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drank Cheeky Digestive by Bruu Tea
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This sounds inventive! A digestive biscuit flavoured tisane. Perhaps a good invention for those prone to the odd biscuit or two, especially since with a new year usually comes a new weight loss plan for many people (myself included).

It’s a large leaf blend on the whole with a lot of bits and pieces. I can’t identify it all but can note some nuts and various leaves at a quick glance.

Smell wise it’s interesting….my husband said it smells like Weetabix and he has a point. I can smell some sort of cake or baked product, not unlike biscuit but perhaps too strong for one.

Once steeped it bares a baked bread and herbal scent, I can note some resemblance to biscuits but still not perfect.

Flavour is herbal, SO very herbal. Like licorice…actually it does taste like it. It’s refreshing and dry, slightly sweet with dark baked attributes and a dry after taste. Like dipping a mild biscuit into licorice tea.

It’s not biscuity enough in comparison to the herbiness. Honestly this blend is not for me and I can’t drink it. I HATE licorice and that is all I can taste. I feel the mix of hazelnuts and herbs has made a complex licorice type flavour and it’s making me pull faces. It’s good if you’re a licorice fan or really into hazelnuts, but alas I am not.

To be fair I am not rating this tea as it’s not their fault I dislike it.

https://kittylovestea.com/2017/01/07/bruu-tea-december-2016-tea-club/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp

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I love the fact it’s organic, I love green tea, I love orange, i love almond and I love pink peppercorns. Basically most of the ingredients that make this blend, everything about it is what I look for in a blend. While chocolate tea is nice I’m a savoury person and find myself wanting orange and pine teas for comfort.

The blend looks nice; some very small green tea parts of leaves that have broken and almost become a dust, aside from that it’s as you expect. I can see the peppercorns and lots of chopped safflower, also at quick glance the almonds too. No orange that I notice though.

In smell this is divine. Sweet almond with a touch of refreshing orange in the background. I gave this to my husband to sniff without saying which tea it was and he picked out the almond. I had to wrestle it back off him because it smells that nice. He said it’s like almond cake. The orange behind adds a refreshing tone, similar to that of mint, it lifts the almond and adds depth. I could sniff it all day!

Once steeped a golden liquid is produced that bares a sweet almond, somewhat marzipan like scent.

The first few sips reveal orange and almond with a sweet yet slightly sour after taste with some dryness. Reminds me a little of pine flavoured tea, it bares the same refreshing quality. The orange is also slightly wax like, but there is a creamy quality to help it stay smooth and sweet.

It’s so easy to drink, I devoured my cup of this in very short time. It leaves a beautiful after taste that lingers for a while.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Chococo Black by Bruu Tea
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Personally I don’t think you can go very wrong with chocolate and coconut, bounty was always one of my favourite chocolate bars growing up. The blend looks nice, lots of assorted chunks and pieces, plus it bares a dark chocolate scent with a touch of coconut. Like a dark Bounty bar but with added wood from the tea base.

Once steeped the resulting tea carries the same chocolate and coconut scent as it’s raw state.

The blend is sweet and creamy with chocolate, nut, wood and coconut tones. The base is not too rich nor the chocolate sour, which aids the blend. Instead the chocolate is a right level against the wooden base and the naturally sweet coconut lightens it into a pleasant cup of tea. I imagine the drop of milk also helps keep this non bitter and creamy, plus it helps with the dry nut like after taste.

A nice blend, not too strong or sweet and flavours taste natural. I feel it’s probably better with milk and sugar which I don’t mind as it’s to taste. Like a chocolate tea, it’s not chocolatey enough to be hot chocolate but the combination of two means you get both chocolate and tea for the price of one. What’s not to like?

https://kittylovestea.com/2017/01/07/bruu-tea-december-2016-tea-club/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Chocolate Cake by Bruu Tea
239 tasting notes

This is a fantastic tea. The dry leaf smells nutty and creamy, like a sort of chocolate liquor. There are also some vanilla and hazelnut notes.

As it’s brewing, it’s amazing. It smells JUST like baking chocolate cake.

When I first started sipping on it, it tasted odd, like the base had an earthy plastic taste that lingered on the palate. But after it cooled a bit, this flavor disappeared, leaving a lovely, bready chocolate cake flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Vietnam OP by Bruu Tea
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Tea number 3 from my Bruu Tea Club package.

This tea us dark brown and loosely chopped, leaving a mixture of small and medium sized pieces with some sticks/stems. In raw form it bares a smokey, dry wood scent.

Once steeped an orange liquid is produced with a malt, sour wood scent.

Flavour is medium strength with sour wood and light malt tones. There is also a soft smoky element towards a dry after taste. A few more sips increase the richness from the malt but it’s still only a medium strength, I imagine this might be forgiving if you steep it too long.

It’s very easy to drink, only a touch of sourness but in a nice way. No need for sugar or milk and would be a nice afternoon brew.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 11 OZ / 320 ML

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drank Brazilian Blend by Bruu Tea
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I received my first Bruu Tea Club package today after being tempted by a trial price of £2.99 for my first one instead of the usual £10. One thing that temped me was that you get random little things included each month, one blog review mentioned receiving seeds, chocolates, tealights, tealight paper holder, sweets and that sort of thing. I always love a surprise so I took the plunge.

