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Bah I haven’t written a note on this one yet but have drank it quite a few times..and today is not the day to write a detailed review since I’m at work lol..but let’s just say this is a great EGC with a bit more bergamot in it than Acquired Taste’s other cream offering I have tried. I think the first time I had this was steeped in a pot at my great aunts, with not much attention paid to the time it steeped for as we were visiting, etc, and it was still excellent! A great one for a large pot or just a cup, however today in my travel mug it is a bit perfumey from the bergamot. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite earl greys and it can stand up to being brewed a lot of ways it seems! Tasty and warming on this cloudy, cooler morning. Finally got some rain last night :) I am still waiting for the t-storms this summer! Not really any good ones yet. Anyways, back to work now, I will write a more detailed note later!

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HGTTB

As soon as I saw and smelled this tea, I knew it would be much like a DAVIDsTEA Forever Nuts type tea. I really enjoyed that when I first had it and then all of a sudden grew adverse to it. However, as I went through my eggnog latte phase, Forever Nuts kept popping up as a tea to have that way. Since I caved on Chocolate Macaron and ended up enjoying it, I thought this might go the same way. Plus it’s been so long since I had this kind of tea I was interested to see if my tastes changed. So, I took the last of this and made a latte with it.

First off, the color looked exactly like pepto bismol, as in it was bubblegum pink. The smell mimicked the nuttiness of the dry leaf except it was about ten times stronger. The taste was also quite nutty but rather than being salty as nuts should be it was over the top sweet and with a hint of something off. Ultimately it seems my tastes haven’t changed with regards to these nutty herbal teas but I am grateful for the chance to try it yet again and learn for sure that this isn’t for me.

sren

I had the same experience with loving and then avoiding Forever Nuts. Just hearing you describe the pink color of this one made me shudder. Funny.

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HGTTB

This is a really great peach tea. The base is really mild leading all the focus to the juicy peach flavoring. It’s bright and refreshing and tastes more like the fruit than the candy which is really rare for a peach tea. All in all, it made for a pretty tasty cup.

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74

I can has sipdown. Cold brewed the rest, figuring it was going to be weird, but it can’t be that bad, right? And it’s not. Black base with a creamy cocoa flair. I won’t buy more but glad I tried it, and looking forward to trying many other Acquired Taste blends in the future.

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74

There is something dark about this chocolate tea. Dark as in brooding and almost erring on the side of emo. If this tea were a music genre, it would be emo. I didn’t smell it in the store, but now that my pouch is isolated at home, I can smell a bit of smokiness in the base, and it’s there in the flavour too, blending in with the subtle chocolate. Not as much creaminess as I would have liked.

Methinks this would blend fabulously with cacao husks. It would give this a chocolate boost whilst the smokiness would ground them husks.

Nightshifter

Lol, emo tea :)

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70

Sipdown! I wouldn’t get more because the liquorice flavour wasn’t strong enough for my tastes. But it wasn’t terrible either.

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70

With some 2% milk this time around, the licorice is more noticeable. It may have been because I added a little more leaf this time around too. I need to try to drink up a lot over the next month. Chug, chug, chug!

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Awe, this smelled so ultra licoricey in the shop’s sniffing jar. I figured licorice would be an excellent flavour to pair with rooibos, and to even cover up the base for the most part.

But the licorice hides away once steeped. It’s ridiculously subtle. At least the base isn’t overly woody. Better with some light cream. Maybe I’ll try to add a little more leaf or steep longer. Or something?

There’s always Sambuca…

CherryJam

As an expatriate Dutchie, is this like the traditional salty kind of Dutch licorice? Me, who travels far and wide to seek out Dutch licorice, would probably love this. Yeah I’d say steep it for longer. I once forgot I had brewed licorice tea, came back and the flavour had greatly intensified (=yum).

Fjellrev

So cool that you used to live there! I wouldn’t call this a salty licorice. It’s more like a sweeter black one, al,let like wintergreen licorice. I’ve yet to come across a salty licorice tea. That would be really interesting.

