drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
1015 tasting notes

I’ve been continually playing with this tea in an attempt to either persuade myself that I don’t need to order more or to convince myself that it is worth the money. I tried for a 3rd infusion today…on a black tea. I let the tea steep for around 10 minutes which resulted in a very light tea and cocoa flavor. It definitely had some flavor and is impressive that it tasted okay and not bitter at the 3rd infusion, but it isn’t an infusion that I will probably do again.

Its strange, I had this tea yesterday and I swear it was like the best thing I had ever tasted. I had it again today and it was good, but not amazing. Maybe it is because I started yesterday with a hardier black tea before moving to Dawn. I think that perhaps it is hard for me to taste all the nuances of this tea without being properly caffeinated and awake. I will be having this again tomorrow (I’ve limited myself to one infusion series per day of this tea) and will try it after my breakfast tea to see if the amazing feeling from drinking this returns. If it does, I promise that I will have to keep this tea around.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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