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I’m assuming I got this as a sample from American Tea Room, because I have yet to order a tea with lavender in it. To me, lavender is something I inhale to enjoy. In a tea? Well… okay, I’ll try it. Had an surprising amount of lavender in it, and it smells strongly of potpourri out of the bag. Also, one sample bag = one liter of tea, or four cups.
Steeped, this smells of lavender mint – again, a bit concerning for me. Lots of tiny floaties as well. First sips tasted like little to me, so maybe they’re too hot still. The taste left in my mouth is… fuzzy. Burning. Flowery. Odd. It tastes like potpourri to me. I’m… going to dump this and try something else. Wanted to like it, be adventurous. I think I’ll just go with something I know I’ll love.
I decided I wanted a day of tasting yummy chocolate spicy teas today, and so I started with this one. Unfortunately, I think I missed somehow that this isn’t a spicy tea, but rather a quite mellow one. Nice, just mellow. Think coconutty creamy with a hint of spice at the end, and then some sweetness via a form of vanilla or maybe an added sweetener. It’s nice. It’s gentle. It’s loving.
I however, was looking for more of a wham, bam, thank you Ma’am kind of tea today.
I bought this recently with my American Tea Room order. It’s the last tea from that purchase I need to try aside from the Cardamom Black which I simply cannot FIND. I can’t remember if I left it at work, in which case it might have disappeared along with the tea strainer that went missing. :(
Anyway on to this rooibos… I steeped this for about 7 minutes because I was trying to get my laundry out of the dryer. Tasting it now it’s like a double punch of lemon. This is seriously a lemony tea, like the cup is sitting near me and I feel like I’m smelling lemon pledge. ATR says the aroma is candy sweet but I’m getting mostly citrus.
I thought this needed a bit of sugar and soymilk to mellow it out, and I do like it better this way. It seems VERY strong so next time I might try to steep it for a little less time. This would be a good one to try iced, I think.
A few people have compared it to Della Terra’s lemon chiffon. That is a nice blend but it also had dairy in it, which isn’t something I want to see in my tea. So, at least this is a vegan lemon-y rooibos. I might need to experiment with this a little bit… it might be good with some ceylon or a nilgiri mixed in too.
IMO, good but not wonderful
Oh boo. I think the feed is broken, again
Hmm, I think I was expecting more spice. I mean, come on. It’s called Red Hot.
There’s definitely a spicy, nipping element, and that does increase as the cup cools, but the sweet cinnamonyness of the cup wins out. In that way, it actually really does remind of the Red Hot candies, just once the biting spicy outside coating is all gone and leaves only the cinnamon candy.
Sipdown! I decided that an insanely early Sunday morning (thanks, cat) deserved such a tasty tea. I only had about 1-1/2tsp left, so I tried to balance that with the water in my mug and I think I hit the spot. Not too intense, nor too watery.
It’s just as sweet as I remembered, with a slightly maple syrup component which has inspired me to make up pancakes this morning.
This smells like dark chocolate bar in the bag, and like delicious, creamy hot chocolate all steeped up. Overleafed a bit based on prior notes from some of you other awesome Steepster-ers. 1.5 tsp/cup.
Oh, this is a tea that BEGS for cream, milk, something to fill it out a bit. It’s okay unsweetened, a bit bland, and thin… again back to that cream-needing thing. Some Truvia makes it taste like a sweet chocolate bar, minus any cream or cocoa butter. So, like a dark chocolate bar, yet sweeter. I’ll try it with milk some other time, I’m too lazy to get up right now. Plus, this is good just as-is.
Finally had this on its own instead of in milk. Yeah nope. It was much improved when I added a splash of toasted caramel liquor but not by much. Tis is for sure a milk type latte tea!
Thanks ifjuly for this sample in our Fall Exchange! I was quite surprised by this tea. Upon opening it smelled very sweet and like dessert. Turns out to be a bit smoother than expected and does not need sweetener. It smells way sweeter dry than brewed, so don’t be scared. I didn’t expect the coconut to shine thru but it did! Not too much thou, just right. I’m tempted to try the Golden Moon that ifjuly mentions too.
If I was ordering from American I’d add some on this in.
