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Finally broke into this one and YUM! What I love is that it is butter and almonds without being too sweet. Tastes like walking into my favorite French bakery. So happy!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Pastries

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drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
719 tasting notes

So this was a sample I got from ATR when I went there last.
They always seem to be promoting this tea, so I was curious about it. But I wouldn’t have ever bought a sample of it.
I could taste the cocoa and chocolate the most, but also there was a weird flavor that I can’t put my finger on…think it might have been the licorice root and coconut that just made it taste funky. It’s a very odd tea, definitely not going to drink again. And it definitely doesn’t remind me of a macaroon…like at all.
But I guess I’m glad I got to try it over all. I’m gonna have to find another home for this one too…onto the list it goes. xD

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Licorice

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Okay…Read this description:
“As much a tribute to the classic rose as well as the award winning movie, American Beauty is a beguiling and intoxicating organic melange of premium white tea, roses, peppermint, and jasmine. The organic white tea makes an ideal base allowing the mint and the rose to take center stage complimenting each others heady notes that are heightened by the light sweet fragrance of jasmine. A new American Classic.”

That tea sounds pretty great, right? Well least for me. I like roses, peppermint, and jasmine. The guy let me smell the tea a couple different times because at first I didn’t know what to think but holy shanghai! I ended up so intrigued by the mix of those flavors. And it did smell quite light and delicious. Something I’d like.
But later when I opened the bag at home I was hit by a wave of flowers. Strong flowers. Overpowering flowers. Not the nice kind.
But I ignored the dry leaf smell and brewed up a cup of this one.
Much to my surprise I didn’t taste any peppermint or roses, or even really flowers.
All I tasted was lavender, which is pretty much my nemesis when it comes to floral flavors. It had a very very faint hint of jasmine, but not enough to make up for that lavender. Ohhh I drank half a cup. Can’t believe I got that far. But I really wanted to see if I could taste any more flavors at all. I couldn’t though. :( Not at all. It was just awful.
I was gonna put the other samples I don’t like on my sale list for like 25 cents each, but I just threw this one away. I can’t handle it being in my room, it was just overpowering. Wow.
I do not recommend this one unless you are a huge lavender fan! This one was even more disappointing than the lemon one actually :( I don’t think I’ll be getting more of their teas any time soon..other than Oh Canada. :S

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Lavender

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
719 tasting notes

So picked up a sample size of this tea-which was half an ounce. This was the first sample of the 4 samples I got from this store. The guy acted like it was a really nice creamy lemon, and even when whoever runs their IG account told me that it was a really nice creamy lemon tea like DTT’s Lemon Chiffon. So I gave in and got some with high hopes.
But man did they dash them.
This just tasted like a sour lemon. Hot water and a sour lemon. Couldn’t taste anything else-it was just awful. Oy. Not a fan of this one at all! Kinda feel betrayed :/
And it got such high ratings here.. :(
Bummer…I might need a replacement for Lemon Chiffon one day. :(

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Sour

Kirkoneill1988

i wont be trying this tea then. :(

TeaBrat

This wasn’t lemony enough for me… I think I added more lemongrass to it :)

Liquid Proust

I can’t get this out of my mind… https://instagram.com/p/2vVhuFRYCI/

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There is so much I should be doing today but instead I find myself struggling to get off the couch and get moving… The hubby is out rock climbing in Yosemite and I have the house to myself… which means tea and books and maybe (if I get motivated) a little bit of housework in there somewhere between cups and chapters.

Notting Hill is a decent breakfast offering but it doesn’t stand out to me as something so special I would need to run out and get more once this sample size is gone… Its good with milk and sugar and has the usual maltiness I associate with English Breakfast but theres so many other breakfast teas out there I enjoy more…

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i am on here too rarely… from feast a year ago to famine now!

i got a notification from ATR that they had a new website up and running, that if i wanted to sign up all over again there were discounts to be had. i have my favourites with ATR, i made a list and my package arrived today.

sitting on top of my items was THIS sample. i usually try samples first… suspicious nature maybe, or perhaps adventurous spirit? i don’t know know if this classes as a gift or a torment. it’s fantastic— like home run fantastic. like add milk and it’s a grown up creamsicle with way more layers and perfectly balanced flavour… …… ….. but. (of course there’s a but) IT ARRIVED WITH THE ORDER I ALREADY PLACED!!!!!!!!!

pretty funny when you think about it. it’s as though ATR has been taking lessons from stacy lim.

awesome blend on the heels of a great honour at school that will look fantastic on a resume. not a bad day… maybe i’ll behave badly and order more of this blend. maybe. =0D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

interesting… and nice to see you around again ;)

Ysaurella

That’s great to see you back James !

