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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
963 tasting notes

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
2307 tasting notes

Sipdown
I’m glad to just be finishing this one off. For a cardamom tea, it’s just kind of boring, not enough cardamom flavor. I think I’ve written multiple tasting notes on this, so I won’t write any more. It definitely needs something, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Another sipdown for today… it’s good to be cleaning out my cupboard to make way for some new stuff. ;)

This blend is fairly tasty but I don’t seem to adore it as much as some other people do. Won’t be a restock, but I am enjoying it today.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
1635 tasting notes

Thanks JustJames for sending this along to me. It was a delicious tea that I enjoyed (216)!

I taste delicious maltiness, and cinnamon and fresh air. I see it’s from the Sun Moon Lake region and it makes me think of all those teas from TTC that I’ve been sampling and I suddenly regret not tasting them closer enough to really compare the two. But, ah well. That’s how it goes. So many delicious teas – I’ll never be able to keep them straight so I will just savour each one as I get to it.

Terri HarpLady

Great closing remark, because I can totally relate to that. Sometimes I am in the mood to really take in all the amazing layers of flavor, but other times that feels like work & really, I just want to enjoy a cup of tea without thinking too much. :)

scribbles

I agree! Well said :)

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
2307 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I’m trying to finish off some old things that have been languishing in my cupboard for a while. This isn’t too flavorful on its own but it becomes a lot nicer with the addition of some more cardamom and a few rosebuds I got from elsewhere.

I hope today is a good day! I was arguing with my former HR manager over email yesterday. Now that my medical leave is up they don’t want to hire me back and they don’t want to fire me either. The whole thing is making my stomach hurt!

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backlog! still enjoying this one though it’s not the ZOMG tea that it once was. I think i have almost figured out what sort of flavoured teas i tend to reach and have a handle on how much i need of them to get me through to when i want a flavour change, if that makes sense lol

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drank Dong Ding by American Tea Room
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okay, i am upping my rating on this tea as of today. i prepared it in more of a gongfu or however you spell that style, and i am quite enjoying it. the flavors have much more depth and are much more layered than prior sessions. this time, main difference is a nice hot awakening/rinsing of the leaves before actual brewing, a shorter brewing time, and more leaf per oz of water. as i learn, tea just gets better and better! love it!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

oh shoot i’m sooo behind on tealogging things! i’ve had this about 18 times since i last mentioned i’d had it, it remains my very favoritest flavored black tea. also i believe my favorite-est iced tea, as well. serving me well this hot texas summer!

i’m really not sure there’s anything that could be improved here. this is one of my few 100%s, but man, it’s up there. maybe even 110%. its GPA is a 5.0. its amp is turned up to 11. it is bliss.

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Sipdown! Sort of, because I’m giving the rest to my friend. I did order some though and my American relatives are bringing it to Canada for me in July :)

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100

So lovely! This tea still deserves the 100%. Shmiracles bought me a bag of this because she knows it’s my two favorite things – roses & Chinese black tea – and a very high quality of both. I love Shmiracles!

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SSTTB: Pick #17

Made this one in my timolino this morning for work. There are a couple neat looking straight blacks in The Box but this one really caught my attention because it’s a Taiwanese black and I was wondering how many similarities I’d be able to draw between it and Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.

And I actually did notice some similarities; this had the same sort of waffle-y notes to it that TWMB has, and some soft maltiness to it. Overall this was really calming and so smooth – but I do like TWMB better; that one just has more flavour overall and I think it’s a bit naturally sweeter.

But this one was good! I’d totally drink it again – but this was the last of it. Oh well; I just stocked up on TWMB anyway…

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
2307 tasting notes

I thought I’d try this one iced today, I think this might be my first time trying a red rooibos this way. I made some yesterday and then stuck it in the fridge, hopefully I will drink it in the next few days and this is also a god way for me to start drinking down my stash. My biggest complaint about this tisane is I just wish it had more lemon in it, but overall it isn’t too bad.

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I have a lot of new teas and samples I need to be sipping through and writing notes on, but I was craving this one today. Sometimes you just gotta drink what you are in the mood for you know? And today it is flavored blacks :)

boychik

Agree. Every day its a dilemma if im going to drink new tea for review or some thing i really love.

Cheri

I like to mix it up. I can have both, since I drink a lot of tea.

Stephanie

I can’t drink as much tea as most people around here do in a day ;)

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After breakfast tea, another generous sample from Boychik.
This is a lightly smokey tea, & by that I mean not really smokey at all, maybe just a hint. Add an overlay of tart & tangy, from the blood orange, & there you have it. :)

Sipdown: Tony took a whiff of this & decided he wanted to try a cup for himself, so I brewed up the rest of it for him. He likes his tea with some of that crystal sugar in it, & I’m happy to report, he said it is “Delicious!”

