August Uncommon Tea

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This was my first tea of the morning!

The dry leaf of this smells amazing; very dark and boozy with truffle-y chocolate notes and a sweet, condensed cherry note. It’s super familiar, but a little hard to place. Maybe like Cherry Garcia icecream if the chocolate was much more intense!? It’s heavenly, though!

Steeped, this is a touch different than the dry leaf smell but still incredible! Rich and chocolate heavy, and channeling a dark chocoolate vibe for sure. It’s got the slightest bit of pleasant bitterness, like a nice high quality chocolate. The cherry is dark and syrupy, and reminded me of the cherry flavoured “syrup” in those cherry filled chocolates that you sometimes see around Valentine’s Day. It’s pretty boozy too though, so maybe like one of those dark chocolate cherry filled truffle things but mixed with some type of spirit.

I also taste a faint roasty/malty type of barley note, similar to what I got in AU’s coffee blend (the name of it is escaping me at the moment). It throws me out of the experience a little bit – it’s nice with the chocolate but kind of weird with the cherry. This flavour, along with a general sticky sweetness, lingers after each sip and it’s a strong motivator to keep drinking because I kind of want to wash it from my mouth.

Overall, it’s a nice blend though and probably one of the better chocolate/cherry blends I’ve had. I really like that there’s no reliance of hibiscus here to push the cherry element. Major kudos for that.

tea-sipper

They DO have cherry truffles with alcohol…

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92

I’m a sucker for creamsicle flavored things, and this tea did not disappoint. It’s very much a sophisticated version of the familiar flavor combination. The vanilla is aromatic and creamy, and the orange is zesty without being sharp. Not sure what flavor the jatoba wood adds, I tried doing some research and can’t find much about using it as a flavoring. I’d imagine this would be wonderful with some milk added.

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66

This reminds me very much of DavidsTea’s Lemon Smash (but with orange rather than lemon). I actually prefer the DT version. There’s a bit too much blackberry leaf in this version, and not enough ginger. Still a fine blend, but nothing really unique here.

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36

I’m not loving this. It has an odd, familiar medicinal note that I can’t place. Perhaps it’s the plum combined with the clove? The base itself is pretty abrasive as well, which makes for a pretty abrasive sip.

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87

A tea inspired by an Almodóvar film, with a disjunct combination of ingredients- how very typically August Uncommon. Not saying it’s a bad thing! Just very much their style. I’m actually loving this blend. The cocoa, clove, and rose are all distinct, without fighting with one another. It smells absolutely divine as well.

Martin Bednář

Cocoa, clove and rose sounds interesting

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68

This tea is quite interesting! The black tea is very bready, almost like a pastry. The green apple is somewhere on the border of candy-like and crisp. I’m only getting a slight fennel flavor in the after-taste. Happy to drink this cup, but not sure if I need to finish the sample bag.

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drank Outlaw by August Uncommon Tea
931 tasting notes

A generous and unexpected gift from amandastory516.

Bursting with cherry right from the bag. More cough drop on the back end. Once steeped, the smoke from the Lapsang comes thru. Not overpoweringly so. Is overpoweringly a word? The cherry has also become more subtle. Not so Punch You In The Face.

PS – I’ve gotten so lazy with my notes lately. And my tea drinking to think of it. I’m home, sitting mere inches from the tea cabinet and this is the first cup I’ve had in a week. What’s going on here???

Group share – Favorite comfort tea to get you through a global crisis? Which ones were you saving that you’re drinking now?

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal, Smoke

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

I’ve been drinking a lot of chai lately. I’m considering breaking out some of my really nice Taiwanese oolong, but am worried that I won’t be able to get/afford more. :(

Shanie O Maniac

I’ve been drinking… coffee. (GASP) I know! I KNOW! Take away my login! But I have found that in all the tea I was drinking, I shut off my caffeine response to anything less than coffee, and with things the way they are, I have an overpowering desire to sleep constantly, so I need the coffee to keep me awake.

But when I do go for the tea, I’ve been going pretty indiscriminately thorough my untrieds. I have a bunch of untrieds, plus a whole pack from derk to get through! So I’ve been prioritizing brewing them before any old favorites. Those old favorites are for relaxing. Right now? I crave STIMULATION!

tea-sipper

I should be drinking some chai before it gets warmer. Then I always have the Earls. I have plenty of new teas left to try, but I’d definitely like to revisit some favorites. I almost finished my Butiki Smokey banana today, maybe tomorrow.

