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80
drank Terrormisu by BrutaliTeas
287 tasting notes

Nice chocolatey, nutty goodness with more sipping of this one. Indulged with a mystery book in a bath after a tiring day. Does make me remember I forgot my order of chocolate though

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This was a letdown. The ingredients list has so much going on – pomegranate, raspberry, vanilla, caramel, bergamot – and yet I couldn’t pick out almost any of it in the flavor. I wouldn’t have even recognized it as an earl grey if not for the name. There is a subtle generic berry aftertaste, but I’m not getting anything else. The tea itself is fine. Just not anywhere near what I expected.

(This was part of the 2023 advent calendar that yes, I am still finishing, after basically neglecting advent season).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Second brew of a 3 cup pot was more yummy than the first sampler. Perhaps the name or the smell, reminds me of morning coffee a bit. Will likely be a keeper staple after out of the small size.

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Another NO-keeper for me – I usually love Brutaliteas but doing a clear out of this one and The Tart of Ruin. There’s just something unpleasant and borderline bitter with both of them for me.

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BrutaliTeas advent, day 8

This was a wild experience.

I notice the lime first in the scent. In the taste, the green tea is up front, followed by a slam of chili pepper that bites my lip. Then it settles into mostly coconut. Not really getting any lime, but this ingredient list suggests an awful lot going on. Spicy sour might be a great flavor profile; I don’t know about it in tea though!

Flavors: Chili, Coconut, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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BrutaliTeas advent, day 7

I wish I liked red rooibos so I could really enjoy this blend. It’s Nilla Wafers in a cup! Unfortunately for me, it’s a little like the Nilla Wafers have been sitting on a wet wood plank, absorbing the flavor.

I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a strong desire to eat those cookies as I do now.

Flavors: Cookie, Vanilla, Wet Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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BrutaliTeas advent, day 6

I came into this one skeptical. The name is fabulous, and now the song is stuck firmly in my head. I love smoke and love watermelon, but together in tea seemed… unlikely to work.

I like this a lot. The smoke is subtle, which helps it avoid overpowering the watermelon. I do actually get watermelon notes, and the fresh kind rather than the tart candy. Hibiscus and apple are both clear flavors as well, but whether it’s the lighter steep or the blend, they really let the namesake shine. As a huge fan of both fruit and smoky flavor, this is a winner I’m going to repurchase.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Smoke, Watermelon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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BrutaliTeas advent, day 3

Peach tea is another one of those favorite flavors that always makes me nervous, because it seems like everyone does one but not all of them are good. Thankfully, this one is definitely good.

The ingredients list is long and includes such a variety of fruit I was surprised: apple, orange, strawberry, mango, pineapple – but I really do get the flavor of peach first and foremost. It’s well-balanced with the black tea and doesn’t give me the artificially sweet vibe of so many peach teas. I drank it hot but absolutely want to revisit it cold.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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BrutaliTeas advent, day 2

This was an interesting tea. Caramel is a favorite flavor of mine, but I worry when I see it in tea – it doesn’t always come off well. This was sweet and warm caramel, but not cloying or artificial. Ginger and cinnamon also came to mind. I enjoyed that I could still taste the tea itself through the flavoring, even as it cooled. I’m not sure I noticed anything that reminded me of pumpkin or the other standard pumpkin pie spices, but I’d be willing to give it another shot.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank DecompROSE by BrutaliTeas
251 tasting notes

BrutaliTeas advent, day 1

The scent is rose and strawberry when dry, but the strawberry disappears when steeped. The rose scent is strong enough that it’s surprising the initial flavor is a slightly fruity black tea. The rose comes back at the end though, and it lingers. This is lovely hot, though less enjoyable the more it cools.

I’m a floral tea fan and love rose in particular, so this is a win for me. It’s not an exciting blend, but it is absolutely a pleasant rose I’d come back for.

Flavors: Fruity, Rose

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70

While I like this blend, I was rather disappointed by it; I like a lot of Brutaliteas blends but this one hardly tasted like a blend and more like a genmaicha (I know genmaicha is technically a blend but you know what I mean). While the genmaicha aspect is nice and cozy, I’m not getting much raspberry or rose if at all. I was super excited for this one because I love strawberry genmaicha blends like the Toast and Strawberry Jam one that Dessert by Deb had a while back. Now I’m kind of glad that I only got a sample of this one.

Update***

When it cooled completely, I faintly got the berry but still no rose, rating remains the same.

Flavors: Flat, Honey, Malt, Toasted Rice

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drank Crepeshow by BrutaliTeas
961 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB #22

Based on the ingredients list, I was expecting this to taste like Nutella. To my surprise, chestnut comes through way more strongly than the hazelnut…and I’m not mad about it! TeaSource’s Roasted Chestnut is one of my all-time favorite blends and this is really reminding me of that one. The chestnut definitely predominates, but I also taste cinnamon and perhaps just a hint of banana. Not sure it’s really reading “crepes” for me, but it’s sweet and nutty and rich and I’m guessing it would be delicious as a latte!