JustJames

it was too good not to review, sil. seriously. if you flavoured teas, and these days i defer to iced greens, high quality blacks or flavoured then i can’t recommend this enough!

JustJames

hi ysaurella, it’s been an age! sorry i’ve been so busy my friend. :0/

Sil

wishlist it goes heh

scribbles

JustJames!!!!!! I missed you!!!! Am so pleased to see you :)

boychik

Good to see you James

JustJames

hi scribbles! it’s been far too long…. i do apologize. xoxo

MissB

Methinks I need to send you some tea from my travels… seeing you back here reminds me to add it to my list. :)

JustJames

tea swaps are always a lovely thing, MissB… though i do have to update my tea cupboard! hope your travels were excellent!

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I couldn’t help myself last week when American Tea Room announced free US shipping on any order and so I bit on some teas I’ve been eyeing off for a while now (sample packs only I swear!!) and have been desperate to try. First out of the package was Brioche and let me tell you, scent wise, this tea is intoxicating!! Both the dry leaf and brewed liquor smell heavily of almond croissant however the taste doesn’t quite live up to the promise in my opinion… Although the almond and pastry notes are present they’re a little too weak and all this tea has done is make me crave real almond croissants!! Tasty but a little disappointing…maybe i’ll try more leaf in my next cup to see if this solves the problem and so I’m holding off on rating for now….

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drank Kabuki by American Tea Room
74 tasting notes

I wish I had read the Steepster reviews before buying this. The reviewers mention the sugar syrup or sugar whatever added to the tea. This isn’t mentioned on the website description at all. It just says sencha plus cherry blossoms and petals. What the tea really has is cherry marshmallows, like the kind of dried marshmallows in cereal like Lucky Charms. They dissolve completely in the brew. The website should have mentioned added sugar, instead it gives the impression of an herbal sencha blend, which this is NOT.

Leave it to my idiocy for not checking what my fellow Steepster people wrote. Actually it didn’t occur to me, I thought this was a new tea and wouldn’t be reviewed yet.

The tea smells like the cherry marshmallows but the cup fortunately doesn’t really translate the sickly sweet smell. The dry tea smells like a ton of flavoring and sweetener was added but maybe it comes down to controlling how many of the marshmallows you put in the pot, because the actual sencha appears to be just pure leaf.

I’ve had American Tea Room’s Sencha Ashikubo before, and for the price it is not too bad. This one tastes more vegetal in the cup than cherry or sweet. The sweetness might help with bitterness if oversteeped, but again it might change depending upon how many marshmallows you have in your brew. I could taste the spinach-y sencha and if I hadn’t smelled the bag or seen the marshmallows I wouldn’t have known from the taste that anything else was added. So that means I can stand to drink it and will likely finish the bag. I won’t buy it again, but I can at least recommend it as a pretty spring sencha that is mild and pleasant with no overpowering notes.

Flavors: Spinach, Sugar, Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Liquid Proust

Cherry marshmallows… that’s odd. I tend to be disappointed when teas have sweeteners in them to have a taste appeal for drinkers.
I have some actual cherry blossoms from Japan that are used for tea if you’d like to try a petal in a cup of green one day.

American Tea Room

We’re sorry that this tea is not to your liking. First off there is no sugar or added sugar in this blend. The description does not mention sencha at all but rather Kabuse – which is made from the tips of shade grown tea leaves. There is some natural cherry flavor added – but no sugar or a ton or anything. If you are not happy with this or any of your purchases we are happy to return or exchange this for something that might be more to your liking. I think you must be confusing this tea with something else as there are no marshmallows in this tea – those are actual cherry blossoms. We never state anywhere on our site that there is any sencha or that it is an herbal blend. It is made from Kabuse (shade grown tea leaves) cherry blossoms and some natural flavoring.

Cwyn

Kabuse is a name for a top grade sencha. It is sencha. Two other reviewers mentioned the added sweetener and one called it simple sugar syrup. Sugar is natural. I’m guessing the blossoms are coated in a simple syrup with cherry flavoring added. Marshmallows are simple sugar syrup, typically with vanilla flavoring.

American Tea Room

Cwyn – Kabuse is not another name for a top grade sencha. It is partially grown in the shade and then the tips are plucked.There is no sugar at all and no simple syrup either – it may have a syrupy taste – but there is no added sugar or marshmallows and the cherry blossoms were not coated in sugar. Of course you are entitled to your tasting opinions – and we are happy to exchange this for you if you like – but we do want to make sure you have the correct information from the vendor. We are well aware of how this tea is created – and there is not one gram of sugar anywhere – or any sweetener of any kind added to any portion of the cherry blossoms or the tea. There are only three ingredients: Tea, Cherry Blossoms and Natural Flavoring.

