Black Metallic

Tea type
Black Oolong Blend
Ingredients
Blue Mallow Flowers, Flavouring, Lapsang Souchong, Oolong Tea, Yunnan Black Tea
Flavors
Berries, Flowers, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet, Violet, Floral, Fruity, Smoke, Elderberry, Drying, Astringent, Medicinal
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Barsomn
Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 oz / 203 ml

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  • “I was sure I’d tried this one before, but I didn’t see a Steepster review from me, so I added a small bag to my most recent AU order. When I tasted this hot, it was pretty off-putting. It had such...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Pretty good, definitely unique. It’s a mild black tea with some floral notes from the flowers within. I have tried both western and Gongfu brewing. The flavors are consistent throughout and it will...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Advent Tea! Hmmm this tastes neither black not metallic in my opinion. Not sure about the name, and at first sip I really like this tea. I like Pukka’s berry/echinacea blend so this reminds me of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m so happy I ordered a tin of this when it was on sale for the holidays. I have drank twice in a row. It’s funny but i used to despise florals in teas. They got the violet and the touches of this...” Read full tasting note
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From August Uncommon Tea

Floral black tea with violet and elderberry notes
The aroma of darkly seductive violet flowers fills the air. In the first sip purple flowers meet dark elderberry and ripe blackberry. This is a magical black, oolong, and smoked tea blend with rich floral and black berry notes. Berry flavors are deepened by slatey tannins. A faint smokiness lingers in the finish, reminiscent of far-off incense and candle smoke from the smoked lapsang souchong tea. A touch of milk softens the tannins and brightens the berry and floral flavors. An elegant tea for afternoon or with a special dessert. A tea for lovers of violet, dark berries, and incense.

INGREDIENTS: yunnan black tea, formosa finest oolong tea, lapsang souchong smoked black tea, blue mallow flowers, flavoring

TASTES LIKE: candied violet, elderberry, blackberry, incense

FEELS LIKE: stargazing on an empty beach

GLUTEN FREEVEGANNON GMO

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I was sure I’d tried this one before, but I didn’t see a Steepster review from me, so I added a small bag to my most recent AU order. When I tasted this hot, it was pretty off-putting. It had such a floral tang combined with the black tea that it started to take on a metallic vibe. I put it in the fridge, and now I’m drinking it cold with soy milk. It’s drinkable now, but still not delicious. It’s too metallic, and I don’t think I like this particular elderberry flavoring.

Dustin

I wonder if it’s one of those teas that needs a little aging to mellow out and merge the flavors in the cupboard.

AJRimmer

Ha I made this order in September and am just getting around to opening this one :P caffeinated teas are hard to get through in my house!

Dustin

LOL! I’m out of ideas then!

beerandbeancurd

I’ve been pretty hard on AU, but this is one of my faves from them. I like it iced. It is quite distinct with that violet (and elderberry, as you note), though, so it might just not be your thing?

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Pretty good, definitely unique. It’s a mild black tea with some floral notes from the flowers within.

I have tried both western and Gongfu brewing. The flavors are consistent throughout and it will resteep 2 or 3 times like it says on the bag.

The nose is bright and sweet like a candy, it does have some marshmallow body to it with a lovely black tea malt in the liquor, no astringency. I’m more a fan of straight teas but this is a fun blend for those who like flavored teas every once and a while.

It’s a dessert tea for sure, but I had it for breakfast as a nice little treat.

Edit: With the right patience, leaf ratio, and Gongfu brewing time, this yielded 6 flavor-filled steeps which took me on a journey!

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
beerandbeancurd

This is one of a couple I really like from AU. I haven’t gong fu’d it yet, I’ll have to give that a try.

Barsomn

I had an easy gaiwan travel set I carry to the park for tea with my mom so it just sorta happened. Really good result though! I think 7g was probably too much for 150ml and would step it down to 5g/150ml.

beerandbeancurd

Oh, good tip, thank you.

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Advent Tea!
Hmmm this tastes neither black not metallic in my opinion. Not sure about the name, and at first sip I really like this tea. I like Pukka’s berry/echinacea blend so this reminds me of the berry flavor and then a smoky finish. But the aftertaste is too lavender? floral? elderberry? not really sure what it is that is unappealing at the end. The second steep was more berry than aftertaste and I liked it much better! Thanks Lexie for letting me try it!

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I’m so happy I ordered a tin of this when it was on sale for the holidays. I have drank twice in a row. It’s funny but i used to despise florals in teas. They got the violet and the touches of this one completely right. I steep at five minutes and add a cube of sugar, it’s perfect.

