Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Damn Fine Tea
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I am a huge fan of Damn Fine Tea. I get all excited when I see that they’ve introduced a new blend or a limited edition series. So, when they introduced this Double Knit Blend last year, I knew that it would eventually become part of my tea stash.
And this is definitely a worthwhile tea to add to your stash too. It is excellent! Or, maybe I should say its swell? (or insert your favorite nerd word there)
One of the things that I love about Damn Fine Tea is that they pay attention to the small details. Their air-tight tins are beautifully decorated, and they usually include a little something extra … a little freebie gift with the tea. For this tea, I received a little black comb – just like the comb you would find in your favorite nerd’s shirt pocket back in high school. You know what I’m talking about, right? The comb that was stashed behind the pocket protector. I laughed when I opened my package and found the comb. A perfect gift with this tea.
But, as with any tea company, these details don’t mean a whole lot if the tea isn’t good. Fortunately, Damn Fine Tea is true to its name – their teas are DAMN FINE indeed! This blend is deliciously robust, but there is a certain crispness to it too. It doesn’t taste heavy … but it has enough gusto to it to get someone going in the morning if you need that extra push.
There is a touch of smokiness to this cup … not a strong smoked tone, in fact, I don’t notice it until after the first few sips. It adds a nice contrast to the sweet notes. A nice, subtle earthiness. I find this to be a masculine tea … not a lot of floral notes or sweet, fruity tones … instead, it is nicely round, with notes of earth, a sweet, caramel undertone, a hint of malt, and touches of smoke. Very pleasant.
These characteristics typically would be demonstrative of a heavier tasting tea – something very rich and thick … but, I don’t find this to be a very heavy tea. It is full-bodied, certainly, but, it doesn’t have a really thick presence to it. There is a certain crispness to it – it is bright and offers just a little bit of lightness to the cup … as if there might be some Darjeeling in the blend. Not a lot … just enough to lighten the cup up enough to keep it from overwhelming the palate with its presence.
This tea is just another example of why I love Damn Fine Tea so much!
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!