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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Grown high in the mountains of Nepal this tea wears faded dungarees and three days of stubble. It loves to talk about the world at elevation while knocking back pints of pale ale. It has no degree — it doesn’t need one. There is nothing it needs to know that can’t be learned from Whitman and Kipling. While the fire dies, after the others have gone home, it tells of its youth: “After the rains ended the air was intoxicating. The views, always dizzying, became more so. I would sit on a favorite rock for hours in the mornings, watching as the mists below receded and gave way to the startling colors of spring. Now, as I search for words to describe the sensation of those days, only one thing compares: falling in love.”

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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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104 tasting notes

I love the look of this tea’s leaves: A nice mix of cocoa, green and gold that just begs to be steeped. The smell of the leaves is on the subtle side, with hints of cocoa and earth. When steeped, it turns a nice caramel color that’s dark enough to imply flavor, but not so dark that it fools you into thinking the taste is going to be stronger than it is. The aroma is equally subtle, with just a bit of spice and a smoky/earthy side to it. I accidentally steeped this one for two minutes too long, so the taste is probably a bit more on the bitter side that it was supposed to be, but even still, it’s very mellow with just a hint of bitterness and spice. Summing it all up: Good tea, but not one that will wow you. Just a solid black tea that’s hard to go wrong with.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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409 tasting notes

This opportunity to try Andrews & Dunham’s Series 1 Nepal is brought to you by – Ricky! Which is great, because that was the one tea I really wanted to try out of series 1.

Others have described the leaves well – large, multicolored – but the liqueur is a lovely shade of amber gold. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and definitely reminding me of last night’s darjeeling blend. My first thought on tasting is – citrus? Orange? Not what I expected from a plain black tea. The “black tea” taste, in fact, is quite faint. There’s a tiny bit of astringency, but certainly not enough to be offputting; it’s growing as the tea cools, though. I think this was better hot.

I didn’t mean to brew this at such a low temp (I just didn’t warm the pot well) but it came out pretty nicely. I would NOT add milk to this one, though honey or a squeeze of citrus would likely go well.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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190 tasting notes

When I first recieved this tea, I tried it out and being a bit new to “real black teas” (versus flavored teas), I was not a fan of it at all. However, this past weekend, I retried it after some time and maybe my palette has changed, but I absolutely loved every sip of this. It was strong, a bit smokey,yet sweet at the same time. Funny thing is, my brother, who I just got to start drinking tea about 1-2 months ago hated this tea and said it tasted like he “just ate dirt”. I wonder if in a few months to a year if he will enjoy this tea as I did months later. :)

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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32 tasting notes

Very…interesting tea. Not quite what I was expecting, but still a tasty tea especially with cookies or biscotti.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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784 tasting notes

This was the last of it. Good stuff, just don’t over steep (3 min. only).

I’m going to be needing series 3 soon!


…love your introduction to the tea…is that from you?


No, I wish. I took it off their Web site.

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197 tasting notes

It’s ok, not worth the hype

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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181 tasting notes

Tea with attitude (and altitude). I like the idea of “Damn Fine Tea.” Damn fine packaging too. This is the first Nepal tea I’ve tasted and it reminds me a lot of a darjeeling I have in my cupboard. The recommended steep time was 3 minutes, and I let it sit about a minute too long…

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10 tasting notes

Don’t overdue the steeping.

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