August Uncommon Tea

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85
drank Negroni by August Uncommon Tea
168 tasting notes

I steeped for longer this evening and this is much better. The orange is actually standing out now. Its also increased the sweetness as well.

I’m really liking the orange, but wow, its pretty sweet. I likely won’t drink this frequently, but I can see wanting it now and then.

I’m curious how this will be as cold brew. If I have some of this left come warm weather, I may give it a try.

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85
drank Negroni by August Uncommon Tea
168 tasting notes

The smell when I opened the packet was delightful. The smell of orange peel was so lovely. Its something I enjoy so much.

After steeped its not so much. The smell is much less and I’m just not getting much flavor. Maybe i needed to steep this for longer.

Not rating until I have a chance to try it again after giving it more time.

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80
drank Eventide by August Uncommon Tea
168 tasting notes

This turned out to be uneventful. I could taste a little roasty toasty, but it was rather mild. Otherwise it seemed to be nothing special but also nothing bad either.

I’ll definitely finish the sample I got, but I’m not currently interested in getting more.

Lupiressmoon

I did a second sample of this one yesterday and agree with you that it’s not that….eventful :)

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76

Company States:
Tastes Like: sticky rice, steamed banana leaf, orchid
Feels Like: a beach bonfire at sunset

Um. I brewed this one for a full five minutes and am not getting the flavors above at all.

What it does taste like is a pleasant and smooth Oolong tea.

I am going through my samples for a Black Friday order. To me it doesn’t stand out enough for a full order but it is not a bad cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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70

Company states:
Tastes Like: peach, crème fraîche, iris, lime blossom
Feels Like: georgia o’keeffe flowers

I feel like if you are a fan of peach teas, you may enjoy this one more than I did. There is an almost tobacco undertaste for some reason. A very small almost bitterness that may be the pistachio?

Not horrible but not to my tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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82

I do like this tea, although not enough for a big tin order, I don’t think.

It is VERY floral as it cools slightly with that nice burst of elderberry on the back of the tongue with a smooth black tea that stands out without bitterness to carry it all over. It almost reminds me of a perfume type, although it doesnt have an artificial or perfume flavor fortunately.

I go back and forth between feeling like flowers, and sweet candy, mixed with tea for this one. I do like it. Hm may order a semi larger order

Flavors: Violet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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75

I had sampled some of my August Uncommon before but wasn’t logging, so now they are a bit confused in my brain.

As other reviews have stated, each cup of this one seems unique. I remember more of a chili “bite” in the throat from my first sampler, but little else. I’m going through these now for the Black Friday deals.

August Uncommon typically has some pretty strong teas, but I went ahead and did a boil and 5 minute steep with this one with 1 Tea spoon to 4 ounces of water. Surprisingly this one is milder than many of their others. I get a small note of chocolate and chili but it has mellowed in my cupboard.

It is drinkable, but not just right for a full order.

The taste does get stronger as it cools

Flavors: Chili, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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60

I knew from the outset that this would be chancy. I’m not a fan of floral flavors, but I’ve never tried violet before so I thought what the heck.

The smell of the dried leaf reminds me of cool-aid packets with a tinge of soap maybe? Steeped, its not so much cool-aid though there is still a hint of a generic fruity scent/flavor.

What gets me the most however, is usually what happens with floral teas. Its very reminiscent of what i refer to as old lady perfume. You know, those ones that say they are of some floral scent, but the scent smells more like it came out of a chemistry lab than a flower. Even just smelling it leaves that chemical like taste in your mouth. Black Metallic reminds me very much of that, including that odd taste in the mouth.

I may try this again later, as I have found its always best to try things twice. You never know. But I don’t have high expectations.

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85
drank Biarritz by August Uncommon Tea
168 tasting notes

As soon as I opened the packet, my first thought was, WOW! ameretto! Its really there in the flavor as well. I can detect a little anise, though its not overpowering, just nice and subtle.

