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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
1105 tasting notes

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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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
681 tasting notes

So over-steeped this one twice today on accident. xD
First one was a major over-steep, but the second time was just by like a minute.
It definitely tasted more walnut-y than anything. Was still sweet and I could still taste the maple, but wasn’t as good as usual. Still better than Movie Night though xD Even over-steeped-haha! XD
Today has been such a miserable day physically and I barely slept last night so slept a lot in the late morning. But I really need to do stuff, and I hate days where I don’t do things, so trying desperately to wake up. Even with all the drugs I’m jacked up on xD
Sooo there will be many tasting notes today because I’m using this day as the day to catch up on samples and stay awake and somewhat productive even though my pain levels are soooo off the wall :(

Important Notice
Also, on a side note, I’ve decided to name my sloth London, because that’s where Ben, my boyfriend and I first met-on Christmas day to be exact. :)

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Nutty, Sweet, Walnut

Kirkoneill1988

the dog my mom babysits, her name is London :) shes a miniature doberman

Ost

aww cute

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou :D

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
681 tasting notes

This tea is totally replacing the Movie Night from DavidsTea that has been a staple in my collection. I wish that DavidsTea had never changed that tea, or that my taste buds never changed!But this tea is basically everything Movie Night used to be-sooo this is a win! A staple in my collection…till they change it too xD

Also, if anyone sees this, please just know that my health has been really bad lately and it’s not calming down and this weekend is going to be even worse and I’ve had like tons of family drama over the last two months on top of it all—so I’ve kinda been MIA from Steepster….So to all the people who are waiting for me to reply to your message please please don’t be upset! Things are just really bad right now, and I I’m doing the best I can! I’m planning on being on here more consistently though, like…I’m very determined. I have been rather active on Instagram and FB, but just not really here. Probably because I have been drinking most of the same teas and I’ve not been feeling well enough to drink as much as I used to :(
So yeah, I’m sorry for being a lousy person to talk to lately. :( It has nothing to do with any of you-so far most of the people I’ve met, and at least the ones that are waiting for me to reply to their last message have been great people so far! So please know it’s not to do with you. Things just aren’t the best right now. And I am really behind on everything. And I really am trying to catch up but also trying to pace myself…whiich is rather hard when your bad health makes everything go super slow. xD I’m not usually such a slacker haha! But oy. I just needed to apologize to all of you. Please forgive me if I’ve offended anyone! Those haven’t been my intentions at all! On instagram those of you who follow me are so sweet, the comments you leave on some of my posts. Oh my goodness, some of them really brighten up my day. This is a wonderful community for the most part. And I’m sad I’m not really being in it that much lately. Only really through Instagram. So yeah…Hope I haven’t offended anyone!
I am doing the best I can right now! I hope the rest of you guys are doing okay! And for all those who follow me on Instagram and write sweet comments on there-thank you for helping to brighten my day. (: You guys are awesome! (:

Cwyn

Hey Ost just saying hi and it is nice to see you here when you can!

Sil

i’m TOTALLY offended that you’re taking care of yourself instead of posting tea tasting notes and writing back to things here… totally giggling don’t be silly lady. You do what you need to do. Nice to see you here from time to time but taking care of yourself comes first :)

Fjellrev

No way, you’ve never offended anyone here. I can guarantee that!

Maddy Barone

You’re not a lousy person to talk to. Take care of yourself! Sorry things aren’t good for you right now.

Ost

Hey Cwyn! waves that comment made me smile (:

Sil, your comment definitely made me smile the most. Hey and don’t you worry, I haven’t even opened those two bags of lemon chiffon from DTT yet. So I’m keeping the tea as fresh as I can before sending it to you. :P It’s nice seeing you on instagram though. So many Steepster peeps are on there now I don’t feel totally disconnected! I love your pics, and thank you for all the kind comments you ever post on my pics, Sil. Every little thing means so much to me! (:

Ost

Fjellrev well, I’m pretty sure I’ve offended definitely a few people with a thread I made on here once like what…6 months ago maybe or later? XD Like so many people here were so pissed off, including a tea company that I will never again order from haha! Soo pissing people off is a talent of mine at times. xD Glad that I’ve not done that to you…yet! XD Well hopefully never because you seem to be a great person and I enjoy our short conversations on tasting notes. :P
At some point if you want, we should totally talk through PM, so far you’ve seemed like a fantastic person to interact with. Either that or when I’m well enough again we should set up a swap! :D

Ost

And Maddy Barone, thank you for your kind words….My parents more prepared myself to work myself to the ground and I have the mentality to stay on top of everything. I never really prepared for having health issues that have slowed me down this much and everything! But thank you for being understanding. I need to remember to take care of myself sometimes! Well…a lot of times xD

Ost

Also, since teleportation hasn’t been invented or anything yet can I please just give you 4 all a big virtual hug for being so kind? Seriously, you people are so very kind and thoughtful in your words. Thank you so so much. I love you all in a non-creepy way! XD

Sil

What if I want you to love me in a creepy way? Lol sorry. Overtired in Paris makes me goofy.

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
681 tasting notes

Backlog

Ohhh I’m so behind on tasting notes, it’s so bad! XD
Had this earlier this week…Oh my goodness, seriously trumps DavidsTea’s version of Oh Canada. Like this is one of the ultimate maple/syrup teas!
UGHHH!!
Sooo good!
Since the last batch of Oh Canada from DavidsTea tasted really off and not the same at all, I think I am going to kick that one out of my collection to have this one instead. This one is a must try for anyone interested in maple/ syrup-y teas! :D

Maddy Barone

That does sound good!

leaf in hot water

Lol thats sad that AMERICAN tea room does a better Oh Canada than David’s, being Canadian and all.

Ost

Haha I know, right, Leaf in hot water? I was totally shocked. Not a huge fan of ATM but this tea is by far the best I’ve had and absolutely incredible!

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
681 tasting notes

So recently I found out that The American Tea Room has a shop in Beverly Hills, not far from UCLA. So since my week has been horrible and I had to go up to UCLA today for the second time this week, my mum said she would take me to there. I have only tried one of their teas, so I don’t really know what I was expecting. XD But the people were surprisingly nice and helpful. One lady that talked to us was very honest about the tea and I felt like she wasn’t just trying to make it sound amazing so I’d buy it. I didn’t buy that much, and plus a lot of their teas are pretty cheap, so that was also great! And they let me pick out a free sample, and it was a big sample too. xD
This was definitely the nicest tea store I have been to so far! But I don’t think I’d end up liking tons of their teas anyway. Mainly because I’m picky haha
But anyway. Picked up 2oz of this one because it smelled amazing.
I was not expecting it to be good at all. I was expecting it to be grassy since it was a green tea base. But it totally proved me wrong.
Brewed it up when I got home.
It’s so maple-y and sweet. There’s so much caramel and syrup flavor in it. It’s ridiculously good. I was not expecting that at all!
It tastes a lot like DavidsTea’s Movie Night, well when I first had tried it because it was so sweet and kinda tasted like caramel corn. But the last time I bought that tea it tasted weaker and more apple flavor…so I am thinking that they changed something in it, which has made me pretty sad because it was one of my favorites before.
But now I feel better because I have this one which is just as delicious and sweet, and it really wasn’t all that expensive-so this tea was definitely a win for me!!
Not sure how the other two teas I got will be, but this one was definitely worth checking out.
If i had to have a complaint it would be that in the second steep I could taste the green tea base more, it was a little grassy, but not too much. Movie Night barely has any green tea in it, even that’s like the base of it. Movie Night has decorations and stuff, but this one was mainly just green tea and some nuts. So I can’t expect it not to be a little grassy. xD Anyway, really fantastic tea! I would recommend if you ever try anything from there! :D

Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Maple, Maple Syrup, Nuts, Sweet

Dustin

I have only ever tried their Brioche and I loved it! If you were a fan of Teavana’s long gone Almond Biscotti, it tastes just like that. I can’t wait to try more of their teas! When you were in the shop, was there a minimum amount you had to purchase? Could you buy sample sizes?

