Acquired Taste Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I was crazily craving Second Breakfast or Red Tailed Hawk this morning after posting in a thread regarding black tea blends, but in keeping with my lowered caffeine intake (I would say no caffeine but decaf has a tiny bit still) I instead chose this tea this morning. It really is quite tasty for a decaf, it has a nice almost fruity malty flavor, bright and fresh, and the sweetness comes out wonderfully with milk and sugar, which is how I’m having it this morning. Smooth and tasty, perfect for this fine Sunday morning. The clouds are a bit pearly, it’s a bit overcast but clearing, just a relaxing almost misty feeling from the clouds. It feels like a relaxing day, but I know I will be vacuuming later and doing other non-relaxing things. It’s what I do :) see previous notes on this tea!

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Mmmm this is totally hitting the spot at work! Smooth, creamy flavor, and I only added a bit of sugar today! I am really liking this tea, it reminds me a bit of fresh bread/scones with butter for breakfast. Malty, bready, a bit creamy..just yum. Happy Monday! See previous notes on this tea :)

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I went to my local tea store yesterday to pick up a bunch of teas for my boyfriend, he loves their Tall Mountain Oolong and he tried a second flush darjeeling and quite enjoyed it, so yesterday he stocked up on Tall Mountain and is trying a first flush darj and also picked up some heavenly smelling jasmine pearls. I have yet to try the latter two. I have been curious about breakfast blends, but I usually am terrible with strongly caffeinated teas and milk lol, but I decided to pick up this one to try an EB but without the caffeine! Also picked up some Lord Grey, an amazing cream of EG blend which I will review later.

The dry smell of this is actually a bit fruity lol, whether from contamination or it just is like that, I’m not sure, as it’s my first English Breakfast Blend. I steeped it for roughly 3 minutes, and the liquor is dark and smells like a lovely black tea.

As for the flavor without milk and sugar added, this is a nice and hearty tasting black tea for being decaf! It has some floral characteristics along with some fruit to me, and it tastes full and warming. I will now add a bit of milk and some sugar for the full English Breakfast experience.

Mmm, with the milk and sugar this smooths right out into a lovely full tasting black tea. It’s just so cozy and rich. I am quite enjoying this – a much different flavor than my usual array of Chinese black teas, with all their sweet potato and honey notes. This also has a sweet note, but it’s a more creamy sweet note, and I really like it.

Overall, this is quite delicious. Now that I know English Breakfast (at least in decaf form) isn’t too scary, I might eventually bite the bullet and try a full English breakfast tea. Or a Scottish Breakfast, they said that one is a bit lighter, haha this is out of my usual comfort zone so I will need to read up on these types of tea! Unfortunately my local store sells teas by a minimum of 50g, so it is tough to commit to a blend unless I really love it, as I have found out in the past (I have teas kicking around over a year old due to the large quantity you buy). But so far, I really like this and will enjoy it more as the weather gets cooler :)

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Last night I hot steeped 3tsp in 16 oz of water. Let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight.

Today, 1 cup cold tea + 1/4 cup skim milk + 1/2 tsp Torani pumpkin syrup = iced pumpkin chai latte which makes Dex happy.

yyz

Yum!

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I hot steeped this regular strength last night, let it cool, then put it in the fridge too get cold.
Today I’m drinking it as iced chai latte – about 2/3 cold tea, 1/3 milk and some sweetener.
This is really good prepared this way.
One of the teas I took from the SSTTB

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SSTTB #… IDK. Oh, 10.

This was a really unremarkable chai. About what I would expect from any chai, really. Maybe a little fruitier than others? Not my favourite, but definitely drinkable.

There are a lot of chais in this box, and it is SO WARM here right now. Well, not at work, but in my apartment during the evenings. I might need to make some iced chai lattes to try some of these teas.

It doesn’t often get very warm here, but I got mild heat stroke on my hike Saturday (It was 38C at one point, ugh. Thank goodness for swimming in glacial water and also a shirt that cools as you sweat, somehow. I know. Weird, right?). This, combined with ongoing heat and afternoon sun at home, means that going home to a hot apartment = sitting around in underpants in front of the fan, not cooking or making hot teas to drink. :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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SSTTB #8.

