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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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77

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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84

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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84

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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80

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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80

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
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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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92

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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84

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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84

Mmm, apricot. Real apricot. Apricot compote. The scent and flavour of the tea reminds me of baby food, oddly enough. Apparently pureed apricots and strawberries were my favourite desserts when I was a baby, and admittedly, when I got food poisoning a few years ago and stuck to soft foods for a couple weeks, I bought some to try. It was very tasty, actually! This specific apricot flavour here reminds me of that more than anything else.

The base is smooth, and as the tea cools, the apricot comes out even more. My mom absolutely loves this, being a huge fan of apricot and all. She commented that it is an undeniable apricot and nothing at all like peach, which sometimes apricot or mango tea can end up tasting like.

Sil

yes! i agree!

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85

What, first tasting note? But, but, it’s lychee and rose. Who wouldn’t want to try that? This sample didn’t last long once I opened it, especially since my mom wanted to try it too. The dry leaf is very fragrant, with an equal balance of fresh lychee and rose.

I only tried it hot but I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly once it cooled down a bit. Just like in the scent, the flavours of the rose and lychee were well-balanced. I’m sure I would have been able to easily identify both notes if I didn’t know what was in here. It reminds me of a bubble tea (without milk) that I recently experienced: rose black tea with lychee jelly and boba. It was pretty awesome, except they put too much sugar in it. I’m sure this would taste similar if I were to ice it and add sugar.

Would I repurchase? I’m probably thinking so. I’m also curious about their straight up lychee blend now, and will have to pick that up next time I order, which will most likely be when our Canadian dollar makes a recovery.

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Thank you Ost for this sample. This tea is strong and malty. It is fairly tasty but not spectacular. I am glad to have tried it but don’t think I would buy it. It does have a nice kick for the morning. I let it get somewhat cold as I was busy doing other things instead of drinking it. It might have been better had it not gotten colder.

I brewed this once with approx 3 tsp leaf iin an 18oz teapot with 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
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Sipdown. I wouldn’t buy more but I actually quite enjoyed my last cup. I made a larger amount in a Nordic mug and let the water cool quite a bit before steeping. Then after steeping it, it sat for quite a while whilst I prepared supper. By the time I got to it, it was a little warmer than lukewarm and it ended up having a much better balance. More orange which blended very well with the slightly smoky base.

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
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Initially nervous about the smoky base, I almost didn’t get this. It was the blood orange that changed my mind. And I’m glad I did! The dry leaf smells glorious. Very heavy on the orange, not artificial or overly sweet. I appreciate that it is not nearly as smoky as other smoky teas, but it’s ultimately not my thing regardless. Leave the smoke at the door in this household.

While the orange is there, I just feel like I can’t appreciate it as much with the smokiness in the way. That said, if you like smoky teas, check it out. Even people who don’t care for smokiness like me may think this is alright.

American Tea Room

Just so you know the tea is not smoky like a Laspang Souchong – but it is a Chinese Black base with a hint of smokiness – as compared to an Indian or other black tea base that would have a maltier or fruitier base.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I know, that’s why I bought it since I knew it wouldn’t be heavily smoky, but it seems like any amount of smoke just isn’t for me.

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
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The sip downs keep coming my way. I like it but it won’t be a repurchase. FWIW, my mom loved this, and the last cup went to her, technically. Glad she enjoyed it!

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
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O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Maple and nuts are always a good idea. The dry leaf smells like brittle, so much like brittle, with that classic slightly bitter note from walnut. This makes me want a handful of fresh walnuts. So delicious.

The steeped tea smells like liquid nut brittle, as well. I’ve actually had this a couple times already and have noticed that you really need to be careful with the temperature of the water, lest the tea can come out rather bitter, even if you let the water cool for a while. So I really let it cool before steeping, perhaps a little too much, but it came out the best this time around. No bitterness from the green base, which is slightly vegetal but not too domineering.

I’m not sure how I feel about the flavour of the tea, though. It’s sweet and syrupy, but not in a cloying or artificial way. However, the nuttiness is a little bitter. Not fresh or roasty. I’m sure others out there would really like this, but I personally prefer The Tea Girl’s Walnut Truffle over this, which works for me since it’s more accessible.

