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Alcohol, Bitter, Burnt, Smoke, Butter, Caramel, Artificial, Astringent, Butterscotch, Mineral, Sweet, Tannic, Wood, Burnt Sugar, Brown Sugar, Ash, Campfire, Leather, Scotch, Honey, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 11 oz / 316 ml

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  • “National Superhero Day Tea! I don’t watch marvel movies or shows with the exception of Jessica Jones which I loved. I chose this one because it’s described as a “strong” black tea with “Bourbon”....” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you, Cameron B, for sending me this sample! A few things about this tea really stand out. One is the strong smell when steeping – as I was scooping the leaves in, I got a whiff of what I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown! (61) This one just doesn’t work for me. To be fair, I don’t always love lapsang in blends. And that’s the case with this one. I can imagine smoke and caramel working well together, but...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note

From August Uncommon Tea

Strong black tea with bourbon and burnt sugar notes

This tea has the ostentatious warmth of a Southern drawl. It’s got robust body and character to match. In the first sip, the chewiness of burnt sugar mingles with the dark, rich flavor of buttery buckwheat hotcakes and finally, a latent chicory note. A drop of milk adds a whisper of bourbon. This is a fantastic morning tea to rival an English breakfast. Its potent charm ambles all the livelong day.

Recommended for coffee lovers and whisky drinkers.

INGREDIENTS: black tea, taiwanese lapsang souchong black tea, barley malt, flavoring


TASTES LIKE: burnt sugar, buckwheat, chicory, bourbon
FEELS LIKE: the forward familiarity of the south


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777 tasting notes

National Superhero Day Tea!
I don’t watch marvel movies or shows with the exception of Jessica Jones which I loved. I chose this one because it’s described as a “strong” black tea with “Bourbon”. (I actually thought Golden Arrow would work for Jessica Jones in terms of her office and desk with the mahogany. I also thought Black Metallic would work as well with the purple flowers and elderberry for Violet from The Incredibles.)I’ve never had Bourbon before so I can’t comment on if this tastes like it or not. I realized that I actually have had this tea before and just had forgotten since there was no tasting note on it. It’s quite smoky and does have a kind of burnt flavor that’s left on your tongue and isn’t pleasant. I’m not liking this one so far but maybe I just need to brew it at a lower temperature next time. I love Golden Arrow and thought this one might be similar but it’s just not working for me. Maybe this one does better with milk.

Flavors: Alcohol, Bitter, Burnt, Smoke

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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150 tasting notes

Thank you, Cameron B, for sending me this sample!

A few things about this tea really stand out. One is the strong smell when steeping – as I was scooping the leaves in, I got a whiff of what I think of as butter, and the smell and taste match it to me. I know it’s supposed to be caramel, but to me this is a buttery type tea, and it reminds me a little of the taste of the Butterbeer in Universal Studios in the Harry Potter theme Park section. The tea has a nice and silky texture – I’m a bit smoke fan, but not picking up on that part much. I have another cup to try and will update if the smokiness comes through more my second cup – may try steeping it a bit longer to steep.

One thing is for sure, this one is different and I like different sometimes. It’s a unique tasting tea that’s not overpowering. I can see how I couldn’t sip too many of these cups in a row due to the caramel and almost buttery profile and my sensitive stomach, but I like it for one cup at a time.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Smoke

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Sipdown! (61)

This one just doesn’t work for me.

To be fair, I don’t always love lapsang in blends. And that’s the case with this one. I can imagine smoke and caramel working well together, but it just doesn’t happen for me here. And I think it’s because the caramel flavor here is somewhat buttery? And that note doesn’t really meld well with the smoke, so it ends up just tasting like artificial butterscotch layered on top of the base. The base is also fairly bland aside from the smoke, and has a bit of astringency to it.

A resounding meh. But it does smell nice!

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Mineral, Smoke, Sweet, Tannic, Wood

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

Sounds super interesting but I do like lapsang and I happen to live near the Low Country and my husband’s family is from the SC Low Country. But Low County makes me think of boiled peanuts and Low Country boil.

Cameron B.

I like it in some things, I just wasn’t a fan of it with the added flavoring. But it looks like everyone else liked it, so I’m in the minority! :P


Low Country boil? That’s a new one on me..


It looks like my comment on the phone never went through last night. I got your sample of this and tried this last night – thank you so much! I liked it but agree it’s definitely different. Sorry it was not to your taste.

Cameron B.

You can’t love them all! And a good thing too, wherever would I put them if I did?!

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630 tasting notes

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.

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

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803 tasting notes

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

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

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

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1468 tasting notes

I can’t get the hang of this tea. If I steep it for 2 minutes it is weak and if I steep it for 3 it seems a bit bitter. It reminds me a lot of MF’s Wedding Imperial, which was also a tricky tea to get a good cup out of and required a lot of trial and error. Maybe I should look up my notes on that tea for the next cup of this. I’m struggling to get a good cup out of several August Uncommon teas. I have followed the steeping instructions, but come out with a cup less than what I was hoping for and not what the scent of the tea teased of. I feel like the times and temps are too high, but haven’t sorted out what they should be for each tea. I don’t want tea to be so much work! LOL!

I smell deep rich caramel in this. The sip starts out neutral, then the caramel creeps in, then the bitterness mid way and through the last of the sip. It fades on the finish and the caramel notes come back on the finish. Adding cream dulls the flavors, but also mutes the bitter. I have a lot more to work out with this tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I had the same issue with some of the August Uncommon teas I got too. I used twice the leaf they suggested for most teas, but wasn’t as impressed with the results as I would have liked.

