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Since I’ve been running out of tea here, I’ve been trying to stretch out what I have left, so I finally get to treat myself again. Simply put, this blend is a very true EG with very palpable lavender notes. However, it’s not my favourite lavender EG. That award goes to Zen Tea, at least the one they used to carry.

Smooth base with light bergamot nuances. I wouldn’t buy more but it’s pleasant.

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drank Nirvana by American Tea Room
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Busting out the ole Guitar Hero/Rock Band equipment means that I’ve been banging away at the drums for hours at a time, trying to beat, or even come close, to my guitar records on expert mode. This further means that I haven’t been drinking as much tea. It gets in the way of battling with Tom Morello, yo!

My mom and I both love this tea. The dry leaf is packed with beautiful flower petals and plump berries. There is supposed to be kiwi and fig in this, which were absent, but perhaps that has to do with the smaller quantity I got. Maybe you’re bound to find them in a 2+ oz. pouch.

It’s nice and refreshing. Lots of berry nuances, tart but not too sour, and the base behaves itself. This would make an excellent cold brew. My mom exclaimed that she likes this one even more than Tangier. And then asked in the cutest tone, “Umm, can we get more of this?”

Yes, yes we can. But I’ll wait until a 20% sale and/or when our Canadian dollar is a little stronger.

This makes a reasonable replacement for Butiki’s With Open Eyes, except there is no ginger. I can see throwing some candied ginger into this creating a damn good replacement.

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92

So wonderful, this tea! Dry leaf aroma: pleasantly fruity, something akin to passionfruit, plus yummy creaminess. Wet leaf aroma was similar. The brew was fairly light, leaves unfurling very quickly, and tasted very close to the scent of the leaves. Love the creamy flavor, and slight fruitiness that does not overpower at all, adding to the sweetness of the tea. So delicious I’m tempted to try brewing just a touch longer next time, to see if I can increase the flavors slightly without overbrewing.

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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84

Sipdown! The last cup was so apricotty, probably because I let the water cool a little more before steeping. Definite repurchase, and I’m looking forward to trying it cold brewed some glorious day.

Mad Hatter

This is one of my favorite cold brews! We have pitchers of it all summer long :9

Maddy Barone

Ooooh, sounds good! And I’m still working on kicking the soda pop habit, so the search for a tasty iced tea is going to become the focus of my attention in the next month or so.

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84

Mmm, apricot. Real apricot. Apricot compote. The scent and flavour of the tea reminds me of baby food, oddly enough. Apparently pureed apricots and strawberries were my favourite desserts when I was a baby, and admittedly, when I got food poisoning a few years ago and stuck to soft foods for a couple weeks, I bought some to try. It was very tasty, actually! This specific apricot flavour here reminds me of that more than anything else.

The base is smooth, and as the tea cools, the apricot comes out even more. My mom absolutely loves this, being a huge fan of apricot and all. She commented that it is an undeniable apricot and nothing at all like peach, which sometimes apricot or mango tea can end up tasting like.

Sil

yes! i agree!

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85

What, first tasting note? But, but, it’s lychee and rose. Who wouldn’t want to try that? This sample didn’t last long once I opened it, especially since my mom wanted to try it too. The dry leaf is very fragrant, with an equal balance of fresh lychee and rose.

I only tried it hot but I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly once it cooled down a bit. Just like in the scent, the flavours of the rose and lychee were well-balanced. I’m sure I would have been able to easily identify both notes if I didn’t know what was in here. It reminds me of a bubble tea (without milk) that I recently experienced: rose black tea with lychee jelly and boba. It was pretty awesome, except they put too much sugar in it. I’m sure this would taste similar if I were to ice it and add sugar.

Would I repurchase? I’m probably thinking so. I’m also curious about their straight up lychee blend now, and will have to pick that up next time I order, which will most likely be when our Canadian dollar makes a recovery.

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Thank you Ost for this sample. This tea is strong and malty. It is fairly tasty but not spectacular. I am glad to have tried it but don’t think I would buy it. It does have a nice kick for the morning. I let it get somewhat cold as I was busy doing other things instead of drinking it. It might have been better had it not gotten colder.

I brewed this once with approx 3 tsp leaf iin an 18oz teapot with 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
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Sipdown. I wouldn’t buy more but I actually quite enjoyed my last cup. I made a larger amount in a Nordic mug and let the water cool quite a bit before steeping. Then after steeping it, it sat for quite a while whilst I prepared supper. By the time I got to it, it was a little warmer than lukewarm and it ended up having a much better balance. More orange which blended very well with the slightly smoky base.

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
1162 tasting notes

Initially nervous about the smoky base, I almost didn’t get this. It was the blood orange that changed my mind. And I’m glad I did! The dry leaf smells glorious. Very heavy on the orange, not artificial or overly sweet. I appreciate that it is not nearly as smoky as other smoky teas, but it’s ultimately not my thing regardless. Leave the smoke at the door in this household.

While the orange is there, I just feel like I can’t appreciate it as much with the smokiness in the way. That said, if you like smoky teas, check it out. Even people who don’t care for smokiness like me may think this is alright.

American Tea Room

Just so you know the tea is not smoky like a Laspang Souchong – but it is a Chinese Black base with a hint of smokiness – as compared to an Indian or other black tea base that would have a maltier or fruitier base.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I know, that’s why I bought it since I knew it wouldn’t be heavily smoky, but it seems like any amount of smoke just isn’t for me.

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
1162 tasting notes

The sip downs keep coming my way. I like it but it won’t be a repurchase. FWIW, my mom loved this, and the last cup went to her, technically. Glad she enjoyed it!

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
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O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Maple and nuts are always a good idea. The dry leaf smells like brittle, so much like brittle, with that classic slightly bitter note from walnut. This makes me want a handful of fresh walnuts. So delicious.

The steeped tea smells like liquid nut brittle, as well. I’ve actually had this a couple times already and have noticed that you really need to be careful with the temperature of the water, lest the tea can come out rather bitter, even if you let the water cool for a while. So I really let it cool before steeping, perhaps a little too much, but it came out the best this time around. No bitterness from the green base, which is slightly vegetal but not too domineering.

I’m not sure how I feel about the flavour of the tea, though. It’s sweet and syrupy, but not in a cloying or artificial way. However, the nuttiness is a little bitter. Not fresh or roasty. I’m sure others out there would really like this, but I personally prefer The Tea Girl’s Walnut Truffle over this, which works for me since it’s more accessible.

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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
1162 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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90
drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
726 tasting notes

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This has totally become the replacement on my shelf for DavidsTea’s Movie Night. Like I’m totally putting Movie Night on the sale list when I finally put it up, which should be sometime this week. Finally put this tea in a nice green double lid tin from Teavana that Is really pretty. Unless they change how they make this tea, this one is here to stay! Or unless my taste buds radically change. But I pretty much love everything about it. Even the slightly roasty, grassy green tea base flavor. It’s just that good.
After we picked up my boyfriend from the airport like two weeks ago I think it was? Yeah something like that… After that we went to The American Tea Room. Picked up 2oz of this one and a few samples. By far this is still my favorite so far from the other samples I tried. Oy. I don’t get how I adore this one tea but then all the others are all bad tasting to me. Like I really don’t get it. :S Oh well.
I will not question!
This one is always a winner! :D

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drank Oh, Canada by American Tea Room
726 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
726 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
726 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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