Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: this tea is no longer available, sorry!
You grew up next door to this tea. It would sit on the porch, talking on the cordless phone, and despite its old sweats and unkempt hair you had a hard time taking your eyes off it while you mowed the lawn. Your trips down the block to the mailbox had to be perfectly timed. You grew up, moved away, and made a name for yourself but every now and then a song surfaces on the random shuffle and it all comes back. A Google search yields nothing.
I’m not big on unflavored Ceylon tea. I have nothing against an unflavored Ceylon tea, exactly, except that they’re rather … ordinary. For me, when I think of Ceylon tea, I think of the tea that is used in flavored tea blends. It is the most widely used for flavored blends because it has a mellow, calm tone to it which allows the flavor to really come through in the blend without the strong tea flavor interfering with it. Most Ceylon teas are good, tasty teas with a pleasant character to them, but they are just … ordinary, and when I drink an unflavored black tea, I want something a little more than just a Ceylon tea.
Occasionally, I will find an unflavored Ceylon tea that really surprises me with its depth of flavor. Like this Ceylon from Andrews & Dunham’s Damn Fine Tea. Wow!
I can taste layers of fruit and nutty flavors, as well as a deep woodsy flavor. There is even a hint of smoke in the flavor that is very subtle. A very enjoyable honey-like sweetness that is completely irresistible to this tea lover! This is the kind of Ceylon that makes me rethink my attitude toward Ceylon teas – I would love to drink this every day!
Unfortunately, I cannot. This tea was part of the first series that Andrews & Dunham released, and it has, regrettably, sold out. I was lucky enough to find a tea friend that was willing to share a small sampling of this tea with me so I could try it, and I’m so grateful I had that opportunity.
This tea is sweet and soothing, calming and relaxing… and absolutely delightful. I love it!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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