Cwyn

The correct name is kabusencha, here is the Japanese かぶせ茶. This is an exceptional grade of sencha, which is a broad term for covered or shade tea. Sugar is considered a natural flavoring. I appreciate that you want the vendor information included, but I remind you that the vendor description is already in the database. This is a forum for tea drinkers to share their impressions. If I wanted a refund, or had a question, I would contact you directly. I am skeptical of wholesale descriptions. This is why we have tea forums for tea drinkers to share impressions.

American Tea Room

Senchas are not grown in the shade – Only three Japanese tea types are Gyokuro, Kabuse and Tencha – cha is the word for tea – and Kabuse + cha is the word not Kabu + Sencha. the corect word is KabuSECHA – not KabuSENCHA – Sencha means small leaf Sen + Cha. I am only trying to educate you as I see you like tea – I have been in the business for nearly 15 years – and just want to make sure you have the correct information. We have no reason not to disclose any ingredients or give incorrect information on our website. Some websites do list Kabuse as a type of Sencha – but this is factually incorrect – Japanese Teas are divided only two ways – Light Grown and Shade Grown. Light Grown teas are Bancha, Sencha and Tamaryokucha – Shade Grown teas are Gyokuro, Kabuse and Tencha.

Cwyn

All sencha and yes your Kabuki (masked theatre indeed) are covered at some point prior to harvest. This varies literally by the grower. I can go purchase Kabusencha or kabusecha covered 3 days prior to harvest, 10 days prior to harvest, or covered for longer. At $15 an ounce, I’m not terribly likely to believe this is top grade, full shade grown tips, because if it were the tea would cost $60 an ounce and up and nobody would put marshmallows in it.

If the readers are interested, I suppose I can put up a YouTube video steeping the “cherry blossoms” so people can see them dissolve. But I doubt anyone really cares.

Liquid Proust

This doesn’t help… But, I’d watch the video :p

Cwyn

Says the guy who dug up Proust and steeped him. :D

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I’ve been wanting to try this one for ages and I’m so glad I was finally able to get my hands on it. This may be my new favorite dessert tea! The black base is smooth and blends perfectly with the warm flavor of a sweet, nutty pastry. I love it plain but it also makes an AMAZING tea latte!

Flavors: Almond, Nuts, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Red Vanilla by American Tea Room
1747 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #28

Actual big vanilla pieces in this rooibos. The flavor is very sweet… definitely vanilla. Sadly the rooibos is on the smaller side, so it does seem to affect my throat even in a teabag. It’s a good thing the vanilla is so icecreamy tasty!
Steep #1 // just boiled // few minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep

Fjellrev

You’ve sold me on getting a sample of this next time I order. :)

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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #24

Many big pieces in this blend, including giant pieces of cinnamon and star anise. After seeing the blend it looks a lot like Fusion’s Winter Solstice. The flavor is fine, surprisingly light (no cinnamon!)… seems like a creamsicle more than anything. There is a tanginess that I don’t love, but somehow it isn’t hibiscus tangy. I think the color of the cup is as close to “pink” as it can be. I thought I liked this one better before… I’ve possibly had too many awesome herbals since then.
Steep #1 // just boiled // few minute steep

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I think this came to me in a travelling Teabox – but I can’t recall which one. The tea appears to be mostly rose petals but I can spot some white tea leaves and lavender flowers in the mix too. Individually I love the scents of all the ingredients involved – but blended together the end result is rather odd and somehow reminds me a bit of dill pickles. Thankfully it doesn’t also taste like dill pickles so we’re all good. ;) The white tea get s a bit lost in the middle of the other ingredients – sweet rose, soothing lavender and cool mint, but the ingredients combine surprisingly well together.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sip down! This was delicious but not worth the price tag, especially since the first steep was my favourite anyway. Zen Tea’s is very similar and by far cheaper. I still need to try Golden Moon’s, come to think of it.

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Over the past few days, I’ve been taking Yin Qiao on and off because I feel like I may be coming down with something. The symptoms especially hit me a couple hours ago: fatigue, mildly sore throat and fever, funny hollow-like feeling in my stomach, etc. Whenever I feel like this, I want either oolong or green tea, so I reached for this. I’ve been hoarding it because of the high cost but screw it, enjoy it.

