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93

An as yet untested sample, and what a really wonderful surprise.

Orange is a flavor I love, but find iffy in so many foods and teas that aren’t in and of themselves made of oranges. Since I’m a huge fan of ATR fruity teas, it should perhaps not be surprising that I thought this one was well done. But it isn’t just well done, it’s one of the most pleasant orange flavored teas I’ve tried. So of course, I can no longer find it on the ATR web site. Such luck I have.

Yes, orange is the dominant aroma and flavor, from a really succulent and juicy smell in the sample packet to a mellower and more spread out aroma in the steeped tea, to a somewhat tart, somewhat sweet, flavor with a tinge of peel-like bitterness; just enough to give the flavor a fruity authenticity without undermining the pleasing non-fakey character of the tea. The tea base is a truly a bass note here, a low rumble of accompaniment to the higher orange notes. I think it is a Ceylon but I’m not sure. In any case, it does its job exceptionally well.

I would buy this again if it were available.

Flavors: Molasses, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
American Tea Room

We are sorry we had to discontinue L’Orangerie – but we have several new and different teas – Romanoff might come closest.

Fjellrev

Too bad this one isn’t still available since I’d prefer orange with the base they used here, it seems.

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94

Thanks for this one from the sale, Ost! I wasn’t expecting much from this one, as the rating is so low. But this one is a winner to me. The leaves are medium sized (if the small sized leaf is considered CTC, I guess). Mostly black with flashes of gold, to the leaf color. A strong, deep, dark classic Yunnan. Heavy notes of hay, malt, unsweetened chocolate. I love it. There is some depth to the flavor here. Two solid steeps. One serving left.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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75

Received this as a sample in my ATR order. It is pleasant, but not something I would seek out. Despite the Nilgiri base, it seems on the mild side. I taste the blackberry — the blueberry, not so much. If I were a blackberry tea fan, I might be more excited about this as it tastes very natural, but there are really just so many other fruit flavors that I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97

When lemonades and / or teas can get the lychee flavor right its like drinking a little bit of paradise. This company did a good job. I really wish I was sipping this on a beach right now. The dry smell is great; as is the wet smell. I love the fusion of the black tea flavors mixing in with the lychee. nom.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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68

Aww, this was a disappointment. Funny how their chai is loaded with cardamom but this barely had any at all. If I tasted this blindly, I don’t think I would have been able to detect the cardamom in it. It’s just a bold, astringent tea with a barely there hint of spice.

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89

The aroma of this tea is indeed incredibly buttery and nutty, with vanilla-almond and cinnamon overtones, not unlike sticky buns, but I have an image of that shiny chestnut crust of brioche swimming in front of my eyes, so I want it to be yeastier than it is! It smells so incredibly delicious that I’m afraid I will be disappointed when I take a sip!
Sigh, the sip is not as delicious as I imagined, but the aftertaste is all BUTTERY candied walnuts. For that alone I’m enjoying the heck out of this cup! It is indeed getting moar buttery and sweeter as it cools, and now I’m getting a little more of that aftertaste on the sip. Overall definitely something I could see myself ordering in the future!

ETA: This was a sample from the fabulous Stephanie, thanks a bunch!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Yet another sipdown. It feels like all the tea I have at this point is either pounds or tiny little bits. Luckily the tiny little bits are easy to use up!

This one is so good. I’m picky about herbals but I’ll almost always drink this one. It’s like a liquid cinnamon roll, which is pretty much the best idea ever. I can’t help it—I love tea-as-dessert all day, every day. For whatever reason the Breville made this a little weaker than I usually do, but it’s still rich and sweet. I’ll definitely consider buying this one again, but because so many companies have a tea like this (DAVIDsTEA Forever Nuts and Benjamin Tea Roasted Almond come to mind) I may get someone else’s variation.

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100

Deep chill here today. I wore my coat to shield myself from the brisk wind. Brrr.

The kind of day to lounge around in flannel pyjamas and drink this. This tea, when you get the parameters right, is divine. The scent is like walking into a good bakery which has just taken their sweet buns out of the oven.

