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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
356 tasting notes

Holy guacamole! I finally got to try this tea courtesy of JacquelineM. Thank you so very much!!!!!

I’m on my third steep (which tastes kind of like a waterier/chocolatier version of Adagio’s Golden Monkey), and had to do a quick peek at others’ notes on this tea. I knew it had great reviews, but I was curious about what others compared this tea to. I think others do a great job of giving full-out notes, so I’ll just add my highlighted impressions:

Yes, these leaves are insane! LOOOONG and a matte black. These might be the coolest leaves that I have yet to see.

I am completely flabbergasted that there are not additives in this tea. I think I want to call this a “black oolong.” Yes, I know that that’s impossible, but what I mean to say is that like an oolong it has a clearly veggie-base that’s not my favorite, but then the magic is what happens all around that base. I could grow to love this tea like I love oolongs. And that’s saying a lot. The only thing holding me back from a higher grade is the chocolate — which here is lovely, but I wouldn’t care to have it too often because of that particular taste in this tea.

I regret not having my first steep at boiling (subsequent ones have been so). My initial response was “Green beans? Yes, green beans.” I wonder how much of that had to do with the lower temp. It was like malty green beans. And there was what another reviewer mentioned: the hint of hash. But then the lightest milk chocolatey notes started to play with my tastebuds as an aftertaste. It was unbelievable. And suddenly, there were about four sips-worth of “MALTED MILKBALLS!” as the green bean taste subsided.

This truly is a remarkable tea. This tea reminds me how amazing tea is and how much I love it. TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Watery bad. Chocolatey good.

S

Yay you got to try Dawn! I totally get “green beans” with it at a lower temp, too. Hope a higher temp will bring out those yummy chocolate notes for you!

S

Um, I have no idea why I put green beans in quotes. :)

Rabs

Good to know that I’m not completely goofy when it came to the green beans. And I liked the quotes! ;)

S

Hehe, it makes it seem like green beans is code for something else. "This tea tastes like marijuana umm, “green beans,” yes, green beans.."

Rabs

ROFLMAO!!!!!

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Cofftea

Watery bad. Chocolatey good.

S

Yay you got to try Dawn! I totally get “green beans” with it at a lower temp, too. Hope a higher temp will bring out those yummy chocolate notes for you!

S

Um, I have no idea why I put green beans in quotes. :)

Rabs

Good to know that I’m not completely goofy when it came to the green beans. And I liked the quotes! ;)

S

Hehe, it makes it seem like green beans is code for something else. "This tea tastes like marijuana umm, “green beans,” yes, green beans.."

Rabs

ROFLMAO!!!!!

malomorgen

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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