Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea
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Honey-sweet, bread-like, with a bit of malt in the back. This is one fine tea!
I used 1 heaping teaspoon in an 8 oz cup with 200 degree water and steeped for just 1 minute and it was delicious. Resteeps for 2m, 2.5m and 3m were almost as delicious but the flavor declined a bit with each steep. The next time I’ll try boiling with a longer steep just to compare.
I’ll keep this tea around for sure and plan to enjoy it frequently.
Ah, pretty much exactly what I was expecting. This is quite bright and relatively astringent, tastes very much like an Indian blend but there’s no bitterness, that aspect is very smooth, and at the end of the sip there’s a (surprising given the upfront brightness) rich depth of flavor, that mysterious quality all my favorite A&D blends manage to possess. A decent morning choice. Curious how it’d go blended with something else…maybe something spicy, hm.
Oh. Mah. Gawd. Sulu. This is good tea.
Smells fantastic, looks nifty. Cute package.
Heavily baked bread flavor, sweet, malt, smooth…golden. It was probably a mistake to have an entire pot this late in the evening but I just couldn’t stop. No time for a resteep tonight, but will definitely try tomorrow. Though my pots are kind of like resteeps… I steep 16 ounces then another 12 ounces or so with the same leaves and combine them in the same pot.
It’s not a desert island tea, but it’s Damn Fine.
I’ve been a cranky ragebot all week long for various reasons, but as one of those small silly things that can talk you off the ledge last night before bed I reminded myself I’d be able to try this today (and thanks boychik, your review today made me even more excited!). I was a tad worried I’d find it too mild and straightforwardly sweet potato like I was just talking about with Golden Monkey, but this is great, a lovely balance of that sweet smoothness tips give with more robust but still smooth malty dark flavor I crave. The cup color tells it; it isn’t that warm orange-gold-brown hue of the sweet potato teas but instead a deeper more burgundy-tinged affair, as I like. And as it cools there’s a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate, yum—I imagine it comes from the very faintest hint of bitterness I crave giving it a depth of flavor, but the smooth sweetness the tips provide rounding it out. Was prepared to send a lot of this off to my IRL tea buddy or Steepsters who might lean towards the general Yunnan style if I didn’t love this but I do. So there’s a win for the day, woo small triumphs!
ETA this is a resteep champ, yes even Western style. Had a second cup, 5 minutes just like the first, just as good maybe in some ways even better (lighter yes, but sweeter too, and still with enough heft to make it deliciously satisfying). Woo hoo!
i was super excited when i got it yesterday. the tin is so fun, sunny and looks like spring. i found horse head finger puppet and for some reason i felt very happy like a child.
1tsp 195F 200ml pot 1min produced very rich cup of tea. golden brown in color, bready, molasses, tastes like cocoa, not too sweet.
2nd steep @2min i wanted to add 1 tsp brown sugar to see how flavors would change. it produced very satisfying cup of tea of melted dark chocolate. i like it either way
3rd steep @3min a little less flavor but still dark and strong. no sugar
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Molasses
Really smooth. Brewed this one a little lite, only 3 mins for some reaason (Mike’s fault). I like this one a lot though. It’s not crazy in your face with the flavor but still easily stands on its own. I could see this being drinkable on a frequent basis.
Now, having tried the original Caravan and not being too crazy about it (smoky teas just don’t usually do it for me), I wasn’t going to order this resurrected version however, it came as part of the Damn Fine three-pack which was introduced before the adventure pack. And I figured at 48. it was a pretty good deal and since I’ve learned a better way to brew smoky teas so that I can drink them … I decided I’d go for it.
And I’m glad I did because now with my “new” brewing method (which isn’t all that big a secret, I simply “rinse” the leaves with hot water – brewing them for 15 seconds and then discard the liquid and then steep them as I would normally), I really enjoyed this tea.
Smoky … yes, it still is quite smoky, but I can also enjoy the other flavors tucked within this tea. Sweet and caramel-y. Deep fruity notes. A moderate astringency.
An enjoyable cuppa.
