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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!
tried this one again today – not a fan. Sipdown since i’ll pawn the rest of this off to other tea friends who like to try new things haha :) It’s just not the right berry flavour that i’m looking for.
I got a sample size of this with my ATR order. Upon opening the package I was very skeptical because this just smells like some nasty old liquor. I was assuming I’d end up hating it!
The flavor isn’t bad actually. Yes, it is rooibos with a mild cocoa and coconut flavor. I wouldn’t exactly say it reminds me of a macaroon but at least I don’t want to spit it out. Not bad on its own but better with a bit of soymilk. I’m really glad this ended up tasting a lot better than it smells. I love coconut anything but this isn’t cutting it for me somehow.
Not destined to be a favorite of mine but it is drinkable…
This is tasty! Almond teas are one of my favorites so I knew I really wanted to try it.
The blend reminds me a lot of almond sugar cookie from Simpson and Vail, I wish I had the two so I could compare them side by side. I think the main difference is this blend tastes slightly more pastry like and the almond Sugar cookie seems a bit on the sweet side? It’s an enjoyable blend, almondy and dessert like. I tried adding a touch of stevia but I think I liked it better before the stevia, with just soymilk. I’m not really getting anything that reminds me of a cinnamon bun (per the description)
Don’t think I will have any problems finishing this one off, it’s good. :)
I had a cup of this one today. I’m still trying to get around to tasting all my smaller samples so that I can be ready for orders at the end of the month. I had hopes for this one, as i love a good berry tea but this one falls short. I’m hoping that i can play with the steeping parameters a little and find it’s happy spot but it’s just lacking. I don’t know how to explain it any better than it’s just not as intensely flavourful as i want it to be.
This is a small size sample I received today in my American Tea Room order, my first order ever with ATR!
I’m having a darjeeling kind of craving so I thought I would try this first. Normally I’m a first flush kind of gal, but second flushes can be really nice too and I’m still awash in 2012 FF’s!
This brews up to be a nice dark red/copper color in the cup with fruity aromas. This is definitely stronger than some other darjeelings I’ve had. This is a great one to sip on plain and doesn’t need any additions. I’m finding it to have a stone fruit character with a lot of pungency and don’t really get the grape note ATR mentions here.
As far as darjeelings go, it’s not bad but not the best second flush I’ve ever had. For me it’s fairly assertive and doesn’t have the delicateness I like with darjeelings. I might try my next cup at a slightly lower temperature to see what happens.
I think i’m a fan of this one. it’s malty but smokey…most of the yunnan’s that i’ve tried have only been malty. I like that this one isn’t a smokey keemun, but it’s similar…so of course in went the maple syrup. It’s not an out of this world sort of tea but i’d drink it again :)
This comes across as a pretty unusual combination. The vanilla combined with the green tea evokes being outdoors in a field smelling nature somehow, where the vanilla brings out the grassiness in the tea and the tea makes the vanilla feel more intense and sharp than when normally paired with a black base (I tend to think of vanilla as a soft, warm element), almost minty and cooling, medicinally numbing. It’s not unpleasant, but it is odd enough it takes some getting used to. There’s a toastiness at the end of the sip too. Not entirely sure what to make of it.