Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea
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I ran into a friend at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago. I’ve known her for 27 years, our kids knew each other growing up, but we rarely find time to hang out, so she came over for breakfast today. Almond flour pancakes, berries, homemade sausage patties, & Tiger Assam!! Bold & beautiful! :)
It was nice to have a little time to relax with a friend, even if I had to get up a little earlier than usual to do so (she was here at 9am!)
In the travel mug this morning, I got a ton of sleep last night so I’m actually somewhat awake today, but tons to do today, a site visit at work, getting the rest of my Halloween costume, carving a pumpkin, getting the pumpkin to carve, making a costume for my cat, and stocking up on Sugar and Spice at DavidsTea before the fall teas are gone! Oh and I need to try my new teas from Verdant if they arrive today! Eeep! Need energy haha, and this tea is good at supplying it in a very tasty way. I really do like this tea, might be my favorite of my A&D teas, other than Mount Gray, but that one usually requires a specific mood lol. Anyways, this is honeyed and delish today. See previous notes!
Backlogged from memory as I had this a few days ago late at night (yes I am nuts) and forgot to log it then. I always feel so sad when I don’t give a tea its proper due in my logs due to timing of things; I was sifting through my cupboard and kept going “I haven’t logged that one?!” to the point it’d be quite a project to backlog all of them, ack.
But anyway. This was delicious, as I’ve come to expect from A&D. My tea buddy loves it and has been saying so for like over a month now, but I had this block where I didn’t want to open the tin, feel like I need to sip down stuff that isn’t packaged so well to begin with. But it was calling to me last Friday or whenever it was, and I’m glad I gave in. So good. I can’t get into specifics right now alas, but hopefully next time I drink it at a more decent hour. I will say it’s unbelievably smooth while being bold, much like my beloved Double Knit (probably bolder, with a sharper/deeper flavor though). Definitely one of the best straight assams I’ve had, maybe even THE best. Given Mount Gray’s been the only disappointing A&D tea for me, looks like I know now which combo pack to get when/if (since there’s so much!) I ever restock. I’ve been a little curious about blending my own chai and if/when I try that I might use this as the base, both because it’s so smooth and strong and delicious and because I have plenty of it to mess around with.
It’s hard to believe this one is officially gone from my cupboard!
I’m also very low on Tiger Assam & Caravan. It’s been 29 days since I ordered tea, & I’m sure I’ll restock all three of these. Mount Gray, on the other hand, just isn’t doing it for me.
I have a sample of this thanks to the most generous scribble – Thank you so much!!
This was my tea of choice at work today. First cup was a TOTAL MISS – ewww. I really over leafed, over steeped it. Those leaves for a second steep was really good. Added a bit more fresh leaf and did a third steep – shorter steep time. AWESOME. This tea for me is a bit fussy with steep times. I had to steep this shorter than I normally would with a black. It was just too strong with the longer steep times. Once I found where I liked it, this is really nicely balanced between bold black, astringent, and smokey. I like that the smoky isn’t totally drowning out the black flavors.
I think this is a really good example of this style of tea, but this style will never be my favorite. I would certainly like a cup here or there, but don’t think I need a 4 oz tin. Thanks so much scribbles for letting me try this.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @00C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.
Copper-mahogany liquor. Creamy, smoky (very subtle smoke, like Keemun) black tea with no bitterness. Heavy body. Caffeine punch. Seriously dependable tea. One of my favourite blends, ever. Hats off, as usual, to Damn Fine.
Many thanks to Cavocorax for giving me the opportunity to try this lovely Assam! I thoroughly enjoyed every single, malty, thick cup of this sheer awesomeness. With half-and-half, this particular Assam also makes me want an Assam ice cream (another company’s does too but can’t remember which one). The combination of the creaminess and flavour profile of the Assam is so rich and luxurious.
The second steep is oh so flavourful too. Still robust and slightly astringent, but in a good way. This is exactly the kind of tea I love to have in the morning, and is the equivalent of the ideal coffee that coffee lovers would prefer first thing in the morning with a hearty breakfast.
Boiling water, 4 minutes 30 seconds, no milk or sugar.
Ah, I haven’t had a lot of plain black teas lately and didn’t realize how much I needed this! Malt, honey, and some raisins- I missed you! Token astringent bite, I missed you less! If I let my imagination run away with me I can taste caramel and cocoa, but I think I may be overexcited.
Thanks, Heather, for giving me your last cup’s worth yesterday! Also, an indirect thanks to Cavocorax for sending her this sample in the first place.
You know what sucks? Fire alarm testing day in apartments.
It seems I never logged this despite having it maybe a week or so ago, oops. From memory: I was really surprised and bummed to find I don’t love this! It has the same thing that the Upton Natural Bergamot EG has, I suppose um, natural bergamot. Weirdly, it turns out I don’t like that! It has, yeah, the smell of bottles of cheap orange blossom water you get at the Mediterranean grocer, an aroma I go to great lengths (and maybe impossible ones now that A. Montaux has shuttered its orange blossom extract business :( ) to avoid when cooking and making cocktails. I guess the closest I can come to describing the distinction is that those bottles of orange blossom water are more floral in a kind of jasmine-y way (and I dislike jasmine), and the bergamot I like is cleaner, soapier, brighter. At the risk of sounding sexist I would say EGs like this and Lupicia’s feel more like feminine perfumes while the ones I like best are more like masculine colognes/aftershaves. Weird to discover when things have better/more natural bergamot I don’t care for them. Oh well.