Lemon candy. This smells like lemon candy. I don’t really see much ginger in here, though. Here’s hoping it’ll taste at least a little gingery.

Ok, this is a decent lemony tea! Much better than the other one I tried from Acquired Taste. This isn’t dry, it has a decent base and would definitely make a good iced tea. I added a little honey, because lemon and honey just go together, but I don’t think it was necessary.

The only thing that’s missing? Ginger.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

I put half a giant mug of this into the fridge this morning (because I caffeinated mostly with iced coffee) and it IS an excellent iced tea! Not sure I’d like it much cold brewed, but it’s lovely brewed hot and chilled.

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SSTTB #4. (Just watch and laugh, Sil. Watch and laugh.)

This one smells divine. Lemony candy with a hint of cinnamon. Sadly, it doesn’t taste that way at all. It’s really drying and unpleasant, and the lemon turns into a mere wisp of taste although I can still smell it in the hot tea. I even added some sugar to help smooth everything out, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit a sweet spot.

This smells like it would make such a good iced tea, but doesn’t come through flavour wise. :(

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hmm I don’t know what to think about this. I want to like it but something is holding me back. There’s a weird taste at the end of the sip that I cat quite describe but that seems to build up as I continue to drink. Now truthful it’s possible I added too much stevia and that’s effecting the taste, but I’m not too sure that’s what it is. I let it get cold and I like it better that way. I’m thinking maybe it’s the peppercorn and other spices that are throwing me because my minds trying to tell me that this is a fruity tea. But those red peppercorns do look awfully cute. (I took a picture of this and all the other teas in my cupboard without pictures and added them because seeing them with no image bugs me. That’s when I realized I never tried this tea yet)
Thanks MissB for sending me a sample of this!

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SSTTB: Pick #10

So this is a company that’s new to me. Like, really new to me; I don’t think I’d ever even heard of them? But there’s are a whole bunch of different blends from them in the box so I decided I needed to try at least one of them. Problem is that they’re pretty much all Chais or have Ginger in them. Ick.

But this one smells intensely like juicy lemon candy or lemonade with no presence of ginger at all so I decided to cold brew it with the hope it would be the same way once it was strained. And it is! It’s this really juicy sweet lemonade with no ginger at all. It kinda reminds of Meyer Lemons actually!

It feels like a really good summer tea; lemonade like and juicy! I could probably drink this one often if the ginger stayed absent like it is now. Yummy!

Flavors: Lemon, Orange, Sweet

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My other coconut green tea from MissB! Thanks! Brewed the same way as the last one.

I think I like this one a bit more (which is convenient, because I have a lot more of it!). I mentioned that the previous one had a bit of a fruity note to it, a brightness, but this one is all creamy coconut. It’s not really toasted coconut but fresh coconut. Now I’m flashing back to eating a “jelly coconut” (young, not really ripe coconut) in Madagascar… Whack it open with a machete, drink the milk, then scrape the jelly-ish insides out with a “spoon” made out of a chunk of the husk. Few things are more refreshing on a hot day! Coconut with green tea reminds me of that since the green tea adds a bit of green freshness to it. Yum!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

ditto Stephanie…lol

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SSTTB

This one smells much better than it tastes. So lemony and delicious. Mmmmm… However, tastewise, the lemon is muted and the spices leave a drying feeling in my mouth. It is just not for me. I am glad I got the chance to try it though :)

Cheri

Apparently, it’s an acquired taste. (Sorry, just some very bad humor. I needed it.)

VariaTEA

Haha. I liked it :)

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This tea was the perfect pick me up I needed this morning. I ventured out and picked up my first CSA box of the summer. The leaves of this tea has an intense grapefruit smell that I love. After steeping it mellows out, I unfortunately don’t get a lot of earl grey out of this but otherwise it’s very tasty.

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