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  • “Backlogging. Sunday the 19th = my 30th birthday!! Happy birthday to me! Out for a fancy dinner, dessert, and drinkies the night before with my two best girl friends, I wasn't feeling the...” Read full tasting note
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    chrine 545 tasting notes
  • “Well, since today has officially been dubbed Unofficial Ceylon Day, I thought it time to pull this one out again. Typically, Ceylon just doesn’t do it for me but Teas Etc’s Ceylon has made me...” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “Wow my best friend's wedding last night turned out perfect! We all had so much fun! Now its the morning after and I'm enjoying a mug of Ceylon. Delicious. The milk rounded the Ceylon pretty...” Read full tasting note
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    oOTeaOo 1569 tasting notes
  • “Auggy! Thanks! You are awesome! This is the first time I have been able to sample this tea thanks to you!!!! I really like it! It suggests 'brewing' strong and that's usually the way I like...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes

From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

You grew up next door to this tea. It would sit on the porch, talking on the cordless phone, and despite its old sweats and unkempt hair you had a hard time taking your eyes off it while you mowed the lawn. Your trips down the block to the mailbox had to be perfectly timed. You grew up, moved away, and made a name for yourself but every now and then a song surfaces on the random shuffle and it all comes back. A Google search yields nothing.

We like this black Ceylon tea best when it’s brewed a little strong. Heat your water to a roaring boil and use a heaping teaspoon of tea for each cup. Let it steep for up to 4 minutes. This tea is great with milk and sugar, if that’s what you’re into.

About Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea View company

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

Backlogging. Sunday the 19th = my 30th birthday!! Happy birthday to me!

Out for a fancy dinner, dessert, and drinkies the night before with my two best girl friends, I wasn’t feeling the greatest the next morning. So a plain Ceylon for me was tasty and soothing. I had been planning on drinking something special but felt I should save it for when I was feeling better and better able to enjoy it. This Ceylon has always reminded me of a nicer, better quality version of the standard black bagged teas my dad used to make me when I was sick. Just one steep with a bowl of cereal with raspberries and almond milk.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Caitlin

Happy belated birthday! Also I love almond milk in cereal its so yummy!

LiberTEAS

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a nice day on Sunday!

inguna

Happy Birthday!

Stephanie

Happy Birthday, fellow Virgo! :)

LadyLondonderry

Happy birthday! Yours is two days after mine.:)

Azure Luna

yes have a wonderful birthday!!! 5 day till my daughters XD

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks everybody!! It’s been pretty good being 30 so far. =)

Caitlin ~~ I just recently discovered almond milk and I am loving it. I made stovetop chai with it this morning (tealog to come, but not tonight).

LiberTeas ~~ We celebrated for 3 days (3 for 30!!). On Sunday, my mom cooked. A roasted garlic and rosemary leg of lamb, herb roasted potatoes, cold salads (dill pea, Moroccan carrot, cranberry zucchini, and Waldorf). And drinkies, of course. My fav cake for dessert – four thick spongy layers with a Kahlua and Frangelico bath, two with cream filling and one with chocolate, and dark chocolate frosting.

Steph, LL, and Azure ~~ Go Virgos! My cousin Matt’s birthday is the same day as yours, LL. My b-i-l’s birday is two days after mine.

Caitlin

Wow that cake sounds amazing! It also sounds like it would go good with a cup of plain black tea – mmmm. Also I have never made chai with almond milk but I have to try that! Its awesome in smoothies!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Oddly, I do not like the texture of it in smoothies. Although, I find milk, yogurt, and soy milk to be fine.

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911 tasting notes

Well, since today has officially been dubbed Unofficial Ceylon Day, I thought it time to pull this one out again. Typically, Ceylon just doesn’t do it for me but Teas Etc’s Ceylon has made me rethink my fairly anti-Ceylon view. So I thought it was time to revisit the only other Ceylon in my pantry. And the fact that it will lead to an additional decupboarding is just a bonus.

