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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #143 overall / Tea #14 for April
An Ode to Tea, M is for Megganog by Brutaliteas (gifted by AJRimmer)
Monday 4/11/21 — another busy weekend at work means I barely had time to run to the restroom or get sleep much less get much tea drinking done. I’m doing the overnight shift tonight (Monday) so focusing on getting headway on my sip downs during the day. Also I’m doing the April #2021steepsterchallenge “Ode to Tea” and trying to only use teas from swaps/gifted from IG/steepster pals. I have 23/26 letters covered (if I have time I’ll see what I can do for other 3 letters in my 34028420349343423489032 stash of tea). This tea was made into a plain & hot latte with breakfast, and unfortunately no sight, smell, or taste of eggnog just rooibos and black tea with milk so half of this made tea went to Micah. (: Thanks for the share.
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This was initially released as a teaser in Brutaliteas advent calendar last year, which sadly sold out before I could purchase it. So, I was delighted to see it finally available for purchase, and snatched it up as soon as it was listed. This tea was made for me. Milk oolong and violet? Two of my favorite things.
It tastes exactly as I had hoped. The milky flavor is most dominant, with the light sweetness of the violet complimenting the milkiness perfectly. The violet flavoring used is perfect- just like Choward violet mints.
My first Brutaliteas review. I cracked up every time I see the title. Imagine a pear in a dark alley with a knife. Menacing yet amusing. I don’t usually do tea with any flavoring (I’ve been noticing some give me headaches) but I wanted to see what this tasted like. It is a swirling tornado of flavors. Rooibos hits first and then the caramel beats it to a pulp and completely takes over. I don’t really taste much of the pear though within the first minute of steeping it was a bit more pronounced. The white tea is too muted for my liking.
MEGGAAANOOGGG. It certainly sounds metal. The Amazing Race had a “megaleg” this year and that too sounded metal. My first tea to try from Brutaliteas!! Thanks so much for sharing, AJRimmer! I love the concept of mixing music/movies with tea. And I will happily try all the eggnog teas I can find.. This is an odd one – black tea mixed with rooibos. I’d say it tastes like eggnog! Mellow creaminess with a hint of cinnamon spice. The wood flavor of the rooibos is more present than the black tea flavor somehow. Not disappointing but not the perfect eggnog tea (though this seems impossible at this point. Tea isn’t eggnog.)
Other recent holiday teas: B&B’s Jack Frost and Dammann Frere’s Noel Venice.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Advent Calendar Day 11
I was excited to see a pear-flavored tea today, as there don’t seem to be too many of those out there and I’ve really enjoyed some of the ones I’ve found (e.g. Trader Joe’s White Ginger Pear and The London Tea Room’s Mango Pear White). Interestingly, even though it isn’t listed in the ingredients list, the main thing I’m tasting in this tea is walnut! This is another one that I don’t know how to rate. It actually has a very pleasant smooth, nutty flavor that mingles well with the hay-like notes of the white tea and if the blend were called “toasted walnut” or something, I’d probably give it a high rating. But it’s apparently supposed to be a caramel pear tea and I don’t taste either of those flavors. So not going to rate this, but glad I got to try it!
Flavors: Hay, Nutty, Smooth, Walnut
Thanks to amandastory516 for this tea. I usually like rooibos/black tea mixes, so I was looking forward to this one. I have to say that it’s not too spectacular. The main flavor is the rooibos, which isn’t a particularly great rooibos. I really got no sense of anything at all eggnog. No spices or anything. Just a not that great rooibos flavor. It was a little better with milk.
Apparently I am doing a poor job of timing my steeps today as this one steeped for over 5 minutes the first time. A bit of a burnt taste to this over brew, but I stuck with it and tried a second steep that is a bit more butterscotch and caramel. Less burnt and more peanut brittle with a light lingering butterscotch after taste. Might need to try this with less leaf and a shorter steep time.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Peanut
this is one of two teas that I purchased after the advent. this tea, I knew, would be so perfect as an iced tea for the summer and lo, it is. enjoyed iced with just a teeny bit of agave and some…slightly sad strawberries that have been in the fridge for too long sorry strawberries :(
I bet this would be equally good iced + strawberries in the tea, as opposed to eating them separate. it would probably also be tasty with lemonade as well, bc the lemon flavour, while nice, could be stronger. hmmmmm.
Honeydew flavors are very hit or miss. They’re either juicy and authentic tasting, or artificial and undrinkable (usually like an old Chapstick). This one hovered between the two ends of the spectrum, but definitely more towards the artificial tasting side of things. Can’t say I’ll be trying this one again.
Advent day 16, Apricot for Destruction. Such an awesome name on a tea filled with hibiscus. :( I think I could taste apricot under the strong metallic taste that hib translates to, but the metal is just too distracting to know for sure. I love Guns n Roses and wanted to love a tea named in their honor. I feel like something way more caffeinated would be appropriate.
dvent day 15. It looked like a black tea so I steeped it at those parameters, but it came out a bit bitter and burnt. Adding some creamer mellowed out my mistake and brought out the blackberry flavors. They are nice, but subtle. I didn’t get a super strong bold flavors.
Advent day 12. This is the strangest root beer tea I’ve had! The others have usually been on a black base, while this is on a white base. It smells strongly of root beer, but has an additional green note after being steeped. It tastes similar on the sip to how it smells; root beer with a bit of green. The finish is totally rootbeer. It’s good, not amazing. Rootbeer is a hard flavor to translate to tea.
Advent day 5! I’m catching up on some reviews that I’ve fallen behind on. I didn’t realize this was a white tea (my bad), and stepped it a bit hotter and a bit longer than I generally would a white tea, but it actually came out wonderfully! It has a really distinct strawberry/raspberry compote flavor. It really tastes like a warm berry jam. The hibiscus isn’t too overwhelming. I really loved this one, and I’d actually repurchase it!
Flavors: Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry
Advent day 11. This seems less like lemonade and more like a berry with lemon kind of mix. The ingredients say hibiscus, but it seems to be just the slightest touch of it to round out the tart part of the flavors, no fateful red hue in my cup. It’s a little more tart and less berry like as it cools. I’m feeling like it’s just okay.