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This was a gift from Marika that I steeped up this morning. I’ve had a nasty headache for the last two days though (I think from stress) and that’s made it so hard to focus on making any tea for myself. So, I ended up steeping and straining the tea and then sort of just leaving it for a few hours until I was in a better place mentally to drink it.

I have to say that even hours old and cold I thought it was good! Definitely way more emphasis on the vanilla and lemon notes which give me this kind of lemon pastry kind of vibe that reminds me a little of DT’s Lemon Poundcake. Except with a black tea base. Which, well… kind of makes it better. I don’t taste a lot of basil, and that is just a little bit disappointing as a hard core basil lover. Who knows though – it might have been a lot more present and aromatic when this was a hotter cup. It’s hard to say!

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drank Dark Tranquilitea by Brutaliteas
1230 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, April 2022: A pu’erh tea

Just like a chocolate orange highlighted with something fresh (the lavender is almost minty). I didn’t spend a lot of time contemplating this tea when I drank it, and I always took it with some kind of milk – but I really enjoyed it overall. It was super cozy and the puerh isn’t too funky (flavoured puerh blends sometimes scare me).

I’d possibly reorder.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earthy, Floral, Herbaceous, Lavender, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Screamsicle by Brutaliteas
12963 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

The dry leaf of this tea smells absolutely amazing. Sweet orange sherbet and thick creamy vanilla ice cream for sure; very much the expected classic Orange Creasicle of my childhood. I thought it would make an amazing cold brew! It was pretty good but this is the first Brutalities blend in quite a while that I felt just needed a more intense and heavy handed amount of flavouring. The orange was there but lacked some brightness and was a little drowned out by the vanilla. The vanilla was creamy but had a little bit on that doughy/fondant quality to it that I’ve tasted in some other vanilla teas that I personally don’t love too much. The biggest thing was just that the rooibos was reaaalllyyyy present and even though I do like the taste of rooibos I thought the woodiness I got in this brew wasn’t super complimentary. I still enjoyed it, but I felt like I should have enjoyed it a lot more.

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drank LemongrassJaw by Brutaliteas
1485 tasting notes

I enjoy lemongrass-heavy herbal teas, so I found this pleasant. It’s light and mild and mostly tastes like lemongrass with maybe a little added fruitiness or softness. I’d drink more of this!

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drank Violet Cremes by Brutaliteas
1230 tasting notes

I’m still making up my mind on this tea, but I’ve gotten to a point where I’m drinking it every other day with +4 steeps and am trying to ration it – so I think I may like it. :P

First impressions: like if Milk Oolong and a particularly violet-inclined Tieguanyin had a stylish baby. There’s an extra dimension of “sweet berry” that make this more than a simple floral cream delight. Yeah, there are some lovely natural and flavouring notes in this one. I want it always.

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Cream, Floral, Milk, Smooth, Sugarcane, Sweet, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Banana Be Sedated by Brutaliteas
1230 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, March 2022: A sleepytime tea

I’m so pleased with this tisane. It reminds me ever so slightly of David’s Teas Dulce & Banana, which didn’t please everyone but is greatly missed by me. Love that combo of caramelized bananas and apple-ish chamomile (I enjoy chamomile). This one is extra indulgent because the nutty ingredients and cinnamon spice place it comfortably in banana bread territory (with walnuts). I happily don’t notice the honeybush much; it’s ok. My only quibbles are that pecans would’ve been better than walnuts, and cocoa is meh (an impression of frozen chocolate banana with nuts – especially if cooled).

This isn’t a true sipdown, thankfully; I never go out of my way to drink up my precious sleepytime teas anyways. I want many more evenings with this one!

Flavors: Apple, Banana, Caramel, Chamomile, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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drank Cotton Candyman by Brutaliteas
1485 tasting notes

This tea appears to be primarily butterfly pea flower, and it tastes like that too. With sugar, it tastes generally light and fruity. It’s not too special, but not bad cold. I wouldn’t say it tastes like cotton candy, but it’s pretty easy to drink. I cold brewed a second steep for over 24 hours, and that actually did end up tasting a little cakey and fruitier than the first steep.

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90

Backlog 2/20/2022

Aroma: Cherries and chocolate.

Flavor: Reminded me of a dark chocolate covered cherry. A little bitter, but not unpleasant.

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Backlog 2/19/2022

Aroma: Marshmallow & chocolate.

Flavor profile: Right out the gate, I taste the marshmallows. After sipping, I realized that this reminded me of Coco Puff cereal.

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Wasn’t sure if the hazelnut and lavender would be the most complimentary flavours here but this blend worked pretty well for me! I’m almost unused to tasting hazelnut without there also being chocolate alongside it so I had to shake this initial feeling of there being something ‘missing’ in the tea. When I did, I found myself really able to appreciate the almost creaminess of this distinct nuttier profile and the softness that the very restrained amount of lavender brought to it. It’s still a little weird, but also kind of delicious in its simplicity.