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drank Lemon Drop by American Tea Room
95 tasting notes

Pleasantly surprised by this sample I received with an order from ATR. They hit the lemon perfectly with this blend – for me, good intensity and nice flavor. Best use of bergamot that I’ve ever experienced – - I am usually not at all a fan — but here it lies in the background as a low-key accent. The overall flavor intensity is strong but not overbearing.

2nd steep still has a lot of flavor though unfortunately the bergamot comes out of the wings and settles in the front row. Next time no resteeping for me :) though bergamot fans will consider it lovely, still having a nice balance of lemon to it.

If you are looking for a lemony tea I would recommend this; it has a more sophisticated flavor profile than you’d expect in a lemon tea, and it tastes natural.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Toasted Fig by American Tea Room
347 tasting notes

I how this tea actually smells like figs. The coconut is nice. There is more coconut in the flavour, but I don’t really even notice the fennel. Don’t think I brewed this hot enough, and I didn’t really taste the puer, but went well with breakfast.

Stephanie

Fig coconut puerh sounds good. Never thought to try it because I hate fennel.

Lariel

The fennel didn’t really declare itself.

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another backlog from yesterday, this one courtesy of VariaTEA I’m a little worried that i’ll get my teas from swaps mixed up so apologies if i miscredit someone with a tea they gave me. I’m trying to get them all separate since the house is a complete mess but who knows how well that will work. It was lovely to have this back in the house again. it’s one of the few teas from ATR that i really enjoy enough to want to purchase but they are a pain to get to canada. thanks for putting this back in my cupboard!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. NayLynn got 3-4 oz for me so I was more than happy to share as I haven’t been able to get to my cupboard teas lately, what with all the swaps, and I would hate for all that tea to go stale.

Cavocorax

Ha! We both had this yesterday! It’s so good. I think I got mine from VariaTEA too! highfives

Sil

both of you…all your tea is packed up and ready for pick up (beyond anything you want to “shop” for at my place)…anytime is fine by me – my tea is one of the few things really organised in the house right now lol

VariaTEA

Haha. I see you had your priorities straight. Tea first, everything else later. When I moved home, I insisted my box of tea go in the van with me as opposed to the moving truck and it was the first thing I unpacked.

OMGsrsly

Yay for having at least one thing organized! :)

Sil

Tea was organized day one except that I still had swaps that came in, in their own boxes…now it’s all unpacked and sorted etc….and I split up your teas etc… Today I packaged stuff to go out as well…. I’m stupidly sick so I’m not very productive but that made me feel good.

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I’ve never gotten the baked bread/pastry flavor in a tea until this, and it’s present here in a big way, and deliciously so. The flavor complementarity is a trip because it is so close to a pastry experience. Or Challah with marzipan (as Boychik called it) cinnamon french toast with maple syrup.

Second steep retains the novelty though with the cinnamon picking up the spiciness a bit in the foreground.

While the flavor is wonderful, the overall experience of this tea is a little light. I would score this much higher if the black base had more depth – that would be superb tea. I look forward to experimenting blending this tea in combo with richer blacks since the flavor profile seems strong enough to hold up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
95 tasting notes

Nice black -orange combo. Scores high on flavor profile but only medium on depth, which is the main feature I enjoy about blacks. Would benefit from upping the leaf volume per cup. I had to follow this with a cup of Samovar’s Blood Orange Puerh as comparison and found the latter had far more dimension to it, still a favorite despite its ginger component.

Plan is to try adding cocoa shells or nibs to this next time around.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This might be the best smelling tea I have. The dry leaves are just incredibly vibrant. I have the new and improved formula which supposedly has more vanilla. Sniffing the leaves from the bag is just down right gluttonous.

Doctor told me to do dark chocolate in moderation, otherwise this would be my go to cup of tea before bedtime every night. It just has this warm, soothing comforting, down home feel. Think back to your childhood and drinking hot cocoa on a cold day. But now you add in the complexity of the vanilla and of course Rooibos. Rooibos thins out the brew so it’s not heavy at all, but you still get a mouthful of delicious chocolate and vanilla base.

I add a little bit of milk and a heaping teaspoon of honey and it’s just spot on.

Delicious. Wish I didn’t have this damn A Fib keeping me from it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea was brought to me by the superb mj1851 and I have to say I quite like it! I added some milk to cool it down because I was too impatient to wait and I feel like it was a good decision. I feel like it has an artificial vanilla extract quality, in the sense that when you smell it it’s soft vanilla, and when you taste it black, it’s probably a bit stronger than one would expect. Thank you mj1851 for this: is good!

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I won’t lie, I was a bit sketched out about this one. It was quite different from anything I’ve tried, but I love figs and dates, so I kind of knew I would probably like it. My cup gives off a strong aroma of dates, figs and malt. If you smell it without focusing on different scents, it smells a lot like maraschino cherries. The flavour is wonderful, mostly figs, with a wonderful nuttiness and dark cherry notes. It also has a very interesting milky quality both in terms of texture and taste. Yum.

Thank you mj1851 for sending this my way :D

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