Have any favourite brands? I love Harlequins/Harlekijns but they can sometimes be hard to find here.

CherryJam

Oh, when it comes to Dutch licorice anything goes. (we only get the kind that’s direct from Holland anyway, it’s all good :) I grew up with it and the salty kind was always… interesting. You either love it or hate it.

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90

Oh yeah, I sadly sipped this down the other day. Without a doubt, I need more of this in my cupboard. It’s a very forgiving tea, almost never went bitter despite brewing it at various temperature and for various lengths of time.

Tea with vanilla, nuts, and spices which wind up tasting like cola bottle candy will always be welcome in my cupboard.

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90

Oh noes, I’m quickly running out of this one. One or two more cups and it’ll be gone. Still like cola bottles! Especially in the aftertaste. It’s a keeper/repurchase-worthy.

According to Buzzfeed, this is what the art of tea drinking looks like in 22 countries around the world:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseypippin/22-cups-of-tea-from-around-the-world?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#.vmReagdkM

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90

Ha! Listening to Alanis for the first time since she became huge in the 90s whilst sipping on this cola candy excellence. I was too impatient to wait for the water to cool, however, so it’s a little bitter this time around. My fault. Sencha sure reminds you of the important value of patience.

Wow, I’m beginning to appreciate her more. Never thought I’d say that!

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90

Oh my, this is wonderful. The dry leaf smells like smooth vanilla spice. Taste-wise, the base is very smooth, no grassiness or bitterness. Just very mellow and allows the other flavours to shine. You know how when you combine some notes, they create an entirely different flavour? It seems like the vanilla and spices are creating a cola scent and flavour. Like cola bottle gummy candy. I’ve noticed this with certain bath products too, like the Body Shop’s gingerbread scrub, whose spices and sweetness morphed into cola. Lush’s Almond buttercream, comprising almond, cinnamon, and vanilla, also smelled like cola. So fascinating.

My mom is also in love with this tea, and agrees on the cola candy similarities.

I sipped this beauty in my new snowflake Nordic mug whilst watching My Neighbour Totoro with my mom, who never saw it until now. What a splendid evening.

Cameron B.

Happy Cola! :P

Fjellrev

Damn skippy!

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75

Sip down! I didn’t have enough for an entire 2L jug of cold brew so I filled the rest of the tea bag with David’s Apple Custard, and it turned out well! Rhubarb apple custard crumble.

Plunkybug

Oooh! I have a little of Janet’s Rhubarb Cream left….maybe I will get a little more Apple Custard and use it with that to finish it up!

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75

I think I like this better as a cold brew. The base isn’t as strong so the rhubarb therefore has more of a chance to express its feelings. Because rhubarb has feelings too.

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75

I haven’t had a rhubarb tea in a while, and the last couple that I smelled in stores (like at Janet’s Special Teas) underwhelmed me. I want sour tart rhubarb that leaves that weird, almost tingly feeling in the mouth just from smelling it. What is that even called? That’s when I know something, usually fruit, will taste awesome!

This smells heavier on the rhubarb and there’s a touch of creaminess too. Drinking it without any additives, the base is a little too much and takes over the other flavours. Adding light cream improves the balance. The rhubarb pops out again. I’d still like a little more rhubarb, and for the base to be a little on the calmer side. But FWIW, it’s probably the most rhubarby tea I’ve tried to date.

No wait, David’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is quite rhubarby, but I’d never have that hot anyway. So regarding rhubarb black teas, this has the most prominent rhubarb flavour.

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82

Sipdown! I cold brewed the last of it, and noticed that it got slightly bitter, and the liquor was murky, definitely due to the dust at the bottom of the bag. I will without a doubt pick up more next time I venture down to High Street. I’d also like to try more of their sencha blends since they’ve been pretty good, and am kicking myself for not getting the Candy Cane sencha when I was there.

