Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

84

The eagerly awaited A&D DFT Yunnan arrived today!

The husband brought it up. We didn’t wait until I’d rescheduled his eye dr appointment tomorrow. We didn’t wait for the husband to take a shower. We didn’t wait until we were ready to drink it. We opened it up within moments of it entering the apartment.

The tin was wrapped in brown paper instead of in a bed of shredded zig-zags. I liked the art better on this tin than tins from Series 1. This tin opens like a mini paint can lid. I had to open it with a flat screw driver and bang it closed with it. I do not like that about it but am hoping it becomes easier to open and close with time. In the meantime, I’m keeping a screwdriver over the stove in the misc. cabinet. Oh, and we got two Series 4 stickers in our box. Anyone else get two?

The tea leaves were dark brown with golden yellow brown and ash gray mixed in. They smelled smokey and like something else that I can quite put my finger on right now but am hoping will come to mind when I’ve smelt the tea more. It smelled strong, bold, and good but not what I was expecting.

After putting a huge pot of chilli on to cook, the husband pushed to try the new tea tonight even though it was after 7pm at the time and it’s a black tea. So we steeped up a pot. The wet leaves were a dark brown of two shades and smelled smokey, like burning paper in a good way if that is possible. The tea was deep brown in color. It smelled smokey, rich, and full.

Sip sip. Sip sip.

It tastes smokey, no surprise there. But yummy smokey. I thought I wouldn’t like a smokey tasting tea. It also tasted ashy, non-cigarette ashy though, unctuous, and bold. The surprise was no bitterness or dryness. More notes on taste will comes as I drink more of this tea I’m sure. It’s unlike any other tea I’ve had. The husband also liked it but wasn’t as surprise he liked it or as into it as I was.

We steeped a second pot for 5 min. I was expecting it to be watery and need a pinch of fresh leaves to keep the taste strong enough. It was not at all. It was as full of flavor as the first steep but muted, less smokey. I think I liked this steep better. I also drank the end of this steep as I started to eat my chilli and was surprised that it held up to the chilli and complimented it well.

I decided to steep the leaves a third time to see what happen since the second steep went well. I steeped for 6 min this time. It was watery with nearly no tea taste. I threw it down the drain.

In conclusion, A&D’s Yunnan is a damn fine tea, I look forward to drinking it again quite soon, and it’s possibly better than Series 1’s black teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Btw, I got #32 out of 50, even though I was #15 on the countdown when ordering.

takgoti

Yay! I got two stickers as well. I think they said on the site that you get two.

I didn’t re-seal the lid fully – just enough to be on there tight-ish. I’d need to need to carry a paint key and a rubber mallet around, otherwise. I’ll have to sit down with this and drink it tomorrow when I can really pay attention to it. Tea nuances and studying do not mix well, it seems.

Jillian

Ack! More people to be jealous of! ;)

Ricky

Haha, I was 11 on the countdown, but somehow I got #28. I think they randomly pull one off the shelf. Yep, they gave two stickers here. Add me to the list of the not liking the paint can lid. Some loose leaves got stuck in the seams and I had to bang it really hard to shut it.

Haha, poor Jillian, no series #4 =P

wombatgirl

I got #15. (I think. It’s at home, I’m at work) and I remember thinking – I thought I didn’t order that early…

But I really liked this tea too.. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Btw, I got #32 out of 50, even though I was #15 on the countdown when ordering.

takgoti

Yay! I got two stickers as well. I think they said on the site that you get two.

I didn’t re-seal the lid fully – just enough to be on there tight-ish. I’d need to need to carry a paint key and a rubber mallet around, otherwise. I’ll have to sit down with this and drink it tomorrow when I can really pay attention to it. Tea nuances and studying do not mix well, it seems.

Jillian

Ack! More people to be jealous of! ;)

Ricky

Haha, I was 11 on the countdown, but somehow I got #28. I think they randomly pull one off the shelf. Yep, they gave two stickers here. Add me to the list of the not liking the paint can lid. Some loose leaves got stuck in the seams and I had to bang it really hard to shut it.

Haha, poor Jillian, no series #4 =P

wombatgirl

I got #15. (I think. It’s at home, I’m at work) and I remember thinking – I thought I didn’t order that early…

But I really liked this tea too.. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

Following These People