Eggh. Wow. I really wanted to love this one. A gorgeous color in the cup, but just unfortunate. I’ll give it a 70 because I’ve really enjoyed the other Arthur Dove teas and know he was going for something here. I paid the admission fee, I just didn’t dig the exhibition.
It smells really fascinating. Earthy and of course smoky with that Lapsang Souchong, but boy it is funky in the cup. I think the addition of the beetroot with the licorice might’ve tipped things to the medicinal. My husband HATED it — pretty much consigned it to the never list. I tend to be a bit more adventuresome when it comes to tea, but this one just went further beyond the bounds. It’s just too cloying in those offnotes, like something soured sweet.

Flavors: Medicinal, Musty, Sour, Sweet

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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Writer and visual artist. Major espresso guy but have moved back to tea after many years “away.” I enjoy both black teas and herbals.
I live in Washington DC with my husband of 8 years (tho been together 20) and our beloved old dog. Originally from Texas and have lived in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and Illinois before arriving in the Mid-Atlantic. Having been the beneficiary of the reviews and insights of other Steepsters, I figured I’d put down my own impressions on teas. Also love adding new teas as a way of thanking teamakers for putting their wares out into the world.


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