Today, I was thinking how sad it was to not have any new teas to sample and note down.
I’ve been drinking basically the same two black teas for several days now (because I’m on a black tea kick, at the moment). They’re good teas but I’ve already noted them down on here and, for some reason, I don’t really like writing different notes for the same teas.
So, I was a little despondent because I had no new teas. But then I came home to discover that my first A&D order had arrived!! Wow, that was fast. I think I just ordered a couple days ago. I got Series 2 consisting of these two legendary teas. The box they were nestled in is adorable, as are the two collectable postcards and the tins themselves (I’m number 63 of 110). I really appreciate good packaging. Thank you for all the effort, Damn Fine Teas! It was like receiving a gift. :)
I immediately brewed Thomas first. From everyone else’s notes, he sounded irresistible! I love malt, I love bread, I love anything bakery. From the tin, the scent was pretty nondescript. Seemed like your basic black tea, I guess. Brewed, the scent reminds me of a watery Guinness. A Guinness of tea. And the taste? Let me just say that if you love strong breakfast teas, this is definitely for you! Thomas is a full-bodied black tea—very much like Yorkshire Tea (which is a strong, black tea blend). He has a “bite”…very tannic.
I’m not really getting any bakery, biscuity goodness. This is very dry, almost harsh. Maybe adding some cream and sugar will soften it up a bit? Too bad I don’t have either, right now.