I took a picture of my box on Instagram.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJSXnnpDTjp/?taken-by=kittychajin

As you can see this box was Olympic themed and I got a random flag (Somalia in this case), a party blower, a cocktail umbrella and a gold coin chocolate. It also comes with a printed club letter explaining a little information about the teas and some notes on the gifts included with the theme for this months box.

The first tea I tried was Pina Colada Green which is coming to SororiTea Sisters soon. Second is this Brazilian Blend which I have already had a cup of this earlier and my review will be to the second cup. It’s a little silly really because I didn’t know what it tasted of before so I don’t know how I’m going to review it this time.

Ingredients: Mate Green, Red Currants, Papaya Pieces, Bamboo Leaves, Rose Petals and Strawberry Chips.

Raw Leaf: I can see a leaf heavy mix with some rose petals and strawberry chips in though not many, and even less papaya pieces. It smells like soft tropical fruit with a fresh herbalness behind it.

Once Steeped: A yellow liquid is created that bares a mate, herbal type of smell. Don’t ask me what mate smells like because I have no idea how to explain it, it has it’s own unique smell. Think herbal, grassy and toasted all in one.

Flavour wise the mate is the strongest which matches the scent I tried to describe above. It’s not too dry or strong which becomes sweeter with the fruity after taste. Refreshing and light making it easily drinkable which is why I had a second cup of it, that and the stimulating effect. I’ve tried mate a few times and haven’t liked it but this was actually pleasant.

I’m glad I took a chance with the Bruu Tea Club, I have one more tea to try and have agreed to carry on next month for the full £10. I wonder what I will receive next month?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 11 OZ / 320 ML
Ilse Wouters

Thanks for informing about the Bruu tea club. I´m eager to read about the other tea you still need to try and also about next month´s picks. Did you give in a preference before trying out Bruu?

KittyLovesTea

I did a review of Pina Colada Green for a blog and I’m told it will be published early next week. It was very nice though! You pick preferences on which types of tea you like when you subscribe.

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drank Milky Way Mate by Bruu Tea
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Dry leaf smelled like roasted mate, marshmallow, and something inedible that reminded me of an old house. Luckily, the smell of the brew smelled amazing, like sweet milky butter. I was surprised that it didn’t smell like mate.

The brew didn’t taste quite like the smell. It still had a creamy mouthfeel and flavor, with a little bit of sweetness. However, the predominating flavor was more like a green mate. It wasn’t bad for a mate flavor.

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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drank Rose Amour Black by Bruu Tea
194 tasting notes

A mild floral note lets you enjoy a lovely black tea with gentle hints of rose. An accessible tea, perfect for those exploring rose or just want to enjoy a nice gentle cuppa. full review at: http://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/02/26/roseamour/

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank We Love Mango by Bruu Tea
194 tasting notes

Extract from [http://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2016/02/23/welovemango/]

Aroma
A grassy note combined with a beautiful tropical, fruity aroma. We Love Mango smells like sunshine on a Caribbean beach. Close your eyes and just imagine it.

Flavour
When I first tried this blend, I brewed it for a lot longer than recommended 30 seconds. A naughty 2 minutes. I thought I’d got away with it. But alas, no. There’s a reason Bruu suggest 30 seconds. The first half of the cup was delicious, but the further through the cup I got, the bitterer the blend became, until I couldn’t face another mouthful. I was getting a horrible metallic flavour on the back on my tongue, which stuck around for a while. Surprise, surprise, when brewed for the correct amount of time, the taste was consistently pleasant throughout the whole cup and, bonus, stronger mango notes.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Summer

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Extract of a review from www.tastethetea.co.uk ; I’ve had Rosey Rhubarb a few times now and it’s safe to say this is one of my favourite blends from Bruu. The green tea, adds a minor grassy under note, but nothing too detectable because the predominant flavour in this, you may not be surprised to read, is rhubarb; a slightly unusual ingredient and something I’ve not encountered previously. However, it works so, so well, to implement a fruity, sour flavour with a slightly creamy finish.

Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Rhubarb

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Extract from the review at www.tastethetea.co.uk ; Flavour
The first thing to note, the suggested brewing time creates a heavy bitter citric note (kind of like orange peel). When brewed for a shorter time, approximately 1 minute, the bitterness reduced to a palatable level, letting the orange-like flavours extend without being overpowering, perfect for those sleepy afternoons at work when you need a pick-me-up. Alternatively, if you like something punchy in the morning, this is your tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Malt, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Initial aroma is heavy on the herbs, sage is the one I can distinguish out of the mix. And there is a slight sweetness, reminiscent of anise. Initial flavor is still heavy on the herbs followed by something spicy, maybe ginger root, and then the anise again. When I take a large gulp all the flavors merge together into deliciousness.

Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
The sweetness has come out in the aroma more, mixing with the herbs evenly. The sweetness has come out in the flavor as well, also mixing evenly with the herbs. There is a light aftertaste of sweetness and a stronger zest of spicy.

Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
There is a nice evenness in the aroma now, I can’t determine which are stronger or come first. The spiciness has come out in the flavors now followed by the subtle sweetness of anise. The herbs are in the background dancing in my mouth.

Flavors: Anise, Ginger, Herbs, Sage, Spicy, Sweet

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drank White Dragon by Bruu Tea
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My absolute favorite nighttime and afternoon tea- fruity, vibrant, not too caffeinated, and impeccably balanced.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pineapple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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