Not sure if I can detect any of the other ingredients, but wow, I am liking this tisane. Actually the description mentions flavors of muddled cherries and I can see that as well.

There is a nice subtle sweetness to the flavor that is not a dominating and I think I am enjoying that as well.

This seems perfect to curl up with on a cold night. I’m sure I will be buying more.

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75
drank Cabaret by August Uncommon Tea
960 tasting notes

Well, there’s a name to raise eyebrows and either pique some interest or completely drive it away. XD. With all the deep notes of cherry and cacao, malt and wood. The alcohol notes are stronger than any other tea I’ve tried before. It highly reminds me of whiskey.

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I love this tea it is delicious. The first time I made it I made a concentrate and mixed it with hot milk as a latte. It was good. It tastes so much better slow cooked on the stovetop with almond milk and brown sugar. It is amazing. My favorite coffee inspired tea. I have a sample one serving left. I will definitely buy a larger bag by the end of the month. August Uncommon has amazing teas. It is my favorite website for flavored teas.

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Pretty sure this is the first tea I’ve had with a gluten warning on it. With the number of people who avoid or are allergic, I feel like that warning should be on the front. The aroma is quite unique; burnt marshmallow, chickory, fresh twig (like when you are trying to build a bonfire and you go to snap a twig but it’s so green it just bends) a bit of caramel, and a slight hint of bourbon. It sucks being under the weather but I hate this canker sore more. Sorry for my random tangent. I can’t eat properly and my tea… ugh…
I can taste all the notes described. Burnt sugar, bourbon (though not as strong), and the base is a nice strong black tea.

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drank Biarritz by August Uncommon Tea
21 tasting notes

I really like this tea but I like it even more with orange honey. The honey brings out the flavor of the almonds, amaretto and orange. I am drinking it hot right now but it is delicious iced too. I am really impressed by all the teas I have tried from August Uncommon.

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83

My partner doesn’t drink a ton of tea and tends to be pretty ambivalent about most blends, but he did really enjoy August Uncommon’s Psychocandy when we tried it last autumn. That was all the encouragement I needed to order another packet this year! And then AU sent out a 20% coupon, so I added a few more teas to my cart. Then I was sooo close to the free shipping threshold that I had to add one more. Which is how I ended up with a sample of Arabesque. :D

After a swampy, humid summer, the weather is beginning to cool off and the humidity has diminished ( for now). Today is absolutely beautiful, and I’m enjoying an afternoon cuppa without feeling like I’m going to overheat. Yay! I used to love heat and humidity, but the meds I’m on post-cancer put me into medical menopause, and my poor body cannot handle the heat very well anymore. (TMI?)

So! Arabesque called to me and I brewed it up for the first time. It smells really wonderful, just like a creamsicle. And it tastes… like a creamsicle! Wow, I really love this one. The first steep was a perfect blend of orange essence and marshmallowy vanilla; the second has more of a woody note, presumably from the jatoba. The sencha base is pretty unobtrusive, which might or might not be a good thing depending on your tastes. (It’s probably why AU’s teas are popular with non-tea-drinkers.) I’m OK with it here, though I wouldn’t say no to a stronger green tea base. I also would love a bit of a sharper, zestier orange.

I do find the second cup a bit drying, but not terribly so.

Flavors: Creamy, Drying, Marshmallow, Orange, Vanilla, Woody

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60

I ordered a sample-sized bag of this one a while back, tried it once, and promptly forgot about it. So I’m going into it somewhat fresh tonight!

Dry, I’m mostly getting anise with a tiny hint of cocoa. But my brewed cup smells… kinda funky and murky. There’s a smell that some fruity baked goods (blueberry muffins, banana bread) get when they’ve been sitting at room temp for too long and are just about to turn, and the scent here aaalmost reminds me of that smell. But it’s really mild and not enough to put me off.

