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Managed to cram in a mug of this before heading off for work today.
I’ll be honest, the reason I was drawn to this tea really has little to do with the tea itself at all; I just think the art on the tin is GORGEOUS. A&D basically always nails their tin art, but this might just be my favourite tin they’ve ever produced…
The tea itself is nice though; I’ve definitely had lots of Chinese green tea and compared to Japanese greens I far prefer the former. I’m not 100% sure how much of those Chinese greens have actually come from Yunnan though? I’m guessing not a whole lot. So, that does make this farily interesting as an actual tea too. My experience with it this morning was that I found it to be surprisingly full bodied with a very well defined vegetal green bean/edamame body quality and very faint nutty undertones and hints of smoke. Nor sure if I’d call it “otherworldly” but it was pleasant enough for a green tea.
Wouldn’t go out of my way to drink this (I prefer a much lighter, sweeter green profile) but there’s totally nothing wrong with it either.
This was a surprise! The go-to flavor for holiday blends seems to be spiced orange. This one definitely has some spice to it, but no citrus that I could detect. Instead, lots of malty black tea flavor and a bit of smokiness which blended nicely with the spice blend. A bit overpowering on its own, but quite delightful with a splash of milk!
Flavors: Clove, Malt, Nutmeg, Smoke
I enjoyed this one! The flavor is surprisingly light for an Assam: sweet and smooth and fruity with just a touch of astringency. If I didn’t already have so many good straight black teas in my cupboard at the moment, I probably would have held on to this one. Hopefully it will find a good home with someone else as the box continues on its way!
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet
I’m not sure which of the two assams by this company is the one that I’m sampling from a traveling tea box, so I’m taking a guess that it is this one based on description. It’s an assam. It makes for an ok cup with some cream, but really isn’t seeming that fantastic. I’m keeping in mind that I have no idea the age of this tea… it could be quite old for all I know, but my impression is “eh”.
hmm, I’m not sure what all the hype is about. I liked the smooth and malty flavours/mouthfeel here, but it isn’t the best Assam I’ve had. It was good, but lacked the
undertones of baked bread and overwhelming creaminess that I associate with a really good Assam.
Thanks to the Travelling Tea Box I recieved this evening, I will be trying a lot of caffeinated teas today.
LPT: This makes the best latte ever using vanilla soy milk. Try it, it’s REALLY creamy.
So this is an interesting blend of Yunnan black tea and Indian black tea. I found it had a great malty flavour and tasted a lot like a Christmas blend. Rich, notes of spices (clove), something fruity, and a slight sweetness.
Flavors: Clove, Fruity, Malt, Spices
Another one that someone requested get added to the Discovery Tea Box that I felt like I should revisit while I had it pulled out of my cupboard and super accessible. I realize I’m making my cupboard sound like some sort of complex, hard to navigate filing system but, well, it kind of is!?
I should drink this one more often though; it’s really full bodied and flavourful which I know describes a lot of straight black teas – or at least a lot of the straight blacks that I own in larger amounts. But, in addition to that it’s also nice and sweet. Lots and lots of natural chocolate notes, but then also a really nice handful of other notes like oak wood, cinnamon, and allspice. I added a little cherry infused honey into this cup also, and that really mild hint of sweet cherry added this excellent little undertone of fruit flavour to what is normally a darker, more decadent leaning profile. Plus, with how chocolate-y this tea tastes I think cherry is a REALLY good pairing flavour.
Love, love, love the Lovecraftian horror sort of marketing spin on this one; Damn Fine tea always nails their marketing, and the imagery on their tins is exquisite in and of itself. I’ll be honest, the tea sounded pretty good to me but the final straw in deciding to get it was 100% that tin…
I’ll try this Western and Gong Fu before deciding how I’ll be consuming the bulk of this tin – but I’m starting Western for my tasting because it’s just far more convenient for me/I can do it at work. It’s pretty good – damn smooth, that’s for sure. Flavour notes are a solid mix of malt, honey, baked bread, cocoa, and sweet potato with touches of woody/earthy undertone. Emphasis on the baked bread aspects, though! Really rich, thick velvety mouthfeel and good lingering presence of sweetness in the finish.
