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Black Tea
Chinese Black Tea, Indian Black Tea
Leather, Smoke, Malt, Spices, Tannin, Wood, Oak, Coffee, Earth, Heavy, Caramel, Fruity, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cedar, Dark Wood, Wheat, Tobacco, Wet Wood, Sweet
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 oz / 285 ml

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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

As much as we love Oktoberfest, it can get a bit hectic with all the trinken and schunkeln and carrying on. We concocted this seasonal blend to provide some peace in the midst of the madness. Our most gemütlich offering, the Verdammt Gute Oktoberfest Blend is a malty blend of black tea that brews up deep orange in the cup, with spicy notes of sweet summer grasses and just a hint of smoke.

Bring your water to a boil and brew this tea for three minutes. Enjoy it in a stein, toast the harvest, share it with friends, then drink some more!


About Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea View company

Andrews & Dunham knows that nothing beats a perfect cup of tea, and a great tea needs no explanation. We love the romance of tea. We love that tea might just be the healthiest thing you’ll ever drink. But if the tea you’re drinking doesn’t taste fantastic, you’re missing out. Only a few teas meet our mysterious, rigorous standards and we’re proud to offer them to you. We’re always looking for that perfect cup, so you don’t have to.

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484 tasting notes

Sample from Tea Tiff. Thank you!

I’ve been wanting to try some A&D teas for a while since I’ve heard lots of people rave about them, but I go through caffeinated teas pretty slowly so I didn’t get around to buying any until Tea Tiff put together a group buy a few months ago. I got an ounce of three teas and Tea Tiff threw in a sample of this as well. It’s definitely unlike any black tea I’ve had before, with a distinct flavor of leather and smoke. I don’t think I particularly care for the leathery flavor, though. Another tea to knock off my wish list, then.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1184 tasting notes

Thanks again Sil for this sample forever ago!
I enjoyed this one but it is a smidge too smoky for me to order a whole tin

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39 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea. Smokey for sure, definitely evokes a fallish feel. I would be happy to see this in a sampler, and might even order a small bag of it. I appreciated the quality of the leaves.

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188 tasting notes

I rarely try blends, can’t get my head around some of the single varietals let alone a blend. This was my sip down for this morning, reaching far in the back of the cupboard and dragging out the days winner. And what a winner it is. Lots of flavors on the tongue, smoke, leather, tobacco, pie crust, and a hint of citrus. Blew my mind. This tea blend, if it becomes available again, is the perfect gift for my close knit tea friends as well as myself.


I loved this one. I am so disappointed that I didn’t buy it. Hopefully it comes back.


Definitely a good purchase when available, looks as though I will be now expanding into more “Damn Fine Tea”.


Double Knit is another fave of mine. Lightly smoked and malty.

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286 tasting notes


Starting my morning with a big ole mug of this one. This is some goooood stuff! So, yeah, really happy that I got to try it, BUT really sad that I didn’t get any :( I missed out on some awesome tea. I really hope they bring this one back.

Malty, sweet, smoked leather. Sound tasty? It is!


Sounds perfect.


Oh, it is :)


Glad you liked this one.


Thanks for including it! YUM!

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134 tasting notes

Received a small sample of this in my Steepster select box a month or two back, and waited to try it until yesterday. As a German-American, I felt really put off by Andrews & Dunham’s asinine marketing that surrounds this tea (as well as all their other teas) so I missed out on a pretty good blend.

Assertive and bold. The sample I had was mostly Indian Assam, with no smoke detectable. Tannin and malt dominate. Very pleasant, but definitely lacking the smokiness which would have added character. I blame this on the small size sample packaged by Steepster who probably didn’t think to blend the tea before packaging. But that is a rant for a different post.

Flavors: Malt, Spices, Tannin

3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

maybe you should write them a note?

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217 tasting notes

So this weekend went nothing like we’d planned… Does anyone else ever have a weekend like that? We started The weekend off with big plans… Cirque Du Solei is in town and we had tickets, Good Friday and Passover fell on the same day for the first time in a long time which meant some series food prep … There aren’t many good Friday meals that also pass as Seder friendy or vice versa and we had plans to backcountry camp Saturday in the Sierra…. Well, the only thing that actually worked the the way we planned was our cirque tickets and I feel like we’ve acomplished nothing this weekend!!


So I’m sitting outside enjoying some calm before the rest of the household wakes up and I’m watching a cheeky little squirrel balance on our fence and stick his head into an orange on our tree to devour it’s insides which is quite funny because hes going to town on it and I’m drinking this tea because I know this can’t go pear shaped on me. Raising my rating as this is something I have fnd myself reaching for quite a bit over the last few weeks… I’m sad to see it go but happy to have another sip down under my belt!

Happy Easter and Passover to all those who celebrate!

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149 tasting notes

I had just enough of this left for one cup, out of the incredibly generous sample that ifjuly sent me in the fall. The smokiness of this tea is absolutely perfect to me. Leather and malty wood, all brewed up in the most glorious colour. I am going to really miss this one.

Flavors: Leather, Malt, Smoke, Wood

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193 tasting notes

Oh man, this is good! I don’t taste any smoke, but that’s okay. This is so malty and sweet and delicious I don’t miss it much at all. Maybe the smoke comes out as it cools, but I sipped this one so quickly I wouldn’t know :) Even steeped at around 3 minutes it’s incredibly bold and flavorful. So delightful. I hope they put this out again next year. I’m totally bummed I missed out on it.

Thanks for the sample Sil!

Flavors: Leather, Malt, Oak, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

yay! glad you enjoyed it…though sad you can’t get your own tin. Boychik said that the winter blend is better than this one even…so there’s that, if you haven’t picked it up…


Holiday blend is sooo good. i need to get one.;)


boychik…better do it fast…gone in a weekish!


Sil, my hubby called from his work yesterday beyond furious and mad when he learn my Novermber20-December20 bill. for some people its 2 years tea budget ;( but its my only joy !


hahahahaha omg boychik. That’s awesome! i mean not awesome that he’s upset but i love that thought

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1118 tasting notes

I don’t have access to my computer at the moment, so I’m attempting to catch up on tasting notes via my phone. I ask your forgiveness ahead of time for all of the autocorrect errors I’m sure I’ll miss. :)

This was my morning cup. It was heavy and filled with malt and earthy notes along with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. So basically it was awesome.

I know this was a limited edition tea, but I’m really hoping A&D will reblend it next year. This is an excellent fall/winter tea!


I loved this one! Tippy’s Early Bird is pretty close.


That’s good to know! I don’t think I’ve tried anything from Tippy’s yet, so I’ll have to check them out.

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