This is a smooth and ultra-bergamoty earl grey. A damn fine morning tea. One of those teas where it doesn’t matter how sleepy you are when measuring and brewing, because it is near impossible to screw up. Too much tea? No problem, it’ll wake you up quicker than a pot of coffee. Too little? Don’t worry, the bergamot is strong enough to cover it up.
Well this was a surprise. I don’t drink many teas from India. They are often bitter, harsh, and burn in my stomach like crazy. This one though… the wet leaf smells incredible. The orange-red brew is very smooth, and not in the least bitter. Yes it is somewhat drying but not harsh. I steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes – I imagine had I gone 2-2 1/2 a lot of that dryness could be reduced. I found myself really enjoying this bold malty cup and a single cup did not cause stomach burn.
Putting some serious work into getting through the wonderful samples that Terri sent me a while back.
This is a good, solid Assam, on the more aggressive side of Assam – so milk-and-sugar it, or lemon it, or mint it, or whatever – it can take what you throw at it with ease.
I wouldn’t drink it on an empty stomach or in the afternoon, but as a morning tea with breakfast, it would probably do the trick of getting you up and running out the door, all charged up.
I personally prefer more gentle, tame Assams, so I will probably won’t purchase a batch of this. If you like strong teas, do give this a try.
Also, I completely broke down and placed another purchase with Norbu – this time of a she pu’er that I’ve been eyeing for a while, as well as of an interesting Taiwan black, and the Taiwan white tea that I’ve been wanting to try for a while, after seeing a raving review of it on teaviews. I will now be an evil enabler and let you know that there’s still 25% on your entire basket at norbutea.com until the 31st.
running away, rubbing my hands with glee
I like smoky teas. But last time I brewed it western method it was too much for me. I could not get rid of smoky flavor for long time after I finished my cup.
Today I decided to brew in gaiwan. 5oz+1tsp+1/1/1. i combined all steeps in one cup.
This way smokiness was minimal and tea was so sweet
Operation 150 is in full effect! Goal today – 5 sipdowns, since i’m not sure if i’ll get time to get some in on Saturday.
VariaTEA sent me a small cup of this that Cavo had sent her because this is not the tea for her…and that’s OK. I, however? SOOO happy to have this back in my cupboard for a day. It was a nice start to my morning today since yesterday had been a little insane with work. :) Thanks for thinking of me VariaTEA! great start to today!
I bought this tea because my boyfriend’s boss was complaining to me how he can’t find any good, strong black teas. I remembered reading many tasting notes for this one and it seemed like it might fit the bill. I’d also been curious to try it, so I ordered one tin for myself and one for Casey’s boss. I brewed this for the four minutes that A&D suggests, but I definitely overleafed it. It’s supposed to be very forgiving, but there was definitely an unpleasant bitterness at the end of the sip. The bitterness did not last, though. My tastebuds seemed to acclimate to it very quickly somehow. This really impressed me. It has enough astringency to be a strong black tea, but it isn’t the type of astringency that completely dries your mouth out.
Okay so, I had planned to eat a very late breakfast of warm buttered banana bread and thought this tea would make a delightful accompaniment. After I’d already put my new variable temp kettle on to heat and portioned the tea out into the steeper, I decided I would rather eat the salad I’d be planning on having later then. (Romaine and spinach, orange bell pepper, sun-dried tomato, rosymary ham, sharp white cheddar, and balsamic vinaigrette, in case you were wondering.)
So I ended up eating my salad, drinking half my mug of tea, heating up some soup because it wasn’t a large salad and I was still hungry, eating that, and then drinking the rest of my mug of tea.
I made a second steep which I didn’t end up drinking this afternoon and will heat up and have in the morning.
I currently have a cup of Numi’s African Nectar, a tropical flavored rooibos, steeping up on my desk and it smells so good.
Grumpy. Blinking sleep from my eyes.
