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drank Anastasia Tea by American Tea Room
1360 tasting notes

Perhaps now isn’t a good time to judge a new tea, especially in regards to its scent, because my nose is all burnt out from smelling/testing over a dozen fragrances since the afternoon. I ran around and got some great deals on already cheaper fragrances (almost embarrassed to even admit which ones I did buy) at Winners and Shoppers. Still no good teas at Winners. Sigh.

With that said, this smells like candied flowers, especially rose. And the rose carries through in the flavour, as well. It’s like Turkish Delight melted into a slightly astringent Chinese tea. There’s a creamy aspect to it, as well. I could see this making a great bubble tea.

Would I buy more? No, when it comes to mixed floral teas, I prefer Dammann’s KG Amore, but I’ll happily finish up my sample.

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I tend to think of this as morning tea (because of the name I guess) but it’s excellent any time of the day :)

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88

Had this again, and if it was just a bit less pricey, I can easily see it becoming my go-to morning cup. It’s hearty enough for breakfast tea, but not at all astringent or biting, and the bread notes make it pair perfectly with breakfast food.

__Morgana__

Love this one!

Tamarindel

yep, it’s pretty addictive :)

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Just got this in from American Tea Room. It tastes like a very nice apple cinnamon cake to me. I like it, but I’m not picking up on the almond notes I expected from a tea filled with slivered almonds. Oh well, still good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Lemon Drop by American Tea Room
1360 tasting notes

Oh, I will always love the way ATR presents their samples. Great packaging and very generous sizes. I wish all companies sold samples like this.

Lemon Drop is a great name for this one because it smells and tastes like an ultra lemony hard candy. Emphasis on ultra. By far the most lemony tea I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t taste the other citrus fruits in here, however, the base is smooth, and the second steep yields quite a bit of lemon flavour, as well, so it’s a good one to try if you’re a fan of lemon.

I’m sure with milk and sugar it would taste like lemon pie. But straight, I can see drinking this when I’m sick.

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drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
1360 tasting notes

First BF parcel has landed, and this appears to be a new tea from ATR. Dates, figs, raisins, almonds, vanilla, and sesame? Automatically sold. My dry leaf wasn’t nearly as chunky as the picture, unfortunately, but it smells like fruitcake.

I created a new placement for this one even though I’m pretty sure this is Sultan’s Delight renamed. It has the same ingredients and smells similar, although I swear I remember Sultan’s Delight to smell distinctively like cherry almond despite there being no cherries in there. This one doesn’t?

This one also seems quite a bit nuttier in flavour than Sultan’s Delight. And when I got my mom to try this last night, she oddly enough got a honeydew note from this. As soon as she said that, the next sip I took, there it was, but only initially. First, it’s creamy honeydew, then the dried fruit and nuts take over.

So either ATR slightly tweaked this tea and renamed it, or it is the same tea but there’s a batch difference. Either way, it’s delicious and I would consider upgrading from a sample to a full size.

American Tea Room

This is the same as Sultan’s Delight…we changed the name to better reflect the ingredients – but it is the same. Thanks for the nice review

Fjellrev

Thanks for the clarification! I do like the name change.

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One of the few teas that thankfully tastes different than it smells. It smells like coconut and swamp.

Smooth and earthy with slightly honey figgy notes. Has almost a spicy feeling finish, like when capsaicin tickles the back of your throat.

I still prefer my pu-erh unflavored.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Fjellrev

Haha that’s good you like pu-erh. I would have ordered this for the fig and coconut but would probably hate it due to the base.

Mad Hatter//Lauren

It would be a good transitional tea if you ever wanted to try, I think! The pu-erh isn’t terribly strong. It’s mostly roasted dandelion root with a bit of smooth earth/muddiness from the pu-erh.

Nicole

Ccconut and swamp. Yum! :)

Marzipan

Coconut and swamp!

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This is from a swap awhile back but I never got to it. I’m fairly certain this is the first time I’ve had lychee. It’s definitely a different flavor profile than what I’m used to with flavored blacks. It’s very floral, but sweet, kind of like strawberries.

