Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea
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Thanks Sil for sending me this. It’s blergamont, but must try anything that generously sent my way.
In all honesty this is the best EGish tea that I’ve had. I’m not saying that I like it, but this is the least offensive so far. I think the black base is nice and the blerg isn’t too in your face. For the sake of full disclosure I did add some sweet and quite a bit of milk hoping to mellow it out. Either that worked or this is milder than most.
This was a strange but ultimately affirming in its own way sort of weekend. Some abrupt in-law drama (will my logs ever be free of family stuff? Sorry guys), some marital tension (for sure nothing major—one of the best things about being married to R is both of us assuming there’s hardly anything that would be capital-S Serious that could come between us—but still hard to go through), some random kindness from strangers just when I needed it, surprise tea boxes from Steepsters with notes that made me a little glassy-eyed (what can I say, it’s been an emotional few days), socializing all Saturday until I literally dropped onto the bed, major spring cleaning with minor redecorating (seasonal nesting impulse), then this day never really quite got started (we, uh, didn’t actually get out of bed until 4:15pm o_O and I hadn’t eaten more than 2 slurps of leftover soup in nearly 48 hours sooo when we finally got up I proceeded to eat everything in sight…did you know Rice Krispies and banana doused in coconut-almond milk evoke delicious Thai sticky rice desserts when you’re famished?) and now we’re filing taxes and I’m trying to muster the motivation to cook like 4 stews for the week and I just can’t. Where was I going with this?
Oh yeah. One of the sunniest spots, besides those wonderful notes, was of course all the beautiful, precious tea from boychik and Dexter3657. This one comes from boychik, thank you! :D I had this for my (4:30pm :b) breakfast. It is great in the way you’d expect an A&D Keemun to be—where it’s nothing way out there different, no radical departure from what one thinks of as Keemun, yet something sets it apart, just a sense that it’s “more”. More of the expected flavors amped up, but more balance and smoothness too, as always. It does have that gorgeous subtle bright tint to it in the cup Keemuns are known for, as well as that hard-to-pinpoint aspect, that almost salty, bright-dark quality. The funny thing is, the first cup I steeped 5 minutes and it was good…the second steep I lost track of time (part of that whole “this day never really even got off its feet” thing) and it bathed for something like 20 minutes. I pretty much never do that! And it was still delicious, with that salty murky quality a little sharper, more distinct, in a good way. Downed it while eating a pear and squares from the amazing chocolate bar boychik sent along with this tea—Salazon Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Organic Coffee. I opened her right up because I woke to the rude surprise of the empty packaging from a Sourdough and Olive Oil chocobar I picked up in Portland on our trip…turns out R had eaten it. Worked in my favor though, ‘cause I doubt even that could taste better than this one—it’s TRULY salty, which too many sea salt or salted caramel confections don’t deliver on (I generally like salt and starch more than sweets). There’s an entire pebbly outer coating of chunky salt. So so good. I’m beginning to join the living again, and I owe it all to tea, chocolate, and kindness.
Picked this up straight from Erik @ A&D’s booth at Coffee & Tea Festival NYC!
Every time I drink this, I like it more and more. This is, I believe, the only keemun tea I own and I gotta say, I’m really loving it. It’s bold and black but not overly abrasive. I’ve enjoyed it during dinner several nights this past week – it paired well with both chicken and pork dishes. Just a really solid straight tea.
I’m a Keemun girl. I have really been looking forward to this tea. The mailman handed me the package and I brought it straight in to the kitchen and have my first pot steeping right now.
The dry leaf is black/brown, tiny curled leaves. I agree with boychik – reminds me of little lashes.
The liquor is a reddish amber. Slighty smoky and unmistakable Kemmun aroma. First sip: slight smoke, definite Keemun flavor. Mid-range malt with a little astringency on the back edges of my tongue. And although it would never have occurred to me to say it tasted a little of salt, I see where boychik gets that.
It is a nice Keemun. I generally prefer my Keemuns just a tad maltier and a wee bit fuller-bodied. This won’t be my forever Keemun but it is very, very nice.