I added a small spoon of honey and a good glog of milk.
The taste is that same saffron almond bun fresh out of the oven. In my first cup, I swear I tasted raisins speckled with the teeniest flecks of cinnamon.

Very mmm.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Pastries, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

Saffron almond bun???? Sounds heavenly.

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Sipping down random teas in my cupboard.
I received a large bag of this last year from a teafriend as it had been on my wishlist for awhile. While I do not drink flavoured black teas so much anymore, I have nearly finished the bag of this.
It is quite tasty as far as flavoured teas goes and I can see why it was a popular one. Sweet like an almond danish. I’m glad I was able to try it – thank you teafriend!

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
22 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I had no idea what this tea was going in, I just guessed it’d be a smokey russian caravan type tea by the name. In actuality it’s an orange flavoured tea with just the slightest hint of smoke. I’m not super fond of orange flavouring, so I can’t see myself drinking something like this often, but other than that it’s Pretty Okay.

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70
drank Caramel by American Tea Room
1439 tasting notes

Sipdown! Had it with milk to try to make it a little more interesting. Meh. Won’t be missing it.

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70
drank Caramel by American Tea Room
1439 tasting notes

Despite the scattered, but mostly mediocre reviews, I opted for a sample since it never hurts to try a caramel black. I had a feeling it would be boring and lacklustre, and unfortunately, my gut was right. The dry leaf doesn’t smell like much other than plain, slightly sweetened black tea. There are two caramel pieces in the 20g sample size so I allowed myself to have one of them in this cup. 7g went into a nearly two-cup mug.

I let the water cool for a while before steeping and it still turned out rather astringent, like a standard Ceylon. After a few sips, I added some homo milk to cut the astringency and while it’s better, I still don’t taste any caramel whatsoever. If I could, I’d add something like Bailey’s or Caramilk cream liqueur (although I’ve never had it before) because I’m sure either would elevate this.

Evol Ving Ness

So sad. This held such promise.

Evol Ving Ness

In my imagination, of course.

Fjellrev

Ha! Yeah, caramel black teas always do. It seems hard to find really good ones, though.

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79
drank Masala Chai by American Tea Room
1439 tasting notes

Oh boy, I didn’t realize I got down to 39 teas (thirty-freaking-nine!) the other day until now. My ATR order arrived the other day so it’s back up but not by too much.

So glad I ordered a sample of this. I love chai but sometimes so many are basically the same as not as complex as I’d like, but I took a chance on this just to justify my order more. It’s pleasantly heavy on the cardamom. Like DAVIDsTEA’s Cardamom French Toast with extra added cinnamon and ginger.

I steeped this with some homo milk and added a bit of brown sugar. Delightful. Cardamom note is the most prominent, followed by the ginger, and then the cinnamon, I’d say. The base is a bold Nilgiri but it doesn’t override any of the spices. Rather than doing a 4-5 minute steep (didn’t time it), I’m sure this would really benefit from a stovetop treatment.

Would I buy more? Not entirely sure yet but it’s been the best loose leaf chai I’ve purchased in a good while. I’m biased when it comes to cardamom, however, as I love that stuff.

Sil

wow 39….soooo little.

Evol Ving Ness

Thirty-freaking-nine! Shocking.

You and I are on the same page with the cardamom. This chai is going on my list. Sounds great.

Kristal

You’re doing well! Got any goals in mind?

Fjellrev

No goals in specific! Just trying to finish up some older stuff. It’s too bad that I have quite a bit still packed up that I’d love to finish up but I’m trying to work on the DF teas, at least. Just drink up!

Cardamom is so delicious, so I’m sure you’d enjoy this one, Evol.

Sil

cardamom is the best. i have a blueberry smoothie that i make that has just a little in it with some cinnamon and turmeric. so good.

Fjellrev

That’s a great idea, Sil!

