drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
18 tasting notes

I’m going to just rip off the band-aid: I think this one was over-hyped.
OK, I guess I’m just weird. Everyone else thinks it is the most amazing tea ever…I don’t. It’s not bad, just not teagasmic. I get the pre-brew smells. Yup, Chocolate in abundance. Trouble is, it just doesn’t come through on the steep for me. There have been several descriptions of the taste, but for me the thing it tastes most like is…ready?…boiled peanut shells. That’s not necessarily bad, and I love boiled peanuts, but maybe not in my morning tea. I mixed some Dawn with some Assam, and I thought it was infinitely better. As expensive as it was with shipping, I probably will not order more. Nomex suit is donned; fire away!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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My ratings mean this:
100-90 – Treat tea. Stuff that I consider the best.
89-75 – Stuff I want to have on-hand always.
74-50 – Decent but not outstanding. Probably won’t buy more.
49-30 – Below average. Definitely won’t buy again.
29-0 – I can’t finish the cup.



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