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I bought this for my sister and tried a tiny cup of it. The black tea is mild, and the banana is a little fake, but good. I wish it could be even stronger. It has more of a tropical vibe than I expected. I definitely taste the coconut. Milk goes with it well. It’s a fun tropical banana tea, but I’m not sure I’d buy it again over other options. My sister loved it!
The dry leaf aroma of this tea reminds me a lot of DT’s Toasted Walnut sans the coconut, which was really appealing because that tea had a lovely mellow sweet maple walnut type of flavour. Initially, once steeped, I didn’t love this. It was a little too drying/astringent with more of a walnut skins type of flavour versus the sweetness of walnut I was craving and that would make more sense for a sugar cookie inspired tea. It got better as it cooled though! Less astringent and more of the delicate and well rounded sweet walnut and sort of doughy bake-y quality that I associate with sugar cookies as well.
Adventaggedon Day 24: Tea 6/8
I have to be honest that I think that was a little bit of a let down as far as being the final tea in this countdown goes. I mean, the eggnog direction is spot on in terms of high seasonal flavours but the tea itself was a bit bland and flat. I got a hint of cream and a hint of spice but there were a lot of other stronger and richer creamy or even flat out ‘eggnog flavoured’ teas in other advents so the miss here felt that much more noticeable…
Adventaggedon Day 23: Tea 6/8
Apparently ask and you shall receive. I mentioned yesterday in one of my tasting notes that I didn’t think we’d had any candy cane blends yet and the advent Gods responded with a definitive “Oh, yeah? Here’s three!”. Miraculously though, despite all being distinctly candy cane tasting, they all felt super different from each other as well!
I enjoyed this one as a brisker black tea with more of a sweet mint note – akin to DT’s Santa’s Secret but just a bit stronger and no cream/fondant note. It got a little bitter as it cooled so I’ll know to watch that in the future, since this is actually a Brutaliteas blend I already owned but had not yet tried.
Probably my least favourite of the three candy cane teas today, but still solid!
Adventaggedon Day 22: Tea 5/8
This was the better out of the two cold brews I made today. I still found the flavour a little bit weak/mild but the notes of tropical sweet passionfruit and hint of lemongrass were pleasant with the body of the black tea. I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe it would have been a little more “punchy” if I’d made it hot.
I think, if the opportunity presented itself, I’d be curious to try this again with some tweaks to my steeping. However, it was neither exciting or unappealing enough that I would go out of my way to either seek it out or avoid it.
Adventaggedon Day 21: Tea 6/8
I think Brutaliteas missed the opportunity to go even harder with their name pun by not calling this “The Walking Gingerbread” instead because, when I saw the name this morning, I assumed the cup was going to be more of a hot/spicy or earthy ginger. Very pureplay ginger. It is, definitely, more like gingerbread though! Very pleasant darker molasses notes coat the palate and are complimented by nutty rooibos, malt, toasty brown bread, a bit of a burnt note, raisins, and of course ginger. A little earthy in terms of the ginger – not spicy at all. It’s very pleasant and I think it gets the gingerbread overall profile pretty correct. That molasses flavour can be tricky to convey but I think it’s super important and overall the cup came off really delicious to me.
Adventaggedon Day 20: Tea 2/8
Holy shit!! I have had a lot of carrot cake inspired teas and in my experience even when a tea can get the earthy sweet carrot notes, the cake notes themselves, or the spice combo exactly right they practically NEVER give me the cream cheese frosting note that I deeply crave and believe is, in fact, fucking crucial to conveying a proper carrot cake.
This tea not only got the light carrot flavour and warming cinnamon and nutmeg spot on but they fucking DELIVERED when it comes to the cream cheese frosting flavour. It was the perfectly tangy sweet and creamy vanilla that felt ingrained into the cup and I was just so euphorically happy as I was drinking this blend in the morning today!
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Does it remind me of Carrot Cake? No, not even when I try to activate my imagination. Maybe a hint of cream cheese frosting. There is a sense of spices- like cinnamon. It’s a light tea with some sweetness. I may try for a second steeping to see how that goes.