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I put this in the fridge to cold brew yesterday afternoon, telling myself to take the bag out before I go to bed so it wouldn’t go bitter, but forgot. Opening the fridge this morning to a jug of very pigmented green cold brew, I cautiously poured some thinking I was about to enter a world of bitterness and astringency. I’m pleasantly surprised that not only is it neither of the two, but I can easily taste the grapefruit, as well. I guess I’ll be cold brewing this one again in the future, after all.

OMGsrsly

Nice! I’m gonna add that one to my list. :)

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82

Evening tea extravaganza. This is juicy, tart grapefruit in a mug. Besides its wonderful aroma sucking me in, I bought this to compare to Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon since I didn’t care for the base and have been on a search for another grapefruit green tea. I think I’ve found it. I normally don’t care for sencha as they can be a little too grassy for my liking, but here, it’s very mild. I don’t detect any grassiness at all. The grapefruit flavour itself is virtually on par with Butiki’s too.

Maybe I’ll try to cold brew this sometime.

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drank Noel by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
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This is a beautiful tea. Speckled with whole star anise, cloves, cinnamon bark, red peppercorns, and green cardamom pods, it smells like a spicy Christmas candy. Is that you too, apple chunks? I just shuffled the leaf around and also found a couple dried orange slices! This is the first tea that caught my attention when I finally, finally walked into Acquired Taste for the first time a few weeks ago. The potency of the tea really knocks your socks off when you lift the lid off the little jar.

I mostly get cinnamon and orange in the tea, which in a way, makes me think of many Christmas blends you see floating around on the market. I’m just really impressed by the freshness of this tea. My mom cracked open one of the cardamom pods to release the delicious seeds inside, so let’s hope I’ll get more cardamom next time. The clove is palpable, but unfortunately, the anise is virtually non-existent. I can’t seem to even find anymore star anise in the dry leaf so I’m wondering if they only bother throwing in one per pouch/tin.

I’m curious to see what this would taste like with light cream and/or eggnog, even. OMG, my mom is playing around with the dry leaf with a spoon and I can smell it from across the table.

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oh my dear swedish chef! this is a delight.! so close to grapefruit dragonwell from stacy, but slightly different. Besides the obviously different bases, this one borders on being just a slightly bit sweeter and artificial but not in a bad way. overall, this could be a substitute if i ever get a grapefruit hankering again…now that stacy is poofing on us :(

Cameron B.

Sounds yummy! I like Lupicia’s version a lot too.

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79

Another tea from my dearest swedish chef – i was doing well with sipdowns but my yezi tea order just showed up, so back up my count goes lol. This was on my wishlist after a review from missB, so i’m glad to get to try it! this is creamy…the cardamom does come through. now sencha isn’t my most favourite of teas, so it’s a plus that this one is so enjoyable for me. Thanks fjellrev!

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This was a tea from my dearest swedish chef aka fjellrev sent me. this is a pretty tasty chocolate tea. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this tasty. I had a couple cups this morning as a treat – in part for the sipdown factor but also because chocolate, creamy delicious for breakfast? yes please hahaha. I’m not sure if i’d reorder this, not because i didn’t enjoy it, but because i don’t reach for flavoured teas all that often. Still though, there’s a good balance here of chocolate (more milk than dark) and cream. thank you swedish chef!

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I stopped in at Acquired Taste Tea Co. today to avoid working on a big presentation I have coming up… and midterm marking.
I was looking for a nice strong and rich black with some malty notes. The woman who helped me pick suggested this one, as she felt it would best fit the description of the tea I was in search for (basically bailin black if I must be honest).

I added about 1.5 tbsp into my tall mug and steeped it for about 10s using 90C water. What came out what a robust, thick and slightly malty cup. I definitely first noticed raisin notes and buckwheat, followed by a malty slightly astringent aftertaste.

As the tea cooled, I noticed the astringency increased, but not to the point where I would not drink it.

Overall, I am very happy I picked some of this tea up. I’m going to play around with the steeping parameters and see if I can increase the sweetness and decrease the astringency. I think a lower temperature water and perhaps less leaf might just do the trick.

Preparation
4 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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