Big Easy from August Uncommon Tea. . . .

Big Easy by August Uncommon is a sweet sencha green tea with lemongrass, pineapple and barley. It is said to taste like pineapple cake, caramel beignets, and dried lemon peel. Well…here goes nothing…

I cold brewed this for almost 24 hours and since I had some left, I also steeped about 1.5 teaspoons in 12 oz of 175F water for 4 minutes.

Sipping on the hot tea, the first thing I notice is the sweetness. Yes, the pineapple is sweet but there is more to it than just pineapple. I was surprised that there is a caramel-like sweetness akin to what I remember a Werther’s Originals tasting like. Upon further investigation, it would seem there is caramel in the ingredient list so that caramel is meant to be there and not my mind playing tricks on me. Anyways, the two sweet elements combined manage to not be overwhelming while also capturing pineapple cake. I think it is the lemongrass that reigns in the sweetness and perhaps the tiny bit of rosehips. In addition to the gentle herb-citrus quality of the lemongrass, there is a brighter orange note that underlines the sip. All the while, I think the barley gives this body and helps capture a breadiness/cereal note that provides a solid foundation for the other flavors.

The cold brew is a little less complex than the hot tea. The pineapple really takes over with a sprinkling of citrus throughout. The caramel is more just sweet than distinctly caramel and the barley is gone entirely. It is not bad but can border on cloying and mostly just feels familiar and done before. As a hot tea, it feels more unique.

All in all, I enjoy this tea, though my preferred method of brewing it would be hot. It is an interesting tea but given it has a fairly distinct flavor, at least as a hot tea, it is one I can see enjoying for a while but growing tired of it overtime. That is the problem with something that is so different flavorwise…it is fun for a while but easy to grow bored of. Still worth trying and enjoying at least for a little while.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  August Uncommon Tea
Description

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Breathless from August Uncommon . . . .

August Uncommon is churning out some very unique blends. Some…amazing! Others…not so much (I’m looking at you, Black Lodge!). Yet with each new August Uncommon tea, it is clear that you are about to experience something different, at least something different from other tea companies and this tea, Breathless, is no exception.

*PSA:* If you’re already intrigued and want to check out the tea, please note that the images on the Breathless page might be a little NSFW if you are employed in an uppity office like I am. Just saying. You’ve been warned.

Anyways, back to the tea…

The smell here of the brewed tea is creamy and dessert-like thanks to the white chocolate and hazelnut brittle. That creaminess comes through in taste as well with the overarching flavor being the brittle. There is also a booziness here that blends seamlessly with the stonefruit flavors that make up the body of this tea. At first it feels like a rich and creamy dessert, a little bit boozy and a lot sweet. However, I will say the more you drink, the nuttiness builds and it almost begins to take on burnt quality that I just don’t enjoy.

This is a nice tea, though probably best in smaller doses. It has a nice flavor and one that you won’t find anywhere other than August Uncommon. For that reason, it is a fun tea to try, though maybe not one I personally will keep stocked.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  August Uncommon 
Description

This tea has a boozy aroma with soft tannins, and a touch of fruit and leather. It is inspired by our favorite ice cream flavor in the world: Agenaise. It’s a luscious ice cream laced with armagnac-soaked prunes made by the incomparable Parisian brand Berthillon. White chocolate gives it a super silky mouthfeel and a creamy finish reminiscent of ice cream melting over hot pie. This tea practically begs for milk to turn up the richness of its flavors.

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Passage du Desir from August Uncommon. . . . .

Fun fact – If you google “Passage du Desir”, your top result will be for an adult shop and not this tea. I suppose that makes sense given that roughly translates to “Passage of Desire”. However, it took me by surprise because for some reason, in light of my tea obsession, I always figure that the teas I look up will be the top result.

Anyways, when I finally found the webpage for this particular blend, I noted the description said it was a rich black tea with chili and chocolate. So imagine my surprise when the first thing I tasted was roasted chestnut?! I scrolled down on the page and realized that that flavor was indeed supposed to be present so I kept drinking. The nuttiness builds and compliments the cocoa flavor. Since it is cocoa husks, it is a little earthier than I personally like but by no means offensive – just preference on my part. As per the site, this should also taste of honey and dark rum and though I can sort of see where the rum component is coming from, the honey, much like the chili, is lost on me.

Ultimately, I don’t think this blend was for me. The flavor notes I was looking for seemed to be hidden from my taste buds while those tastes that I don’t particularly enjoy have taken over. This is not to say that this is a bad tea as it is very rich while still being smooth. Though I can see how this would be well liked, it just wasn’t to my personal preferences.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  August Uncommon
Description
Early morning in Paris rewards you with rich aromas from winding cobblestone streets. A steamy gust of croissants and sugared brioche hits. Moments later, it’s molten chocolate from the chocolatier being dripped into fantastical shapes. Dense flavors engulf the senses. Another turn brings a thick blast of honeyed chestnuts roasting on a tin drum. Winter is nipping at your heels.

Ingredients: black tea, cocoa husk, hazelnut brittle pieces, cocoa beans, flavoring

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Staring at the Sea from August Uncommon Tea

staringattheseaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: August Uncommon Tea

Tea Description:

Comfort from the hearth while gazing at fog as it gently drifts over the sea. The odor of warm buttery country bread rises to your nose, tenderly warming your face. A faint note of macadamia and bits of crust browning on a brick oven floor linger on the tongue. Hints of sweet grasses spring forth to brighten and balance the thick, chewy texture. Come in from the cold.

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Taster’s Review:

I have heard so much about this company on Steepster that I was very excited to see it in one of the traveling tea boxes that hit my house late last week.  This was the first one I grabbed to try.  I’m such a green tea fan that I couldn’t wait to dig in and try out some new green teas.

August Uncommon Tea has unique tea blends that I’ve heard varied reviews about.  This particular blend is a Japanese Green Tea with Barley in it.  I brewed this delight up like all my green teas with the help of my handy dandy Breville and allowed the brew to cool off for a few moments.

Took my first sip and this is a different tasting green tea for sure.  And one I’m enjoying. The green tea base is buttery and smooth.  The barley that has been added in provides a nice nutty background that gives the tea an added richness.  Like the description says, there is a crust like flavor and even faint notes of macadamia nuts.

This is one of those teas where the description really matches and translate well into the flavor you are given.  I’m curious what this one would taste like as a cold brew and hope to be able to try that soon.

The more I drink of this one, the more I really like it.  This could easily be an every day sort of tea for me for sure!