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This was the last tea from The American Tea Room that I had to try.
I was really looking forward to this one and I totally got disappointed. :(
When I opened the bag it didn’t smell like vanilla, in fact, it smelled like chocolate.
So that was kinda weird.
The tea itself tastes extremely fake. Reminds me of Harney’s Vanilla Black tea which was really bad too…Oy…
This one is not for me :(

Flavors: Artificial

Fjellrev

I agree about the artificial undertone. I think my brain translated it as an alcohol note, from the flavouring used itself. Onwards with the vanilla hunt, eh? :)

Ost

Sadly yes. :( too many vanilla teas to try, so little time.

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drank Rose de Chine by American Tea Room
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Sipdown! And now I’m officially under 80 again. No repurchase but this last cup with half and half was the best. Killed the rose but brought the best out of the base.

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drank Rose de Chine by American Tea Room
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Drinking this tea makes me feel like I’m in England, despite never being there before. So what do I know! But the base is rich and the rose is supremely soft. However, I would have liked more rose. It’s barely there.

Personally, I’d sooner take more of Teavivre’s Rose Dian Hong than this. That one is maltier (which is a personal preference) and the rose is more prominent.

Lynne-tea

mmmm I adore malty black teas. I should check out Teavivre’s Rose Dian Hong

Fjellrev

For real, me too. I’m currently not ‘home’ but when I get back I can check to see if I have any left. I think I have a packet left, so I could always save it for you? But I did notice that after a year, it has lost some of its flavour in the rose department.

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79

Sipdown! Minty fresh but lacking in chocolate. Not sure if I’d get more, maybe if I had cacao husks in the same room, to try it with Choco*Late (seriously yummy), and/or to make an order worthwhile.

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79

Oh my word, this smells fantastic. You frequently hear people comparing the aroma of chocolate mint teas to After Eight/Andes mints, and I’m famous for that, but this is seriously like an amped up version of the After Eight filling. The filling. That is just it. The cocoa takes a major backseat here, in both aroma and flavour. The icy cool peppermint candy cane-like note is by far the most prominent, followed by a whisper of cocoa. Smelling this instantly makes me crave a York peppermint patty or After Eight.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s yummy. Very refreshing and soothing, but I was hoping for more chocolate. The base here also appears to be a roastier green, which I love, but those roasty notes, that I’m positive the base has, are buried far underneath.

Too bad I don’t have my cacao husks with me, because I’m sure adding some to this would be awesomesauce. Maybe I’ll be brave next time and mix in a bit of Fry’s cocoa.

American Tea Room

Funny you should mention this as many folks mix our Choco*Latte with Coco de Menthe to make what you are describing. We are working on our own Chocolate Peppermint blend and hope to introduce it soon.

Fjellrev

Ah, I can see that working. I’m definitely looking forward to the Chocolate Peppermint blend! I’m always looking for the perfect one.

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74

Sipdown numéro deux. I liked this the best without any additives. Smooth base and flavour, although the vanilla flavour itself isn’t my favourite kind of vanilla, you know? Nevertheless, I am looking forward to trying the rest of the samples.

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74

It’s Vanilla Noir time. The aroma of the dry leaf is an undeniable vanilla, which isn’t surprising since ATR was quite generous with the vanilla bean. I detect a hint of smokiness from the base, so for my own selfish reasons, I’m hoping that won’t be reflected in the flavour.

The cup I had last night, without any additives, was surprisingly smooth with minimal smokiness. The vanilla doesn’t quite have the dimension that I like. It has an alcoholic quality to it rather than a warm, gourmand one.

This morning, I went all out and added some half and half, coconut sugar, and a touch of pure vanilla extract. Eh. Granted, I almost never add sugar to anything, except to chai, but it doesn’t enhance the vanilla in any way. Maybe just stick with half and half, or nothing at all.

I wouldn’t buy more but it’s nice to be able to experiment with these very generously sized samples. I just weighed this one, accounting for the packaging, and the sample incidentally weighs 15g. Pretty awesome. You can easily make 3-4 regular-sized cups with that.

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17

Nope. Nope. Nope. Not for me. 0_0
Just another black tea that’s too strong and overwhelming for me 0_0
Glad this was a sample! XD

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