Received my American Tea Room order exactly as anticipated, and only two business days after ordering. Impressive!
I grabbed a bunch of samples, and this was one of them. One liter of tea used up the entire sample, so this is a sipdown as well.
First smell impression was an actual macaron from some upscale French patisserie, along with a faint floral note. Steeped, it smells cocoa-y for the most part, with a bit of something else that eludes me.
The first sips confuzzle me a bit. Cocoa is smooth and very present, with something taming it down like vanilla or coconut. Floral notes have disappeared, and there’s a cakey sweetness left after the sip is finished. I can imagine this as a lovely latte, decadent and pastry-like. However all I want is a sweet fix right now before I try and sleep at, yes, 8:23am. Such is the life of a single parent whose most creative time (2am) coincides with her youngest’s late night coughing fits/snack requests/tv show watching attempts.
Sweetened with Truvia, I get the good kind of buttery flaky pastry and creamy coconut, while the cocoa turns a bit darker/bitter (like raw caocao, this is a good bitter). It’s decadent and delicious, and I think I’ll add this to my reserve order list.
Had a cup at a local coffee/tea shop. It was okay, but the tea seemed to be hiding behind the fruit.
I got this today in my American Tea Room order as a free sample along with 2OTHERS! Yay for being a steepster! I loved my mom homemade macaroons she use to make when I was a little girl. This dry leaf definitely smells of rooibos, however, steeps this definitely smells of fresh baked macaroons. That gooey coconutty goodness. I assume this is a take on chocolate dipped macaroons, hence the blend including cacao husks. It’s does also give it that baked toasty flavor as well. The coconut is present but not over powering. I’m really surprisingly enjoying this tea. A lot of people are comparing it to chocolate which I have yet to taste. Well I give this a two thumbs up. American Tea Room definitely did really good with my free samples!
I had such an amazing day today, I spoiled myself since my boyfriend was out of town for work. An antique show was in town and I went and came home with a few goodies!
(A teapot, teacup, tea tins, honey, beautiful cards, and a flannel all for $50)
Anyways when I came home I was craving this tea! Especially since I just got a new order of this in the mail this morning, and a HUGE bag of it since I ordered it on the day you got 20% more tea. I also wanted Rose Violet Calendula Oolong that Stephanie sent me, so I decided to cold steep that for tomorrow:)
And also I wanted an excuse to use my new teacup:
This tea was lovely as always. Smelled like a bakery in my kitchen when it was steeping.
Check out my adventure today at Remnants of the Past:
I’m not normally such a big fan of white teas but I bought a large size of this anyway in my ATR order, thinking that I would really like it.
This is a VERY citrusy blend, notes of lemon, grapefruit and orange are all very strong. The white tea seems to just be in the background providing a slightly sweet note. I don’t get a lot of jasmine, which is good because I’m not really a fan of jasmine!
I am finding this really refreshing but thinking it might be more of a summer tea. Anyway I can see I will need to try cold brewing this in the near future. It’s pretty nice if you’re into citrus flavors. I drank mine plain but this would also be good with a touch of sweetener. This is reminiscent of peach blossom by Rishi which I also enjoyed. It definitely has a bit more tartness due to the grapefruit. It’s good to have at least one white tea blend I like. ;)
I had this one last night in latte form, which appears to be the way that i really love this tea. I don’t fancy it as much when it’s steeped in water. Still though, it was a tasty treat!
Additional notes: Is it wrong I added this one and Teavana’s Almond Biscotti to the same better packaging (they were both in baggies). Dare I assume they are the same blend? Anyway, I’m sipping this one today, still appreciating how nice it is. I love that the black tea doesn’t get astringent. I love that is so bakey and there is the perfect amount of sweet and I swear a hint salt.
This one is lovely. So very very lovely.
I brewed up a mug of this after finally getting my latest package from ATR, no thanks to FedEx who employs a driver who doesn’t actually want to deliver packages, CS reps who will BS me lies in order to get me off the phone, and being told conflicting things by different FedEx folks about just when I can pick up my package from the FedEx store after the driver “attempted” (HA!) three times. (TL;DR: FedEx SUCKS.)
Anyway, blueberry rooibos. So yummy. It smells exactly like blueberries, and was delicious. I added some sugar to bring the flavor out. A very nice tea to unwind at night with while watching the latest episode of Arrow.