My mom also asked for a cup, and she was pleasantly satisfied with the aroma of the steeped tea. She says that it reminds her of Hawaii, and picked up on the floral notes above anything else, commenting that it makes her think of gardenia more than anything else. Pretty good nose considering she wanted it to be a surprise and didn’t want me to disclose the type of tea I put in front of her!

She tasted the coconut right away, and so do I. It’s so tropical and well-rounded. The floral notes aren’t sharp or overwhelming. I’m on the second steep now, and unfortunately, it’s not as coconutty as the first steep. The first couple sips were even a little on the savoury side, like watered down soup broth. It was rather strange. But as this cup cooled, it’s floral again. It’s truly a tasty tea but I just don’t think it is worth the price. Maybe if/when I get a high-paying job!

Tamarindel

I really like David’s coconut oolong, though it doesn’t have the floral aspects, so it might not be comparable. Much cheaper though.

Fjellrev

I loved their original coconut oolong, which was originally just a limited edition spring tea a couple years ago. But now that they brought it back with lemongrass, it just isn’t the same! Zen Tea also makes a really good coconut oolong if you haven’t tried it yet.

Tamarindel

Wow, I didn’t know there was another version! David’s does seem to have a habit of changing up their recipes, unfortunately. I will definitely get some of Zen Tea’s version, I’m been meaning to try them out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Fjellrev

Funnily enough, I still haven’t bothered trying it since they added lemongrass. Not that I don’t like lemongrass, but I’d imagine that it would taste like thai food, whereas the original was packed with nothing but coconut. Do you find the lemongrass to be strong?

Tamarindel

Actually, I didn’t know there was lemongrass in it until I read your comment and checked the bag, and sure enough, it does list lemongrass as the last ingredient. So no, it’s not strong. But since I never had the earlier version, I’m not sure how they compare. While I definitely taste the coconut in it, it’s a mellow, almost buttery kind of coconut. Very smooth. I assume the lemongrass just contributes as a base flavor, because I really can’t pick it out from the mix.

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GRANDIOSE 1000TH TASTING NOTE! RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.

It’s been a busy past few days, and here I am sipping on the last ATR sample in my arsenal. I am sadly going to only enjoy one steep this first time because the leaves have already been dumped since we’ll be flying the coop to the other place soon. Collect garbage, clean now!

The dry leaf is dangerously creamy. Velvety coconut, which goes with the creamy coconut conditioner my curly hair just soaked up. Coconut heaven! I don’t see any coconut shreds in the mix, so perhaps it’s only infused with the flavour?

This first steep is an absolute dream. Very heavy on the creaminess and the room is saturated in its lovely coconut aroma. The coconut doesn’t taste rancid or off at all. Lightly toasty but not too much. My mom, who is also enjoying a cup, comments that she especially picks up on the floral notes. Orchid-like more than anything else. It’s just so damn rich in flavour. I’ll have to see what the second steep will be like next time.

As lovely as it is, I’m not sure if I could justify the price. At one steep, these two cups we are both drinking cost $2 per cup. :/ I’d have to resteep the pants off of it in order to justify it, and I’ll admit that I rarely steep oolongs more than twice, even. Let’s not even talk about using this for cold brews. Maybe I’d consider getting more if/when our dollar reaches parity with USD again, because even the 20% off sales barely cover that difference/makes it worthwhile.

Sil

congrats on 1000!!!

scribbles

Congrats on milestone!!! :)

CrowKettle

Congrats! Sounds like the perfect milestone commemoration tea, or maybe that’s the coconut oolong bias showing :)

OMGsrsly

Yay 1000!!

leaf in hot water

CAD is depressing me too, i can’t satisfy my online retail urges…argh

OMGsrsly

leaf in hot water, there’s a thread in the forums about Canadian tea companies! (I’m here to enable…)

leaf in hot water

oops also wanted to say, congrats!! thats a lotta tea – 1000 cups!

leaf in hot water

haha thanks OMGsrsly :) i will check it out!

Roswell Strange

Congrats on 1000! May

Roswell Strange

**May the rest of the year bring 1000 more!

Mikumofu

Whoo! 1000!!

Indigobloom

Muchos congrats!

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Well, I feel like I’ve tried quite a few maple-flavored teas over the past few months and have found that they all differ quite a bit from one another. This one followed suit in that it was a surprisingly mellow maple flavor that didn’t taste sweet but did definitely taste like maple. The tea itself was smooth. While this can’t compare to Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong, this is probably the maple tea I’ll want to buy once I’ve run out of Butiki’s.

Thanks for giving me a chance to try it, Ost!