Flavors: Banana, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Sweet

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

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75

Unfortunately still not a big fan. Added some more water and watched the steeping. Not horrible too flirty with bitter and tartness for me.

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75

A fun, almost astringent, fruity black tea. I’m not actually a huge fan of tart and this doesn’t go overboard at all with it for me, so I think they did well with a pleasant balance. The raspberry is brighter than “puckery” and the almond in the background is always a nice touch to black tea when it’s not too artificial or heavy. So far have drank a few cups and will mark this one as a keeper, almost done with my one ounce order.

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drank Malloween by BrutaliTeas
961 tasting notes

Strange VariaTea TTB #1

I haven’t done a TTB in ages, so it was so fun to dig into this one!

I love smoky teas and I love marshmallows, so this was an obvious first pick for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of either flavor in this cup…it was just a smooth, slightly sweet black tea with the tiniest hint of smoke coming through in the aftertaste. A pleasant enough cup, but not quite what I was hoping for.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Crepeshow by BrutaliTeas
316 tasting notes

Sampled from the Strange VariaTea Traveling Tea Box

There is a particular nut flavoring frequently used in tea that is VERY specific, yet I can’t really describe it. I just know it when I smell/taste it. And this blend has it! It’s not bad or anything, just very… specific.

I didn’t really get crepes (or anything bready/baked) from this one. And I can’t decide whether I liked it overall! But I was glad to have tried it.

Flavors: Musty, Nutty

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Cold Brew!

…as you may notice in a second, I drank a lot of teas from Brutaliteas today. They just have too many blends that are too perfect for Halloween. Honestly, that probably could have been my whole day of tea drinking.

I drank this one with my watch of Rocky Horror Picture Show. I really miss going to see the University of Regina’s yearly play of it each October so this was a bit of wish fulfillment for me. Plus, it’s just a blast to sing along with. I’m sure there’s probably somewhere in Montreal that does a showing of it in October/on Halloween – but I have yet to find it. At the very least, I’m sure on of the many drag bars probably cover some of the songs.

This tea was weird but good. The weird part was that it felt like someone was constantly toggling a switch where one sip with be bright and tangy/tart with distinct notes of cranberry jelly and crisp green apple. The next sip? The switch would get toggled and it was like red hot cinnamon with baked apple. A constant back and forth between the two. I loved the more Autumnal lean to the profile though, and the fruitier notes worked so well with the camp of this infamous musical. It was a fun pairing!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CzE927Gulv0/?img_index=1 (4th Pic)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x92ccvZCzlg

Again, technically more paired with the whole musical – but I do love this song.

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Cold Brew!

I expected this tea to taste a lot more intense since the dry leaf aroma is pretty potently red apple and cinnamon, but steeped I was pleasantly surprised to find a more gentle touch. Not muted/weak, but just restrained in the right kind of ways. Light to medium bodied and still pretty white tea forward, which does always make for a crisp, cool and refreshing chilled drink. The cinnamon and apple are present, but it doesn’t make this feel Autumnal which was kind of a fear of mine. The cranberry might be adding to the more “red” notes of the apple – it’s not especially tart, which is what I’d expected. I like this, overall! Still gonna have to try it hot to really get a proper read though – my instinct is that this might be one of those teas that morphs a lot depending on the steep method.

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drank Psychocostick by BrutaliTeas
287 tasting notes

Not sure if it is a keeper yet or not but I enjoyed this one. Been having the best of luck with all these samplers lately! It is a bit more candy than other but I think it’s a good tea with a nice blend of tastes that work together well.

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Another one I like! I’m hitting gold lately with all these samples. I love almond if done right, and that’s the predominate with this one. It’s better when piping hot rather than cooled. Do like enough to buy more of it. And of course the name rocks.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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This tea is not a bad tea, but it’s not to my taste. It is tannin heavy and becomes a bit more brisk and drying the more I sipped. The sage is interesting and they did a great job with balanced fruits as backnotes – but it flirts with borderline bitterness and it’s not something I find desirable to drink again. Not a keeper, but not an awful tea – some enjoy heavy tannins compared to me.

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I’m having such luck with my samplers this week!

This tea has mini marshmallows, adorable, roobios with black tea, cocoa and almond with natural chocolate. It turned out to be a very fun chocolate black tea. I have a hate relationship with Roobios but all of this blends together. Delish and will be another keeper!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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93

Almost done with this one – we enjoyed a large pot the other night while watching some TV. Still as good as the first time. Will definitely be a re-order in my future.

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