This one’s from Sil.
It’s a nice almond-vanilla tea, but… it’s just not really for me. I like it, but I don’t love it. Right now I think I’d rather have something spicy or earthy, not a liquid dessert. :)
Anoither sample from ATR. I got this because it’s hard to find a fruity herbal without hibiscus, I thought I’d give it a go.
Smells very aromatic in the cup after brewing and is a nice dark reddish color. I don’t get much licorice in here at all and the aftertaste is incredibly tart. I don’t mind licorice root as much as other people and I think it could use some more, lol. Definitely tastes like cinnamon and stone fruit but I wish there was something more that could have been added to cut down on the tartness. Sadly I’m not sure if I will finish the cup I’m drinking, it smells amazing though.
Herbal chai of the afternoon here. Regular readers of my tea log may “get” the fact that I enjoy a spicy tea.
I have tried way too many blends that are like this, but even so. I think this is an amazing rooibos chai. I am a big fan of ginger and cardamom and this has plenty of both. I also detect fennel and cinnamon and maybe a touch of pepper. I like chai blends that are not ALL about the cinnamon. I wish I could try it side by side with Rishi’s rooibos chai which I also really like (but have been out of for a while). Spices seem really well balanced to me. Perfect with a touch of soymilk and stevia.
On an aside note, ATR claims their sample packs make 4 servings but I am finding that I am getting 2-3 servings out of them. Not sure if I consistently overleaf my teas but I would pick up the larger size of this if I order through them again.
It’s very odd the different range of reviews this tea seems to have gotten, seems like some people really hated it!
It’s definitely VERY strong on the vanilla. In my opinion, the vanilla seems very natural tasting. Nice combination with the green tea, I am reminded of caramel or perhaps a creme brulee. I can see why they chose bancha here, but an oolong would also have been a good choice. It’s slightly astringent in the finish due to the bancha, which I don’t really love. With soymilk added this became a really good dessert tea. I happen to really like vanilla and this is a difficult flavor to get right in tea. I’m not sure I will get more, but I’ve really enjoyed trying this.
Personally I wasn’t too impressed with this. I like green tea/mint blends (especially Moroccan Mint). This seems to be a darker roasted green tea, maybe a houijcha mixed with the mint. Whatever chocolate notes are present just seem really light. I don’t have too much more to say about it! I was a bit disappointed, might try cold brewing this next.
I received a sample of this tea from Courtney, a fellow Steepster. She was generous enough to send me some samples of teas so that I can expand my taste buds further than DAVIDs.
I couldn’t have been more pleased with the tea I chose to sample first. This one is now one of my current favorites! After drinking my first cup, I had to research all about Brioche (the pastry) and being an avid baker, will likely have to try to make myself some in the near future.
I find this tea is comparable to DAVIDs Sugar & Spice or Glitter & Gold; however, it dominates both of these in the ways of smell, taste, and smoothness. Brioche, to me, tastes like a more high quality tea. I found Sugar & Spice to have a harsh spice taste where Brioche’s flavors blend together perfectly, and I found that Glitter & Gold lacked the amount of flavor that Brioche has.
I will definitely be checking out American Tea Room and adding this tea to my wish list. Yum!
Tea of the morning here, all I have is a sample size but wanted to try this since it sounded so intriguing to me, Dates and sesame? yes please!
The dry leaf has what looks like dried figs in the package.
I may have overleafed this, but it’s still really good. Whatever the base tea is for brioche, they’re using it here also. Smells very aromatic and tastes fruity and nutty as well! This is very good plain, but also accomodated soymilk fairly well. In itself, it isn’t terribly sweet but would be great with an afternoon cookie or some other kind of treat. As far as flavored teas go, it’s a very unique blend that lived up to my expectations. I wish I had more than just a sample size, might need to reorder this someday!
sipdown! (158) I made some of this up cold brew to see how it compares to the hot version and it’s not half bad. I do really like that this is apricot and not peach. it’s a nice change from all the peach teas i overdosed on when i first started drinking tea last year. Cold, this is nearly as nice as the hot version, though it doesn’t really pop until i added a bit of sugar. Yum!