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Had this one over the weekend and I remember thinking how impressively well balanced all of the flavours were – it definitely distinctly tasted like chestnut, banana, chocolate, and baked goods/pastry in pretty equal ways. Maybe a bit more banana and chestnut. I think it’s a very good recreation of different styles of sweet crepes. The chestnut cream crepes (usually on buckwheat) that are so popular here in Montreal are delicious as are chocolate banana crepes and I think this is a nice combination of those two ideas.
I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get this again because it does feel rather specific to me, but it’s super well done IMO and I enjoyed the cup – it’s not gonna be a problem to finish at all, but more of a pleasure.
This was very good! Really, really sweet and juicy but non acidic strawberry on the dry leaf aroma that carried through to a nice medium bodied, playful and candy like strawberry note when steeped – just perfectly present, ripe and not artificial/chemical despite the fact it obviously leaned more candy in taste. The hibiscus is so restrained in the blend, and honestly I might not even notice it there without knowing because it blends into and supports the strawberry notes so seamlessly. The oolong is smooth and adds needed body, without dominating the cup or competing in terms of flavour – it’s just a nice floral finish on the back end.
Really, reallllllyyyyy liked this!
Lets, for a moment, take a trip down memory lane to the Roswell Strange from eight years ago who found the idea of raisins and raisin flavours in teas to be quite gag inducing. If you introduced that version of myself to the tea drinker I am today and told them that not only would I willing buy what is essentially a raisin tea but that I would go out of my way to do so and be excited about it…
Well, I’d have called you insane.
But here we are with this cinnamon raisin/rum raisin tea and, truthfully, it kind of needs more raisin!? It’s got the cinnamon down – very warming and cozy with just enough warmth and that sort of woody/pastry vibe. However, I think the raisin notes need to be richer and more dense, and I wish I got a little more of the “rum” element too. It’s definitely nice, but without context I probably would have called this a cinnamon focused blend.
Currently undecided on whether or not I liked this tea. The dry leaf aroma is really lovely with some good distinct notes of baked apricot/apricot preserves. Steeped up it was weird thought because some sips had a bright and almost tart (from the hibiscus, in part) apricot/stonefruit type note that was pleasant and a nice balance of sweetness while others were more mellow and subdued with hints of toasted hazelnuts and even a mineral quality from the rooibos base. It really messed with my mind how seemingly on a dime the same cold infusion would flip between the brighter stonefruit and citrus notes to the more baked and nutty base…
Gotta revisit – need more time to mentally process this one.
I’ve had a couple teas from Brutaliteas that I haven’t loved but this is probably the first one that I was just simply disappointed by. To be fair, I think cantaloupe is by far the trickiest type of melon to convey flavour wise in a blend – I’m pretty sure the only really good one I’ve tried is Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream from like seven years ago…
So, it’s not that it tasted bad per say, it’s just that there wasn’t a trace of melon to be found in the cup. Instead it was a medium bodied and very floral oolong with orchid and grassier type notes and then a distinct jasmine addition to it. Nice, but I don’t want jasmine in my cantaloupe teas. I want cantaloupe or, at the very least, just any type of melon.
Currently finishing off a mug of this while I work on tasting notes and it’s quite interesting to me. I’m getting an overall sort of wintery vibe from the cup and I think it’s the combination of sweet cinnamon and black licorice/anise with this very distinct baked fig/fig newton cookie type of flavour. I really like how decadent and warming the spices come across on the palate mixed with the sweet brown fruit notes. It’s indulgent but not heavy.
I knew I was going to be into this as soon as I smelled the dry leaf – it’s very sweet and syrupy smelling with a strong tropical and just a bit funky dragonfruit/fruit punch sort of aroma mixed with strawberry gummy candies…
The taste is quite good and pretty similar to the dry leaf aroma. I’d say it’s about even part strawberry and dragonfruit in taste. The strawberry reminds me of those strawberry hard candies with the soft gooey center that are wrapped in a strawberry printed foil that almost ever grandmother I’ve ever known has kept in a purse or little bowl in their house. The dragonfruit has a bit of a waxy kind of tropical funk to it that I like while also being sort of saturated and fruit punch-like. Not a ton of white tea comes through compared to those main flavours, but the white tea does make for a good neutral caffeinated base and it appeals to me to have something so juicy and sweet like this while still being caffeinated. I would definitely want to try this one iced or cold brewed next! With all of that said, though…
There’s something deeply familiar about this tea though aside from what I’ve already mentioned, and it is driving me nuts that I can’t exactly name what’s triggering this sense of deja vu…
I want to give a huge thanks to the Brutaliteas team who helped me place my recent order because I was super disappointed this tea was sold out and they managed to find one last ounce of it that they then added to my order as a free sample/thank you for ordering. It really, really made me super excited seeing it while unboxing because this is sort of the pinnacle of Halloween teas from their site IMO…
I also don’t know how to explain how I was both so incredibly fucking excited to steep this one up while also knowing immediately that there was no way I was going to like it. I mean, it has soooo many candy corn pieces in it and it smells so thickly of starchy sugar paste and vanilla. As I just said in another tasting note from tonight, I don’t actually like the taste of Candy Corn – and yet, it’s top of mind when I think of Halloween things that gets me super excited for Halloween.
So, did I like the tea? It was fine. Very thick and sweet vanilla and almond notes that do lean well into the pasty sugary quality of candy corn, and I appreciated that authenticity even if I didn’t super connect to the flavour. It’s also pretty black tea dominant in taste which I did like a lot. However, ultimately and in this case most importantly… it was just very, very fun!
Holy fuck that’s a lot of sage!
