Red-Tailed Hawk

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Brand:Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Teas
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:India
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Red-Tailed Hawk

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 16, 2014

Commercial Description

The Red-Tailed Hawk is a blend of bright, delicious teas from the mountains of India. We like to brew it for a little less than 3 minutes in boiling water for a smooth, fragrant cup. Brew it a little longer for more briskness.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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First off, I need to comment on the red-tail description at Andrew & Dunham's website - love the sense of humor guys! I don't think I'll be hugging a red-tail hawk anytime soon...

Normally I'm not a fan of blended tea, so I was surprised to like this one so much. I especially love the richness of the tea and that I can resteep it without much loss of flavor. I've been able to brew two cups at a time.

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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Sampled at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Expo, but I took some home too to brew up.

I feel like the bar is set pretty high, with this tea's name. I'm a birder, and the Red-tailed hawk is a pretty badass bird. But it's also a rather common bird--now that I'm good at spotting birds, in a typical 1 hour trip on the highway, I see 2 or 3 of them, even without actively looking for them. After trying this tea, I think it lives up to the name: it's strong, but something I wouldn't tire of drinking every day.

The dry leaf has a powerful and very pleasing aroma. It smells like the black tea blends my family used to drink when I was growing up, a rich, complex aroma that has a lot going on and smells almost floral.

Brews up a rich, dark cup that has a balance of warming and cooling qualities. The aroma has hints of muscatel grape I associate with Darjeelings, as well as the malty qualities I associate with Assam, and the total effect is a full-bodied, strong cup that suggests floral notes in the aroma. Good amount of bitterness and astringency, enough to make it taste strong, but not too much. As much as I love Darjeelings, I sometimes tire of them if I drink only them; this tea seems to balance the Darjeeling with a tea that makes up for whatever I'm wanting that it's lacking.

I liked brewing 3 minutes but this tea is smooth enough that it can take 5 or more if you want it strong. Starting with 3 minutes, I was able to steep a second cup, and it was pleasant, but thinner.

Not quite as exceptional as the Spring Keemun, this was still a top-quality tea. I'm not usually this impressed with blends.

Oh, and if you haven't done so, go to the Andrews & Dunham website and read the essay about the red-tailed hawk, and yes, it's an all-out essay on the description for this tea; there are some gems in there!
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