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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
302 tasting notes

Needed something to wake up today. I like this tea a lot, but there is something that smells like manure in the background. That’ll would probably keep me from ordering more. What is that smell?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Jim Marks

Heh, no wonder you don’t like pu-erhs.

Kristin

Exactly! ha ha. I think it’s why I like the Mountain Malt more – it has less of that flavor.

I still need to try the genmaicha you sent. I’m waiting till I’ve had some consistent sleep to mitigate the migraine risk of the green tea. I’m looking forward to that one.

Lori

Manure? I did not detect that at all in this tea. I thought it was chocolate-y…

S

Manure?? I did detect something hay-like in Shanti (the tea, not me) but Dawn was like 100% chocolate/caramel to me.

Kristin

Do you detect dirt or earth in it?

S

Not really, but now you’ve got me curious…I haven’t had Dawn in a while, so I’ll have to try it again and see if I can pick up on that. Or, maybe the batches are different (so perhaps the season you received yours it had more earthy notes). Aww…I hope the manure/earth/dirt flavor isn’t too off putting! :)

[P.S. I just re-read my first comment, and realized that it came off as super snide, which is NOT what I intended at all…sorry! I just meant “yuck, manure!”, not that you’re making this up or anything!]

Jim Marks

I find that almost all non-Assam teas that are oxidized to either oolong or black stages have a certain “dustiness” to them. I think the astringency in Assam hides it, they probably have it too, though. I think that much oxidation just makes the bio-mass less like a leaf and more like loam. So dirt or earth I’d understand, but manure?

The unpleasant but obvious question, of course, is what kind of manure? Horses? Cows? Pigs? Sheep? Goats? They all smell radically different. Heck, even pasture raised vs. feed yard kept smell different.

Kristin

@Shanti – I didn’t take it as mean or snide. No worries.

@Jim – Next time it’s warm out, I’ll walk by the horse pasture and then the cow pasture and let you know. I’m thinking horses; in a pasture.

Kristin

No wait, maybe it’s cows. :) Yeah, cows.

Doulton

Was I the one who sent you this tea? I thought it had rather chestnut-y overtones.

S

Oh, good. :) I was afraid it came off as “omg you think it smells like manure? you’re wrong and I’m right” when I just meant “omg manure? Ick!” Sigh, it’s easy for tone to be misconstrued over the internet, so I just wanted to make it clearer :)

Kristin

@Doulton – Nope I ordered this one. Unfortunately, I ordered the mid-size bag (not the sample). But, I think my husband likes it more than me.

Stephanie

When steeped, I think this smells like dusty peanut shells dipped in cocoa powder. And sometimes I do get that “loamy” note.

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Jim Marks

Heh, no wonder you don’t like pu-erhs.

Kristin

Exactly! ha ha. I think it’s why I like the Mountain Malt more – it has less of that flavor.

I still need to try the genmaicha you sent. I’m waiting till I’ve had some consistent sleep to mitigate the migraine risk of the green tea. I’m looking forward to that one.

Lori

Manure? I did not detect that at all in this tea. I thought it was chocolate-y…

S

Manure?? I did detect something hay-like in Shanti (the tea, not me) but Dawn was like 100% chocolate/caramel to me.

Kristin

Do you detect dirt or earth in it?

S

Not really, but now you’ve got me curious…I haven’t had Dawn in a while, so I’ll have to try it again and see if I can pick up on that. Or, maybe the batches are different (so perhaps the season you received yours it had more earthy notes). Aww…I hope the manure/earth/dirt flavor isn’t too off putting! :)

[P.S. I just re-read my first comment, and realized that it came off as super snide, which is NOT what I intended at all…sorry! I just meant “yuck, manure!”, not that you’re making this up or anything!]

Jim Marks

I find that almost all non-Assam teas that are oxidized to either oolong or black stages have a certain “dustiness” to them. I think the astringency in Assam hides it, they probably have it too, though. I think that much oxidation just makes the bio-mass less like a leaf and more like loam. So dirt or earth I’d understand, but manure?

The unpleasant but obvious question, of course, is what kind of manure? Horses? Cows? Pigs? Sheep? Goats? They all smell radically different. Heck, even pasture raised vs. feed yard kept smell different.

Kristin

@Shanti – I didn’t take it as mean or snide. No worries.

@Jim – Next time it’s warm out, I’ll walk by the horse pasture and then the cow pasture and let you know. I’m thinking horses; in a pasture.

Kristin

No wait, maybe it’s cows. :) Yeah, cows.

Doulton

Was I the one who sent you this tea? I thought it had rather chestnut-y overtones.

S

Oh, good. :) I was afraid it came off as “omg you think it smells like manure? you’re wrong and I’m right” when I just meant “omg manure? Ick!” Sigh, it’s easy for tone to be misconstrued over the internet, so I just wanted to make it clearer :)

Kristin

@Doulton – Nope I ordered this one. Unfortunately, I ordered the mid-size bag (not the sample). But, I think my husband likes it more than me.

Stephanie

When steeped, I think this smells like dusty peanut shells dipped in cocoa powder. And sometimes I do get that “loamy” note.

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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