesh” means “state” or “region”) in reference to its position as the easternmost state of India. Most of the people native to and/or living in Arunachal Pradesh are of Tibeto-Burman origin. A large and increasing number of migrants have reached Arunachal Pradesh from many other parts of India, although no reliable population count of the migrant population has been conducted, and percentage estimates of total population accordingly vary widely. Part of the famous Ledo Burma Road, which was a lifeline to China during World War II, passes through the eastern part of the state.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunachal_Pradesh

Angrboda

Interesting. Also strange that it sounds like it’s so similar to the Tan Yang, because that one’s from the Fujian province, so it’s not even remotely in the same area! I think you would enjoy the Tan Yang. Sadly I don’t have enough left to share, or I’d have sent you some. :(

JacquelineM

Once I get a proper size of this I will send you some!! I’ll PM you when I order, probably in a month :)

Angrboda

Aw, that’s sweet of you. :)

sophistre

Okay, that’s it! I’m getting this now. I’ve put it off long enough, but that is totally happening. Mentioning chicory to someone who grew up drinking coffee from New Orleans…yeah. Done!

Doulton

My students would say that the tea is “sick”. I’m glad you like it.

Lori

this one is on my list as well. I just cannot resist chicory…

~lauren.

oh the romance of it – “land of the dawn lit mountains” – doesn’t that inspire one with images of beauty and serenity and peaceful graceful tea drinking?

LiberTEAS

I love this tea! I love this tea! It’s amazing!!!

sophistre

‘…that the tea is “sick”.’

I giggled. Doulton, I love reading your notes and comments.

Ricky

Dude, this tea is definitely sick! In the best way possible! It’s rad!

Stephanie

I can’t believe it’s not blended with chocolate either! It’s totally amazing. But have you noticed that the sides of the bag look like they’re dusted with cocoa?

JacquelineM

Stephanie – I got it as a sample from Doulton but once I order I’ll take a look!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

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Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
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Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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