This wasn’t bad, and that smell wasn’t as strong as it was in the Upton Imports Natural Bergamot EG. I could drink this again when/if I had to (I’m probabably going to send this to my tea buddy though, as a whole 4.4oz canister is an awful lot of tea for something you don’t adore!). But it’s definitely not a favorite. Again, I was very surprised. I have a feeling if you like the popular Lupicia EGs you’d probably like this one too.
yeah, I’m still not really a fan of earl grey.
Maybe I should add this to the grab bag in the BBBB?
Sipdown, 137. I wanted to try this assam because a lot of people rave about it and it seems to be a pretty classic assam. So thanks to Sil for sending me some to try. I have always thought I didn’t really like assams, but then I started trying them here or there and was unsure. I have to say that if I don’t love this one I will probably give up on most assams, haha.
I’m not sure what to think of this one. I do think it’s funny how some people say things about certain teas like “this one never ever gets bitter!” Do we have different definitions of bitter? Because I do find this one to be bitter when steeped at these parameters. I’m not sure what other flavors I’m getting… a hint of malt, but I don’t find it super malty, some other flavor I can’t quite identify. After one small cup I also kind of felt a little ill, so I think straight strong assam and my stomach doesn’t really get along (even though it’s not on an empty stomach!). I had this reaction to the Antarctic Expedition Blend the other day as well. Super bold teas, maybe not for me.
Anyway, I added milk and a bit of maple to smooth it out. It works a bit better for me, but I’m not in love with it. I think the only assam I like are the Taiwanese varietals.
I also steeped this one, filling my insulated go cup so I could sip on hot tea during my gig.
I accidentally slept in this morning. I say accidentally because it is Sunday, and by sleeping in today, I won’t be able to go to sleep at a decent time tonight, so I will be tired for work tomorrow. Woe is me, ha, ha.
I needed something to get me moving. So I pulled this one out of the cupboard. It smells of a strong yet somewhat sweet black tea blend. The tea tastes full bodied, it is slightly malty. There is a slight natural sweetness from the black teas. It is very smooth. I anticipated a bit if astringency but there was none. Wow! I am impressed. It is making my stomach a bit raw because I haven’t eaten anything yet, but I am starting to feel a bit more human now.
I guess I’ve just been busy the past two days and not on Steepster enough. :( It doesn’t help that J has been using my computer a lot so it’s not as convenient to check everyone’s reviews!
This tea is a perfect accompaniment while I catch up!
I think J is going to study for two midterms today so I’m planning to take TK to the library so she can play with all the toys and other kids. She loves it, and it makes me feel better about her not being in daycare at the moment!
I received a sample of this in a long – ago swap. Swap partner – Thank you!
True to this tea being a ceylon (and true to the description) the flavor is very delicate. The color is a deep amber. I am getting a major sweet flavor. I am also tasting a slight dried fruit flavor. The flavor left in my mouth is very sweet but not cloying. This is an enjoyable tea that worked well with breakfast this morning!
Double knit blend on this chilly day! It’s a bit windy outside and looks grey out, almost an EG type of day, but I’ve had a fair amount of those this week, so I took out this tea. Slightly smoky, malty, a delicious blend of blacks. Yum. Even in the travel mug it’s pretty good, a bit more smoky, but I’m ok with that today. Oh, unrelated to this tea, but I got my Verdant reserve teas this week, the two I ordered, waiting for a good time to try them! I need to have time to sit and enjoy them :D hoping my BOMC (blend of the month club) from Verdant shows up today too, tracking has been at a standstill for it since the 9th. Anyways, see previous notes on this tea!
Good morning! I worked on a pot of this nicely bold & lightly smokey brew while fixing breakfast. I’m getting a little low, on this & my other Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Teas. I’ll probably run out just in time for Black Friday!
I shared a pot of this earlier today with one of my students. I’ve really gotten to where I enjoy a robust smokey tea. This one qualifies.
This isn’t so great with milk and sugar. It’s best on its own.
So the other day I had an Earl Gray that was fresh, sweet and almost lemon custardy, and I wanted more today.
Too bad I mixed things up. It wasn’t this one – it was Justea’s Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey. Oh. Colour me disappointed.
This IS a good tea though, and I’m not at all disappointed, but I was craving something creamier.
Whoops, I wandered off while steeping this. No matter, still good.
I bought the 3 tin pack of this, Mount gray and Double Knit, and at first I was worried it seems like a lot of tea… But I’ve slowly been going through it and am actually almost out of this one. I’ve found it to be a good tea to brew in the morning and carry along iced for throughout the day. It’s pretty strong but has nice flavor and is a nice pick me up in the afternoon. I have been having it everyday and I think it’s really grown on me.
First cup of the day, bold, sweet, slightly astringent.