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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
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I’m not getting any smoke, but I can taste dates and citrus fruits in a fruity and floral black base. Not a lot going on in this cup, but it was stored with other teas and I only took 1/2 tsp out of the TTB. I brewed for 8 minutes, but I also used ~600 mL hottish water.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Dates, Floral, Fruity, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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100
drank Sarsaparilla by American Tea Room
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100
drank Sarsaparilla by American Tea Room
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To this day, I pronounce it “sasparilla”. I think I misheard it in a children’s show or something a long time ago and only not realise I’ve had it wrong this whole time. Well, I was partially correct.

This tastes like foamy rootbeer, with undertones of caramel, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, and brown sugar. A beautiful and unique dessert tea that is also great with sweetener or iced (I find it tastiest hot/plain, but whatever floats your boat!) It is also far superiour to that rootbeer float black tea sample I’ve been holding onto since last summer from David’sTeas. a) its herbal b) it is a much creamier and more complex in flavour, which makes it a more pleasant drink. I really like how buttery and caramelly it is, without being too extreme in any direction.

Flavors: Bark, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 30 OZ / 900 ML

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Flavors: Jasmine, Vanilla

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Malt, Tobacco

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drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
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No. Just no. This tea made me nauseous. The smell makes me nauseous and the taste makes me nauseous too. Its way too sweet. Way too marzipan. Theres nothing that cuts that sweetness. It needed another component…like more nuts or apple or something. The sweetness was too overpowering. I wish I never got it such a waste of money!

Flavors: Cherry, Marzipan, Sweet

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I dont know! I dont know how i feel about this tea…it smells almost like forever nuts from DAVIDsTEA. It doesn’t taste that way though. I do get a hint of bread/yeast. It almost tastes like sweetbread filled with almonds and almond cream or something. But not in a cherry/artificial way. In a good way. I am gonna try it again tomorrow and see how i feel then.

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Sweet, Yeast

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95
drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
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One of the best spelling teas yet!

Hints of honey, date, fig, caramelised pecan/toffee, almond, cherry, and marzipan. These delicious flavours are accompanied by vanilla and black tea. It is all around spiced, creamy, and very nutty. Absolutely delicious! I’m glad I added this caffeinated tea to my cart. I don’t need more caffeine, but you know how it goes with teas.

Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Dates, Fig, Honey, Marzipan, Nutty, Spices, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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This tea renewed my love for rooibos. It has one of the best rooibos bases I have tasted in my entire life (and I’ve sipped on a LOT of rooiboses in that time). It is phenomenal! What is really odd is that I can’t taste any woody or mineral flavours from the base at all. I’ve never had a rooibos that didn’t at least have hints of that.

Strong fruity notes of pear and red current. Slightly sweet, but also refreshing (like how fruit is normally slightly acidic but not sour). I can’t tell if I’m tasting apple and maybe some other tropical fruit that I can’t place.

Very creamy, flavours of almond but not nutty.

Slightly drying to my mouth, but not unpleasant at all.

Flavors: Almond, Black Currant, Creamy, Fruity, Pear, Rooibos, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML
Evol Ving Ness

This sounds very impressive indeed.

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50
drank Earl Grey Decaf by American Tea Room
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50
drank Earl Grey Decaf by American Tea Room
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Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrusy, Dust, Floral, Limestone, Loam, Mineral, Musty, Olive Oil, Wet Rocks

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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50
drank Earl Grey Decaf by American Tea Room
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drank Earl Grey Decaf by American Tea Room
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Something about this tastes…off? I can only describe it as mineral oil or musty on top of chemicals and citrus bergamot. I’m still going to drink it, but I don’t enjoy whatever they used for flavouring.

Additionally, this is the first decaf tea I’ve tried that has a black tea that tastes weak. I brewed 1 tsp in boiling water for 3 minutes and the liquor was clear. I’ll try adjusting the steep time a bit, but I would have liked a malty base to push the bergamot up a bit. I intended to add milk, but I believe this to be too weak for any additions.

Flavors: Artificial, Bergamot, Citrusy, Dust, Mineral, Musty, Olive Oil

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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GCTTB Round 6

There was only a cup of this left in the box, and I was intrigued by the name. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was meant to be a subtle nod to Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff. I mean, just reading over the tea information available here on Steepster it’s not blatantly or obviously hinted as such – but the flavour combination of smoke and blood orange seem appropriate to me for Marvel’s Red Headed Assassin so I had to try it and give it a shot with that in mind…

It’s interesting – that’s probably the most straight forward/diplomatic way to put it.

I suppose I’d say that overall I enjoyed it, but the flavours perplexed me a little bit because this is supposed to be a little like a smoked blood orange sort of thing and that didn’t really come across at all? More than anything, I’d say the flavour I picked up on the most was actually ginger? And as an overall flavour combo sort of a sweet candied ginger with fruity but not citrus-y undertones. Strawberry, maybe – but also not really.

Strange overall; but ultimately nice. I don’t know if I’d say it captures the essence of Nat though…

Fjellrev

Weird, this was quite smoky and obviously orange-flavoured for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I will need to revisit because I got well-caramellized dark cherry.

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^ oh wait. I am thinking Russian Blend by Capital. Nevermind.

donkeyteaarrrraugh

Their vanilla black is wonderful and round flavored….thanks for saving me some money on this one!

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95

Just adding to the chorus of WOWs for this tea. A very cozy, delicious tea for when I’m craving western-style brewing and big mug of tea. Astonishingly evocative of bread and pastries. Added a touch of agave and almond milk. This is one I think I always need to have on hand!

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Very strong citrus oil flavors. A bergamot’s bergamot! I’ve found this and other ATR teas to be a bit too strongly flavored for my personal taste. However, is a quality-made cup with a distinct, wakeful aroma that may be good with a bit of something else.

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70
drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
134 tasting notes

GCTTB DAY 2

Second tea is the day. I must say I didn’t smell much from the dry leaf, but the name interested me enough to give it a try. Arbitrary choice, I know, but I don’t regret it! It’s a full bodied, slightly smoky black tea with an earthy aspect. Reminds me of a very mild lapsang souchong. It’s actually quite satisfying, I found myself sighing with contentment.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad that things are looking up. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Interesting that so many of us are drinking smoky things in these cold days.

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Something about rooibos and dessert flavors together don’t add up to a dessert experience for me. Something is missing. The peppermint and chocolate flavors remind me of a candy-scented toy from the 1980s or 1990s, or flavored lip balm.

Others might not have that association, so I don’t feel fair rating it.

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