Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Yunnan Black Tea
Flavors
Cocoa, Creamy, Smoke, Tannic, Sweet, Tea, Baked Bread, Biting, Black Pepper, Brown Toast, Cedar, Earth, Fig, Forest Floor, Honey, Oak wood, Thick, Winter Honey, Campfire, Rainforest
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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  • “I love this tea. I love smokey/baked goods-y black teas. I was hoping that I could score another tin with the free shipping promo going on now BUT ALAS. I was tempted to get a back-up Double Knit...” Read full tasting note
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “There was some malt, some black flavor. It was certainly better than the Drunk on Red, for which I was grateful, but there wasn’t much special about it. The blend was very sticky, in that it...” Read full tasting note
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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

While preparing this custom blend of Chinese Yunnan black teas, we discovered this crumpled fragment of a letter addressed to a Mr. C.D. Ward amongst the leaves:

“. . . barely escaped the ancient crystalline city whose vast aggregations of night-black masonry are monstrous perversions of geometrical laws. Amazingly still in possession of a modest reserve of the bizarre leaves which sustained us despite teetering on the brink of gibbering insanity. Once you grasp the extent to which the discovery of these leaves was both sudden and perplexing, how their fullness seemed to absorb us even as we believed ourselves to be the ones consuming them, the nature of our secrecy will seem an act of kindness and caution, and not the result of mere paranoid paralysis. It is a gateway to a forbidden world of untrodden wonder . . .”

Ignoring all rationality, we continued with the blending, our hearts beating like the drums of a forbidden cult. Darkness fell and strange lights appeared in the northern sky. Were they a natural phenomenon? Or the result of the dark brew we steeped?

As you will soon discover, Black Sunshine is a powerful blend of tea. Its strength draws from primordial temple ruins upon cloudy Asian mountaintops, and in its darkness lie the dreams of time.

Warning! As you steep this tea for 5 minutes in boiling water, contemplate not the black abyss that is the emptying tin or suffer unutterable despair!

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I love this tea. I love smokey/baked goods-y black teas. I was hoping that I could score another tin with the free shipping promo going on now BUT ALAS. I was tempted to get a back-up Double Knit Blend but…I haven’t even opened the one I have yet. shrugs

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6940 tasting notes

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.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf8Tda6rmi4&index=13&list=WL

Mastress Alita

My “cupboard” is also a complex, hard to navigate filing system! It is organized, but that organization spans between two kitchen cupboards, one shelving unit in the living room, a set of kitchen drawers, tins across the top of my stove, and a set of drawers located in my bedroom… and all this in a little one bedroom/one living room apartment… I have problems!

derk

The first step is to recognize the problem. The next is to drink the problems away.

tea-sipper

YES, that is exactly it, derk. :D

Todd

Nice song pairing! I like the cherry honey idea. I helped Mastress Alita set up part of that cupboard, and it’s a glorious tea selection to sample from. Like an underground tea shoppe. I also agree with derk.

Roswell Strange

Nearly all of my 600+ teas I keep in the same room – within that room I have a section for ‘cakes’ of tea, then I have two book shelves with all my tins of tea which are sorted by tea type. I have A LOT of samples of things though; so those are sorted into a series of boxes on top of two different desks. One desk has all straight/unscented teas which are then sorted into mini boxes of black tea samples, aged white samples, sheng samples, shou samples, and then green/oolong are together since I have such a small amount of both. Flavoured teas are in boxes of herbal/fruit infusions, rooibos, black tea, white/green together, and then pu’erh/oolong/mate. It’s just hard sometimes finding that ONE SPECIFIC tea – even if I know exactly what box it’s in there could still be 50+ teas in that box…

Also; there are A LOT of good Lucky covers out there Todd but this is probably my second favourite? This is my number one though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Cp55MvX54 Great song!

Mastress Alita

So true, even when I know exactly where a tea will be because I have, say, all flavored black samplers in a specific drawer, that doesn’t change digging through it to find a specific one when there are so many of them, and though I have all my pure greens in a specific spot on my shelving arranged in alphabetical order, I’ll still have to remove a bunch of bags if I need a certain one that just happens to be located near the back…

Basically, no organization system fixes the “too much” problem, heh. :-P

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356 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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There was some malt, some black flavor. It was certainly better than the Drunk on Red, for which I was grateful, but there wasn’t much special about it.

The blend was very sticky, in that it contained a lot of sticks.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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1040 tasting notes

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.

Sil

Heh we miss you lady!

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Group buy with Tea Tiff.

This is a very smooth and somewhat smokey black tea, with a bit of sweetness showing up as it cools. I don’t think I care for the smoke here. I like it better than Octoberfest, but not as well as Tiger Assam, or Red-Tailed Hawk

Flavors: Smoke, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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790 tasting notes

Okay. Revisiting this one. Still not exactly my thing. However, trying the Assam trick of letting it cool a bit before drinking makes it a cup more to my liking. The smoke is still there but blending nicely instead of shouting down everything else like the woodiness. Still not getting a lot of bread from this blend but it will be sufficient to ward off the Elder Gods this weekend.

Sil

love this one.

Nicole

Well, you lemme know when your stash is at acceptable levels. :)

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987 tasting notes

Thanks for sending this as a sample, Lala!

I took the entire sample that she sent me and made a pot to drink this morning. This is rich and malty, and I can see why people like this blend, but I prefer to have blacks that are a bit sweeter/fruitier. This is definitely a good breakfast tea, though.

Lala

You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy the rest of the samples.

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2221 tasting notes

Mmm…

I steeped this with a little extra leaf in a travel mug, and it’s definitely more of a morning tea right now. I also didn’t add anything to it, because I had no milk. (~adds milk to list~) It’s a little honey/sweet potato. A little astringent in a good way. Maybe a tiny bit smoky? IDK. That might be my travel mug or my imagination.

Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Still love this one. Pulled this out today in light of the free shipping coupon. On the upside, i can use it until June, so i can save it up for a purchase in the future where maybe i pick up a limited edition tea + black sunshine. AND i can work on drinking up some of my other teas from DFT (red tailed hawk, keemun, double knit, tiger, holiday, oktoberfest…..) heh

(oh yeah, thanks for putting this in my cupboard again nicole/omgsrsly…going to share some with cavocorax this weekend!)

OMGsrsly

OMG. You have… all their teas? Except the EG?

Sil

I don’t have caravan either at the moment…or the EG yeah

OMGsrsly

The only ones I’ve tried are the ones I have. :D

Sil

Used me a Facebook pm of whatever I have that you haven’t tried. I’ll set some aside

Sil

Wow autocorrect. Send me not used me

OMGsrsly

Everything. :D I have Tiger Assam and Black Sunshine.

Sil

SEND ME FACBEBOOK PM. sheesh. like i’ll remember here…over there i’ve got a little red number to annoy me until i pack them up

tigress_al

Which one is your favourite (since you have almost all of them!)? I wanna order but have never tried any…and shouldn’t order ALL of them lol

Sil

if you’re trying to take advantage of the free ship coupon but don’t mind waiting, i can send you samples when i get my bags in the mail…

tigress_al

You are awesome Sil! I would really appreciate that, so I don’t have to buy ALL THE TEA lol. And I can definitely wait.

Sil

can you send me a PM so that i don’t forget?

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