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drank Moroccan Nights by Dominion Tea
1886 tasting notes

My sister didn’t like this tea, so she passed it along to me. I made myself a small cup, expecting not to like it either since it’s mostly made of rose. It’s definitely present, but I didn’t notice the sour weirdness too much in the first cup. I had this cold, and it was just light and herbaceous. The rose caught up with me on my second cup. The sourness wasn’t very pleasant, so I don’t think I’ll have another cup.

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I bought this tea from a local tea shop because I feel guilty for purchasing almost all of my teas online. Local tea shops have a hard time and if tea drinkers like myself will not buy teas there once in a while they will sadly completely disappear.

This tea is probably the one that Arbor Tea sells as its Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea. It is grown by a cooperative in North Vietnam.

It’s interesting. Has a nice dry leaf smell of honey, raspberries and ripe blackberries. If you brew it for shorter periods it tastes like a decent Yunnan, with a fairly typical honey, chocolate, malt and berry profile – but with an additional kick of body and bitterness reminiscent of Indian Assams. If you steep it for longer (or use more leaf, which worked better for me) it becomes much more like an Indian Assam enriched by the dianhong notes. Or you can go for something in between of those two extremes. By adjusting the steeping time and the amount of water you can get at least three different teas out of it. Does not resteep well, unfortunately.

It’s a robust tea, the Yunnan palette is not very complex but clean it blends well. A breakfast tea. If anyone is looking for something in between assams and dianhongs this is a tea for you. I liked it.

Flavors: Bitter, Blackberry, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Raspberry

Mastress Alita

Mmm, I tend to like Vietnamese blacks.


Yeah, I am intrigued by them as well – planning to hit Hatvala hard and explore in depth.

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drank Nilgiri by Dominion Tea
226 tasting notes

I am still on the lookout for a good Nilgiri after the three quite unremarkable ones that I previously tried. This one from Dominion Tea is the first Nilgiri that at least has some character and interest.

It has large attractive leaves with a pleasant smell when dry. The tea itself is also aromatic with earth, flower and tropical fruit notes. The taste largely mirrors the aroma with some unavoidable Assamica bite. The aroma and taste hold well after several steepings. Overall, not a bad tea for someone who digs Indian teas (which I am mostly not).

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Tropical, Vanilla

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drank Blackcurrant by Dominion Tea
19 tasting notes

Loose-leaf tea with a tremendously boozy odor. I say this with sincerity that alcoholics may want to avoid.

Brewed tea looses the strong odor and has good blackcurrant flavor. This tea has lately become a favored morning brew.

Flavors: Black Currant

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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