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  • “It was sooooo hot in my office today that I couldn’t make any tea! It was so bad that I even gave up eating half way into my breakfast, and only took a few half hearted bites of my lunch. Even the...” Read full tasting note
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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Legendary throughout the Northern Circuit, Big Thomas, The Breeze from the Mountain, is twice a champion bare-fisted tree-puncher. He did, in fact, earn his first title before becoming aware that he was involved in a contest, so great is his impatience with obstacles be they festooned in leaf or adorned in hide. Watch as Thomas boils with rage! Marvel at his great brawn! See with your very own eyes that none can withstand more than four minutes of his brutal attention!

Andrews & Dunham recommend that the brewing of this black tea from India be performed by inserting the leaves into freshly boiled water for a duration of exactly four minutes. A hasty preparation will yield a pale and gutless liquor. A more prolonged duration invites bitterness.

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Andrews & Dunham knows that nothing beats a perfect cup of tea, and a great tea needs no explanation. We love the romance of tea. We love that tea might just be the healthiest thing you’ll ever drink. But if the tea you’re drinking doesn’t taste fantastic, you’re missing out. Only a few teas meet our mysterious, rigorous standards and we’re proud to offer them to you. We’re always looking for that perfect cup, so you don’t have to.

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I was looking for a classic black tea this morning and I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to reach for more than my tin of Thomas Sampson. The earthy, smokey, mineraly flavor is a perfect pick-me-up in the morning, and the dark color and smokey aroma add to the overall appeal. There’s also just enough bitterness to give the flavor some bite without overpowering the other flavors, and it lingers on your tongue and lets you savor the experience. Great stuff!

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Truly, this is Damn Fine Tea.

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That’s a damn fine tasting log. With so many people enjoying this series, I’ll definitely have to pick it up when it drops closer to 10 sets remaining.


Haha. Truthfully, I was ate oatmeal with my tea today, so I didn’t pay enough attention to give it a good tasting note. All I knew at the end was that it was really good tea! :)


I miss Thomas. My pantry is lonely without him. ::sniff::

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121 tasting notes

The leaves for this black tea are twisted and curled roughly 1/16 inch in length and a brown-black hue with occasional lighter (as in whiter) leaves mixed in. I did not see any buds or stems.

The aroma is hayish with light toasty notes when dry and sweeter, like peaches after steeping. The liquor is a very dark amber and produced a malty aroma with peach notes and hints of honeysuckle.

On the palate though, the flavor is more subdued. There’s a minimal drying of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Some astringency and pucker finds its way into the mix with notes of peach and maybe nectarine and a malty texture in the finish.

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175 tasting notes

When people ask me what I’m drinking I feel weird replying with a person’s name.

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Haha yeah… weird factor…

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181 tasting notes

I usually go for Chinese black teas in the morning (unless it’s chai) but out of the A&D Series Two showdown, I think I’d give the title belt to Thomas. I wish this had a little bit more natural sweetness, though I could see it as something that holds up well with a little milk and sugar.

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328 tasting notes

Count me in, I am now in Thomas’ corner! Coppery-colored infusion with the cocoa-y, bake-y, malty flavors as others have described. Thomas arrives with a slow, smooth swagger, but leaves with a bit of a punch of astringent finish just to remind you that he was here. I look forward to spending time with him again!

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80 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this fiesty tea. While the can says 4 minutes I admit to leaving the little punk in my french press until I got around to a second cup and failed to find him bitter at all. Loved it with milk and honey… totally spoiled.

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50 tasting notes

Running low on this one… Fantastic wake up tea – with a little mint and some stevia.

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94 tasting notes

This blend tastes to me like your average English Breakfast blend, but it’s saved from mediocrity by this delicious syrupy sweet note. Still, I’m pretty disappointed by A&D’s Series 2 set so far…so expensive, and not that tasty. Sigh.

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99 tasting notes

It has been a tragically long time since I’ve had Thomas! I kept meaning to bring him to work with me, and then forgetting. I’m sorry, Thomas!!

Mmm. This was a tasty decision. :)

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