Tea type
Black Food Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Alcohol, Astringent, Chocolate, Cake, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Drying, Fruity, Tannic, Marzipan, Sweet
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “I can’t really decide how I feel about this tea! I got suckered into a purchase thanks in large part to the write-up on the August Uncommon site. (AU hires some fab copywriters!) It’s probably just...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a super cozy cup and so easy to drink. Trading the smoke of Outlaw for chocolate, this blend almost makes me like chocolate cherries and remember that Black Forest Cakes exist and are some...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “April Sipdown Alphabet Challenge: “C” Tea This one has a nice and authentic dark chocolate flavor. It has the bitterness and fruitiness that the darker chocolate bars have. I also get some of the...” Read full tasting note
    50
  • “Chocolate and cherry are both flavors I tend to steer away from in tea blends, as chocolate is often too thin and artificial-tasting and cherry tends to be either medicinal or hibiscus-tart. But...” Read full tasting note
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From August Uncommon Tea

Malty black tea with chocolate and dark cherry

Rich and luxurious from the start, the aroma of warm chocolate cake emerging from the oven fills your nose. Close your eyes to imagine the warm wooden, gilded interior of a café in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna. On its own, this tea is a strong, malty black tea with hints of cherry weaves around the layers of dark chocolate. A touch of milk softens the tannins and brings out the fruity sweetness of cherry. An excellent choice for breakfast or afternoon with cake, or anytime you need a chocolate fix. A tea for chocolate lovers and black forest cake fans.

INGREDIENTS: indian assam black tea, cacao shells, german barley malt, german dark chocolate pieces, morello cherry, natural flavoring
contains gluten and soya lecithin

TASTES LIKE: bittersweet cocoa, chocolate cake, brandied cherry
FEELS LIKE: the vienna secession

ALL NATURALVEGANNON GMO

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10 Tasting Notes

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I can’t really decide how I feel about this tea! I got suckered into a purchase thanks in large part to the write-up on the August Uncommon site. (AU hires some fab copywriters!) It’s probably just my pandemic-induced wanderlust exerting its influence, but the description of a gilded café in turn-of-the-century Vienna won me over. Plus, chocolate and cherry! What’s not to love!?

The thing is, I don’t really get much of the cherry flavor. Chocolate, yes, and it’s not a bad chocolate, either — it’s rich and slightly bitter. But the cherry gets a bit lost for me, other than a whiff in the dry leaf. Like many AU teas, this one has almost overwhelmingly powerful scent before steeping, to the point where it’s almost off-putting. Thankfully, the flavor is more subdued.

Hmm… as it cools, the cherry is maybe coming out a little more. But I don’t think I’d identify it as such if I didn’t know it was in there. It’s just a round fruitiness backing up the chocolate and the slightly astringent base.

I’m definitely digging it more as it cools; the flavors come together and make this a satisfying cup. I bet it would make a good nighttime dessert tea if I weren’t sensitive to late-night caffeine.

Worth a try, I’d say, though I don’t imagine I’ll repurchase.

Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is a super cozy cup and so easy to drink. Trading the smoke of Outlaw for chocolate, this blend almost makes me like chocolate cherries and remember that Black Forest Cakes exist and are some of the few cakes I like.

This tea is also a nice consolation for an eventful Canadian Thanksgiving (only three of us this year). First, my father accidentally poured the gravy into a pot with soap (ahhh… he’s the saddest about the loss of gravy). Then I placed a stirring fork on a hot stove element and then touched said fork with my middle finger, somehow. My finger is currently in a nice cold glass of water… but I at least I have tea!

Taken with oat milk.

Flavors: Alcohol, Cake, Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Leafhopper

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, and I hope your finger feels better!

CrowKettle

Thank you! My finger shall recover but I need to up my multi-dish cooking/baking game for next time lol

mrmopar

Happy Thanksgiving.

gmathis

Sorry about the owie, but hope the misadventures make you smile in years to come! (Multi-cooking is beyond me. If I get two dishes on the table at the same time, I feel like a MasterChef.)

Evol Ving Ness

Happy Thanksgiving! the very best holiday of the year. Sorry about the mishaps. Yesterday, I poured boiling water over my hand while carrying the over full kettle. I suffered for about half an hour while dousing the injured hand with ice water and then soaking it in epsom salted bath. Then, it was fine. I hope your suffering is brief and the celebration is joyful.