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1241 tasting notes

First of all, I have to compliment AU for their shipping speed. I received my sample order within 2 days of placing it. Impressive.
I was quick to brew this up and I was absolutely not disappointed. It’s rich and dark (I only get a mild smokiness), but the burnt sugar notes really shine for me. It was an incredible cup. So good that I actually went in for seconds.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Smoke

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown (150)

So my awesome tea twin, Roswell Strange, sent me a package with tea and song pairings. I was so excited when I received it a few days back but only now got a chance to sit down and actually listen to a song and appreciate the moment.

This company and band are both new to me so I was really intrigued about what my tea twin had in store for me. However, apparently there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to tea and song pairings. I put the song on and immediately thought I had to drink the whole tea in the 5 minutes. Of course, when I started drinking, it was too hot. I decided to let it cool and then in my usual fashion, started doing a thousand other things and then realized the song finished and two other songs had played. So, I went back to the song, made sure the tea was an appropriate temperature, and tried again.

The second time around, things went much better. I did have to resist starting my note while I drank, which is what I normally do, and instead focused on the music and tea. I let the two consume me. My goal going into this was to try and determine why Ros picked this song for this tea and with this particular pairing, it did not take long. The two are so smooth. There is a sweetness to them that is peaking through and yet there is a smokeyness floating above it all. In the song, this came through as the low almost whisperlike singing that is comforting yet also just a bit haunting, especially when layered atop the soft, mellow music.

As I drank, I couldn’t help but think this is what I think scotch would taste like. Now, I have never drank scotch (so don’t get mad at me if you drink this and it tastes nothing like scotch whatsoever) but a lot of people close to me love it. My brother-in-law recently got into it because he said it tastes like burnt caramel. One of my best friends drink it because she likes the smokiness. Both elements are present in this tea, all floating on a smooth black base, hence the comparison.

I could see both this tea and song being enjoyed on a sort of quiet, drizzly night. Just relaxing and enjoying the calm.

Thank you Roswell Strange for the tea and music suggestion. I enjoyed both quite a bit and the experience was a lot of fun. I look forward to drinking the others and seeing how they work with the music.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5soixb2U6xM

Flavors: Ash, Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Leather, Scotch, Smoke

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

I’m so glad you enjoyed both the song and the music! I think it’s going to be really fun reading your thoughts. You kind of nailed it, by the way – I definitely think the calm pacing of the song and smooth sound perfectly match the smooth black base; and the smoke notes remind a lot of how this singer’s voice kind of creeps in/hangs in the air a little bit. It’s very haunting, in a beautiful way.


Lol I was really into this pair. And after this song, Ariana Grande’s Side to Side came on and I was like this definitely does not match. Then I ended replaying the song again because it just complimented the tea so much.

Thank you again for taking the time to do this for me. I honestly am super excited about it. Alas between placement and my sister’s wedding in two weeks moments to just focus and take it all in are few and far between but today it was nice to just take that second for myself.

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400 tasting notes

This is a sample from apieceofquiche. Thank you again for allowing me to give this a try.

Western Style in an Adagio Ingenuitea. 3 minutes. 12 g/16 oz water.

“Smoked Bourbon Vanilla.”

Unsweetened: Every sip seems to introduce a new flavor. However, I taste that smoky bourbon flavor. There seems to be a slight burnt sugar note, maybe a little caramel or honey in the aftertaste. The dry leaf definitely gave off this tomato soup with BBQ sauce smell, but it’s proving to be more enjoyable than expected.

Sweetened: With a little sugar added, I’m getting Tomato Soup Cake. Perhaps this would pair well with sweets, like butterscotch, caramel candies, or cake.

It’d be a good afternoon tea for guests. However, teas like this are often considered to be winter teas for me. I’m mostly a “light” tea kind of guy in the summer; that, or overly fruity, if I drink anything with added flavors. I like it. Definitely has that Bourbon Street Vanilla vibe to it.

Flavors: Honey, Smoke, Vanilla


Glad you liked it. :)


Yeah, it was pretty good. Thank you again :)

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308 tasting notes

Wowzers. Or more appropriately…HOLY SMOKES!

It’s certainly a unique blend. The scent reminds me of aged bourbon while curled up beside a roaring fire. It’s smokey yet sweet. It’s got nice depth and complexity, but it’s a bit too smokey for me to enjoy. Truthfully, I felt like I was drinking barbecue sauce (sans tomato). Does that make sense? I actually started coughing when I removed the cover of my infuser. #lightweight

I’m happy I gave it a try, but I’ll be re-homing what’s left of it. If anyone (in the US) is interested in sampling this, please let me know. Happy to pass it along to someone that enjoys smoky teas. :)

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Smoke


So like a Bloody Mary?


Hm, I’ve never had a Bloody Mary because the thought of drinking tomato juice makes me cringe. It’s like what I imagine a bourbon-y BBQ sauce would taste like if there wasn’t tomato sauce or ketchup added to it – smoky, slightly sweet, and a bit boozy. Like liquid smoke and a jaded sugar cube went to a dive bar on a cold night and exchanged a few boozy kisses. LOL


Woah, that’s quite the picture! Ha-ha. I dislike Bloody Mary, but I’ve tried one a while back. However, this sounds quite unique, and seems like it could be great with a cookout (skip the ketchup with the burger, just make a cup of this instead).


Hahaha! Yeah, I’ve heard of people cooking with lapsang souchong, so I imagine a tea like this would pair quite well with grilled foods. Or you could use it as part of the liquid base for a ketchup/BBQ sauce or a marinade. Or steeped in alcohol for a savory cocktail.


I might have to fire up the grill! Or try to make a cocktail sauce with this….Ha-ha.

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