The taste is actually kind of weak! There’s a hint of anise behind a thin, bready flavor, but not too much more. The mouthfeel is really nice and silky, but I want a little more flavor behind it.

A dash of oat milk bulks up the body, but does nothing for the flavor. Meh. Not a repurchase for me. :(

Flavors: Anise, Bread, Licorice, Malt

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drank Combray by August Uncommon Tea
1268 tasting notes

On paper, pairing spicy-sweet cardamom with a green tea sounds like a tragedy of flavoured thin tea in the making. This is AU we are talking about though, and the green tea they’ve chosen is distinctive enough to hold its own: grassy, kind of nutty, and vaguely smoky (I almost want to say gunpowder? kind of looks like gunpowder. AU loves the smoke).

The result is a surprisingly full dessert tea that pairs well with the summer-fall transition. Cozy dessert lawn.

Flavors: Cardamom, Earthy, Grass, Hay, Hazelnut, Nutty, Smoke, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Aside from its terrible name, I’m generally in favor of this tea, which has surprised me all over again with each cup.

Rose, cocoa, and clove don’t feel like they should go together, but I am a fan of all three. The scent gives clove and smoke with a background rose. On a sip, the bitterness hits first, but is quickly followed by the cocoa, with the clove and rose finishing at the end. Every cup out of this sample pack has been balanced and strong.

I’m a huge fan of a strong, potent rose and spice, so this is mostly a win for me. The bitterness up front is my biggest sticking point and keeps me from putting this up with some of my other favorite teas. I find it fascinating, but don’t feel like I need more.

Flavors: Bitter, Clove, Cocoa, Rose, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Second sample cup and I really enjoy this one.

Sadly looks like the tin and larger size is sold out currently at August Uncommon during their Black Friday Sale :(

Preparation
1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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86

A good tea, although a little simple. I steeped at 3 minutes but will try 4 next time. Goes well with a cube of sugar, but honey does not complement it nearly as much.

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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77

I like this for something different when the mood strikes. It’s certainly strong, borderline cloying, so it’s not a daily tea and you need to be in the mood for it. I prefer 3-4 minute steep over 5 for this one.

I drank in my new raven tea cup with some saltines and creamy havarti cheese, which is usually my favorite tea snack other than chocolate. This one doesn’t fully go with the cheese and crackers, and due to the strength and sweetness, it wouldn’t go with chocolate either, so it’s a difficult food pair.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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77

I really enjoyed the last of this small bag in my order. It is unique. Not something I’d drink every day but good for certain and moods – and you can’t argue the name is not memorable. Planning to order some more of this one. The caramel comes through decently strong and is of course enhanced by some sugar

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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82
drank Passage by August Uncommon Tea
1710 tasting notes

This tea smells great, but when I tried it hot, it tasted like almost nothing. I let it cool, and now it’s pretty nice. The chocolate is quite rich. I get a bit of extra desserty flavor, but I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it as hazelnut specifically. This is lovely both at room temperature and refrigerated. I don’t think I’d reorder a larger amount, but I had a good time with it. The chocolate flavor is quite authentic and nice. It has a pleasant richness.

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drank Capri by August Uncommon Tea
1896 tasting notes

2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 25
From Emilie!

This is so unique! I can taste both the mint and the melon. It’s very refreshing. I think I’ll add a bag of this to my next AU order. I don’t have many melon teas, but it’s a flavor I really enjoy.

Flavors: Honeydew, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Biarritz by August Uncommon Tea
1896 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → An iced/cold brew tea

I steeped up the last of this blend from Emilie to have iced. I used the recipe from August Uncommon’s website for a shandy but subbed orange soda to make the mocktail version.

https://august.la/blogs/news/biarritz-tea-and-weiss-beer-shandy

I have to say, it is not my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the temperature, but it tastes just like cherry cough syrup. If I ever have this one again, I’ll be sure to keep it hot.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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