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I seemed to have chosen all their newer ones because so many of them aren’t even on their website. This is a fruit tisane with hibiscus and mango and whatnot. Cold brewed, it’s sweet and tart at the same time because of these two main notes. But! Not nearly as sweet as DAVIDs mango-flavoured blends, so that’s a bonus. I’m already on my third round, so clearly that’s an indication that it’s nice to drink when it’s 30°C outside (and you’ve walked 27km in said heat!) but once it’s gone, it’s gone. I won’t get more since it’s not unique or amazeballs in any way.

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I was initially attracted to their Toffee black in the store, based on the tea that was in the sniffing jar, but once I smelled it in the tin, I had to pass because it smelled stale and weird. The sales associate pointed me to this tea instead, which is newer, and hence, lacking in any pertinent information on their site. It smells so roasty and nutty, kind of along the lines of Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA (which also smells a little bit like ATR’s Brioche) so I thought I couldn’t go wrong.

Unfortunately, this seriously lacks flavour once steeped. I can just pick up on a hint of nuttiness with each initial sip but the rest is just tea and nothing more. The dry leaf is interesting, like a mix between twisted leaves and CTC pellets, with some nuts and flower petals thrown in to the mix.

But I found something today that kind of saves teas like this. So, there is a localesque business that makes flavoured honeys, and I found their ginger honey at Save-on-Foods the other week. So tasty, like fresh ginger, and/or those Chimes ginger chews. Really great on toast, and I’m sure it would be great to glaze salmon with and whatnot. Anyway, I went to Farmers Market today for the sole purpose of seeking out their booth since they have a ton of other flavours, and came across their Pumpkin Spice honey. Grabbed that off the bat, but it was tough since I was also eyeing their Espresso Vanilla Bean and Chai ones.

Long story short, I added a spoon of it to this tea and it’s glorious. It woke this tea up and breathed some life into it. I’m normally not a fan of honey in tea but I’ll definitely be drinking this tea with these flavoured honeys (I need to grab more flavours too!) from this day forward.

OMGsrsly

Ohhhh, Chimes ginger chews. :)

Sil

Omgsrsly that honey sound amazing

Sil

Haha autos correct made. Omg omgsrsly lol

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. That is too awesome. :D

MissLena

I need to look for that honey at the farmers market when I’m there next! And I find that the little sniffing jars at ATT are never a good indication of the tea, I usually ask to smell the giant full tin if I am deciding to get one :D

Fjellrev

Yes, please do check them out! They’re called Beary Berry Honey Inc.

I too prefer smelling from the giant tins. I’m sure the tea in the jars is older, and/or exposure to sunlight doesn’t help either.

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83

I’ve yet to try the Grapefruit Grey from Bayswater but the dry leaf smells very similar to this, anyway. Ultra grapefruity and tangy, and that grapefruit translates nicely in flavour too. I added some light cream and while it placed a damper on the citrus (seems like bergamot stays stronger than grapefruit when you add cream/milk, at least here), it’s a smooth tea to drink in the morning. I’m curious to see how this would turn out as a cold brew.

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73

I proudly walked to Acquired Taste the other day when it was sunny out and picked up a variety of their teas that are new to me, plus more of their Winter Dream Sencha because it’s amazing anytime.

This one is apparently newer, and I’ve basically been cold brewing teas and not enjoying anything hot due to the weather. Therefore, this was a must. It’s not as good as I had hoped though? I’m actually writing by memory since I had it a couple days ago. But it was just vaguely berry-ish and sweet. Tastes like a lot of others I’ve had in the past. Nothing unique.

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Man, this aint no sencha.
This is clearly a chai blend… but whatever. I am not a fan of chai and green tea trying to mingle with one another in my mouth so I will refrain from finishing this.
(I had no idea what it was, I just brewed it from my sample box)

Christina

Well, at least the company is living up to its name: “Acquired Taste”. (For the record, I also dislike masala chai made with green tea.)

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84

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
1154 tasting notes

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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