Yeah, still just not really feeling it. It doesn’t have the sweetness Teas Etc’s does, or the malty-esque notes. There’s a hint of fruity in it but it is overpowered by something that is akin to bitterness or tartness but is not quite there. A mild sourness perhaps? Maybe a nutty sourness? Something like that. Whatever it is it makes me think that this tea needs a little sugar and milk to taste properly balanced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
sophistre

I like their Ceylon, too! It reminds me a lot of Sinharaja, honestly. I think the good Ceylons I’ve tried all seem to have a little bit of that berry-molasses quality that reminds me of Assams.

sophistre

The Ceylon from Teas Etc., that is. >.>

Auggy

Ah! I had forgotten that Sinharaja was a Ceylon! I have that in my pantry, too. Well, I suppose those are two Ceylons that make me rethink my anti-Ceylon view. So yes, I totally agree – those are two that do it right.

threewhales

Ah! Sinharaja. Probably my favorite all time tea:)

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1569 tasting notes

Wow my best friend’s wedding last night turned out perfect! We all had so much fun! Now its the morning after and I’m enjoying a mug of Ceylon. Delicious. The milk rounded the Ceylon pretty well.

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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6770 tasting notes

Auggy! Thanks! You are awesome! This is the first time I have been able to sample this tea thanks to you!!!! I really like it! It suggests ‘brewing’ strong and that’s usually the way I like it! This fit the bill and certainly made my morning a little less stressful. It’s not much for scent but with a nice mouth watering taste like this I will certainly let it slide!!!! Thanks again!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Yay! You’re welcome! I’m glad it made your morning happier!

TeaEqualsBliss

Seriously…you don’t know what I’ve been thru!!! LOL – Thanks again!

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1112 tasting notes

Another Traveling Teabox Tea!!!!

I can most assuredly say that Andrews and Dunham make no false claims. This is truly a Damn Fine Tea! Smooth and delicious! A classic ceylon taste only a million times better.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Sad story: My husband was really loving this tea, and he put it down for a moment and the remote control to our projector (we have a projector and a playstation to watch movies – no television – I hate television! But I digress) slipped and fell INTO HIS TEA!!!!! Now, not only is the remote not working and his cup of tea ruined, BUT I HAD TO SHARE!! Since I had such a clutchy reaction to this tea, I think I have to look into getting some more DFT :) I know series one is long gone, but series two looks pretty fantastic too…

JacquelineM

Happy story: I just ordered series two :) My tea budget for the month is history (I also found and bought Marco Polo from Mariage Freres yesterday and ordered the GM sampler earlier in the week) and it’s only Feb 6th! What a spendthrift!

takgoti

I think this site has made controlling the tea budget a very real problem for most of us. Sorry to hear about your remote! Any luck getting it to work now that it’s had time to dry out?

JacquelineM

No luck yet. We tried it this morning. It’s resting on a napkin and we’ll try it again tonight. And yeah – it’s rough! I wear my clothes for years, shoes til they have holes, I don’t go to expensive dinners or out on the town, but put a tin of tea in front of me and I lose all self control! Same with books and art supplies :)

Ricky

Yeah Andrews & Dunham’s whole limited quantity thing and amazing tea labels really makes you want to grab a set before it’s all gone. I’m tempted to get series 2 even though I don’t even like black tea much. I guess I’ll see how the Yunann is when it arrives =P I’ve been monitoring series 2 for a while and it’s still at a steady 30-40 sets =P

Ricky

Don’t beat me to the last set!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’m not the only one monitoring it, it seems. =) I got #15 of Series 5.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

lol I was revising my comment. My bad.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I plan to order when it gets around 20-25.

Ricky

I’m gong to take a risk and decide if I want it when it drops under 20 =P I’m not so sure about series 3 though.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

There’s still lots of Series 3 left though. So there is plenty of time to think about it.

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1527 tasting notes

De-cupboarding another one. In a way it’s a shame that these are limited edition teas, because I wouldn’t say no to more of this one. It’s been serving as my morning wake-up call for quite awhile so I’ll need to find something else to replace it with. Adios amigo.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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260 tasting notes

Smoky
Caramel
Honey
Bitter
Thick
Chocolate
Cocoa

These are some components that I have found in unflavored black teas. If you stripped them from all of their respective counterparts, I’m pretty sure that Ceylon is what you’d be left with. It tastes like black tea without the cool stuff.