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Almost caught up, but at least I just finished my mug of this. At first I was put off by the spearmint smell of the leaves. But I did find the tea to be well balanced mint with lemongrass and lemon verbena. I think it would be a good iced tea as well.
Flavors: Lemon, Spearmint
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I’m about 5 days behind due to an insane work schedule and over commitments. So my memory is foggy and the next few Tealogs are going to be Memorable Good and Not So Memorable.
My sense of taste was complete back by this point and everyone is well again in our home. I liked this one. Chocolate teas are generally not my thing but I enjoyed the Cherry and Chocolate Combination.
Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate
Adventaggedon Day 19: Tea 4/8
I made this as a hot cup of tea initially but then I got very distracted by watching an episode of Critical Role so I ended up drinking it cold/room temperature. Oops! The dry leaf aroma is really minty which makes sense given the name. I expected it to be more of a peppermint tea, but instead it’s very nana mint heavy with some spearmint type sweetness also. The taste is also along those lines. A lot of nana mint with some cooling menthol peppermint/spearmint undertones, some citrusy lemongrass, and almost a licorice root style lingering sweetness to the finish that coats the mouth. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it, though I do feel like I’ve tasted essentially the same tea from other companies – this isn’t a unique combination of ingredients.
The most interesting thing is that for some reason that I simply cannot explain it’s making me feel nostalgic for the summer vacations I spent at my Grandparent’s house as a small child. I don’t think I have any type of memory of being there tied to this type of flavour combination and I’ve never really experienced this when drinking comparable teas in the past. It’s just where my brain is going today…
Adventaggedon Day 18: Tea 3/7
So I only had seven teas today instead of the usual eight because, once again, the Kusmi Tea selection was a piece of teaware. In this case, it was a tea strainer which I ended up using with this tea.
I have to say, this is one of the few teas I’ve had from Brutaliteas that was kind of just a complete miss for me. There’s a lot of things going on and ultimately the result is a cup that tastes really muddied and unfocused. It was floral in a general sense of the word but heavier and kind of bland? Like, the taste here wasn’t off putting at all but I just think that it’s so completely unmemorable and it really pales in comparison to the much strong Blood Jasmine Shed from earlier in the advent.
Adventaggedon Day 17: Tea 5/8
This is one of Marika’s favourite teas from “Brutaliteas” so even though it was a bit weird seeing a tea with a name that’s an obvious reference to Halloween I wasn’t complaining – plus, I also really love Halloween.
This blend has lapsang souchong in it so it’s a surprise to no one that it’s right up my alley. I think that they’ve used a really lovely, restrained amount of it though because that smoke note isn’t swallowing up the flavour at all and instead it’s emphasizing the burnt sugar notes that are accompanying the creamy toasted marshmallow and the overall taste is giving me the perfect burnt campfire marshmallow taste! I know I’m in the minority when it comes to loving a marshmallow so torched that it’s black, but this was awesome! So nostalgic, cozy, warm and delicious – and I see why Marika loves it so much!
Adventaggedon Day 16: Tea 5/8
I actually already own this tea but I haven’t had a chance to steep it up yet so I’m glad this gave me that window! I decided to make a little mini iced tea to drink over lunch with just a splash of cream to made it more like a traditional pina colada! Silky smooth and creamy coconut paired with tropical pineapple! Nice and lush with a pleasant sweetness, while embracing the gentle nature of the white tea. I really loved how refreshing this was; it was a very nice take on a pina colada and now I’m really glad that I already own it.
Adventaggedon Day 15: Tea 6/8
So when I opened all the advents up this morning I definitely do not realize this was a chocolate cherry blend. If I had, I probably would not have cold brewed it. However, it still turned out really pleasant regardless. Definitely a more muted medium bodied type of flavour but with clear notes of both cherry and chocolate that combined reminded me a little bit of Black Forest Cake but with very balanced levels of sweetness. I think it would have been better hot (and maybe with a little milk) but really it was pretty good!
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Shaking off this cold and the taste buds seem to be back in play. There is a strong berry flavor to this one, which should have been obvious to me based on the ingredient listing. I don’t dislike it but for me most berry teas are better iced. I’ve noticed that berry teas seem to leave me with a dry feeling in my mouth. Is that normal?
Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Raspberry