Over the past few days, I have enjoy multiple cups of Dawn, my latest acquisition in the search for new teas. Typically not an avid black tea drinker, I was intrigued by the possibilities of this tea from India. After many cups I was finally ready to write a review. Let’s talk tea…
Composition: Indian Black Tea from the Abali Estate in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Dry Visual: Unexpectedly long and twisted dark brown almost black leaves with a surprising creamy tip visible on random leaves. I have never seen such long tea leaves in black tea. Thanks to The Simple Leaf for the picture.
Dry Aroma: The first time I smelled Dawn I was amazed by its delicious chocolate scent. Multiple inhalations later I refined my comparison to that of dark chocolate or cocoa beans.
Flavor: Once again, I have been converted. I have been known for saying, “I really prefer to only drink flavored black teas”. My favorites being Cream Flavored Earl Grey and a variety of chai teas. However, I must admit, Dawn blew me away. A very mild black tea with a natural sweetness requiring no sweetener at all. After several cups, Dawn leaves a slight aftertaste reminiscent of the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate. If over-brewed Dawn becomes astringent – so take my advice and don’t over-brew.
Liquor: A golden color, with red undertones. If brewed longer than recommended, Dawn begins to take on a reddish hue.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 5 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: The Simple Leaf
I would love to hear from avid black tea drinkers who have enjoyed a cup of Dawn. How would you rate the taste of Dawn to your favorite black tea experience?