Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Tea, Black Pepper, Cocoa Bean Shells, Flavouring, Indian Black Tea, Pineapple
Flavors
Chocolate, Tropical Fruit, Bitter, Cacao, Pineapple, Spicy, Cocoa, Coconut, Floral, Pepper, Spices, Tobacco, Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate, Smoke, Creamy, Tannin, Thick, Astringent, Cherry Wood, Earth, Vanilla
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Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 270 ml

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  • “I absolutely love the pineapple flavor that August Uncommon uses in their Big Easy tea, and I taste a similar flavor here. Unfortunately, it’s overshadowed by tons of black pepper flavor. This...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 4 From Emilie! This is so unique! I couldn’t place the aroma at first, but after cheating and looking at the ingredient list I definitely get tropical fruit vibes. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have an August tasting box and am excited to go through each of the teas. Trying to remember to make notes so I know which ones to repurchase! Silencio is interesting. The smell is a strong...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, November 13th: National Hug a Musician Day – Tame Impala Sipdown! I’m partially giving this tea to Neo-Psychedelia Aussie artist Tame Impala because,...” Read full tasting note
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From August Uncommon Tea

Spicy black tea with pineapple, cacao, and black pepper

The climate of the Cuban coast is gripping even just after daybreak. Strains of lovelorn boleros rise and fall in your ears. The scent of tobacco and sticky sweet tropical flowers hangs heavy in the air. The aroma of this tea envelops you with warm tobacco notes and cocoa-scented orchid. As you sip, the earthy cigar flavor yields to juicy sun-ripened pineapple. It finishes on a deep spicy note. A touch of milk mellows its spiciness and brings out the floral sweetness of pineapple. This is a place where everything conspires to make time pass in deliberate slowness, enchanting you with nostalgia.

INGREDIENTS: assam tea, south indian black tea, cacao shell, black pepper, dried pineapple, flavoring

TASTES LIKE: cigar leaf, black pepper, ripe pineapple
FEELS LIKE: a cuban bolero

VEGANGLUTEN FREENON GMO

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1529 tasting notes

I absolutely love the pineapple flavor that August Uncommon uses in their Big Easy tea, and I taste a similar flavor here. Unfortunately, it’s overshadowed by tons of black pepper flavor. This blend is supposed to be spicy, but the spice element here comes really just from the black pepper. So I wish there could be more pineapple, less black pepper, or maybe just more complexity here. Pineapple plus pepper isn’t great for me. It’s like eating a stir fry with pineapple in it or something. I actually enjoyed the resteep more because the super fruity sweetness had faded and it was just the savory pepper with a more savory cooked pineapple remnant. The second time I had this, I tasted mostly pepper with only a hint of pineapple, which was just too savory for me. This tea is definitely interesting, but it’s not really for me.

Skysamurai

What about cold? Or would that be weird?

AJRimmer

Ha I ended up having part of each cup cold because it would take me so long to finish it, and I felt the same about it. Plenty of teas do improve in the fridge though, I agree!

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1752 tasting notes

2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 4
From Emilie!

This is so unique! I couldn’t place the aroma at first, but after cheating and looking at the ingredient list I definitely get tropical fruit vibes. I still have a bit more of this one to play around with, but if the rest is as good as this cup then I think I’ll pick some up with my next AU order.

Flavors: Chocolate, Tropical Fruit

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100 tasting notes

I have an August tasting box and am excited to go through each of the teas. Trying to remember to make notes so I know which ones to repurchase!

Silencio is interesting. The smell is a strong pineapple; I actually noticed the pineapple smell several rooms over in my house while it was steeping! It didn’t give the same pineapple taste, however. The original sip is fairly bitter, but the cacao smooths it out a bit in the aftertaste. I cannot begin to explain why it reminds me of a coffee cocktail – maybe just the combo of bitter and cacao?
The spice is there, but much more subtle than the packaging implies. I notice the pineapple flavor only really as it cools.

Bold, different, and kind of a warm & cozy tea, but ultimately not one I think I’d seek out for repurchase.

Flavors: Bitter, Cacao, Pineapple, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1236 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, November 13th: National Hug a Musician Day – Tame Impala

Sipdown! I’m partially giving this tea to Neo-Psychedelia Aussie artist Tame Impala because, flavour-wise, I largely feel like I’m in surfer’s territory with this one, and the “there but not really there” coconut thing that’s going on (also, as mentioned in another note, I’m stuck in 2012 today). However, the name and concept of this tea just as easily make me think of artists I’m less familiar with – like the Red Hot Chili Peppers or an ensemble like the Buena Vista Social Club.

I reaaallly like the aroma of the loose leaf and the steeped mug. Pineapple is apparently an easy win for me and I should bump it up on the priorities list when looking for flavoured blends.

The main flavours I get out of this are fruity pineapple and tobacco flower (a secretly good combo, even with the cocoa). I liked this one much more than August Uncommon’s other tea with tobacco notes. I don’t get too much chili from it except as an element that makes the cocoa pop a bit – kind of a pleasant finish/aftertaste component.

