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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
314 tasting notes

Just a quick blurb before dinner:

Oh my god, this is cocoa tea!! Everything about this tea is cocoa-ish—from the dry leaves, to the brewed aroma, to the taste! It’s like bittersweet, malty cocoa. Gosh, how many times can I say “cocoa” in this note? But that’s the best thing I can compare this to. It’s smooth, slightly smoky cocoa. Please get this if cocoa (or chocolate) is your love!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Erin

This is my #1 favorite tea!

~lauren.

@Erin – and they know it at simpleleaf : http://www.thesimpleleaf.com/ – congrats you are on the front page!

__Morgana__

I just ordered some of this because it sounds so terrific!

LiberTEAS

I’m glad you finally decided to try this. It really is good. Perhaps the best unflavored black tea I’ve yet to try… I would be hard pressed to think of an unflavored black tea that is better!

Stephanie

Me too! I have so many teas to try and I’ve mostly gravitated toward the flavored ones, but this one (like Jackee) was a revelation!

LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, I missed out on the Andrews & Dunham series 2 – I’ve been reading so many fine reviews of them that I wish I could have tried these two. I have been seriously contemplating ordering series 3, but, the one thing that is causing me to hesitate is the Caravan… I am not a fan of smoky teas. Maybe if I could find someone to go in half with me, and take the Caravan so that I knew it was going to a happy home.

Stephanie

My order for series 3 just came today! And I actually got it because of Caravan! Wow, it’s amazing how my tastes have changed since I first started this tea journey. Before Steepster, I only really liked the flowery stuff. Now the smoky, earthy teas intrigue me.

LiberTEAS

Yes, our tastes do change a bit over time – I have grown quite fond of the grassy nature of green teas – when before, this was something that was so off-putting for me! I hated Dragon Well teas, now I adore them! Unfortunately, my feelings have not changed for the strong smoky teas.

teabird

LiberTEAS, I bet if you put up a post in the Discussions someone would offer to split or trade with you for the Caravan – there are a lot of smoky lovers around Steepster. I’d offer, but I already made a similar trade with JacquelineM ;)

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Erin

This is my #1 favorite tea!

~lauren.

@Erin – and they know it at simpleleaf : http://www.thesimpleleaf.com/ – congrats you are on the front page!

__Morgana__

I just ordered some of this because it sounds so terrific!

LiberTEAS

I’m glad you finally decided to try this. It really is good. Perhaps the best unflavored black tea I’ve yet to try… I would be hard pressed to think of an unflavored black tea that is better!

Stephanie

Me too! I have so many teas to try and I’ve mostly gravitated toward the flavored ones, but this one (like Jackee) was a revelation!

LiberTEAS

Unfortunately, I missed out on the Andrews & Dunham series 2 – I’ve been reading so many fine reviews of them that I wish I could have tried these two. I have been seriously contemplating ordering series 3, but, the one thing that is causing me to hesitate is the Caravan… I am not a fan of smoky teas. Maybe if I could find someone to go in half with me, and take the Caravan so that I knew it was going to a happy home.

Stephanie

My order for series 3 just came today! And I actually got it because of Caravan! Wow, it’s amazing how my tastes have changed since I first started this tea journey. Before Steepster, I only really liked the flowery stuff. Now the smoky, earthy teas intrigue me.

LiberTEAS

Yes, our tastes do change a bit over time – I have grown quite fond of the grassy nature of green teas – when before, this was something that was so off-putting for me! I hated Dragon Well teas, now I adore them! Unfortunately, my feelings have not changed for the strong smoky teas.

teabird

LiberTEAS, I bet if you put up a post in the Discussions someone would offer to split or trade with you for the Caravan – there are a lot of smoky lovers around Steepster. I’d offer, but I already made a similar trade with JacquelineM ;)

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My ratings are purely subjective and each note varies according to my perception and mood at the moment. So, with that said, my rating scale can be deciphered as follows:
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