I mean, no surprises there because if you smell the dry leaf it essentially only smells like taking a big inhale of just fresh sage straight from the garden. Steeped, though, it’s just a huge slap to the palate of very dense and defined sage notes. So, so close to being soapy but not actually over that line which makes it so soothing and delicious for someone like me that really loves sage. The best part is that after that huge herbaceous flavour wave is a jammy juxtaposition of sweet blackberry that creates this syrupy finishing note and kind of wipes the slate clean so you’re ready to go back in for that next hit of sage!
Chose a random tea from this recent order to start with, and I’m glad it was this one because this is one of a handful of teas from the other that practically had me drooling when I smelled the dry leaf!
It’s really quite lovely steeped up with some clear and distinct notes of strawberry and banana. A little candy like, but not in full candy territory and also not overly sweet either. There’s something very nostalgic about the taste to me, and with the added creaminess and thickness to the mouthfeel from the coconut there’s a bit of a yogurt or almost “smoothie” quality to the blend as well that adds to the delicious combination of the strawberry and banana flavours.
I honestly don’t understand how there aren’t more strawberry and banana teas out in the world, but I’m really happy to have found this one!
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #143 overall / Tea #14 for April
An Ode to Tea, M is for Megganog by Brutaliteas (gifted by AJRimmer)
Monday 4/11/21 — another busy weekend at work means I barely had time to run to the restroom or get sleep much less get much tea drinking done. I’m doing the overnight shift tonight (Monday) so focusing on getting headway on my sip downs during the day. Also I’m doing the April #2021steepsterchallenge “Ode to Tea” and trying to only use teas from swaps/gifted from IG/steepster pals. I have 23/26 letters covered (if I have time I’ll see what I can do for other 3 letters in my 34028420349343423489032 stash of tea). This tea was made into a plain & hot latte with breakfast, and unfortunately no sight, smell, or taste of eggnog just rooibos and black tea with milk so half of this made tea went to Micah. (: Thanks for the share.
Instagram photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNlj9haAw8C/
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This was initially released as a teaser in Brutaliteas advent calendar last year, which sadly sold out before I could purchase it. So, I was delighted to see it finally available for purchase, and snatched it up as soon as it was listed. This tea was made for me. Milk oolong and violet? Two of my favorite things.
It tastes exactly as I had hoped. The milky flavor is most dominant, with the light sweetness of the violet complimenting the milkiness perfectly. The violet flavoring used is perfect- just like Choward violet mints.
My first Brutaliteas review. I cracked up every time I see the title. Imagine a pear in a dark alley with a knife. Menacing yet amusing. I don’t usually do tea with any flavoring (I’ve been noticing some give me headaches) but I wanted to see what this tasted like. It is a swirling tornado of flavors. Rooibos hits first and then the caramel beats it to a pulp and completely takes over. I don’t really taste much of the pear though within the first minute of steeping it was a bit more pronounced. The white tea is too muted for my liking.
MEGGAAANOOGGG. It certainly sounds metal. The Amazing Race had a “megaleg” this year and that too sounded metal. My first tea to try from Brutaliteas!! Thanks so much for sharing, AJRimmer! I love the concept of mixing music/movies with tea. And I will happily try all the eggnog teas I can find.. This is an odd one – black tea mixed with rooibos. I’d say it tastes like eggnog! Mellow creaminess with a hint of cinnamon spice. The wood flavor of the rooibos is more present than the black tea flavor somehow. Not disappointing but not the perfect eggnog tea (though this seems impossible at this point. Tea isn’t eggnog.)
Other recent holiday teas: B&B’s Jack Frost and Dammann Frere’s Noel Venice.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Advent Calendar Day 11
I was excited to see a pear-flavored tea today, as there don’t seem to be too many of those out there and I’ve really enjoyed some of the ones I’ve found (e.g. Trader Joe’s White Ginger Pear and The London Tea Room’s Mango Pear White). Interestingly, even though it isn’t listed in the ingredients list, the main thing I’m tasting in this tea is walnut! This is another one that I don’t know how to rate. It actually has a very pleasant smooth, nutty flavor that mingles well with the hay-like notes of the white tea and if the blend were called “toasted walnut” or something, I’d probably give it a high rating. But it’s apparently supposed to be a caramel pear tea and I don’t taste either of those flavors. So not going to rate this, but glad I got to try it!
Flavors: Hay, Nutty, Smooth, Walnut
Thanks to amandastory516 for this tea. I usually like rooibos/black tea mixes, so I was looking forward to this one. I have to say that it’s not too spectacular. The main flavor is the rooibos, which isn’t a particularly great rooibos. I really got no sense of anything at all eggnog. No spices or anything. Just a not that great rooibos flavor. It was a little better with milk.
Apparently I am doing a poor job of timing my steeps today as this one steeped for over 5 minutes the first time. A bit of a burnt taste to this over brew, but I stuck with it and tried a second steep that is a bit more butterscotch and caramel. Less burnt and more peanut brittle with a light lingering butterscotch after taste. Might need to try this with less leaf and a shorter steep time.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Peanut
this is one of two teas that I purchased after the advent. this tea, I knew, would be so perfect as an iced tea for the summer and lo, it is. enjoyed iced with just a teeny bit of agave and some…slightly sad strawberries that have been in the fridge for too long sorry strawberries :(
I bet this would be equally good iced + strawberries in the tea, as opposed to eating them separate. it would probably also be tasty with lemonade as well, bc the lemon flavour, while nice, could be stronger. hmmmmm.
Honeydew flavors are very hit or miss. They’re either juicy and authentic tasting, or artificial and undrinkable (usually like an old Chapstick). This one hovered between the two ends of the spectrum, but definitely more towards the artificial tasting side of things. Can’t say I’ll be trying this one again.