Shae

You know, I haven’t had nearly as much chai this winter as I normally do. And I do love chai. It’s warm here in Alabama lately, so I’m craving some fruity things. Still black teas, but the bright ones.

Leafhopper, I’m still saving some of my favorites too. Though I keep telling myself – if not now, then when? It seems we could all use some extra comfort in these unsettling days.

Shanie O Maniac, I’m not judging!! I enjoy the taste of coffee, but the caffeine is too much for me. Black teas can have that same effect for me sometimes, but it’s not quite so strong. I do like a good decaf cup sometimes, just for the taste. And I’m the opposite right now – I’m so high strung lately, I feel like I need to be drinking all the relaxing teas! We are all reacting to this differently, no doubt.

tea-sipper, Earl Greys are some of my very favorites. The first tea I drank (as an adult) was Twinings Earl Grey and I’ll always go back to it. I’ve been picky with my EGs lately though for some reason. They just aren’t hitting the spot like they normally do. Maybe I’m just in a different season at the moment. But I know they’ll always be there. So mad at myself that I didn’t start drinking tea until after Butiki closed! I love hearing about all the fun flavors they had from you guys.

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68

Usually I’m not a huge fan of white tea, as I feel it’s too subtle, causing me to oversteep it and then getting a less than desirable result. This is a flavored one, though, and that makes a big difference. The orange blossom floral note is quite pleasant, which is saying a lot because generally I’m not into floral teas. Somehow, the floral notes along with the almond flavor all wrapped up with hints of honey works really well. It’s surprisingly tasty for a white tea. It makes a very nice afternoon break cup of tea, especially with a little something sweet to snack on. This sugar addict is having a rough time giving up her sweets completely.

Flavors: Almond, Citrus, Honey, Orange Blossom

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1

I like August teas, but this one tastes like Listerine. It’s the one and only time in my life that I am throwing out a canister of tea. It’s fugly!

gmathis

Well, hello there! Good to see you! I hate tossing tea, too…got a plant that you can fertilize with it? :)

ashmanra

Doulton? Is it really you? Welcome back! We have missed you!

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I ordered about 10 more August Uncommon samples. I’m trying to work my way through their entire collection. I can’t say this one is my favorite. The balance of flavors is really strange, and there’s a very odd scent. I think it’s the barley that is working against the pineapple. I’ll finish the sample, but I don’t think I need to repurchase this one.

Roswell Strange

The very first batch of this tea the AU blended was AMAZING, but IMO when they reblended it to carry permanently (it was originally seasonal) they were never able to recreate how phenomenal it had originally tasted.

amandastory516

That’s so unfortunate!

AJRimmer

Oh no, this is one of my favorite teas! I really hope it holds up to my memories when I get around to reordering it.

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This is one of those few August Uncommon blends where the “Feels Like” descriptors REALLLYYYYY draw me in/I can picture exactly the sort of vibe that they’re going for…

The dry leaf and steeped tea smell really strongly of Chocolate Guinness to me. I know Guinness is an insanely polarizing beer, but to me that’s a really positive thing. I love a good pint of Guinness, and chocolate Guinness works so well. However, I found the flavour of the steeped tea a bit off – still rich/chocolatey but also quite unpleasantly bitter with a sharp and more acidic top note, and a very puckering astringency. I think milk could have rounded the flavour out a bit, but I didn’t test it.

I think I need to revisit this again with either less leaf (though I used my normal amount) or a steep time shorter than four minutes, but at least at first impression this was a bit of a let down for me…

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I thought I had posted tasting notes for this tea before. And I thought that I was so so on it. I’ve been struggling to get a good cup out of AU teas. All of the French black teas I have lower steeping temps, which has made a significant difference in the cup, so I decided to try a lower temp on this one. I like it! I’m getting aromatic apple and clove dominating. I can taste that there are more flavors in it, but I can’t pick out what. It’s very spiced apple. As it cools there is a little alkaline tinge that creeps in making it taste a little flatter than when it’s hot, but it’s not too distracting. Now I’m going to have to go back and try all the other AU teas at a lower temp and reevaluate how I feel about them!

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

I love this one so much!

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85

After taking a few years to sip down a giant stash, I am finally buying some new teas! Teaching means no time for loose leaf most days except in the evenings, so it has taken quite awhile. I have been taking extra time to brew this in my to-go cup in the mornings, though. The burnt sugar aspect really shines with a little milk and a smidge of sweetener, and it is divine. On it’s own, it edges on a bit tangy.

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

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70

So after some initial pondering (Do I even like flavored teas anymore? What’s happening to my taste buds?), I decided that there is room in my life for both flavored and unflavored blacks – which brings me pretty much full circle. I needed a dessert-like tea after dinner last night so I chose Cabaret.