Flavors: Maple, Smooth

Ost

Yah!! Happy you liked it!! :D :D

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Another sipdown! I enjoyed the last cup with light cream. I am going back and forth on whether or not I’d want to get more. It smells desserty but those notes don’t translate as strongly in the flavour. I’d rather have a cup of Brioche. Hmm. Maybe I’ll grab more, maybe I won’t. We’ll see!

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I was so close to making another order with ATR yesterday to take advantage of their sale, but decided to postpone it until next time so I can catch up with these other samples, plus I’ve been moving around a lot and not even sure where I should send it. And who knows, maybe our Canadian dollar will strengthen a little bit by then. Fingers crossed, eh?

Intentionally saving this as one of the last ones, it smells very desserty, like Brioche-level desserty, but despite having figs and sesame, I actually get cherry almond out of this more than anything else, perhaps due to the slivered almonds in the dry leaf. It’s toasty and sweet at the same time, but not an artificial or overwhelming sweet.

It definitely delivers in the flavour. I get cherry almond notes but not figs nor sesame. I’ll shake the packet next time I have a cup to see if it’ll help. But the base is smooth and the flavour profile goes well with light cream. This tea kind of reminds me of Rainbow rooibos, but in a way, this is even better since I’m personally a fan of black teas more so than rooibos. That said, I can see myself getting more of this. Well done, ATR!

Maddy Barone

That sounds soooo nummy! I keep adding to the list of tea places I want to order from. This is BAD for my budget! LOL

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, this place can be such a bad influence sometimes. Double-edged sword. FWIW, I really enjoy ATR’s samples. They’re really generous in size and it’s a great way of trying their stuff without committing to larger sizes/bigger orders. :)

Maddy Barone

I really like it when a tea company will allow us to buy small samples. I hesitate to order 50 grams of a tea I’m not sure I’ll like.

Fjellrev

Exactly! I mean, I wish more companies would realize that they would actually make more money if they offered smaller sizes. You’re more likely in the long run to have people come back for more.

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Sipdown, but it was my mom’s doing. She smelled my cup yesterday and asked if she could have some the next day, so I gladly let her have the last cup. She absolutely loves it! I still prefer Zen’s but I guess I would settle for this.

Sil

yay for sipdowns regardless!

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Since I’ve been running out of tea here, I’ve been trying to stretch out what I have left, so I finally get to treat myself again. Simply put, this blend is a very true EG with very palpable lavender notes. However, it’s not my favourite lavender EG. That award goes to Zen Tea, at least the one they used to carry.

Smooth base with light bergamot nuances. I wouldn’t buy more but it’s pleasant.

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drank Nirvana by American Tea Room
1150 tasting notes

Busting out the ole Guitar Hero/Rock Band equipment means that I’ve been banging away at the drums for hours at a time, trying to beat, or even come close, to my guitar records on expert mode. This further means that I haven’t been drinking as much tea. It gets in the way of battling with Tom Morello, yo!

My mom and I both love this tea. The dry leaf is packed with beautiful flower petals and plump berries. There is supposed to be kiwi and fig in this, which were absent, but perhaps that has to do with the smaller quantity I got. Maybe you’re bound to find them in a 2+ oz. pouch.

It’s nice and refreshing. Lots of berry nuances, tart but not too sour, and the base behaves itself. This would make an excellent cold brew. My mom exclaimed that she likes this one even more than Tangier. And then asked in the cutest tone, “Umm, can we get more of this?”

Yes, yes we can. But I’ll wait until a 20% sale and/or when our Canadian dollar is a little stronger.

This makes a reasonable replacement for Butiki’s With Open Eyes, except there is no ginger. I can see throwing some candied ginger into this creating a damn good replacement.

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So wonderful, this tea! Dry leaf aroma: pleasantly fruity, something akin to passionfruit, plus yummy creaminess. Wet leaf aroma was similar. The brew was fairly light, leaves unfurling very quickly, and tasted very close to the scent of the leaves. Love the creamy flavor, and slight fruitiness that does not overpower at all, adding to the sweetness of the tea. So delicious I’m tempted to try brewing just a touch longer next time, to see if I can increase the flavors slightly without overbrewing.

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Sipdown! The last cup was so apricotty, probably because I let the water cool a little more before steeping. Definite repurchase, and I’m looking forward to trying it cold brewed some glorious day.

Mad Hatter

This is one of my favorite cold brews! We have pitchers of it all summer long :9

Maddy Barone

Ooooh, sounds good! And I’m still working on kicking the soda pop habit, so the search for a tasty iced tea is going to become the focus of my attention in the next month or so.

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