Ost

Oh, yeah that was the first tea I tried from them ever! :P Was decent. Well they said that the sample would be enough for a pot of tea…or a cup of tea…And then they were putting the tea into the pouch and it ended up being way more than that. xD Maybe like half an ounce? It was a pretty big sample haha! The samples are 4 dollars in store and online. (:

Dustin

Awesome, thanks! I really want to place an order, but I really need to sip down a bit first as well. I hate self restraint.

Ost

Hope you end up having a good experience with them! (:

American Tea Room

Yup….a sample size is 1/2 oz – its good for a few cups or a big pot. Samples are $4 (some rarer teas are a bit more)

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drank Grand Jasmin by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks again to ATR for passing down this sample to me. While it’s not my thing, I can assure jasmine lovers that this would definitely be up for your alley. You get quite the jasmine pop with every sip.

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drank Grand Jasmin by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

Thank you so much for the sample, American Tea Room! Just a note: I’m not a fan of jasmine teas. In perfumery, it’s finicky enough as it is, and only care for it when it’s masterfully blended with notes such as vanilla, coconut, or vetiver. Otherwise, jasmine is way too powerful. This also applies to tea. There has to be a lot of other things in the leaf in order to calm down that overbearing floral.

The dry leaf is overwhelmingly jasmine. My mom couldn’t believe how floral a tea can smell. I followed the directions and steeped it for three minutes, and let the water cool quite a bit, maybe even more than suggested. While the tea isn’t too bitter, it’s just so, well, jasminey! My mouth is filled with astringent jasmine, which does go on the bitter side as it cools.

Funny how I love florals, both in perfumery and cuisine, but jasmine is more often than not an exception. No dice, jasmine.

American Tea Room

Thanks for the comments…let us know on your next order which sample you prefer so we can send something you might like better.

Fjellrev

Thanks for your generosity! It was still interesting trying this anyway, and FWIW, I think jasmine fans would really like this.

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

Sad sip down. I actually really enjoyed this one and glad I picked it up despite being wary of the rooibos base. I let this last cup steep for quite a long time (upwards of fifteen minutes) and it was very chocolatey without a super woodsy base.

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

Wow, this is not what I was expecting at all. I tend to tiptoe around rooibos because of its domineering nature but as soon as I ripped open the packet, a cloud of liqueur-filled dark chocolate enveloped the kitchen.

With light cream, this is very chocolatey. I can still taste the rooibos but it’s rather faint and in no way ultra woody. This would make an excellent substitution for boxed chocolates, as in, satisfying a craving for them.

Way to be, ATR.

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Got this as a sample from American Tea Room. Lovely of them to include such a large sample. Unfortunately, I dislike rooibos intensely. Thought I’d give it a try anyway because chocolate. Although the dry leaf aroma and the brewed tea flavor had a nice, strong chocolate presence, it wasn’t enough to disguise the nasty rooibos. I think if it was a black tea base I would have loved it, but this rooibos is not for me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample from miss Stephanie. I love figs, so I’m always interested in fig teas. I’m really hoping the coconut in here doesn’t ruin this one, I try to avoid teas with actual coconut in them because it ages so poorly. I can already smell the soapiness through the plastic baggie. :( This is a fairly chunky tea, there are large chunks of fruit along with the coconut shreds and some crushed spices.

The steeped cup smells mostly of soapy coconut. I can definitely taste the soapy flavor in the taste as well, aww… Otherwise this tastes quite mellow for a puerh base, and it’s mildly sweet and spicy. Withholding rating. :(

Flavors: Coconut, Dried Fruit, Earth, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I have been scared to try it…dryleaf smell is offputting :/

carol who

Bummer… I really like fig also.

Cameron B.

Boo to coconut shreds in tea!

Anlina

I would love to find a fig tea that actually has a strong taste of figs and no weirdness.

Cameron B.

Anlina, I actually really liked Dammann’s fig tea. Figue Fraiche, I believe? :)

TeaBrat

I swear I must have tried this at one point. I recall I didn’t like it.

Cameron B.