CrowKettle

Ouch, Evol Ving Ness! I’m glad to hear your hand is healing well. Oh, yeah – mine was super minor, just salt in the wound that is cooking mishaps (RIP gravy). Our Turkey was done an hour before any of the other dishes and none of us realized our miscalculations until too late. Then we danced, haha

ashmanra

I am seriously considering celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving in the future. Ours is so close to Christmas! Happy Thankssgiving, and I hope your finger feels much better!

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a pretty great celebration, CrowKettle.

Thank you, ashmanra. Truly, I can’t see why you wouldn’t. The timing is perfect. The weather is perfect. And then, Black Friday turns into a holiday on its own. And the Christmas season gets its proper due.

CrowKettle

@ashmanra, why not celebrate both? They may both be called Thanksgiving but they’ve both got their own unique spirit. The Canadian one is pretty laid back and “do what you want and be where you want but in ‘fall’ fashion” kind of deal (and reflect in that bit of grace on the cusp of the weather committing to bad-not-good and while local produce still being fresh-ish).

One year my whole family was abroad without me so my bestie roommate and I decided to go out for “Thanksgiving” BBQ Duck and Mapo Tofu lol

Evol Ving Ness

Thanksgiving BBQ duck and Mapo Tofu sound glorious! And CrowKettle, you’ve summarized it all beautifully.

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April Sipdown Alphabet Challenge: “C” Tea
This one has a nice and authentic dark chocolate flavor. It has the bitterness and fruitiness that the darker chocolate bars have. I also get some of the booziness but unfortunately, my sample didn’t have any pieces of cherry in it. It’s also somewhat drying on the tongue. Something to note is that my cup did have quite an oil sheen to it on top and I know that bothers some people. It’s a nice chocolate tea and I bet it would be even better with the cherry. I just noticed that they recommend trying this tea with milk so I’ll do that next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Drying, Fruity, Tannic

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

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804 tasting notes

Chocolate and cherry are both flavors I tend to steer away from in tea blends, as chocolate is often too thin and artificial-tasting and cherry tends to be either medicinal or hibiscus-tart. But this one was a pleasant surprise! It’s one of the better chocolate flavorings I’ve run across…rich and dark and just the tiniest bit bitter, like a quality dark chocolate. The cherry plays second fiddle, but provides a nice dark fruitiness that combines well with the chocolate…no hibiscus and it also doesn’t taste like cough syrup! This blend is quite pleasant straight, but I’m thinking it would be outstanding as a latte.

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

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

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Sipdown! (18 | 91)

Wow, the leaf for this one is tiny! There were some big dried cherries/cranberries but everything else was in very small pieces. I really like chocolate and cherry together, but I tend to be disappointed by chocolate teas, so we’ll see how this goes…

It’s not bad. The chocolate isn’t terribly artificial, which is saying a lot for me. There’s a definite boozy note to it that I don’t love, and the cherry along with it is making me think of amaretto. But there’s also a deep, syrupy bordeaux cherry flavor.

My only issue with this one is the base. It’s an Assam, and it tastes very generic and tannic to me. The astringency is conflicting with the other rich and smooth flavors, which makes me sad. So this probably won’t be a repurchase because of that…

But it’s quite good for a chocolate tea, and that’s coming from me, a self-proclaimed chocolate tea hater!

Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Bitter, Cherry, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marzipan, Sweet, Tannic

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

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Sipdown (1287)!

A bit sad about this sipdown – this is one of the better chocolate cherry teas I’ve come across. This cup was divine; dark chocolate with a fudge-y cakey quality while also having that boozy chocolate liqueur note. The cherry was dark Bordeaux cherry; the kind used in fancy AF craft cocktails in place of maraschinos. I like the sophistication of this blend, and how it’s sweet in a way that’s sultry and heavy and not sugary and over the top.

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143 tasting notes

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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1371 tasting notes

This seems to be a new offering from August Uncommon, and one that I added to my most recent order of holiday gifts. When I first sipped this, I didn’t think I liked it. There was a bitterness to the dark chocolate that wasn’t pleasant. But, as it cooled, it really began to taste like a chocolate cherry cake right out of the oven. August Uncommon has done it again.

Flavors: Cake, Cherry, Dark Chocolate

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