It tasted like chocolate cake with boozy cherry filling. It’s really good, and definitely hits the sweet spot for a sugar addict like me who’s trying to cut down on the thing she loves most for health reasons. August has some very tasty flavors, and this one is no exception. The only thing I don’t find so great is the booziness of the fruit notes. I had a similar issue with Breathless, where the brandy flavored prune flavor was a bit off. I solved that by making it iced, and that seemed to cut down on the strange tangy flavor. This one, however, I don’t see as an iced tea, so I’ll try to cut down on the leaf to see if that helps. August seems to always want you to use lots of leaf per serving – maybe they really want the flavor to be very intense, or maybe they just want you to go through the tea faster so you can order more – not sure. I don’t mind cutting down on the amount just a little to see if I can still get my chocolate fix without such a strong alcohol flavor. Other than that, the chocolate + cherry flavor is a winner for me.

Flavors: Alcohol, Cherry, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72

Just finished up my sample of this one, and while I did enjoy it, it’s not something I need to have in my stash. I’m not getting any of the white chocolate or pistachio that’s in the ingredient list. I get a bit of the rose, and some lime zest, but mostly a nice juicy peach. The smell reminds me of peach rings, but the taste isn’t quite as synthetic. Overall, a very pleasant, but unextraordinarf blend for me.

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73

This is my current cuppa, and it’s not bad.

In terms of August Uncommon’s flavoured tea selections, I think this might actually be the simplest one I’ve tried in regard to concept/profile. It’s a smooth, grassier tasting green tea with some nutty elements paired with an aromatic and very custardy vanilla that finishes with a hint of warming cardamom. Nice and easy drinking, some layers of flavours but doesn’t make your brain hurt trying to digest the concept. I do wish it was a bit richer, but I think that also might be my hatred of green tea flaring up and wanting to cover some of the grassier notes.

Fans of creamy things and with an appreciation for smoother, delicate/gentle teas will love this one!

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86

I’m beyond excited to try this violet tea, a generous gift from amandastory516. I don’t remember ever having had violet before, so Amanda also sent some violet candies for me to try so that I can distinguish the flavor. The candies are delicious, immensely floral with an almost licorice sweetness in the aftertaste that I actually enjoyed. I’m generally not a fan of licorice, but it worked so well with the other flavors.

I waited for the weekend so I could take the time to enjoy this tea fully. I can taste the same flavors here that I noticed in the candies. Not quite as floral but I can tell that the primary flavor is the same. I don’t taste the blackberry or the smoke (would have liked more smoke maybe), but if I hadn’t know it was supposed to be there I wouldn’t have missed it. A unique and delicious tea, one I think I’ll keep around. Thanks, Amanda!

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Violet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
amandastory516

I’m glad you got to try it!

Shae

Me too! Thank you!

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Not to my tastes; it’s the base tea I think I just don’t like.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

I’ve never had bourbon, so I’m not sure if this blend tastes like it or not! What I taste is caramel and a hint of smoke, which doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does. A delicious and high quality dessert tea. August Uncommon keeps impressing me!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
amandastory516

I just bought a tin of this because I love it!

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90

Everyone should have tea friends who order samples and split them with you! Huge thanks to my friend Elizabeth for an opportunity to try 3 new-to-me August Uncommon teas. :) This one may have been my favorite of the bunch. It’s super rich and malty with chocolatey undertones. No bitterness or astringency and re-steeps beautifully! Wouldn’t mind adding this one to my cupboard.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

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

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87

So far this is my favourite from my most recent AU order; though I still have several new samples to go through…

I love the slight bitterness of this rich dark chocolate paired with a sweet, warming cinnamon. The mild heat of chilli in the back of the throat is not to be missed, and it’s that note which adds a complexity that sets this apart from other chocolate chilli blends I’ve sampled!!

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I’m glad I didn’t read reviews of this tea before I purchased a sample of it, as it seems pretty hated across the board. Cardamom and tobacco were extremely intriguing, and I get absolutely none of either. This is definitely charcoal level smoke, and extremely medicinal. Quite a strange blend, but I don’t entirely hate it.

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81

I just finished off my sample size and purchased another bag. The cocoa and anise is so well-balanced, and such an interesting combination, I’ve found myself craving the flavor combo recently. August Uncommon posted a recipe for an affogatto using this tea, and I’m very interested in trying it. I’ll have to grab some vanilla ice cream next time I’m at the store.

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