Today is #selfcaresunday. About to listen to an audiobook while browsing on the computer and playing a game of Clue on steam. Have an ambience video on TV, sipping this tea as a follow up to morning lattes. About to eat with some crackers and almond cheese spreads picked up at store yesterday, with some blueberries. Bliss!

Shae

This sounds like an amazing self care day!

Lupiressmoon

Thank you, Shae!! :)

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I knew from the outset that this would be chancy. I’m not a fan of floral flavors, but I’ve never tried violet before so I thought what the heck.

The smell of the dried leaf reminds me of cool-aid packets with a tinge of soap maybe? Steeped, its not so much cool-aid though there is still a hint of a generic fruity scent/flavor.

What gets me the most however, is usually what happens with floral teas. Its very reminiscent of what i refer to as old lady perfume. You know, those ones that say they are of some floral scent, but the scent smells more like it came out of a chemistry lab than a flower. Even just smelling it leaves that chemical like taste in your mouth. Black Metallic reminds me very much of that, including that odd taste in the mouth.

I may try this again later, as I have found its always best to try things twice. You never know. But I don’t have high expectations.

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Sipdown!

Huh, I thought I’d reviewed this one before! I bought it last year thinking I’d either love it or hate it, and happily I’m in the “love it” camp. It’s fruity, floral, and robust, with a hint of smokiness at the back. It’s just a really interesting and tasty tea!

Flavors: Berries, Floral, Fruity, Smoke, Violet

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Sipdown!

This one has excellent elderberry flavouring. It’s really fruity, bright, and floral (violet is good here too). It pops and I love it. Also, I’d no clue that this contained (AU’s signature use of) lapsang souchong, as well as some oolong. I’m sure they add important dimensions to this tea but I don’t notice them much for the vivid flavouring and the milk I added.

Anyways, glad I enjoyed this tea; it was one of the AU blends I was most looking forward to trying too (its name and ingredients list speak to my not-so-secret love of symphonic metal and Alcest).

Flavors: Berries, Elderberry, Floral, Fruity, Violet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Mastress Alita

I’m a huge symphonic metal fan!

Crowkettle

Yay! I’m always just excited when people even know what that is. These things tend to go hand in hand with a love for sci-fi/fantasy :)

eastkyteaguy

Love Alcest, but not gonna lie, not the biggest fan of most symphonic metal. Too much of it tends to go all in on the cheese and fantasy nerdiness. I do love both symphonic black metal and symphonic death metal though.

Crowkettle

It’s so cheesy! I love that about it but I get it – it’s like blue cheese level cheese too. Nowadays, I usually go for prog metal (also cheesy at times) and some black metal..ish.. stuff. Just starting to appreciate death metal (symphonic inclined stuff like Septic Flesh and similar is a good way of easing into it, lol).

But bands like The Gathering, Nightwish, Epica, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian, Amorphis, Devin Townsend, and Opeth got me into metal so I’ve a huge soft spot for these styles XD

Ze_Teamaker

I need to order from them one day. They have so many nice sounding ones like Civil Disobedience or The Black Lodge.

Crowkettle

@Ze_Teamaker, they do have some cool tea names. If it’s in your budget (and if they have a deal on), I definitely recommend getting their big “all the tea” sampler box. They’ve been neat and creative, if not always to my personal liking (Civil Disobedience and Black Lodge are particularly quirky blends with smoke).

They also sell all their tea in 4-cup sample sizes, so you can do your own mixing and matching too.

Evol Ving Ness

CrowKettle, thank you for being so helpful in sharing the best way around tea things with new or less familiar companies. Hooray for the yays!

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I was intrigued by the August Uncommon brand and the idea of a violet tea named “metallic”. The scent did remind me of something metallic, though also bright and fruity. The taste is something more subtle, but pleasant. Each sip felt a little bit different at first; there’s more going on than my limited palate can discern! I’m excited to try more from this brand and hope to get more of this tea soon.

Flavors: Fruity, Violet

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This tea sounded amazing to me as soon as I read the description. Seeing that it was labeled as being vegan-friendly made me lose control of my finger and before I knew it, a pouch of Black Metallic and samples of several other teas had been added to my shopping cart and then I received an order confirmation. While I’m not actually vegan (lacto-veg, so not too far off, though), I’m rather weirded out by some of the things that pass as “natural flavoring” (or at least some things that have been used in the past…beaver castoreum, anyone?). I really appreciate that August Uncommon Teas seems to have actually looked into their flavorings and categorized teas by dietary needs instead of assuming all tea would be vegan/gluten-free/nut-free/etc or that all flavorings must be derived from the fruit/flower/whatever they’re supposed to taste like. It might seem like an insignificant or silly thing to most, but it’s a big deal to those with allergies/intolerances or strongly held dietary convictions. But anyway, on to the actual tea…