I’m certainly feeling it – and it makes me very excited to Gong Fu potential. Even if that doesn’t go well, though, I think this will make a very nice casual/daily drinker that still had well defined flavour/profile and doesn’t need any additives.
Delicious Yunnan black concoction with perhaps a bit of the Darjeeling peeking through. The Ceylon in this cup totally hid behind the Yunnan, or perhaps that’s all the dry leaf my teaspoon picked up. Or maybe my travel mug tampered with things as I was on the go all day. Ok, ok, it was only four hours but it felt like all day. Damn delicious.
Thank you for the share, Sil, and for giving me enough in the sample to have more of this at home in a proper cup or at least not covered up in a thermos-like container: like the context nature intended tea to be drunk in. Preferably wearing flannel pyjamas.
And hurray that the notice feature appears to be fixed! Yay! Thank you, Jason! We appreciate you.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate
I reached for this as tea of the morning after a hectic day of running. Thankfully, my health has been accommodating the past few days for which I am so grateful. Hectic days are not usually within my capacity, so truly truly truly yay!
The first sip of this tea hits you with a kapow, followed up with the bready smoothness. Nice malty scent rises from my cup as I inhale the deliciousness. Delightful.
Thank you for the sample, Sil.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Black Currant, Malt
Mmm, yeah. I started my day with this punchy tea. Malt with all capitals, but also a raisin or prune sweetness and intensity. A slight bit of dryness post-sip but a bit of honey too. I am very much enjoying this cup of goodness. It seems to be waking up cells that have been inert for a long while. Happily, I gave this one a brief steep, like two minutes. I suspect more steeping would not augur well. That said, I am adding this one to my shopping list because wow: damn fine tea.
I drank a charcoal roast oolong the other day and enjoyed it with chocolate. I am prolonging this ritual here. Chocolate and tea can be an awesome thing.
Thank you, Sil, for adding this one to the box.
Flavors: Malt, Raisins
Thanks for deleting my note, Steepster. That was really awesome of you. Let’s see if I can recount what I was saying.
Didn’t drink any green this morning and rhinkle came in earlier than usual, so we opted for hong for our morning tea session together. I don’t usually feel well if I try drinking them in the same day.
This was a single 7g sample that I got from someone—I no longer remember who it was—and tossed it all into the gaiwan. First steep smelled immediately of cocoa and yielded a nice, deep red liquor. The taste was of rich, earthy cocoa with just a bit of a tannic bite and the slightest bit of acidity.
The flavor deepens in the second steep, and letting it cool results in a much smoother flavor and texture, almost as if it has a creaminess. I get hints of smoke, as well. Steeped and sipped on this one on and off over a few hours. It was enjoyable.
Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Smoke, Tannic
I’ve had this sitting in my cupboard for a while. Been occupied with drinking pu’er and oolong as of late, so my small collection of black teas has been somewhat sadly neglected.
Anyway, had a cup of this with breakfast a few days back. Didn’t take any detailed tasting notes but the smoke note has faded from what I remember. Sweet, smooth. Definitely need to finish this one up soon though, it’s lost a fair amount of its original flavour.
OMG….. this tea wasn’t even in my cupboard. That means I haven’t updated it in forever. Shouldn’t really be surprised, the last tasting note I wrote was when I was in San Francisco -sorry Steepster I’ve been ignoring you.
This isn’t my favourite A&D blend but it’s nice. It’s a little too light and bright for me. Normally prefer something a little darker and smoother. Not getting much of the smoke that others are mentioning. I do think there is some fruity, grape something in here. For my tastes this is good not great.
Finally digging into my Andrews & Dunham stash. Again, trying to anti-gollum my teas. It pairs well with the “french toast” overnight oats I’m having for breakfast. I’ve never had overnight oats before…and I think I like it? Like oatmeal, I struggle with the texture though it tasted good. The tea seems perkier with the sweetness that was left in my mouth from the oats (there’s banana, vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon in it). I look forward to several more steeps. NE