Review: The Simple Leaf Dawn

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Thumbs up!"This is pretty mild and naturally sweet and I also think that I detect some honey notes along the way. Make no mistake though there is a slightly bitter component to this in the aftertaste, but it is a sweet pleasant bitterness."
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
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dawn.jpg"If you haven't heard about Arunachal Pradesh or Abali before, prepare to be delighted. When we first received this tea, we just had to stare and wonder at these gorgeous, long, hand-rolled orthodox leaves with prominent tips. Simply smelling the aroma from the leaf had us floored before we had even taken our first sip. When brewed, it produced a wonderful mellow, golden liquor that was pleasantly smooth and refreshing." --- The Simple Leaf website.

I just love the Simple Leaf's website--I know I've brought that up before. Being able to know the story behind the tea is awesome and to see pictures of the people and see the estate makes trying tea from the Simple Leaf a great experience. The first thing that you will notice when you see this tea is its unorthodox looking, rolled black leaves. They are very long and wiry, but not exactly like a Ceylon because they are rolled. The aroma coming from my sample package alludes that this cup will have a chocolate or cocoa notes. Having consumed black teas with chocolate notes previously, I do not add any sugar to this as that typically puts these blends over the edge (even for me) in terms of sweetness.

Interestingly, during steep time some of the long, rolled up leaves unfurled and became whole leaves similar to my experiences with oolong. The flavor profile is mild, smooth and chocolaty. This provides an after-taste that reminds me of just having consumed some bittersweet chocolate and it kinda lingers. This is pretty mild and naturally sweet and I also think that I detect some honey notes along the way. Make no mistake though there is a slightly bitter component to this in the aftertaste, but it is a sweet pleasant bitterness.

This is a nice alternative to a 'flavored' tea. I happen to like the prominent bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. I think that folks that like golden monkey and similar cups would be attracted to this. I also sampled a portion of this iced and it was very good. At $13.95 for 4 oz it is reasonably priced and worth your consideration.

— To purchase The Simple Leaf Dawn, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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