It smelled so good when I tore open the pouch. So. Good. It wasn’t the smoky violet scent I imagined but deliciously fruity. Elderberry, I guess? I’m not sure I’ve had elderberries before. I steeped according to the instructions on the package and didn’t add anything to it. I doubt anyone was dying to know, but the nifty 50¢ measuring spoons August sells fit neatly in their 50g/15cup tea pouches but I don’t think you’d be able to close the 4 cup sample pouch with a measuring spoon inside. It was hard to let the tea cool enough to drink. The aroma filled the whole room and it was fabulous. This is another tea I’d buy to use as potpourri even if I couldn’t stand the flavor. The flavor takes a few sips to taste everything that’s going on. At first sip there’s a kind of bitterness that disappointed me but as I keep drinking I don’t notice it and I think maybe it was just my tongue (or brain?) trying to make sense of the combination of elderberry and violet. Maybe like how at first violet candies can taste like soap or perfume but you come to appreciate the floral flavor as you get used to it? I don’t know. The violet seems to be lurking more in the aftertaste for me but it’s definitely there. It’s an interesting combination of flavors. Berry juice with violet flowers floating in it. I’m not sure I can pick out the smoke or oolong flavors but I’m sure they’re adding to the complexity. I could see some people (my mother) possibly wanting to add sugar to this tea but I’m not sure how well it’d do with milk/cream. Maybe it’d work if you brewed it stronger than I did this time. Interestingly, as I reach the end of my first cup and contemplate resteeping the leaves, my tongue has a tingly feeling like I just had a spicy tea. Not sure what that’s all about. Overall, I like Black Metallic and would probably order it again when I run out. But I’d try a lightly smoked violet tea without fruit flavors too. I’m looking forward to trying the other teas I ordered from this company. I’m a fan so far.

A few additional thoughts from the second steep:
1. I think the spicy-like tongue tingle was just acidity. My stomach felt it before my mouth figured out what it was. Maybe not one to drink on an empty stomach if you’re sensitive to these things.
2. If you need a snack to go with this tea, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bobo’s Oat Bars go with it nicely.
3. If my comments about dietary preferences came across as in any way judgemental it was completely unintentional. My stance on that is basically “I’ll do what I think is right for me, you do what you think is right for you”. I’m not looking to push my lifestyle as the one and only right way. My gripe is when someone, whether through ignorance or malice, interferes with me doing what I think is right for me. It annoys the crap out of me and makes me lose all trust in a company if I see obviously mislabeled products (like “vegan” cosmetics with beeswax and carmine or “vegetarian” dishes with fish sauce or chicken broth). And it happens all the time! I think it happens slightly less often with common allergens but I still see it often enough for it to be a concern (and good luck if you’re allergic to something that isn’t a “top 8 allergen”). I tend to look for things labeled vegan because it’s easier than trying to figure out what a company’s definition of vegetarian is because it varies so much…but I still have to read through ingredients lists and try to get an idea of whether the company has any idea what vegan even means or if they think it’s just a trendy thing to slap on packages to boost sales. This is turning into a bit of a tangent…but my point was that I don’t care what you eat or don’t eat, I just want foods/drinks labeled appropriately. Ideally, things would have complete ingredient lists instead of these ambiguous “flavoring,” “coloring,” and “spice” ingredients (as far as I’m concerned they might as well just print out a label that says “ingredients: stuff”) but until then, I’m glad companies like August are putting in at least some effort into labeling and categorizing their products according to dietary needs. Am I 100% sure that I can completely trust their labeling? No, but I’m trying to give them the benefit of the doubt because they’re at least making an effort.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
derk

“This is another tea I’d buy to use as potpourri even if I couldn’t stand the flavor.” I did that with freshly ground coffee as a teen. Loved the smell, couldn’t stand the taste.

DrowningMySorrows

Haha, yeah, as a teen I loved the coffee aisle at the grocery store. No one in my family really drank coffee so it wasn’t a smell I grew up with and walking down the aisle after someone had used the grinder was the best thing ever. It was a tiny town and I had few sources of entertainment.

tea-sipper

You weren’t seeming judgey about anyone else’s diets! I know what you mean – just get the labels right on everything… it shouldn’t be that difficult.

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1299 tasting notes

I opened my last pouch of this one and decided to try and use the classic teaspoon measurement as opposed to the AU plastic scoop. It was still just as flavorful to me and I am able to use a bit less leaf this way which is great.This blend reminds me a little bit Chroma Tea and their blends. I get incense inspired vibes from both this tea and several blends from that company.

Preparation
1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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