I’d made a small pot of this mid-afternoon yesterday. I’d resteeped the leaves directly after I finished it then. But didn’t drink the second pot then. I’m drinking it now. In a large mug. B/c I need to get caffeine into me. Also, it’s a good cup. =)
In other tea-related news. I got a variable temperature kettle [http://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-Variable-Temperature-Electric-Gooseneck/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top] for Xmas from my parents. I luvs it !!
Why don’t you pull up a chair (unless you’re already on one in which case you can skip this step) and I’ll tell you a little story.
Once upon a time I joined steepster, after being introduced to David’s tea and falling in love with not only the tea, but with everything it implied: a sense of peace, the act of preparing it, the almost spiritual experience of tasting it, the anticipation, everything. And then I read reviews and saw that people were swapping and I wanted to be a part of the craze!
Not to worry, said dexter3657, I’m your girl! So she very kindly packages up a million teas to send to me. In the meantime, I placed an order with Dellaterra, and sat back and waited for my teas to start rolling in.
Got a package in the mail, and instantly messaged dex.
Me: Omg! thanks! Just got the tea! I’m on my office floor, in fact, surrounded by all this lovely tea!
Me: yeah! best feeling ever!
Dex: Um, keychange? your package is saying it’s still in Manitoba. It isn’t supposed to reach you for like another few days at least.
Me: Horse hockey! It’s right here in my office! It’s in…lots of little zipped bags…that are sealed.
Dex: My packages are different sizes and all that sort of thing. Are you sure it isn’t something else?
And then it dawned on me. Of course this was my sampler from Dellaterra! whoops!
So there’s a good little blind story for you guys.
So five thousand years later, I got around to having a friend help me make labels for all my samples, and this was the first one I wanted to try. I’d read some really good reviews for it by other black tea lovers, so I had this with breakfast this morning. Dex was very generous with the sample, so I can enjoy a few more cups of this also!
The dry leaf smells a lot like black tea. I couldn’t glean too much more than that, because you know how it is with swaps and such—although I don’t think I was picking up on any other smells, it wasn’t the same as sticking my nose into a tin or anything like that. But I also love the smell of black tea so that wasn’t a problem. I brewed it up and let it steep for four minutes.
And wouldn’t you believe—it’s almost a dead ringer (in my opinion) for Queen Catherine! If I concentrate really hard, I think this blend has a touch more astringency, and a slightly (very very slightly) drier mouth feel, but that could all just be in my imagination. I’m getting the slight smoke from what I’m assuming is keemun, and I wonder if there’s some assam in here to explain the slight malt/dryness. Either way, I gulped this right down because anything that tastes like the queen is mighty fine by me. I’m delighted to have more of this to sip at, but thankfully won’t have to make the A and D purchase (which I hear has insane shipping to Canada), because I don’t need two queens: only one LOL.
Thank you so much, dex, for sharing this with me. You were the first person on steepster to so generously send a bunch of tea my way, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to sampling them! You’re awesome.
This is one of those teas I like to drink by the pot, & I was in the mood for making a 16oz pot of tea when I woke up. So I did. Some people would find this tea to be smokey, & it is mildly smokey, & stylish, in it’s own way, like this one guy who used to come to my gigs about 20 years ago at this one coffee house. He had a style all has his own, some kind of french impressionist era/middle eastern/hippy fusion. He was very learned when it came to the arts, or at least fancied himself to be so, & he played the sitar. He’d sit there listening with his eyes closed, sipping tiny cups of expresso, twirling the corners of his mustache, & smoking kreteks (clove cigarettes). During my break he’d have pseudo-intellectual conversations with people, discussions regarding the virtues & failings of anything from the artwork on the wall, to books they had read, musicians they had heard, etc. There were a lot of interesting people that hung out at that coffee shop back in the day. When that place closed down, as most places along those lines eventually do, who knows where everyone went?
What a great contrast to the Irish Breakfast & Malty Irish Breakfast. Sure, it’s another bold tea blend, but this one features a decent level of smokiness, which at one point would have made me feel panicky, but now I really enjoy. Adding a little sweetener of some kind (sigh…Maple syrup) really brings out the caramel notes of the smoke, but I really enjoyed it today just plain, & it really is a nice sweet blend!