142 Tasting Notes
Like some of the other ATR scented/flavored teas, the strong point here is the jasmine flavor. Maybe not as full as some so it tends toward the soapier end of things (as opposed to the herbal end of this spectrum of jasmine I apparently have in my head). The underlying green tea does let the jasmine shine but doesn’t contribute much flavor of its own.
I think I was spoiled by the Capital Teas version. You other milk oolong fans know just how special this tea can be, but this one didn’t quite live up to it – but to be fair, it is FAR better than many I’ve tried. This is still quite good. It’s a tough order to describe it, but to compare with Capital’s, this was just less flavorful overall.
This tea is an odd combination of light and comforting. I’m surprised to see the official description is of a black tea, while the packaging simply calls it ‘lightly oxidized loose leaf’ tea. If I had been given this tea with no description, I might have thought it was a light oolong. It’s a bit delicate for my tastes, but if you like the lighter greens and wouldn’t mind something a touch earthier, this might be a good choice.
Much better balanced than the brioche free, this is a good example of a flavored tea that works. The tea itself its mellow and mild so the delicate flavors come through. My relatively low rating is meant only as a personal record for myself that I prefer to taste more tea, so this was a poor choice for me. But a good tea!
I actually feel bad writing this review. I have nothing against American Tea Room, and they have many terrific teas. I’m actually getting overtones of vomit off this one. I do already know I don’t love licorice root, but that’s usually a problem with the aftertaste. But the other components, coconut, cocoa, rooibos, well, I usually love those on their own. They just really don’t come together well for me here. It makes me happy that others have enjoyed this one because I don’t want to think it could possibly be this bad for everyone.
Pros: Despite the ‘cherry simple syrup’ official description, I don’t get that, but instead a pure floral flavor that I prefer to fruitiness. Cons: What’s missing is the tea flavor. I’d rather have cherry blossom scented tea than caffeinated cherry blossom infusion.
Similar to, but a little better than Capital Teas Roasted Almond, mostly because it lacks the sweet-ish aftertaste. I haven’t had the black tea version yet but can imagine the tannins would help it out quite a bit. Perhaps they should consider making a decaf black version? Verdict: meh+.