788 Tasting Notes

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drank Cabaret by August Uncommon Tea
788 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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I’m not generally a fan of floral tea, but violet may be the exception to that. This one perfectly balances the violet and elderberry flavoring on a rich black tea base, creating a delicious blend that does NOT make me feel like I’m drinking perfume! Another pleasant surprise from August Uncommon.

Flavors: Berries, Floral, Fruity, Violet

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

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I find it odd that August Uncommon markets this as an Earl Grey, because I barely taste the bergamot at all! But once I got over my disappointment at this not really being a flavored Earl Grey, I do like it for what it is: a strongly-flavored plum and clove black tea. The clove can be a bit overpowering (I’ve learned not to get more than 1 whole clove in my infuser!) but brewed correctly, this is a lovely balance of fruit and spice on a malty black base that resteeps beautifully. I don’t love this one as much as some of the others in this sampler pack (looking at you, Low Country and Silencio!) but I definitely enjoyed getting the chance to try it.

Flavors: Clove, Malt, Plums, Spices, Stonefruits

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

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90
drank Dark Iris by August Uncommon Tea
788 tasting notes

Oh my goodness, the SMELL of this tea! It has one of the richest aromas I’ve ever encountered in a tea blend, filling my whole kitchen with a mouth-watering peach scent while steeping. The flavor isn’t quite as amazing as the aroma, but it is still quite delicious. Very peach-forward with pistachio coming through in the aftertaste. I don’t really notice the lime, but I also don’t miss it as the tea is quite lovely just as it is. The oolong makes a nice smooth base for the other flavors. This is another one I’m hoping to repurchase when I finish my sample!

Flavors: Nuts, Peach, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Silencio by August Uncommon Tea
788 tasting notes

I honestly did not expect to like this one. I have a pretty low tolerance for spice, so “spicy” worried me and pineapple, chocolate, and pepper just sounded like an odd combination. But somehow it works! The pineapple comes out strongly in the aroma, but is more muted in the flavor, coming in behind rich dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, and just a hint of peppery warmth. The base tea is strong enough to support all these intense flavors without overpowering them and it actually resteeps surprisingly well for a flavored tea. Since I finally got brave enough to try it, I’ve found myself reaching for this one more often than almost anything else in this sampler pack and definitely plan to order more when I run out!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate, Pineapple, Smoke, Tobacco

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

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drank Biarritz by August Uncommon Tea
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I was very excited to receive the August Uncommon Top 10 sampler pack as a Christmas gift from my grandma in December! Since I got a lot of other tea for Christmas and had the Samurai TTB with me in January as well, I saved these teas to open on my vacation this month. Overall, August Uncommon continues to impress me with the quality of their tea and the uniqueness of their blends; I quite enjoyed 8/10 of the teas in this set and several are going on my wishlist to purchase in larger quantities soon.

But this was one of the two that flopped for me….and flopped quite spectacularly! I can usually finish any mug of tea, even if I’m not really enjoying it, but I actually dumped this one out after a couple of sips. It felt like drinking a mug of cough syrup…the artificial cherry flavor was STRONG and the anise also gave it a cloyingly sweet, throat-coating mouthfeel that I just couldn’t handle. I’ve passed this on to an amaretto-loving friend in hopes that she will enjoy it more than I did…wouldn’t take much!

Flavors: Anise, Artificial, Cherry, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

An awesome gift from your gram! :D

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A friend of mine went to Charleston and brought this tea back. I was excited to try it, but unfortunately, this wasn’t a favorite for me. The flavor is quite aggressive for a green tea, strongly herbaceous with mineral notes and an oddly metallic aftertaste. I’m still curious to try more from this company, but this isn’t one I’ll be drinking again.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Metallic, Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

Oh well, I guess it was indeed bad :/

Mastress Alita

I remember taking this from a teabox once and I wasn’t a fan, either. It tasted like a tobacco ashtray, which is pretty much my most disliked flavor note in a tea.

gmathis

Bummer. I have had one black and one green variety from Oliver Pluff and the black was far better.

Inkling

Guess I’ll have to go for a black tea next time!

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Samurai TTB #61

This was the final teabag that I had pulled from the TTB a couple of weeks ago and has been waiting for me in my desk drawer at work. Although the quality of this seems really nice for a bagged tea, the flavor combination just isn’t working for me. The base tea is quite grassy and aggressive and seems to almost be fighting the toasted rice and floral flavors that are also present in the blend. I also find that it’s drying out my throat at the end of each sip. While I’m curious to try more from this brand, this isn’t one I’ll be returning to.

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Grass, Rose, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

You’re super on top of trying all the samples you grabbed! I had the box in April, and I still have a tea or two left to try – I should get on that!

Mastress Alita

I love Steven Smith Teamaker! This is one of my favs though — I normally hate bergamot paired with green tea, but this one simply works for me.

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Samurai TTB #60

I’m not really getting any grapefruit from this one. It tastes strongly of vanilla and the white tea base is also coming through pretty strongly. It’s a pleasant, creamy flavor, but I’m disappointed not to taste the grapefruit, since that’s one of my favorite flavors and pretty rare to find in tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Hay, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Samurai TTB #59

I’m not generally a fan of jasmine teas (too many of them are overpoweringly floral and make me feel like I’m drinking perfume) but Jenni King has spoken so highly of this one, I just had to try it when I saw a single sachet in the TTB. And I’m so glad I did! I think this is the best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. Even though it was in a teabag, the pearls were beautifully rolled and unbroken. When steeped, they unfurled into a bright green, fresh-tasting tea with notes of citrus and a pleasantly soft floral flavor. A second steep was almost as good as the first!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

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