And yet, there’s something really compelling about it. It’s plain, yes, but it’s comfortable. It’s familiar. And it’s smooth, smooth, smooth.

This tea is Doug Funny.

Chik-a-pa chik-a-pa chik-a-pa boo-shwaaaaaah.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

LOVE DOUG. I’ve seen every single episode, and my favorite is when Pattie briefly holds his hand. And then he refuses to wash it for a month. I’m not talking about ABC Doug, though. Cause that was an abomination. And yeah, Ceylon is totes “default” tea.

takgoti

Every now and then my friends and I will bust out a little “Killer Tofu” or “Bangin’ on a Trashcan.” Hehe. And yes, I completely agree about ABC Doug. It was all just so…not the same.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I remember Doug! From Nickelodeon.

takgoti

Doug is the shizz. I am not ashamed to admit that I downloaded Season 1 from iTunes.

TeaEqualsBliss

It seems I am unable to send you on PM Takgoti…hum…bummer…and you are on my follow list too…odd…

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1196 tasting notes

First time for this one. I completely missed out on A&D series 1, but later decided that it didn’t really matter since I wasn’t a very big fan of any of the teas in it. Dragonwell has a funny mushy fishy flavour that I only in rare occassions can appreciate, the Himalayans don’t really produce tea at all that suits my particular taste, it’s all rather too Darjeeling-y and I hadn’t had all that good luck with Ceylons either.

In the recent box of hugeness, however, there was a Kenilworth Ceylon from SBS that to my surprise I’ve discovered is really very nice. Fruity and interesting and not at all like the somewhat astringent and stuffy Ceylons I new from before. Bit like an Uva Highlands I had once in the days of yore. I think it was from Chaplon. It was lovely, but no Uva Highlands sample I’ve had since have been able to live up to that. It must have been a remarkably good year that particular year.

So yeah, my interest in Ceylons, which previously occupied the smallest of places, has been poked and prodded by that Kenilworth from SBS, and now I’m thinking if I should perhaps explore it a bit further. Nothing But Tea definitely have a wide Ceylon selection, I’ve had samples from them, but I’m thinking I should possibly do another Ceylon sample set with my next order and have a closer look.

This particular one, I have good expectations of. It’s hard not to considering the company, which is one I’ve had some very good experiences with. And the name of said company.

The dry leaves have a rich aroma with leathery tobacco-y notes and a little fruity and wooden as well. After steeping it’s very sweet and malty, but also a bit spicy and with a somewhat grassy note that took me by surprise. What’s that doing in here?

The flavour, at very first sip, strikes me as unremarkable. Second sip is much the same. Several sips later, nothing has changed. There isn’t really anything in here, it’s just tea-flavoured tea. I can’t find anything special about, nothing even semi-unique.

It’s just tea.

This is the tea for when you don’t really have much time to pay attention to it. It’s the tea to sustain yourself while doing some sort of mindlessly dull chore. It’s for when you have to get up at silly o’clock and can’t taste anything anyway.

I’m ambivalent about this. On the one hand it just goes to show that I was right not to bother being annoyed that I missed out on S1. On the other hand I’m feeling quite let down by my own expectations. It’s not a bad tea at all. It’s just interesting how remarkably uninteresting it is.

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4231 tasting notes

Another A&D sampling courtesy of Jillian – thank you Jillian, I really appreciate it!

This is a really nice Ceylon. Very smooth with a natural sweetness that is very pleasant to enjoy this morning. I am really glad that I decided to reach for this tea today!

Thanks again to Jillian for letting me try this – I am so very glad I was able to try it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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104 tasting notes

Smooth taste with just a hint of smokey flavor, wonderful aroma and a dark, golden brown color. What’s not to love?

Ceylon has a great/traditional black tea flavor that just won’t quit. It’s strong, but not overpowering, with hints of smoke, gunpowder and minerals. The aftertaste is smooth, with just enough of a bitter bite to remind you that you’re drinking black tea, but not so much that you need to balance it with milk or sugar. (Unless that’s the way you prefer it.)

The aroma complements the taste nicely, and adds to the smokiness that I love so much in this tea. It’s not super strong, but it’s there when you need it.

Definitely a winner if you’re looking for a mid-afternoon black tea to sip on.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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