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drank Breathless by August Uncommon Tea
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Trying a new approach with AU teas… lower temp. At the start of the cup I thought it was an improvement, but as I continue it seems less interesting. As it cools to a drinkable temp, there is an alkaline taste in there. I get something fruity in there, but can’t name which fruits. Sad to say I’m not into this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
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I think this is the first decent cup I’ve had of this! Most of the time when steeping at my default black settings, I end up with a cup that is just over the edge of bitter. This cup has none of that. The tea is smooth, easy to drink and has a vanilla flavor. I’m starting to realize that I’m not that into vanilla teas. They can be good, but are boring at the same time. I like vanilla especially when added into recipes, but on it’s own it is lacking a bit. Even so, I hope this tea grows on me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Magic by Tea.o.graphy
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Sipping on this tea this morning. The licorice root is dominating the sip. The eucalyptus come in at the end of some sips, but I can’t detect it on every sip. I’m not able to pick out the tea under the other flavors. I like the spooky description of the tea way better than the tea it’s self. It’s not bad, it just isn’t as interesting as I hope new teas will be.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Low Country by August Uncommon Tea
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I can’t get the hang of this tea. If I steep it for 2 minutes it is weak and if I steep it for 3 it seems a bit bitter. It reminds me a lot of MF’s Wedding Imperial, which was also a tricky tea to get a good cup out of and required a lot of trial and error. Maybe I should look up my notes on that tea for the next cup of this. I’m struggling to get a good cup out of several August Uncommon teas. I have followed the steeping instructions, but come out with a cup less than what I was hoping for and not what the scent of the tea teased of. I feel like the times and temps are too high, but haven’t sorted out what they should be for each tea. I don’t want tea to be so much work! LOL!

I smell deep rich caramel in this. The sip starts out neutral, then the caramel creeps in, then the bitterness mid way and through the last of the sip. It fades on the finish and the caramel notes come back on the finish. Adding cream dulls the flavors, but also mutes the bitter. I have a lot more to work out with this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle

I had the same issue with some of the August Uncommon teas I got too. I used twice the leaf they suggested for most teas, but wasn’t as impressed with the results as I would have liked.

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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I’m really surprised I haven’t written tasting notes for this tea before! My brother went to France several years back and brought some of this back for me. I have several people trained to get me tea when they are pondering souvenirs for me. <3
This tea is really fruity. It’s hard to pick out the individual fruit since they all blend together so well, but if I had to pick a prominent flavor it would be peach. I get flavors of tea in the start of the sip with a little peach, then something a little ashy and alkaline in the middle to end and the finish is all fruit that lingers for a while. It’s enjoyable, but it hasn’t grown on me significantly in the time that I’ve owned it. I think I’d like to try it cold steeped once the weather warms up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Carrot Cake by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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I smell lots of spices in this! I get the spices when I sip too. I don’t know that I get carrot cake, but it is a descent cup and the rooibos isn’t distracting, which is nice. This is a sipdown and I’ve enjoyed trying it, but won’t repurchase.

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Having this straight today and enjoying the cup. Tried a longer steep at a lower temp and it seems to be working well. No bitterness at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Forest Floor by Tea-O-Graphy
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This is such a pretty tea! All the different shapes and colors of ingredients make it fun to look at. I can imagine it being mesmerizing in the end of a tea kaleidoscope.
The lapsang is center stage here for sure. Smokiness is dominant in each sip, but there is more going on than in a straight lapsang. I don’t think I can pick out the puerh on it’s own. Under the smoke there are savory herbal notes that I can’t name. I kept thinking the green twigs were Juniper, but the ingredients say Cypress. This tea is very much like tasting your way through a forest! I’m liking it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m a fool! A fool who lets good tea sit until it’s past it’s prime. I’m not sure how long I’ve had this, but all I get today is old orange. Sad way to sip this down.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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