It’s a shame, I think I would have liked it if the coconut hadn’t been there. Shou and fig seem like they would be good together. :(

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Sip down! Part of me was tempted to save the last of it to symbolically drink it in one of my Fairmont Empress teacups but typical hoarding moi still has them, and the accompanying teapot, tucked away in their boxes deep in the back of the cupboard.

This is essentially a nice EGC with a touch of rose. Not sure if I’d buy more since I’d still rather have a cup of good ole ECG from Zen, but I wouldn’t mind having another cup any way.

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I figured since it was Christmas morning, I should treat myself to one of my ATR samples. My mom chose this one since she’s excited to spend Christmas here rather than on the Prairies. Tearing open the packet and wow! It’s strong, and I mean strongly, scented with bergamot and vanilla. The dried roses are pretty hues of pink and purple. Even more appropriate considering how green and lush, and snowless, it looks during this time of the year.

Flavour-wise, the bergamot is the most prominent note, followed by the vanilla. The rose is fleeting but makes its presence known for the most part. My main complaint, however, is the bold base which borders on bitter. Perhaps I need to use even less leaf and steep it for a shorter amount of time? Next time I’ll also try it with some half and half to see what’ll happen.

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drank Passion Fruit by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

This is better as a cold brew, in my opinion. Still no true passion fruit note, but the fruity peachy notes are crisper. Got a bit bitter, so I’m sure this is especially the kind of iced tea people would prefer having with a bit of sugar, but I will never take that route with iced tea haha.

This glass Contigo of cold brew also means a sip down! Wow, btw, ATR is quite generous with their samples. At first $4 sounds like quite a bit for a sample but I actually managed to make three Nordic mugs and a two-cup amount of cold brew with it. Not too shabby.

And PS: Yay! After nearly two months of waiting, several emails, a phone call, and a Facebook conversation, Bare Minerals has finally sent out my parcel, with the correct information, and has thus successfully landed on my proverbial doorstep. :D

caile

Yay, finally arrived! :)

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drank Passion Fruit by American Tea Room
1105 tasting notes

Time to tear open a sample packet. Passion fruit is a favourite fruit of mine. So tart and bursting with flavour. For me, the more sour the fruit, the better. This is my first passion fruit tea, and by the looks of it, I’m definitely going to have to continue my search for a good one.

The scent of the dry leaf is very subtle, and the very little fruity flavour that I do get does not resemble passion fruit at all. It’s more like peaches, with maybe a tiny hint of dates. Actually, it’s my mom who first picked up on the date-like smell, and once she mentioned it, I started to see where she was coming from. But that said, no passion fruit.

You know how I’m certain? Because I’m sitting next to a freaking sliced-open passion fruit right now. Not that I need to refresh my memory or anything but since I happened to find them on sale, I figured this would be the perfect time to compare the nuances of the tea with the actual fruit.

Sipping on the tea first, the base is quite robust. For the first five minutes or so, without any additives, it basically just tastes like a plain black tea, as the strong base overrides the delicate fruity notes. I went ahead and added some light cream to mine wondering if it would tone down the base and bring out the fruity notes. Nope, big mistake. Now it basically tastes like Tim Hortons. Hmm. But just now, I had a sip of my mom’s, who left hers as is, and sure enough, as the additive-free tea cooled down, the fruity flavours come out more. Again, I detect mostly peach more than passion fruit.

I’ll drink the rest of the sample black, and let it cool down slightly. I’m sure it wouldn’t be bad iced, but regardless, I’m definitely going to have to continue my hunt to find that perfect passion fruit tea. A teaspoon of pure passion fruit goodness reassures me that this needs to be done.

Anlina

I’m just drinking Tealux’s Jasmine Passion Fruit and it tastes amazing. If you like jasmine too, you should check it out.

Fjellrev

Awesome! Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of jasmine, especially if it’s prominent, but there are definitely others out there.

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I’m sometimes skeptical of highly creative, flavored teas but was completely won over by this astoundingly well balanced blend. Honestly, just opening the bag makes you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Paris at dawn. This tea also really does taste like brioche—the flavor lasts long after you’ve finished drinking. Gorgeous.

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