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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
709 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 oz filtered, boiling, 190°
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: not much
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: buttery smooth, vegetal, then black tea, complex, a little sweet
Body: Full
Aftertaste: black tea, slightly astringent, perhaps a touch bitter
Liquor: Dark translucent brown

A generous gift from SoccerMom, since I was drooling over everyone’s posts.

The dry leaves are amazing, they are long thin rolls and just neat to look at.

The smell surprised me, I don’t associate vegetal with black tea.

Sadly I am not getting the chocolate, caramel or honey others were picking up.

I must echo takgoti that it is a rich tea, yet leaves you lightly. Some teas feel as though you have drank a thick shake, and although delicious fill you up. The flavors and scent are rich with Dawn, but leave you with room for more of the re-steeps.

This is not a flavored black, yet it is rich and complex and very enjoyable! quite a contrast to this morning’s PG tips.

Although I can’t jump on the ‘favorite tea’ bandwagon, I am extremely grateful to SoccerMom for letting me try some. I am enjoying my tea and it’s re-steeps and I think if I ever place an order from the simple leaf Dawn will be included. Right now I am not going to rush and place an order just for Dawn.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: 5 min, much the same as the first, very impressive re-steep really. One leaf fully unfurled, hopefully you can see it in the picture.

MilitiaJim took a sip and made an awful face and declared it tasted like mud.

I decided everyone else found chocolate, and I was defective and had a glass with some chocolate cake. Still no chocolate found.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/simple-leaf-loose-leaf-black-tea-dawn.html

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

steep 3, 5 min, touch of german rock sugar, still a strong cup of tea…and maybe a bit of caramel brought out by the sugar?

JacquelineM

Try a drop of milk too – that might help w the chocolate :)

AmazonV

JacquelineM for the WIN! +pinch of sugar + splash of lactose-free milk = caramel chocolate on steep…i lost count, 5? at 9 minutes yummy, still not so yummy it needs it’s own order, but would be a “i am placing an order here, i must get dawn too!”

SoccerMom

Glad you like it! I am going to have to try the german rock sugar and milk (even though I don’t normally do this with any tea).

AmazonV

I have found blacks sometimes need sugar and milk to be their best (and they always try to be their best, dollhouse anyone?) then again i have quite the sweet tooth

SoccerMom

The few times I’ve added milk to tea I didn’t like it because it seemed watery. Now having said that I had a BF once who drank one teabag of lipton in a cup of milk and added sugar and I found that to be lovely with toast for breakfast. I don’t do that anymore because well I don’t know why I don’t do that hmmm I guess when we called it quits so did me and his tea habits. ;)

Doulton

I like it better with a dash of milk and also a couple of sugar crystals. I think they certainly bring out the range of possible flavors. I like Dawn a lot, but I would not drink it first thing in the morning. The Simple Leaf calls it a “mild” tea on their packaging.

SoccerMom

Doulton, Agreed Dawn is not really strong enough for my morning cup. I like something stronger to get me up and going.

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AmazonV

steep 3, 5 min, touch of german rock sugar, still a strong cup of tea…and maybe a bit of caramel brought out by the sugar?

JacquelineM

Try a drop of milk too – that might help w the chocolate :)

AmazonV

JacquelineM for the WIN! +pinch of sugar + splash of lactose-free milk = caramel chocolate on steep…i lost count, 5? at 9 minutes yummy, still not so yummy it needs it’s own order, but would be a “i am placing an order here, i must get dawn too!”

SoccerMom

Glad you like it! I am going to have to try the german rock sugar and milk (even though I don’t normally do this with any tea).

AmazonV

I have found blacks sometimes need sugar and milk to be their best (and they always try to be their best, dollhouse anyone?) then again i have quite the sweet tooth

SoccerMom

The few times I’ve added milk to tea I didn’t like it because it seemed watery. Now having said that I had a BF once who drank one teabag of lipton in a cup of milk and added sugar and I found that to be lovely with toast for breakfast. I don’t do that anymore because well I don’t know why I don’t do that hmmm I guess when we called it quits so did me and his tea habits. ;)

Doulton

I like it better with a dash of milk and also a couple of sugar crystals. I think they certainly bring out the range of possible flavors. I like Dawn a lot, but I would not drink it first thing in the morning. The Simple Leaf calls it a “mild” tea on their packaging.

SoccerMom

Doulton, Agreed Dawn is not really strong enough for my morning cup. I like something stronger to get me up and going.

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I am The Devotea USA. I love caffeine! I prefer tea to coffee. I prefer my flavors to be in your face, not subtle. I plan to use this blog to keep track of the teas I have tried.

I get my daily dose of caffeine from Starbucks (Grande soy no water chai latte).

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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
25-50=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
75-100=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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