In The Mood for Love

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Leather
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 17 oz / 495 ml

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  • “Malty indeed! This reminds me of the powdered malt drink minus the excessive amounts of sugar. I have another tea which is similar in flavor with different looking leaves that I can’t read the...” Read full tasting note
  • “I purchased a small sample of this during one of August Uncommon’s sales. Not getting much in the way of chocolate notes. It’s more subtle than their usual fare, but I found it much better if I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “In the Mod for Love describes precisely the opposite way I’m feeling this morning—maybe I gravitated toward this tea in a subconscious effort to boost my mood—mood regulation through suggestion, I...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “This one was malty yet had a thin mouthfeel, which was a little strange since I find malty teas to have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, of the three times I had it, each and every time, it was...” Read full tasting note
    74

From August Uncommon Tea

Black tea from Fujian province with chocolate notes.

Tastes like: dark chocolate, malt, cherrywood

Feels like: restless hearts on a dark, rainy night

Ingredients: pure black jin hou tea from fujian province, china.

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13 Tasting Notes

1082 tasting notes

Malty indeed! This reminds me of the powdered malt drink minus the excessive amounts of sugar. I have another tea which is similar in flavor with different looking leaves that I can’t read the Chinese on wrapping so I know very little about it except it’s delicious. This one is a little heavier than that one. I’m not getting the chocolate notes, so it’s different than I expected, but still really nice!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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129 tasting notes

I purchased a small sample of this during one of August Uncommon’s sales. Not getting much in the way of chocolate notes. It’s more subtle than their usual fare, but I found it much better if I overleafed a little. Overall, there is a sweetness and maltiness to it that I enjoy, and it goes wonderfully with milk, so it makes a nice breakfast tea. All in all it’s a mild, sweet black that’s very drinkable, just not for when you want a strong black tea.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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191 tasting notes

In the Mod for Love describes precisely the opposite way I’m feeling this morning—maybe I gravitated toward this tea in a subconscious effort to boost my mood—mood regulation through suggestion, I suppose. I had some disappointing news yesterday, which has my brain weasels out in full force this morning. What was supposed to be celebratory champagne last night turned into “drowning my sorrows” champagne. So here I am this morning, facing my own looming lack of forward motion in my life with nothing more than tea, blueberries, and the love of a few good dogs.

Anyway, the tea, what we’re all really here for. I altered my typical preparation for this tea, and doubled the amount of leaf. Rather than the 1 teaspoon per 250 ml of water, I used 2, and left the steeping time alone, at 5 minutes. Increasing the amount of leaves improved the mouthfeel of the tea, not surprisingly (I’d found it thin before), and didn’t make it overly bitter or overwhelmingly strong like I was afraid it might. Maybe Fujian teas need more leaf—its been too long since I had a straight Fujian, I don’t remember. Anyway, increasing the amount of leaf really increased my enjoyment of the tea. I still don’t get any chocolate notes like their tasting description suggests I should. What I’ve noticed with a lot of these August Uncommon teas is that I get a whiff of leather, which may just be the aromatic notes of the black tea base itself.

Drinking all of these flavored teas reminds me of my fundamental tea self: while I like the aromatic notes of the teas, I don’t ever really taste much. Its the tea-as-potpourri philosophy of tea drinking. I’d gravitated more toward straight teas, with the exception of genmaichas, which I really can taste the toasted rice note. After drinking several cups of these August Uncommon blends (I got 5, and I’m probably halfway through them all already), I’ve decided that I’m going to move back toward straight teas—the quality tends to be better because there are no attempts at flavor to cover up an inferior base.

Flavors: Leather

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Kittenna

Hope this tea ended up having the desired mood-boosting effects! I definitely understand preferring straight teas to flavoured ones with bad bases, because most of all, I love the flavour of tea.

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1785 tasting notes

This one was malty yet had a thin mouthfeel, which was a little strange since I find malty teas to have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, of the three times I had it, each and every time, it was simultaneously astringent. All it did was make me crave a strong, malty Assam.

Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it didn’t knock my socks off.

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4596 tasting notes

This is cold now and though it is not bad per se, it is not really great either. It is malty and cocoa powder-y with a tinge of bitterness that aligns with the cocoa aspect. It is a sort of chocolate black tea. Nothing special and I certainly have had better.

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10323 tasting notes

this one was really really really boring for me. No idea if i just need to switch up steeping parameters or what but it was not quite flavourless but just…boring. no real nuances, wasn’t getting any chocolate/cocoa…just…boring. reserving judgement for other steepings in case i can figure this tea out haha

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8724 tasting notes

Looking at my queue of tasting notes from the week, I think clearly what I was really in the mood for this week was August Uncommon teas. Not that weird truffle one that Dexter was on about though; I have a sample of that one but I think I’ll be staying away from it for a while…

This was actually quite lovely though; it was very smooth with some great milk chocolate/cocoa powder notes to it and a nice malty backbone to the sip. I mean, I pretty straight forward and basic flavour profile overall but I definitely still enjoyed it a lot.

Sil

how did you steep this if you remember, since it was forever ago? haha

Roswell Strange

I don’t 100% remember, but it was likely 95C water for four minutes since that’s usually my default for all black tea.

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