I’ve found some of my favorite purveyors of teas are the smaller companies. The ones who have unique packaging and play with their descriptions a bit. This Thomas Sampson Indian black tea from Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea shows me why it’s called the “Breeze from the Mountain.”
|Company||Andrews & Dunham
Damn Fine Tea
|Blend Name||Thomas Sampson|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Package Type||Loose in Tin|
|Price per Package||$22 USD for Two Tins|
|Quantity||~ 2.5oz x2|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
I like orthodox black teas. They come with their own nuances and flavor profiles unaltered for the masses. There’s something more unique about benig plain which I seem to have an appreciation for.
The leaves for this black tea are twisted and curled roughly 1/16 inch in length and a brown-black hue with occasional lighter (as in whiter) leaves mixed in. I did not see any buds or stems.
The aroma is hayish with light toasty notes when dry and sweeter, like peaches after steeping. The liquor is a very dark amber and produced a malty aroma with peach notes and hints of honeysuckle.
On the palate though, the flavor is more subdued. There’s a minimal drying of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Some astringency and pucker finds its way into the mix with notes of peach and maybe nectarine and a malty texture in the finish.
I would recommend this tea to fans of Assam teas, Darjeeling teas (primarily Summer or Autumnal), African and Sri Lankan orthodox black teas and iced teas.