Flavors: Floral, Lychee, Strawberry

Preparation
1 tsp

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This is ok, but not my favorite. Even at a low temp, it is a bit bitter but also fruity. Glad to get to try, but won’t be purchasing.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Bliss by American Tea Room
30 tasting notes

Okay, seriously, you need to cold brew this bad boy. The tartness of the blend is so much more palatable, and it comes off as fruity instead of just plain sour. I find it to be less overtly floral than ATR’s Nirvana, so it’s my preferred blend of the two, even if it tends more toward bitterness when left to its own devices. Having eaten dragonfruit before, I can detect it in here. Dragonfruit is kind of like exotic kiwi, in that it doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but is very distinctly itself all the same. Not quite citrus, not quite sweet: it lends itself to the honeysuckle notes in this cup well enough. I’m not sure I found even a single pomegranate aril in my tea, though, which is sort of odd in retrospect. Then again, pomegranates aren’t cheap, and this blend is fairly inexpensive.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Tart

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I first tried the Arya Pearl from Canton Tea Co. I’ve fallen in love with it, and it’s become a cupboard staple, something I never want to be without. Sometimes I think I prefer this tea after it’s aged and mellowed out a bit, but it’s definitely very nice when it’s young too. I don’t really like the way it’s described on the American Tea Room website. This tea tastes to me like flowers after a rain, and fresh, ripe green saturn peaches, and maybe only a touch of pepper. Other years, it has had notes of vanilla ice cream. The best part of this tea, and what many of my favorite teas share in common, is the long-lasting aftertaste (or “finish”, as we’d say in the wine business). My mouth is full of flowers and fruit for a long time after I drink this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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Even though it’s not the Christmas season (September) I got this from the Here’s Hoping TTB so I thought I’d try it. It doesn’t seem particularly Christmas-y. Fruity with a bit of vanilla, a bit of star anise. Quite pleasant but I’m really not getting the Christmas part of it.

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Oooo. I like it. It smells like vanilla, tastes like vanilla, but has a boozy quality to it that I didn’t expect. I really like this. I think I’ll like it even more in the winter.

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I had to order this tea as soon as I heard about it. It just sounded too perfect for me! And it is! Thank goodness seeing as I ordered a lot of it counting on exactly that.

First sip though I was terrified and thinking I’d made a terrible mistake. I tasted nothing. So I left it for a bit and after it cooled a bit it had improved exponentially. Maybe not as much almond as I’d hoped for, but it’s like sipping on a yummy little nutty pastry.

Anyway I’m pleased with this and can see myself cozying up with this in the evening! The sample I got with this order seems well chosen too, so I’m quite excited to give it a try later (Vanilla Noir, smells yum!)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I know I got this in a swap too, though I forget who sent it to me. Whoever it was, thank you! I’d been wanting to try this for ages but was never able to justify an ATR order, so it was great to be able to try a sample. And I’m glad I did do it this way, because in the end I didn’t like this tea as much as I expected to. I know it’s unreasonable to expect any tea to truly taste like briocke, but what I can I say? My expectations were set pretty high based on some of the rave reviews I’ve read. While I did get sweetness and some cinnamon, I didn’t pick up on anything pastry (let alone brioche)—this is a problem I have with most pastry teas. Anyway, this was alright, but it certainly didn’t live up to its name.

Dustin

If you ever do consider an ATR order, get on their mailing list. They send out coupons almost weekly!

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
726 tasting notes

If you want a super chocolate-y chocolate tea then try this one!
I feel any any chocolate lover would LOVE it.
It’s not half bad.
But like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge chocolate fan. Was a free sample that I got from their store. So didn’t have to waste money or anything! But glad I’m realizing chocolate flavored teas aren’t really for me unless they naturally taste that way. But yeah, anyway, if you love chocolate you’ll love this one! Plus it’s super smooth, surprisingly smooth. So that’s a bonus!

Flavors: Chocolate, Smooth

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Finally broke into this one and YUM! What I love is that it is butter and almonds without being too sweet. Tastes like walking into my favorite French bakery. So happy!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Pastries

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drank Macaroon by American Tea Room
726 tasting notes

So this was a sample I got from ATR when I went there last.
They always seem to be promoting this tea, so I was curious about it. But I wouldn’t have ever bought a sample of it.
I could taste the cocoa and chocolate the most, but also there was a weird flavor that I can’t put my finger on…think it might have been the licorice root and coconut that just made it taste funky. It’s a very odd tea, definitely not going to drink again. And it definitely doesn’t remind me of a macaroon…like at all.
But I guess I’m glad I got to try it over all. I’m gonna have to find another home for this one too…onto the list it goes. xD

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Licorice

albertocanfly

It shocks me what teas some companies choose to represent themselves.

Ost

But a lot of people really seem to like it. You know me, Albertocanfly! I have weird taste buds!

albertocanfly

Tehehe, that’s the truth! But someone has to. :]

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Okay…Read this description:
“As much a tribute to the classic rose as well as the award winning movie, American Beauty is a beguiling and intoxicating organic melange of premium white tea, roses, peppermint, and jasmine. The organic white tea makes an ideal base allowing the mint and the rose to take center stage complimenting each others heady notes that are heightened by the light sweet fragrance of jasmine. A new American Classic.”