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drank Re-Cranimator by Brutaliteas
12963 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

I’m not totally sure what this is supposed to taste like. Given the name I would have probably assumed cranberry, but there’s so much else going on in the ingredients. Plus, steeped up the thing that I tasted more than anything else was actually cherry. Cherry with a little bit of sweet lime and some very mild undertones of ginger, but cherry nonetheless. I enjoyed it actually quite a bit, but something tells me I’m going to need at least another cuppa to wrap my mind around exactly what it’s trying to be.

MadHatterTeaReview

Added to my wishlist for the next purchase! That sounds complex and amazingly delicious.

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS REFERENCE! Backlog. I like this one. It smells and tastes pretty great. Very similar to Momo from Lupicia, but a little bit more dimension, not quite as fruit forward. I will confess some dirty thoughts as I drink this tea.

Peach is the most forward, with some acidity added from the strawberries. The two oolongs are really smooth adding a thick but light body. It is also pretty floral, and I get the chrysanthemum the most. There’s some texture I’m not sure how to describe-I almost want to say mineral or grain, though the notes aren’t quite right. Either way, there is some sort of texture to it. Fruity and refreshing overall, rebrews a lot.

I know, boring writing. The song that inspires it is anything but, however.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Peach, Strawberry

ashmanra

Sounds like they named the tea right!

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Cream and sugar did help improve on the tea a little, but I’m still registering more tannin with it. I’m being a snob and want more vanilla cause I’m basic. There’s more to it though, and I do really like the contrast of the spices and I am really happy with the Wuyi oolong base. For now, it’s solid, I may rate it in the 70s, but I feel like there’s something I’m still missing.

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Backlog.

I got two ounces of this, and am really into the smell. In terms of taste, it is a little bit tannic. It borders on chai, but has enough maple and dimension to lean more French Toast. I like it, but I’m not solid on my opinion yet. It’s another tea I’m going to have to play around with.

Flavors: Maple, Spices, Sweet, Tannin, Toast

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Cold Brew!

One of my favourite tea name puns. Ever.

This tea is so close to being perfect. It’s that delicious sweet banana runt flavour complimented with a hint of creaminess, nuttiness, and maple. The only downside is that the finish does taste distinctly of chamomile in that off putting sort of musty way that I just do not like chamomile. I know a lot of people love it, but I’m simply not one of them. I can’t decide if making it hot would bring out more or less chamomile so I’ll probably try it that way just to see.

It’s sort of a no win situation though – the pun that this tea was so clearly inspired by and that I love so much kind of relies in a sleep related ingredient like chamomile… which happens to be the one thing I didn’t like about it. Bleck.

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drank Evoolong by Brutaliteas
314 tasting notes

Thanks to Daylon for a sample of this oolong. I love the name! My wallet certainly thinks green oolongs are evil. :P I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of honeydew melon, apricot, toasted coconut, orchids, cookies, violets, and grass. The first steep has notes of cookie, orchid, violet, nuts, and grass. Ah, here comes the fruit in the second steep! I get heavy apricot, as well as hints of orange, lemon, and melon. The aftertaste is floral, grassy, and spinachy. The third steep is much the same, and the fourth has a nice orange creamsicle quality, plus some herbaceous and coriander notes. The fruit continues in the next couple steeps, though the vegetal notes are getting stronger. The final few steeps have cookie, nutty, floral, and grassy/spinachy notes with hints of minerals.

Daylon seems to have a knack for finding orangemeloncot oolongs, and I’m glad he passed this one along to me! The vegetal flavours are a little more prominent than in the high mountain oolongs from Trident, but I can forgive that slight imbalance because this oolong is so fruity. Highly recommended!

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Coconut, Cookie, Coriander, Creamy, Floral, Grass, Herbaceous, Honeydew, Lemon, Mineral, Nuts, Orange, Orchid, Spinach, Vegetal, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
derk

If anything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever feel this good again

Leafhopper

That song reference went completely over my head. I feel dumb! My wallet still thinks green oolongs are evil. :)

derk

I’m like that with movie quotes, The Big Lebowski being the only outlier :P

Leafhopper

I’m clueless about most pop culture things. I’m a classical music nerd who likes to read instead of watching TV.

derk

That’s cool. I know so little classical music. Are you more into modern or (excuse my ignorance) classic classical?

Leafhopper

I like everything from the Renaissance up to about 1900, though I do delve into more modern classical music occasionally. I also listen to some contemporary pop music, though not enough to get song references!

gmathis

That’s why I like you people—y’all are interesting! If you ever need to phone-a-friend for obscure bluegrass music lyrics…

Leafhopper

Gmathis, I’ll remember that! :P It would be a boring world if we were all interested in the same things.

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drank Lycheep Trick by Brutaliteas
12963 tasting notes

Not a bad tea but I think a little too subtle compared to how I prefer my lychee blends. It was more like a majority grassy green with hints of floral lychee and rose. Mild. Very mild. Whether it more floral or more juicy and sweet, I just want my lychee teas to be prominent in their taste direction.

However, this could be a good intro tea for someone not sure if they like lychee because it’s very mellow and approachable in that regard.

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Coldbrew! And a really successful one. The pepper and cardamom actually come in like poprocks of sweet spice in a creamy, custardy coconut body. I know people have mixed feelings about lemongrass, but I think it helps transition the coconut into the ginger so smoothly. It’s also extremely refreshing in the increasing summer heat.

