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Apparently I am doing a poor job of timing my steeps today as this one steeped for over 5 minutes the first time. A bit of a burnt taste to this over brew, but I stuck with it and tried a second steep that is a bit more butterscotch and caramel. Less burnt and more peanut brittle with a light lingering butterscotch after taste. Might need to try this with less leaf and a shorter steep time.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Peanut
this is one of two teas that I purchased after the advent. this tea, I knew, would be so perfect as an iced tea for the summer and lo, it is. enjoyed iced with just a teeny bit of agave and some…slightly sad strawberries that have been in the fridge for too long sorry strawberries :(
I bet this would be equally good iced + strawberries in the tea, as opposed to eating them separate. it would probably also be tasty with lemonade as well, bc the lemon flavour, while nice, could be stronger. hmmmmm.
Honeydew flavors are very hit or miss. They’re either juicy and authentic tasting, or artificial and undrinkable (usually like an old Chapstick). This one hovered between the two ends of the spectrum, but definitely more towards the artificial tasting side of things. Can’t say I’ll be trying this one again.
Advent day 16, Apricot for Destruction. Such an awesome name on a tea filled with hibiscus. :( I think I could taste apricot under the strong metallic taste that hib translates to, but the metal is just too distracting to know for sure. I love Guns n Roses and wanted to love a tea named in their honor. I feel like something way more caffeinated would be appropriate.
dvent day 15. It looked like a black tea so I steeped it at those parameters, but it came out a bit bitter and burnt. Adding some creamer mellowed out my mistake and brought out the blackberry flavors. They are nice, but subtle. I didn’t get a super strong bold flavors.
Advent day 12. This is the strangest root beer tea I’ve had! The others have usually been on a black base, while this is on a white base. It smells strongly of root beer, but has an additional green note after being steeped. It tastes similar on the sip to how it smells; root beer with a bit of green. The finish is totally rootbeer. It’s good, not amazing. Rootbeer is a hard flavor to translate to tea.
Advent day 5! I’m catching up on some reviews that I’ve fallen behind on. I didn’t realize this was a white tea (my bad), and stepped it a bit hotter and a bit longer than I generally would a white tea, but it actually came out wonderfully! It has a really distinct strawberry/raspberry compote flavor. It really tastes like a warm berry jam. The hibiscus isn’t too overwhelming. I really loved this one, and I’d actually repurchase it!
Flavors: Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry
Advent day 11. This seems less like lemonade and more like a berry with lemon kind of mix. The ingredients say hibiscus, but it seems to be just the slightest touch of it to round out the tart part of the flavors, no fateful red hue in my cup. It’s a little more tart and less berry like as it cools. I’m feeling like it’s just okay.
Advent day 10. I love tiramisu tea, so I was super excited to try this. When I steeped it up it seemed really strong. A few sips in a I decided it needed some cream to mellow it out a bit. It has the right level of coffee flavor and some chocolate, but those mostly show up in the finish. The sip is kind of plain. It’s like my tastebuds don’t know what to make of this tea until after I swallow. I feel like I’ve had tiramisu teas that tasted really good in the sip AND the finish. :/
This looks like a green rooibos/white tea blend. I don’t mind green rooibos as much as red, so I’m glad for that. When dry this tea has an intense blueberry smell, but that fades out pretty quickly once steeped. The blueberry is super light and almost not there. Same with the tea, which I saw only a small amount of. I’m getting a little bit of dry rooibos mouth, but not much. I don’t think I’m into this one. :/
Wasn’t feeling well yesterday morning and day 7’s tea wasn’t sounding good, so I skipped to day 8. Guessing by the name, I had thought this tea would be chocolate orange. I’m getting more of a chai flavor, strong clove. I think that maybe I can taste a tiny bit of orange in the background. There is a depth that could be chocolate, but I don’t taste chocolate. It looked like this had a little bit of rooibos mixed in which I luckily don’t taste. This tea has a strange name for the flavors I’m tasting.
Advent day 8! This is another Brutaliteas blend I’ve been wanting to try. Very glad to see it in the advent! The chocolate and cinnamon are most prevalent, but the orange is becoming more distinct as it cools. The rooibos is pretty much unnoticeable, with the pu-erh being a bit more at the forefront. Really enjoyable and well-balanced.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Orange
Advent day 6. I’m really liking this tea. I had the first cup without any additions and it had a really good coconut flavor. Coconut is the main flavor, but it’s rounded out by the addition of cocoa which translates to a nutty flavor in my brain. I could distinctly taste the tea base, but I can’t identify what kind of black tea it is. For my second steeping I added some soy creamer and it took the tea to a whole new level adding a richness that I’m loving. I want more.
Also, with my first cup I thought it was only fitting to sit on my porch while drinking this tea and feed the crows that come to see me for breakfast each morning. I’ve been feeding them unsalted peanuts for a few months now and slowly winning them over. They are just starting to come grab the peanuts if I’m sitting still on the porch instead of tossing out a handful and retreating in the house to watch them stealthily through the shutters.
Day 5 Advent. Damn you, hibiscus!!!! It’s not full of hibiscus, but it’s enough for me to think “blech!!”. The hib bite was too much when it was hot, but now that it’s cooled things are a little more tolerable. I am amused at the naming of a hibiscus tea “Jams” in honor of “Jaws”. It’s perfect because it steeps up like blood in the water. I’m trying hard to taste past the hibiscus, but it’s so dominating that I can’t. It has this weird metallic tang, like blood (now that I have blood in mind with this tea) and a sour finish. This just reaffirms my hibby hate.