That tea sounds pretty great, right? Well least for me. I like roses, peppermint, and jasmine. The guy let me smell the tea a couple different times because at first I didn’t know what to think but holy shanghai! I ended up so intrigued by the mix of those flavors. And it did smell quite light and delicious. Something I’d like.
But later when I opened the bag at home I was hit by a wave of flowers. Strong flowers. Overpowering flowers. Not the nice kind.
But I ignored the dry leaf smell and brewed up a cup of this one.
Much to my surprise I didn’t taste any peppermint or roses, or even really flowers.
All I tasted was lavender, which is pretty much my nemesis when it comes to floral flavors. It had a very very faint hint of jasmine, but not enough to make up for that lavender. Ohhh I drank half a cup. Can’t believe I got that far. But I really wanted to see if I could taste any more flavors at all. I couldn’t though. :( Not at all. It was just awful.
I was gonna put the other samples I don’t like on my sale list for like 25 cents each, but I just threw this one away. I can’t handle it being in my room, it was just overpowering. Wow.
I do not recommend this one unless you are a huge lavender fan! This one was even more disappointing than the lemon one actually :( I don’t think I’ll be getting more of their teas any time soon..other than Oh Canada. :S

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Lavender

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
726 tasting notes

So picked up a sample size of this tea-which was half an ounce. This was the first sample of the 4 samples I got from this store. The guy acted like it was a really nice creamy lemon, and even when whoever runs their IG account told me that it was a really nice creamy lemon tea like DTT’s Lemon Chiffon. So I gave in and got some with high hopes.
But man did they dash them.
This just tasted like a sour lemon. Hot water and a sour lemon. Couldn’t taste anything else-it was just awful. Oy. Not a fan of this one at all! Kinda feel betrayed :/
And it got such high ratings here.. :(
Bummer…I might need a replacement for Lemon Chiffon one day. :(

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Sour

Kirkoneill1988

i wont be trying this tea then. :(

TeaBrat

This wasn’t lemony enough for me… I think I added more lemongrass to it :)

Liquid Proust

I can’t get this out of my mind… https://instagram.com/p/2vVhuFRYCI/

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There is so much I should be doing today but instead I find myself struggling to get off the couch and get moving… The hubby is out rock climbing in Yosemite and I have the house to myself… which means tea and books and maybe (if I get motivated) a little bit of housework in there somewhere between cups and chapters.

Notting Hill is a decent breakfast offering but it doesn’t stand out to me as something so special I would need to run out and get more once this sample size is gone… Its good with milk and sugar and has the usual maltiness I associate with English Breakfast but theres so many other breakfast teas out there I enjoy more…

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i am on here too rarely… from feast a year ago to famine now!

i got a notification from ATR that they had a new website up and running, that if i wanted to sign up all over again there were discounts to be had. i have my favourites with ATR, i made a list and my package arrived today.

sitting on top of my items was THIS sample. i usually try samples first… suspicious nature maybe, or perhaps adventurous spirit? i don’t know know if this classes as a gift or a torment. it’s fantastic— like home run fantastic. like add milk and it’s a grown up creamsicle with way more layers and perfectly balanced flavour… …… ….. but. (of course there’s a but) IT ARRIVED WITH THE ORDER I ALREADY PLACED!!!!!!!!!

pretty funny when you think about it. it’s as though ATR has been taking lessons from stacy lim.

awesome blend on the heels of a great honour at school that will look fantastic on a resume. not a bad day… maybe i’ll behave badly and order more of this blend. maybe. =0D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

interesting… and nice to see you around again ;)

Ysaurella

That’s great to see you back James !

JustJames

it was too good not to review, sil. seriously. if you flavoured teas, and these days i defer to iced greens, high quality blacks or flavoured then i can’t recommend this enough!

JustJames

hi ysaurella, it’s been an age! sorry i’ve been so busy my friend. :0/

Sil

wishlist it goes heh

scribbles

JustJames!!!!!! I missed you!!!! Am so pleased to see you :)

boychik

Good to see you James

JustJames

hi scribbles! it’s been far too long…. i do apologize. xoxo

MissB

Methinks I need to send you some tea from my travels… seeing you back here reminds me to add it to my list. :)

JustJames

tea swaps are always a lovely thing, MissB… though i do have to update my tea cupboard! hope your travels were excellent!

keychange

Come baaaaaack to steepster, my dear. I miss you!

gmathis

Good to see you!

JustJames

hello keychange! oof! i am so busy in school… residency is kicking my butt, lol. i miss you too. xo

JustJames

good to see you as well gmathis :-) …sorry i’ve been out of touch.

keychange

Yaaay, you’re here! even just a little bit.

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