I am one of those weirdos that prefers chais in the warmer months for some weird reason I’m curious to determine. Either way, my girlfriend sipped it-she went “OOOOooh.” and then I made her a cup after I made myself one. She asked “Is this one mine?” and I embarrassingly said no, and gave her a cup of Lishan Black. She preferred this one, so I made her another cup.

Personally an 88, but I’m rating it high because it’s a coconut combo that works really well for me. The chai is not particularly strong, and I don’t think I prefer it with milk/creamer yet, but I think it’s great on its own or with some quality rock sugar. Coconut milk might work better, though any cream can overpower the coconut/lemongrass flavors or dampen the spices. The spices lift up the milk into something warming and nuanced, but I like it on its own. The next time I’m ordering from Brutalitieas, I’m definitely getting at least an oz or more of this.

Flavors: Cardamom, Coconut, Cream, Custard, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppercorn, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

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88

I had it while watching the 2nd season of Bridgerton. Kate Sharma’s need for chai gave me a craving, so I had this one with more water than last time cutting on the astringency so I can drink the tea without cream or sugar, but amping up the coconut and ginger. Smooth and buttery, but still has the coconut naturally complement the cardamom, ginger, pepper, and sweetening lemongrass. It does work well with cream and sugar, but I might not need it. So far, it looks like I may rate it between 83-87. Either way, I’m digging this particular chai because it’s on the lighter side.

derk

S1 did nothing for me. Caught a glimpse of S2E1 on Sunday then spent the rest of Sunday, my only day off last week, watching all of S2!

Daylon R Thomas

Interesting. For me, Bridgerton was something to watch for when I as bored and needed brain popcorn the first time. I liked the ideas and historical features they have for a Uchronia type of show that’s not historically accurate or truly authentic. I appreciate the nods it has, and it makes for something fun to watch with my GF. A lot of the reviews I read were lukewarm of the 2nd Season, but I actually thought it had a stronger plot and characters. Now, the male leads could have been written better in the second season (there was some bright spots that added more to them than just prince charming types), but I was still entertained.

Daylon R Thomas

What did you think of season 2?

Daylon R Thomas

(Kate is bae-Edwina also deserved better.)

derk

TV as an entertainment form, to borrow your word, is popcorn to me. I don’t watch much so I don’t have a strong opinion or analysis of S2 (or any show for that matter), just know that it drew me in :P

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88

I had a hard time putting the picture on for this one, but here it is. Getting some major hocus pocus vibes from the title, nevermind the song is classic. I’ve had a few coconut chai’s before that are usually green or try to lean more into the Thai direction, and this one does an awesome job of balancing everything out. The coconut flavor is prominent, but not fake as it transitions into the sweeter lemongrass and ginger, ending with cardamom and some light malt in the finish. Despite being a black tea, it’s not as full bodied as I expected. Astringency manages to pull in, but not a whole lot of it or bitterness from the tea-I get more bitter spice from the cardamom. I added some coconut milk and sugar for my brother and his with a splash of cream to add some fat, and it was smooth. Again, not super heavy, but sweet, nutty, and spicy.

Not rating it yet, though I’m a fan. I just wish I could have grabbed some of the French Toast Busters too!

Flavors: Astringent, Coconut, Creamy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Nutty, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

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Almost got Honeysuckle My Kiss, then decided to sample this instead because Roswell rated it an 89. Smell from the bag is incredible, and while I haven’t had a full cup of it on my own yet, my mom got some and was extremely pleased. I only added some cane sugar to hers and she had three cups of it again and again. It got weak after steep 3, but the oolong was still nice. I was surprised I liked this one a little bit more than Blood Jasmine Shed, and I will write more about it when I can play gong fu and other styles with it.

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This one was a pretty cool combo. I would not think to combine jasmine and strawberry, and the cup I got was a very sweet one. It reminded me of the high priced Taiwanese and Tong Mu Chinese blacks I get in some ways. This tea was a little bit astringent for me at first western after three minutes, then I brewed it again for 30, and liked it all the better. I think the blackberry helps transition between the strawberry and the jasmine. I’m not ready to rate it, but I’m really glad I got a sample of it.

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drank Cat Nip Fever by Brutaliteas
12963 tasting notes

I don’t know what to say about this tea.

I think I’m just having a day where all my senses are so over stimulated that it becomes almost impossible to focus clearly on any one thing. Writing tonight has actually been helping a lot but I went through most of the day feeling like I was functioning simultaneously at both a “level two” out of ten, and also a level eleven. So… this tea has a taste.

It’s actually really pleasant and I’m enjoying it a lot but my brain is refusing to properly breakdown the overall flavour composition like it normally would. I taste a fruit, and some kind of mint, and a general herbaceous undertone. I think that’s what we’re going to be working with tonight though in terms of specificity. I even resteeped the leaf (something I rarely do with Western tea cups) because I enjoyed it so much and wanted to be able to capture why better. However, this resteep is much, much milder so even though it’s still pleasant it’s not going to help how I wanted it to…

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