American Tea Room

Recent Tasting Notes

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Poppies are in bloom, awwww!

Anyway, here’s another backlog from the weekend. I cooked up most of the sample of this that ATR sent me as an extra. It wasn’t exquisite but pretty agreeable. It reminded me some of Zen Tea’s Earl Grey Creme (which is yum x 10!) but it wasn’t quite as fancy.

It made for a nice cup that accompanies one while they are focusing on something else. I wouldn’t get more of it and, besides, when it comes to ATR’s greys I am enjoying their Earl Grey Shanghai much more – which is what I am having right now.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Agreed about Zen Tea Earl Grey Cream!

Kat_Maria

It’s so delicious! Could be my favorite earl grey themed tea.

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82

The scent of the dry leaf reminds me of David’s Tea ’ s forever nuts. Taste-wise, it’s a whole different story. I love that I can clearly taste the base. The taste on the tongue is a bit nutty, with cinnamon, it’s good.

But the magic happens when you exhale. All those pastry notes come out to play, and frosting was invited. It’s truly wonderful, like taking a deep breath before the next bite of your warm, sticky cinnamon bun.

mj1851 told me it was "get it in my mouth now* good. Girl, I agree


Ok I’ve just chugged sipped on another cooler cup. Now the taste of the exhale is the taste of the tea altogether. MUST BUY.

mj

I’m so glad you liked it! This was the first American Tea Room tea that I tried and it was by far my favorite. To be honest, the others were a bit a of let down after this one. I’ll be interested to see what you think about them!

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70

This tea was different than other vanilla teas that I have. The vanilla had less of a creamy, desert-like quality to it. It reminded me more of that vanilla taste you get from bourbon.I may have under-leafed this cup a tiny bit, but the flavors weren’t rich enough for me. The black base was unremarkable. Despite the fact that this tea had a somewhat unique taste, it was still a meh experience.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

While not quite as delicious as Brioche (can any dessert tea beat that one???), it is very tasty. Very nutty with a hint of preserved fruit flavor as well as very mild spiciness. The black base is bold enough, but it lets the flavoring shine.

It smells heavenly, too! Good yum to start the afternoon with.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

I decided to start the morning with this tea, which is the only American Tea Room tea I’ve liked a lot. Of course, I’ve only had four, but this one is a winner. So cinnamon-roll-y and delicious! It’s a good thing I decided to have a stay-at-home data analysis day since I set the time on my alarm clock but did not turn it on. Despite the fact that I am a reasonably intelligent adult human, I do that quite a lot. What is wrong with me lol

Edit: So nice I steeped it twice :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Calypso by American Tea Room
228 tasting notes

I used the rest of this sample to cold brew for about 10 hours. It has even less flavor now. I’m not impressed by this tea.

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80
drank Sultan's Delight by American Tea Room
228 tasting notes

This tea smells really interesting and has huge chunks of (presumably) figs and nuts in the dry leaf. The taste is mostly roasted sesame wrapped around figginess. It’s not quite figs, but it has a certain figginess to it. Yes, I know figginess is not a word, but it’s the only way I could think of to describe it. Overall, it’s a pretty pleasant cup, but it won’t be a tea that I’ll order again.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Calypso by American Tea Room
228 tasting notes

The tea was pretty disappointing to me. It doesn’t taste bad, but the flavors are really weak. I don’t taste any coconut at all (sad face) and I only get a whisper of pineapple in the aftertaste. Even so, it doesn’t really taste like actual pineapple at all, more like a pineapple candy flavor. This may have been my fault because I brewed it with boiling water rather than the recommended 185F, which I didn’t notice until I was pouring the boiling water. I think I’ll try this as a cold brew.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77
drank Ambrosia by American Tea Room
90 tasting notes

Not great, not bad. The smell is pleasantly fruity and the mango is particularly distinctive, but the taste gets cloyingly sweet pretty fast even without the addition of sugar. There are better whites/greens out there.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Black by American Tea Room
1847 tasting notes

SSTTB

Aside from Brioche I have been pretty disappointed with American Tea Room teas. Consequently, when I see one, I don’t have high expectations for it. However, this was a pleasant surprise. It is rich and malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Yum!

In other news, I checked the description and my tastes are way off (aside from the malt) of what this is meant to be. Oh well.

Cheri

If it tastes good to you, that’s all that matters. Or someone mislabeled the tea when they put it in the box.

VariaTEA

It is probably me. I am not yet sophisticated in the ways of detecting the subtle flavors of black teas.

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92

This tea is amazing. I drank it with sweetener and frothed milk and it tastes just like a cinnamon roll. Seriously, just like it with the icing and all! So bready and yeasty with cinnamon….mmmmmmmm. How do they do that? This tea is the very best version of having your cake and eating it too because you get to have your breakfast pastry and not get fat.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

This was my breakfast tea today….yum, but tomorrow I will go with something stronger and less flavoured :)

Cavocorax

OMG, I love this one. It’s probably the only one I’d order from American Tea Room, but that’s one to use your US connections on!

whatshesaid

Have you tried the Canadian maple one? I was debating on that

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90

Dessert-y teas are always tricky. Are the flavors really coming through, are they balanced, does it taste like the dessert it’s supposed to be like. Wellll, as a matter of fact, this meets my requirements. It’s always a mystery as to how they make some of the flavors like bread. Someone told me it’s magic. Hey, I can go with that. :-D I did a resteep, still good. Made some iced tea out of some that had been sitting in the pot for a while. Very yummy!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

Drinking up an old sample of this sent to me many moons ago from Tastybrew – belated thanks! – (all of my swap samples are old at this point, haha) because I’m trying to decide if I want to order some from American Tea Room to get it shipped for cheap to my American relatives who are coming to visit this summer.