Shameless plea for pity and attention:
My wife has been sick all week. This morning I got up with a pounding head, hurting ears, and I’m dizzy. Thought getting something in my system might help. Downed a glass of milk. Not a good idea. So now my stomach is rumbling. Drank grape juice for the vitamin C but realized my taster is on the fritz. So I brewed a cup of this. Even if it has only half the flavor it would on any other day, it is still good and comforting. I’m supposed to play at church in the morning. They may just be on their own.
Stay well my friends.
BAAAAAAAANNNNNNG ouuuuchhhhh ! How strong ! I feel like I am begining a boxe match with Mohamad Ali. I’m almost K.O
How malty ! I am baffled.
It is a very interesting tea : smocky for sure and I get both notes of fruits and tobacco.
For my taste it’s too strong with 4 minutes steeping, I need to retry with less because I had a bitterness I don’t appreciate.
Thank you very much Dexter3657 for sharing.
Thanks, Pyroxy, for sending me a surprise sample of this tea! I’ve really wanted to try Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea, but they only sell such large quantities. When I smelled the dry leaves and first tasted the tea, I was ambivalent about it. It didn’t seem particularly special or gross or anything. But as I kept on sipping, I really started liking it. It reminds me of my beloved English breakfast teas. As the cup cooled and I got to the bottom of it, I was suddenly hit by a smoky taste that really helped distinguish this tea. It is a bit astringent, but not bitter.
Resteeping: This time around, the tea has a slightly less boldness to it, but I can really taste the smokiness coming out. Still astringent, but not too bad.
Overall, I am enjoying this tea, but not enough to buy 4 oz at a time. I guess I don’t even have the option anyway because I just checked their site and it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Ah, the joys of holiday teas.
Uh…is Steepster acting weird for anyone besides me? I’ve started to log this twice now, & both times in the middle of typing the screen suddenly shifted back to my review of Lord Petersham. Whatever…
So I actually drank this yesterday in commemoration of ordering a tin of A & D’s new tea, Spring. This Assam blend is always reliable for it malty taste & bold kick in the butt!
I am on a mission today. My goal is to get at minimum 10 sipdowns, though 20 would be preferable since i suspect i won’t have much time for sipdowns tomorrow with all that’s going on. Massage, board games! i suspect i’ll be out of the house all day :) However, i may use it as an excuse to bring my timolino and brew up a cup in it while playing games heh. This one is now officially out of my cupboard, though i suspect that it will be back sometime in April as I need to place a damn fine tea order ASAP! :) Thanks for letting me get the chance to try this one out terri!
Mmm this tea. Thick, malty, dark, a bit smoky..bold, warming, I wish I had more of it. It’s a major blizzarding mess here (again) and the roads were absolutely horrendous this morning…not looking forward to driving home after my course tonight. Anyways, this tea is perfect for a busy, snowy day at work.
Oh, and I slightly went over to the dark side – my bf’s mom made some freshly ground decaf Sbucks coffee in a french press this morning, bold roast..I couldn’t pass up a sample of it. And now I’ve been craving coffee all day lol, I haven’t had it in probably a year and a half! Haha, this tea, or the tiny bit left in my mug, will have to suffice. Then onto more black teas. Darn wintery weather, makes me crave rich teas and caffeine it seems! See previous notes on this tea :)
Last cup of this! I’m still not sure if i want to pick up a tin of this. On one hand it’s a really nice cup of tea – smooth, comforting, unobtrusive. On the other hand, there are cups i’ve had that were more flavourful and more of a WOW cup of tea. But sometimes all you want is a good cup of relaxing tea that doesn’t demand your attention. hmmmm
this tea makes me happy. unresponsive companies on FB does not. If you’re going to have a presence on social media…that means you need to have a presence/respond to ppl. ESPECIALLY if there are questions on your FB and then you come back to your page, make a post, update pics..that means ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THERE WHILE YOU’RE AT IT! sheesh….