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Huh, I could’ve sworn I’d reviewed this one in the past, but I guess not. I bought a small bag last year and it was calling to me today, so I brewed a cuppa for an afternoon pick-me-up. I’m underwhelmed! I remember enjoying it in the past, but today it’s tasting pretty thin even though I over-leafed it to make it extra flavorful. I even added oat milk and — gasp — a pinch of sugar to my second cup!
It’s not bad, but it’s not as rich or creamy as I’d like, and the chocolate flavoring is only OK. I’m also getting some minerality at the back of the sip that clashes with the dessert profile. Meh.
Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Mineral, Thin
Anyone else have ‘We don’t talk about Bruno’ stuck in their head? Ai, well, anyway this one sounds interesting so here we go. The dry aroma starts off chocolate-like chocolate milk and then switches to Irish Cream and then if you leave your wiffer in there too long you end up with a spicy nose. Also reminds me of chocolate rum balls that my mom makes. The flavor begins with chocolate, mainly. Not very spicy, a hint here and there but you could add some true Masala chai and that would spice it up nicely. To be honest I don’t taste the pineapple unless I really think about it. The Assam makes a nice base. Slightly woody and earthy. It was interesting to try but not one I would buy.
Hmmm this tastes neither black not metallic in my opinion. Not sure about the name, and at first sip I really like this tea. I like Pukka’s berry/echinacea blend so this reminds me of the berry flavor and then a smoky finish. But the aftertaste is too lavender? floral? elderberry? not really sure what it is that is unappealing at the end. The second steep was more berry than aftertaste and I liked it much better! Thanks Lexie for letting me try it!
Backlogging from the weekend
Tastes Like: candied orange peel, caramel cake, rosemary
Feels Like: dappled autumn sunshine
Well, I have no idea what autumn sunshine would taste like , I would think more of a cinnamon or pumpkin flavor, but this one is sure good. The smell dry with the orange and sweetness was tempting in itself. This one is different. I’m used to plenty of orange in black teas, but there is a special extra in here. The black tea staple part is good, then I have the nice orange with a small smidge of caramel. I don’t get the rosemary much with my one sipping, but look forward to scoping out all the layers of this one as I work my way through the bag.
A definite Autumn Sunshine keeper
I steeped for longer this evening and this is much better. The orange is actually standing out now. Its also increased the sweetness as well.
I’m really liking the orange, but wow, its pretty sweet. I likely won’t drink this frequently, but I can see wanting it now and then.
I’m curious how this will be as cold brew. If I have some of this left come warm weather, I may give it a try.
The smell when I opened the packet was delightful. The smell of orange peel was so lovely. Its something I enjoy so much.
After steeped its not so much. The smell is much less and I’m just not getting much flavor. Maybe i needed to steep this for longer.
Not rating until I have a chance to try it again after giving it more time.
Tastes Like: sticky rice, steamed banana leaf, orchid
Feels Like: a beach bonfire at sunset
Um. I brewed this one for a full five minutes and am not getting the flavors above at all.
What it does taste like is a pleasant and smooth Oolong tea.
I am going through my samples for a Black Friday order. To me it doesn’t stand out enough for a full order but it is not a bad cup.
Tastes Like: peach, crème fraîche, iris, lime blossom
Feels Like: georgia o’keeffe flowers
I feel like if you are a fan of peach teas, you may enjoy this one more than I did. There is an almost tobacco undertaste for some reason. A very small almost bitterness that may be the pistachio?
Not horrible but not to my tastes.
I do like this tea, although not enough for a big tin order, I don’t think.
It is VERY floral as it cools slightly with that nice burst of elderberry on the back of the tongue with a smooth black tea that stands out without bitterness to carry it all over. It almost reminds me of a perfume type, although it doesnt have an artificial or perfume flavor fortunately.
I go back and forth between feeling like flowers, and sweet candy, mixed with tea for this one. I do like it. Hm may order a semi larger order
I had sampled some of my August Uncommon before but wasn’t logging, so now they are a bit confused in my brain.
As other reviews have stated, each cup of this one seems unique. I remember more of a chili “bite” in the throat from my first sampler, but little else. I’m going through these now for the Black Friday deals.
August Uncommon typically has some pretty strong teas, but I went ahead and did a boil and 5 minute steep with this one with 1 Tea spoon to 4 ounces of water. Surprisingly this one is milder than many of their others. I get a small note of chocolate and chili but it has mellowed in my cupboard.
It is drinkable, but not just right for a full order.
The taste does get stronger as it cools
Flavors: Chili, Chocolate
I knew from the outset that this would be chancy. I’m not a fan of floral flavors, but I’ve never tried violet before so I thought what the heck.
The smell of the dried leaf reminds me of cool-aid packets with a tinge of soap maybe? Steeped, its not so much cool-aid though there is still a hint of a generic fruity scent/flavor.
What gets me the most however, is usually what happens with floral teas. Its very reminiscent of what i refer to as old lady perfume. You know, those ones that say they are of some floral scent, but the scent smells more like it came out of a chemistry lab than a flower. Even just smelling it leaves that chemical like taste in your mouth. Black Metallic reminds me very much of that, including that odd taste in the mouth.
I may try this again later, as I have found its always best to try things twice. You never know. But I don’t have high expectations.
