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2021 sipdown no. 19

This one is like those wee candies wrapped in clear plastic we would get at Halloween (https://candyfunhouse.ca/products/regal-creamy-caramels-2kg). Far too sweet for either of us! We actually ended up dumping our cups, but again in the minority here! I actually think this may come down to the many years without refined sugar haha!

Nonetheless, always happy to have an opportunity to try new things. Thanks Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Jet Black by August Uncommon Tea
972 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 16

This is another coffee blend, but it’s really good! It reminds me of a hazelnut creamer you’d add to your coffee. There’s a subtle hint of chocolate in the background as well. It somehow achieves a lot of depth as well, making it even more coffee-like. I really enjoy this one, and would definitely order some now and again for my own cupboard.

Thanks for such a great share Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Leatherbound by August Uncommon Tea
1387 tasting notes

Sipped this down yesterday. I noticed all the flavors listed on the bag. Buttered pumpernickel, molasses and Guinness. I overleafed a bit to sip down the bag and it gave a slightly sharp edge to the flavors that I would taste some of the time, but not all. I added some creamer, but I think I liked it better without. I still can’t tell if I really liked it or only tolerated it with the hopes I’d grow to like it. This isn’t a repurchase for me.
Also, strange that I finally finished this sample, but hadn’t made any tasting notes for it any of the other times I had it!

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drank Jet Black by August Uncommon Tea
2017 tasting notes

Sipdown! (22)

This one was a bit disappointing to me. I was hoping the flavor would be a bit more multilayered with the maté and barley included and the description of cappuccino.

But it was rather one-note with brisk black tea and roasted coffee. Maybe a little hint of grass from the maté. Not something I would reorder, but glad to have tried it! Luckily, I already have a favorite coffee tea anyway…

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coffee, Grass, Malt, Roasted, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

What’s your favourite coffee? :)

Cameron B.

Fairytale of NY, of course!

Courtney

Hahah, whoops — I thought you meant actual coffee. :P

Cameron B.

Oh, hah! I haven’t been drinking coffee lately since I got back into tea. I generally like lighter roasts though!

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drank Jet Black by August Uncommon Tea
2017 tasting notes

Mastress Alita, I found a geeky tea for the sipdown theme! Sipping on a potful of this in honor of the Cowboy Bebop character of the same name.

This has a nice coffee flavor, but the Assam base is a little too brisk in combination with it. I can taste the toasty autumn leaf sort of profile from the roasted maté as well. The barley is adding a lovely somewhat sweet grainy note. There’s definitely a touch of creaminess, and something a bit caramel-y and rich.

It’s good, but not the best coffee tea I’ve had. The briskness is a little bit too much, and I would love more of the supporting cream and caramel notes. I definitely prefer Fairytale of NY. Still fun to try, though!

See you space cowboy…

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Cream, Grain, Malt, Roasted, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

I watched my first episode ever of Cowboy Bebop yesterday. Jury’s still out. ;)

Cameron B.

It’s definitely a strange one, especially because there’s only one season…

gmathis

I do like the jazz/blues soundtrack.

Cameron B.

Oh definitely, the music is phenomenal. I really like the whole theme of it, too, it’s just a bit all over the place. XD

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drank Capri by August Uncommon Tea
57 tasting notes

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Sipdown.

It says something about the way this year has gone that I haven’t reviewed this tea yet. For the most part it’s a boozy chocolate tea with caraway and spice. I’m usually not a fan of chocolate in tea, but this was deep and rich and really good. The mix of chocolate, scotch and the combined spices was well blended. I’d usually add this back to my wishlist, but after dealing with August Uncommon’s customer service (or complete lack there of) I think I’ll look for a chocolate tea elsewhere.

Cameron B.

Oh no, what happened with customer service? :(

Veronica

I was trying to track a tea order I had mailed to my daughter while she was at school. No tracking number was ever sent, so I emailed… three times… and never received a reply. Ever. The package did eventually arrive, but the complete lack of customer service was a real turn off. :(

Cameron B.

Wow, that is discouraging…

gmathis

I’ve never seen a tea with caraway—interesting!

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drank Far Afield by August Uncommon Tea
781 tasting notes

Samurai TTB #24

I continue to be impressed by August Uncommon and it’s been a treat to sample more of their blends this month! This one appealed to me because of the ginger and mandarin orange, but I was worried the sage might dominate as it has in other sage herbals I’ve tried. However, this one is perfectly balanced! You get the juicy citrus, warming ginger, and herbaceous sage all in just the right amount. So yummy!

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Herbaceous, Orange, Sage, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Advent Calendar Day 23

I can’t believe it’s the second-to-last day of advent already! The month has flown by and trying a new tea every morning has made the days feel special. I was excited to see one from August Uncommon today, as nearly everything I’ve tried from this company has been outstanding! This wasn’t a flavor profile I would have chosen on my own, as chocolate and cinnamon can both be hit and miss for me in tea and I’m a bit of wimp when it comes to spice. But this one is so beautifully balanced, I’m actually enjoying it quite a bit! The rich dark chocolate comes to life with the brightness of the cinnamon and the hint of chili keeps things exciting without burning my throat on the way down. Never would have bought this, but glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Smooth, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Day 19 of Sara’s Old Tea

It tastes like cedar! Smells kind of like a cedar fire. But it’s not quite smokey. It’s kind of like taking a walk through the forest and licking the trees. I kind of like it.

