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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

At Refinery29, we enjoy a good spot of tea just as much as the next chap, and we can’t think of anyone we’d rather sip with than the self-proclaimed “obsessive tea freaks” of Damn Fine Tea. Known for their super high-quality leaves (not to mention their décor-worthy packaging), this conscious company is one of the few who produce “orthodox tea,” meaning the tea leaves are picked and processed using traditional methods.

We chose this delicious classic black Ceylon for its bright and delicate flavor, which is a refreshing pick-me-up anytime of the day. Take it straight-up or add a touch of milk and sugar. However you like it is the way it was meant to be—savored by you.

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Andrews & Dunham knows that nothing beats a perfect cup of tea, and a great tea needs no explanation. We love the romance of tea. We love that tea might just be the healthiest thing you’ll ever drink. But if the tea you’re drinking doesn’t taste fantastic, you’re missing out. Only a few teas meet our mysterious, rigorous standards and we’re proud to offer them to you. We’re always looking for that perfect cup, so you don’t have to.

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545 tasting notes

Sipped on while still very warm this morning and waking up. Watched my soap as I drank this tea.

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314 tasting notes

I was so excited to try out this new offering from A&D! Although I’m not a huge fan of Ceylons (from the few I’ve tried) , I trust that A&D has sold me only the very best of its kind.

Both dry and after steeping, this tea has a light fruity, malty scent.

The taste seems almost like raisin bread—but it’s very very subtle. They’re not kidding when they say this is “delicate”. It’s so mild, it’s almost not there. Totally innocuous.

So, in an effort to extract more flavor, I’ve kept this steeped for double the recommended time, but it has retained its gentle, smooth nature.

With this kind of “tame” flavor profile, I’m reminded of the “No Reservations” Holiday Special last year, where Tony tempered almost every acerbic comment with the disclaimer: “… [and I meant that] in a non-denominational, generic way.” This is sort of like that. I think this tea accommodates all tastes in an unoffending, non-denominational, generic way.

With that said, I think this will be a good choice for all those that prefer a mild-mannered, unassuming, well-behaved cup of tea.

But as for me, I just can’t help but wish that it stood out more—had more character, distinction or “kick”. But I guess that’s not how Ceylons are and I can respect that.

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1112 tasting notes

Many, many, many thanks to Ricky for sending a generous amount of this to me (in the most beautiful little Kusmi tin)!

I made some rugelach for the holidays yesterday, and wanted a completely classic tea to go with it. The one instantly came to mind. I knew it would be perfect even though I hadn’t tasted it yet because a) It’s from Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea and b) it is a Ceylon which tastes so good with pastry!

Yay, I was right! This tea is so balanced: medium bodied but good with a little milk and sugar. Classic tea flavor. I usually taste a lemony profile in Ceylons but I did not taste it in this one. This has a much sweeter round flavor to me – much more like an Assam without the boldness. Absolutely spot on with the rugelach. It did not compete with the buttery cinnamony puff of heaven-in-cookie-form, but rather supported it. Nice.

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191 tasting notes

Ack! I’m the first person to write a tasting note for this tea! Oh the humanity! Words cannot describe how I have no words to describe tea without prompting!

I quite enjoyed this tea. It seems to be a good afternoon tea. It isn’t full and dark-tasting like an assam. It tasted clean, if that makes sense. Pure tea. It wasn’t astringent, and had a smooth mouth-feel, but not heavy. I think I’ll enjoy another cup of it tomorrow afternoon, and pay closer attention (I was, truth be told, rather distracted today with a holiday party and work and such). It still tasted good even after it had completely cooled. I bet it would taste lovely iced.

I’m beginning to think that while I enjoy flavored teas, my heart really belongs to straight tea, maybe with some jasmine thrown in for good measure. I think I get more out of them simply because I’m not struggling so much to taste the flavor that I think I should taste. Food (or drink) for thought, I suppose.

Steeped for three minutes at boiling, as per instructions.

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1629 tasting notes

I love Assam and Ceylon teas so naturally this one was a winner for me! I love the packaging. The small painter’s tin is original. When I opened the tin, it was a no-brainer that this one was a nice smelling Ceylon. It smelled malty and warm with fruitiness to it.

The brew was a nice dark amber. This is a bold tea that can be tampered with to make it more or less bold. Upon my first sip, it wasn’t very bitter, but I wanted some milk with my tea. I’ve been drinking cups of milk these days! I can taste the bread-y, malt flavors with fruit undertones. It makes me happy to sip this cup! The milk didn’t really bring out any flavors but it did make it less bitter. Good tea overall! Now I am off to do my night shift!

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13 tasting notes

Once more the weather here is gray and wet, good thing I typically prefer rain over sun most days. On top of the cold wet weather today was the first day of finals and lucky me had my worst two on the first day, History of Soviet Russia and a lab practical for a lithics (stone tools) analysis class. But after two more finals (North American Archaeology and one for a women’s studies class on wild women having already finished my independent study last week), I will be home and starting my internship two days later. After the long day of tests and a weather induced migraine I curled up with a mug of this and an article on a possible ritual associated assemblage of cattle skulls at a Viking Age Icelandic farmhouse.

This tea is not too malty and has a cocoa and somewhat raisiny or other fruity note to it. The mouthfeel is creamy but does have a slight bitter note when cool. It also paired well with a few oat flour cookies with cranberries, raspberries, and apple puree baked in. A nice end to a rather stressful day. It is something that is relatively light in flavor and can be sipped mindlessly while doing work.

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175 tasting notes

I got #8! A decent tea. I was hoping for a repeat of their previous Ceylon, but this one isn’t quite as rich for me (but there’s nothing wrong with that).

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230 tasting notes

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!

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12 tasting notes

Alas, I have finished this tea. I expected the final set of steepings to be weak since there were so few leaves left, but I accidentally over-steeped it for almost 6 minutes, and it wasn’t bitter. I will miss this tea very much. Truly a damn fine tea.

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