Amount: 1 tsp
Water: 6 oz filtered, boiling, 190°
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: not much
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal
Flavor: buttery smooth, vegetal, then black tea, complex, a little sweet
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.