I think it would pair well with any sort of fried potatoes.

Flavors: Cedar, Roasted

Preparation
4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

It has juniper berries in it, which have a very piney flavor. I really like the taste of juniper too, but it isn’t used very often. (There is also rosemary and thyme in that blend, which are often used to season potatoes!)

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Samurai TTB #4

Michelle kindly included this one in the TTB at my request and I’m so glad she did! I’ve really enjoyed some of the other August Uncommon teas I’ve tried in the past and have recently been really enjoying more smoked teas, so this sounded right up my alley. And sure enough…I love it! It’s so rich and nuanced with the perfect blend of sweet and smoky flavors. This is one I’ll definitely be ordering for myself in the future!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Smoke, Toffee, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Phew. After reading your previous four notes, I was hoping you’d come into a delicious tea!

Lexie Aleah

I love this one too!

Inkling

Haha, thanks, Courtney! Now that I’ve had time to sort through and pull out teas I really want to try, I think it will be better. I was kinda just grabbing off the top the first day!

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drank Silencio by August Uncommon Tea
2900 tasting notes

Homemade Advent day 6

This is such a cool dessert tea. I finished off my sample of it by brewing the remaining 2 tsp of leaf with 450 mL boiling water and then adding a generous portion of soy milk. It was a great combo. The tea is quite strong (bold) and would have bitter tendencies if not for the milk to round it out. What is neat if the thick cocoa and vanilla flavour. I wouldn’t say I can make out pepper, but in the aftertaste is a strong pineapple flavour (similar to dried or candied pineapple). [EDIT: I stand corrected. I let this cool and now I’m getting a lot of spicey pepper in the after taste. Sooooo goood]

When I take a sip, the cup smells like a latte – almost coffee-like and very intense in the chocolate and cream notes. Then, I taste a very thick tea with smooth, thick cream and cocoa and a strong chocolately black tea. The aftertaste is when the pineapple comes out. It isn’t a fruity tea, much more desserty.

I was happy to get another sipdown, however I really wish I had more of this. This is one of the best cups I’ve ever had. It isn’t even smoky (I’m not interested in smoky teas) but it has such a rich flavour.

LPT: Brew this strong and add milk

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Pineapple, Spicy, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
Boiling
Cameron B.

I need to try this one again sometime, for some reason I got a strong coconut note from my sample!

Lexie Aleah

I remember liking this one but never got around to reviewing it and have been planning on ordering another sample.

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drank Castalia by August Uncommon Tea
5578 tasting notes

DIY Advent Calendar – Day 2

Today’s tea is courtesy of Sil. Thank you!

This is just oolong to me. There is supposed to be more I think but it’s just oolong and it’s a pretty meh oolong at that. Fun to try but surprisingly mediocre.

Sil

yeah it’s pretty whatever.

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drank Combray by August Uncommon Tea
2017 tasting notes

Sipdown! And the last one from my November Sips by box.

This one is fairly good. I like the combination of the cardamom with the custardy vanilla, it almost reminds me of eggnog in a way. But the vanilla can veer a tad bit artificial and cloying, and I feel like the base tea is just wrong for these flavors. It’s sort of harsh and grassy with a definite minerality to it, which conflicts with the creaminess of the vanilla. A softer base would be better, maybe a nuttier green tea or even an oolong.

It’s good, but with limitations that hold it back from greatness!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cardamon, Cream, Custard, Grass, Mineral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Courtney

Look at you go! All the November sipdowns!

Cameron B.

Would have been nicer if I’d finished them in November, hah. Now I still have all of the December ones to get through… :P

Dustin

You’ll have time to catch up once advent season is over!

Cameron B.

True that!

Lexie Aleah

I also liked this one but wished it was paired with a better base tea.

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drank Combray by August Uncommon Tea
2017 tasting notes

This is from my Sips by box for November.

I’ve had a rather tumultuous experience with August Uncommon. There are a couple of their teas that I really like, but also a few that I thought were just bad. Hasn’t stopped me from recently ordering more samples, though! They added a lot of new teas while I was away.

This one is nice enough. The base tea is rather smooth and unremarkable, with a soft grassiness. I really like the vanilla here! It’s sweet and custardy and cakey and lovely. I would love to see this vanilla flavor used in an Earl Grey cream blend. The cardamom is mild but present, and strongest at the very beginning of the sip and in the aftertaste.

The flavors complement each other well, but for some reason they just don’t add up to a remarkable tea. Something more is needed, perhaps a hint of lemon or raspberry? I think this would also probably be tastier on an oolong base, or at least a nuttier green base. So it’s good, but not great unfortunately!