I’m thinking I will, because it’s a really yummy tea. That’s my official tea reviewer opinion – this tea is “yummy”.

Really does taste like a baked cinnamon raisin treat, though the cinnamon isn’t overwhelming which is great because I don’t particularly care for spicy teas.

I’ve got a bit more to drink before I make my final decision, but I can’t see me not owning a stash of this by mid summer :)

Previous rating of 85 from once upon a time still stands!

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94

sitting in the library waiting for hours five, six and seven of classes to start and thought i’d play catch up.

if i go light on the word count i could stop at ‘wow’. add to that ‘damn’ (because i just got a sample size), and ‘jam’ or maybe ‘more!!!!’……. do exclamation points count as extra words?

i have no idea what’s going on with ATR. i don’t now if they’re refining, reviewing, tweaking- all of the above? pretty sure it isn’t my tongue. needless to say they have impressed me immensely lately whereas before they were interesting, but not incredible. goes to show businesses improve and bring their products along for the ride.

this blend is apricot jam. a hint of the stone is detectable, convincing me that it’s fresh in my cup.

awesome. now for some last minute reading……

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
American Tea Room

we’re happy you’re happy….and yes we do refine some of our blends from time to time….most recently Choco*Latte – thanks for noticing :)

JustJames

per my palate i detect your schedule as more frequent than ‘from time to time’! quite excellent! love it love it love it.

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drank Bliss by American Tea Room
1635 tasting notes

Thank you Kat Maria! (187)
I brewed it hot and I’m enjoying this fruity green/white, but it’s just a little bit of strawberries, and oddly, a little bit of butter, and comfort, and it’s nice and all that, but I don’t know that I’d take it home to meet my mother or anything like that.

Speaking of… mother’s day this weekend! :O I have little time to dig up some kind of gift and ensure she gets it in time. #failed I bought her tea before but I don’t know that she’s actually drinking it or would want any more. :| And we rarely speak. Ugh. We did take a mold of my 2yo at work, so maybe I can send her a copy of my daughter’s feet? It’ll be late but something like that might be cool.

Ok, back to work. Back to drinking tea!

ETA So all the new Summer teas are out, so I grabbed the Summer pack and mailed that to her (in BC, so it’ll be late). Even if she doesn’t drink a lot of tea, she DOES like iced tea, especial decaf ones! #patsselfonback I also sent her the bubble pineapple mugs bc they’re cute.

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94

I’ve removed most references to my kinky life on Steepster. While my interest in tea did evolve from an interest in tea as a service task, it has developed into much more than that, and it’s now a part of my everyday life.

The local BDSM community lost a wonderful person last week. She was involved in local and global tea organizations, and I had the great pleasure of meeting her and taking a tea service training class with her. Yesterday, those who wished to remember her had a cup of tea in her honor, and this is the tea I chose.

keychange

I am sorry that the world has lost her, but hope she knows how appreciated she is.

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80

huh!

when my atr order came in as always they stashed extra goodies. i stopped when i got to this one. i had flashbacks of the last vanilla mint puerh i’d had which i would STILL swear was heated pepto bismol…..

honestly, i had real concerns. i fiddled with the package and flipped it over… cinnamon. cinnamon? and mint? i still had doubts, just for a different reason now. mint and cinnamon? there was a potential for ‘ew’.

american tea room- this was a great cup! i really enjoyed it! thanks so much =0). no hint of pepto, (sorry i pre-fretted)…. the cinnamon really did the trick! i added cream and turbinado sugar.

i haven’t even been into puerh lately, truly my compliments!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

A sample from VariaTEA. I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, although I’ve never really had the chance until now. I guess that’s why I’ve been saving my sample! I wanted to wait for a day when I’d have the time to enjoy it. Thankfully, it’s as good as I’d hoped. It smells sweet and nutty straight out of the packet, and this only intensifies as it brews. For a first go, I gave 1 tsp of leaves 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. It tastes fabulous — absolutely like a fresh piece of brioche, or an almond croissaint! It’s bready and nutty (almond, mostly), with a hint of milky vanilla sweetness and cinnamon spice. The base is fabulously smooth, and its slight maltiness perfectly complements the bready, sweet notes of the flavouring. It’s one of those great flavoured blacks where it’s hard to tell exactly where the flavouring ends and the base begins. Many thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me. I have enough for a couple more cups, but I’ll be hugely sad when this is gone!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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T&C TTB#4: This tea. This tea. I knew it would be trouble just from reading the reviews it’s gotten. I kind of dreaded trying it but at the same time, it had to be tried! Yes. It’s as bad as I thought – yet another tea company that I have to add to the list to buy a tea from! :)

This is amazing. Cinnamon-sugar-cream-pastry-wow!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Hahahahaha

Kat_Maria

Yeah, I love it, too!

boychik

For a minute I thought you were serious. I luv this tea

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