As soon as I opened the packet, my first thought was, WOW! ameretto! Its really there in the flavor as well. I can detect a little anise, though its not overpowering, just nice and subtle.
Not sure if I can detect any of the other ingredients, but wow, I am liking this tisane. Actually the description mentions flavors of muddled cherries and I can see that as well.
There is a nice subtle sweetness to the flavor that is not a dominating and I think I am enjoying that as well.
This seems perfect to curl up with on a cold night. I’m sure I will be buying more.
I love this tea it is delicious. The first time I made it I made a concentrate and mixed it with hot milk as a latte. It was good. It tastes so much better slow cooked on the stovetop with almond milk and brown sugar. It is amazing. My favorite coffee inspired tea. I have a sample one serving left. I will definitely buy a larger bag by the end of the month. August Uncommon has amazing teas. It is my favorite website for flavored teas.
Pretty sure this is the first tea I’ve had with a gluten warning on it. With the number of people who avoid or are allergic, I feel like that warning should be on the front. The aroma is quite unique; burnt marshmallow, chickory, fresh twig (like when you are trying to build a bonfire and you go to snap a twig but it’s so green it just bends) a bit of caramel, and a slight hint of bourbon. It sucks being under the weather but I hate this canker sore more. Sorry for my random tangent. I can’t eat properly and my tea… ugh…
I can taste all the notes described. Burnt sugar, bourbon (though not as strong), and the base is a nice strong black tea.
My partner doesn’t drink a ton of tea and tends to be pretty ambivalent about most blends, but he did really enjoy August Uncommon’s Psychocandy when we tried it last autumn. That was all the encouragement I needed to order another packet this year! And then AU sent out a 20% coupon, so I added a few more teas to my cart. Then I was sooo close to the free shipping threshold that I had to add one more. Which is how I ended up with a sample of Arabesque. :D
After a swampy, humid summer, the weather is beginning to cool off and the humidity has diminished ( for now). Today is absolutely beautiful, and I’m enjoying an afternoon cuppa without feeling like I’m going to overheat. Yay! I used to love heat and humidity, but the meds I’m on post-cancer put me into medical menopause, and my poor body cannot handle the heat very well anymore. (TMI?)
So! Arabesque called to me and I brewed it up for the first time. It smells really wonderful, just like a creamsicle. And it tastes… like a creamsicle! Wow, I really love this one. The first steep was a perfect blend of orange essence and marshmallowy vanilla; the second has more of a woody note, presumably from the jatoba. The sencha base is pretty unobtrusive, which might or might not be a good thing depending on your tastes. (It’s probably why AU’s teas are popular with non-tea-drinkers.) I’m OK with it here, though I wouldn’t say no to a stronger green tea base. I also would love a bit of a sharper, zestier orange.
I do find the second cup a bit drying, but not terribly so.
Flavors: Creamy, Drying, Marshmallow, Orange, Vanilla, Woody
I ordered a sample-sized bag of this one a while back, tried it once, and promptly forgot about it. So I’m going into it somewhat fresh tonight!
Dry, I’m mostly getting anise with a tiny hint of cocoa. But my brewed cup smells… kinda funky and murky. There’s a smell that some fruity baked goods (blueberry muffins, banana bread) get when they’ve been sitting at room temp for too long and are just about to turn, and the scent here aaalmost reminds me of that smell. But it’s really mild and not enough to put me off.
The taste is actually kind of weak! There’s a hint of anise behind a thin, bready flavor, but not too much more. The mouthfeel is really nice and silky, but I want a little more flavor behind it.
A dash of oat milk bulks up the body, but does nothing for the flavor. Meh. Not a repurchase for me. :(
Flavors: Anise, Bread, Licorice, Malt
On paper, pairing spicy-sweet cardamom with a green tea sounds like a tragedy of flavoured thin tea in the making. This is AU we are talking about though, and the green tea they’ve chosen is distinctive enough to hold its own: grassy, kind of nutty, and vaguely smoky (I almost want to say gunpowder? kind of looks like gunpowder. AU loves the smoke).
The result is a surprisingly full dessert tea that pairs well with the summer-fall transition. Cozy dessert lawn.
Flavors: Cardamom, Earthy, Grass, Hay, Hazelnut, Nutty, Smoke, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla
Aside from its terrible name, I’m generally in favor of this tea, which has surprised me all over again with each cup.
Rose, cocoa, and clove don’t feel like they should go together, but I am a fan of all three. The scent gives clove and smoke with a background rose. On a sip, the bitterness hits first, but is quickly followed by the cocoa, with the clove and rose finishing at the end. Every cup out of this sample pack has been balanced and strong.
I’m a huge fan of a strong, potent rose and spice, so this is mostly a win for me. The bitterness up front is my biggest sticking point and keeps me from putting this up with some of my other favorite teas. I find it fascinating, but don’t feel like I need more.
Flavors: Bitter, Clove, Cocoa, Rose, Smoke
I like this for something different when the mood strikes. It’s certainly strong, borderline cloying, so it’s not a daily tea and you need to be in the mood for it. I prefer 3-4 minute steep over 5 for this one.
I drank in my new raven tea cup with some saltines and creamy havarti cheese, which is usually my favorite tea snack other than chocolate. This one doesn’t fully go with the cheese and crackers, and due to the strength and sweetness, it wouldn’t go with chocolate either, so it’s a difficult food pair.