Flavors: Cake, Cardamon, Cream, Custard, Floral, Grass, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From the Samurai TTB
An interesting combination, spicy ginger with a sage and orange aftertaste. The orange reminds me a bit too much of Tang for me to like it. I’d be interested in a sage and ginger blend as they seem to balance each other well. But this one was nice to try, not for me.

Flavors: Ginger, Orange, Sage

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One of the few August Uncommon blends I hadn’t gotten around to trying and it’s another winner for me. August Uncommon and I really get along. This is the perfect balance of hazelnut and chocolate, with the hazelnut being much more dominant. I definitely underleafed this a bit, but it was still decadent.

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I ordered this tea because that is both vegan and has a non-vegan name, gives me a thrill. (I go crazy for blood oranges.) Plus, I was curious about a tea that combined cocoa and caraway. Would it taste like rye bread? The answer is no. It tastes like rich chocolate with a slight leathery smell. Like sitting in a library of leatherbound volumes and drinking a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Top marks for a delicious and creative blend!

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drank Passage by August Uncommon Tea
236 tasting notes

Passage promises to combine black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very welcome. I am cutting down on excess fat and sugar in my diet so this provides mouth joy without the calories. Another top notch tea from August Uncommon Teas. Great suggestion! I’m glad I followed through and bought from them.

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drank Leatherbound by August Uncommon Tea
1197 tasting notes

I finished my sample of this so I know I’ve had it before, but I haven’t yet logged it here. It’s so deep and chocolaty, the best cup I’ve had the last couple of weeks. I haven’t felt inspired to share on recent cups here since they’ve been pretty mediocre, but this was worthy of a note.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Sample sipdown!

While I can recognize that this is a high-quality tea and it smells deliciously chocolaty, it’s just not for me.

I do get the promised cocoa, which is not at all sweet and in fact quite bitter, along with cinnamon and some chile heat. The base tea is somewhat tobacco-y with some woody notes as well.

I’m never a huge fan of chile and chocolate together, so I’m just not enjoying the combination here. But I’m sure others who do like this flavor profile would really love this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Pepper, Spicy, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

I feel like I love chocolate and chili, but as a hot chocolate instead.

Cameron B.

Yeah, this is definitely a more savory version of the pairing.

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drank Heartbreaker by August Uncommon Tea
870 tasting notes

Having a pot of this with the housemate and a side of almond milk rice pudding with cardamom and rose that I made a few nights ago.

Housemate says the dry ingredients smells like a mix of Juicy Fruit gum with peppermint gum. I think it smells like vanilla-peppermint cream with pistachios and rose. The rosehips give the brew an appropriate color for the name. The tea smells fruity with apples and something else I can’t parse…, creamy nougat studded with pistachios and almonds and peppermint. The taste is like a mixture of herbal tea on the sip followed quickly by a very prominent vanilla-honey-caramel nougat flavor, an intense nuttiness of (I can’t shake it!) what smells like rubbery Barbie doll legs, a hint of red rooibos. It finishes mineral and lightly drying along with tangy rosehips. Lingering perfume of sweet apple, bittersweet rose and vanilla-honey nougat, some clean peppermint cooling but overall body warming. Housemate says it tastes kinda marshmallowy like those orange circus candy peanuts.

This tea is really very strange but it’s growing on me!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Dark Bittersweet, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Herbaceous, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Peppermint, Perfume, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet, Tangy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Cameron B.

Barbie legs and circus peanuts… Well at least it’s not boring! :P

derk

It’s pretty dang good! Between the circus peanuts (not at all my impression) and Barbie legs, this tea screams 1980s. I really can’t get over that association.

Lexie Aleah

Someone gifted me two bags of this tea and I had a hard time pinning down the flavor as well! August Uncommon has some really unique tea blends for sure. The Apple and the Mint in it make me think of DT’s Midsummer Nights Dream though they aren’t that similar.

White Antlers

derk It’s a very gloomy morning here, probably going to rain. This tea note made my day. Do Barbie legs smell differently than doll heads? (Doll heads is a note descriptor often used in perfume reviews…)

Mastress Alita

Circus Peanuts is my all-time most hated candy. Bleeeeech.

gmathis

Send the extra marshmallow peanuts my way!

derk

Lexie Aleah, did you enjoy this tea? I’ve never had Midsummer Nights Dream. Heartbreaker is a very unique blend and I have no comparison to any other tea.

I remember you hate those peanuts, Mastress Alita, because I hate them, too. I did not get an impression of that vile candy at all.

Lexie Aleah

I liked it but I don’t tend to reach for apple teas with the exception of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from DT that one has gooseberries in it as well though which is fun! That one is one of my absolute favorite herbal teas. Heartbreaker I think had a little too much going on for me.

derk

You’re right, there is a lot going on, which I think makes it interesting but also a tea I wouldn’t want to drink often.

And White Antlers: it’s not doll heads. Those are more powdery :) I once tasted Cabbage Patch kids in this tea: https://steepster.com/derk/posts/392123

White Antlers

derk Yes! Doll head is another way of describing a powdery note in perfume, heliotrope often being the culprit. Cabbage Patch Kids always seemed to have an air of malovolence about them so I always gave ’em a wide berth which negated any tasting or smelling.

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