“Apocalypse Dreams” – again, I blame the fruity pineapple, the flowery veneer, the trippy “not-coconut”, and the black pepper that really comes across as more of a texture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQH2Kq1QXaI

Taken with milk.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Floral, Pepper, Pineapple, Spices, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
derk

“there but not really there” coconut thing and tobacco flower. You just filled in the gaps I experienced trying to make sense of this tea.

derk

Tame Impala … Now I’m listening to medicine – “Let it Happen”

CrowKettle

“Let It Happen” is definitely medicine and an all-time fav :)

I almost went with that track but it sounds “cleaner” and more consistent than the experience of drinking this tea. Also, how does the title and name of tea connect? I don’t know :P

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825 tasting notes

I honestly did not expect to like this one. I have a pretty low tolerance for spice, so “spicy” worried me and pineapple, chocolate, and pepper just sounded like an odd combination. But somehow it works! The pineapple comes out strongly in the aroma, but is more muted in the flavor, coming in behind rich dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, and just a hint of peppery warmth. The base tea is strong enough to support all these intense flavors without overpowering them and it actually resteeps surprisingly well for a flavored tea. Since I finally got brave enough to try it, I’ve found myself reaching for this one more often than almost anything else in this sampler pack and definitely plan to order more when I run out!

Flavors: Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate, Pineapple, Smoke, Tobacco

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

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2901 tasting notes

Homemade Advent day 6

This is such a cool dessert tea. I finished off my sample of it by brewing the remaining 2 tsp of leaf with 450 mL boiling water and then adding a generous portion of soy milk. It was a great combo. The tea is quite strong (bold) and would have bitter tendencies if not for the milk to round it out. What is neat if the thick cocoa and vanilla flavour. I wouldn’t say I can make out pepper, but in the aftertaste is a strong pineapple flavour (similar to dried or candied pineapple). [EDIT: I stand corrected. I let this cool and now I’m getting a lot of spicey pepper in the after taste. Sooooo goood]

When I take a sip, the cup smells like a latte – almost coffee-like and very intense in the chocolate and cream notes. Then, I taste a very thick tea with smooth, thick cream and cocoa and a strong chocolately black tea. The aftertaste is when the pineapple comes out. It isn’t a fruity tea, much more desserty.

I was happy to get another sipdown, however I really wish I had more of this. This is one of the best cups I’ve ever had. It isn’t even smoky (I’m not interested in smoky teas) but it has such a rich flavour.

LPT: Brew this strong and add milk

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Pineapple, Spicy, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
Boiling
Cameron B.

I need to try this one again sometime, for some reason I got a strong coconut note from my sample!

Lexie Aleah

I remember liking this one but never got around to reviewing it and have been planning on ordering another sample.

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2725 tasting notes

I really don’t understand…

I get a strong coconut flavor from this. I do taste pepper, and milk chocolate, and maybe a hint of pineapple at the end of the sip. But the strongest note is coconut.

I feel like I’m crazy, because not a single tasting note mentions coconut at all. But I can’t imagine how this would’ve gotten contaminated, it’s in a sealed sample pouch in a drawer with other sealed sample pouches…

Clearly I am losing my mind. And clearly this tea is not for me!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Chocolate, Coconut, Pepper

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Association from the roasted pineapple?

Cameron B.

It’s possible, but I would think if that were the case I would’ve tasted more pineapple…

amandastory516

How strange! I get a pretty strong candied pineapple note from this. I wonder if there is coconut in the flavoring.

Cameron B.

I doubt it, it seems like no one tasted coconut but me! :P

derk

Sometimes with chocolate flavoring I taste and smell coconut. I’m not crazy. You, though, I can’t speak for you :)

Cameron B.

Thanks derk, that could be it! I’ll likely order a second sample of this in the future to give it another chance.

Mastress Alita

For me, I taste it in vanilla flavorings often!

Roswell Strange

Another possibility is that there is coconut in the blend, in the flavouring – since AU doesn’t specify what their flavouring is, it’s entirely possible the a natural or artificial coconut flavouring is being used.

Cameron B.

It is possible, I would just expect someone else besides me would taste it were that the case! :P

Roswell Strange

I am blind – I just saw that amandastory516 pointed this same possibility out. My bad! Anyway, just because no one else tasted it doesn’t mean it’s not possible. You just might have the most perceptive tastebuds of us all ;)

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1539 tasting notes

Very glad I have more of this on hand, because I love it. The aroma vs. flavor is so drastically different, and I love the experience of enjoying a mug.

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1241 tasting notes

I get it.

Boozy chocolate, cigar/pipe tobacco, smooth sweet pineapple and light peppery spice.

But if ever there was a tea to vehemently reinforce my preference for unflavored teas, this is it. A spectacular and sultry, rich naturally flavored black tea for a certain crowd; for me, notsomuch.

Cha-cha ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1403 tasting notes

Ok, I got up at the crack of dawn again today. How much of it is baby next door and how much of it is my body rebelling against daylight savings time, I don’t know. I did, however, feel a sense of urgency to get to the library to return my things before 9 am when fines started kicking in.

Where I am going with this is that it was dark and dim when I was choosing my morning tea. In addition, there seems to be a problem with the lighting too and even if there weren’t, I didn’t have my glasses handy. I didn’t want my usual morning standbys nor did I want desserty types of blacks nor did I crave Chinese blacks.

Right then, so I couldn’t see and I refused to go with tried and true choices. Bad combination of events.

I reached for this one, which I think was Silencio, which I thought was a flavoured green. When I opened it, of course, I discovered that it wasn’t green, or it didn’t look like green. So I decided this was black.

Steeped it up as for a black and delicious. I took it back to bed, where there was light, and read for an hour.

As the tea cooled enough to enjoy, it was all about cocoa nibs and so, I decided it was a rooibos with cocoa nibs. Without black tea.

Short story is that I will be going back to the box and rebrewing and reading and finding out what it was that I started the day with.

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