Indigobloom

Wowwwwww now that is something to aspire for! good on you :)

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I could have sworn I wrote a note for this when I tried a hot cup of it a week or so ago… Anyways, I put the rest of the sample in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge. I didn’t like the taste of it hot. It had a weird alkaline taste to it that I have experienced in some pineapple teas. It is much better cold steeped! The alkaline taste is still there, but is muted and subtle. The mandarin is very bright and dominating the sip and aftertaste with a creamsicle flavor. There is a little bite at the end of the sip that I don’t much care for, but the rest of the sip is great. The vanilla works well to soften the sharpness of the citrus and the other ingredients seems to give it some depth and low notes, making it really well rounded. I could see this working well with a little sweetener to fill out the fruity taste. Overall I’m pretty impressed!

Preparation
Iced

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75

This was a free sample with my American Tea Room order. It isn’t something I would have chosen as brioche tea just doesn’t sound very good and I don’t often drink herbal tea anyway. I did like it though. It is lightly sweet and tastes like cinnamon french toast. I’d be interested in trying the black tea version.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I didn’t think much of this tea when I first got it, but it’s really growing on me now. To say it tastes like root beer isn’t exactly accurate — but there’s something about the flavor that always makes me think about root beer. It has a lot more nuance than I originally gave it credit for.

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80

Still working through my vanilla tea quest. On the plus side, the vanilla is present in this, so that’s something. But it’s an alcohol-type vanilla, and there’s nothing else in the tea to give it any complexity. The bag is full of chopped up vanilla bean pod, so I was expecting something a little more natural, but it’s not bad.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Yep, smoke comes first. Like Lapsang Souchong light. And then, citrus zips along behind it. Delicious.

The scent of my empty tea glass is intoxicating. I would have another, but this last one may have overwhelmed my caffeine limit for the day.

I am totally going to enjoy this with a spoonful of homemade preserves that next time that I need a wow kick in the pants kind of tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

see this one had no smoke for me but was delicious :)

Evol Ving Ness

Totally smoky for me in both scent and flavour. Isn’t that interesting how differently we perceive things?!

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drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
708 tasting notes

This tea smells SO wonderful in the bag! Rich, nutty and sweet. It smells that way when steeped too, but I’m finding the flavor comes through more fruity than I expected from the scent; almost a cherry apricot flavor. The almonds have a deeper baked smell, like in a pastry. I added some creamer and it changed the taste quite a bit. I get more of a fresh grass like the ending tang of wheat grass. Maybe I’ll try adding a little sugar and holding the cream on my next go at this tea. I’m enjoying it and intrigued by it, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet either.

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81
drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
7525 tasting notes

yum. While the description says lightly smoked black base, i’d suggest they just take that descriptor off. There’s no smoke to be found here but there is a delightful blood orange flavour that is spot on. I really like how this one works – i can see this also being a tasty cold brew in summer with a little sweetner. thanks for sharing Evol Ving ness

Fjellrev

Funny, I most definitely got the smoke here!

Sil

haha maybe i have a higher tolerance? :)

Fjellrev

My tastebuds are also ridiculously whiny when it comes to just the slightest hint of smoke haha.

American Tea Room

its is a very light smoke – not like a Lapsang Souchong – and it is awesome iced – add a few Cara Cara Oranges and cold brew for an awesome treat.

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45

The problem for me is, with most fruity infused teas, the smell of the leaves is entrancing but the taste is never as good. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t hit the mark for me. I had hope because it was described as a sencha base, but it didn’t have the qualities of a sencha that I like when brewed. It tasted dark, and bitter, and I don’t think I oversteeped or temp’d it. I will try it again because I bought a few oz of it, but the two times I’ve had it so far didn’t wow me. I’ll probably stick to pure teas from them in the future.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Peach Oolong by American Tea Room
1137 tasting notes

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70

This is one of those teas where I enjoyed the scent more than the actual flavor. It smelled like a nice juicy blueberry, but the flavor was tart and slightly medicinal. I decided it wasn’t what I was in the mood for at the time, so I added a little bit of sugar and stuck it in the fridge for later. I found it much more enjoyable the second time around, the german rock sugar I added really helped draw out the blueberry flavor. This is definitely one of those teas I prefer cold over hot.

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