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American Tea Room

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Whenever I feel a good happy restful weekend coming on, I make a pot of this. You know, just to spoil myself even more. :-)

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78

I guess I’m just not a big oolong person. This is nice enough, but didn’t wow me. I didn’t really get the milky aspect, though there are definite notes of sweetness and a floral aspect that I attribute to the Tie Guan Yin base. The second steep was much more flavorful than the first. But at $39 for 2oz, I’m glad I only got the sample. I’d rather spend the same amount on matcha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

A nice light green. I put 1.5tsp in with ~8oz of 175F water. The liquid is light yellow-green, and in my opinion tasted the best while very warm. The peach notes are there but delicate, and I wonder if a touch of rock sugar might bring them out more. When the cup was warm there was no bitterness or astringency, and only a mild vegetal taste. Not what I expected based on my past experiences with sencha having a more briny/seaweed taste. As the cup cooled to lukewarm there was a more pronounced astringent quality.

I remember having some of Den’s Teas flavored senchas in the past and found them more pleasing, so for the price I probably wouldn’t recommend this over them.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is a sample from ifjuly – thank you!
First time i tried it didnt turned out good. It was just boring. As I remember it was at evening time, i had some cups of different tea through out the day. in other words, my taste buds did not work.
I was in a mood for EG today so I brew it according to ATR parameters. 1tsp 8oz 205F 5min. this cup turned out delicious. it was just right. Bergamot didn’t taste artificial perfumey and Yunnan base is great for this tea. i think I’m going to buy some today ,they have free shipping on any order

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

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83

I received this as a sample with an order. I did some reorganizing of my teas last night, and I decided to try to sipdown the teas which I have 3 servings or less of. There was just enough in this sample to make a small pot of tea. This was enjoyable, but not my favorite. This is a very subtly flavored Earl Grey Creme with a bit of violet. The violet threw me at first, because sometimes bergamot can smell floral to me, but this smelled like there had to be something else in it besides the bergamot and vanilla. Florals can be difficult to detect for me when there’s citrus too. I wonder if anyone else has that issue.

boychik

i just had a cup of EG Shanghai, i think I need it. Romanoff and Lady Grey just too subtle for me

CharlotteZero

The Earl Grey Shanghai sounds interesting. Ack. I did not need to be reminded of the ATR free shipping! At this moment in time, I just dump everything that comes into my “promotions” tab in gmail before I can even be tempted by them…

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80

I’m making an exception to my no caffeine rule this afternoon. I am sooo sleepy but that’s what I get for eating a bowl of potatoes for lunch. Perhaps I should try this more often. ;-)

I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like. This tea has an amazing almond pastry type aroma. I’m a little less enamored with the flavor but it’s better with soymilk and sugar added. This has been good but probably not a repurchase for me. Happy Monday everyone!

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

Oh man, I want to be shoving potatoes into my gob right now. Potatoes are magic.

TeaBrat

yeah mine were purple potatoes, very tasty

Amariel

It is really tasty.

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75
drank Bliss by American Tea Room
160 tasting notes

Backlog from last night. I kind of got this one because I wanted to reach some free shipping treshold, I think, so it wasn’t something I would really normally pick. It’s a nice, refreshing tea with a mild base and tropical flavors. Pretty tasty, with just the right amount of sweetness to it.

Not particularly complex or interesting, it is great for just sipping when it’s later in the evening, while you’re busy with something that doesn’t let you savor your tea. I am also sure that it is great iced but since I don’t care about iced tea, it’s not an option for me.

I am glad to have it but I probably won’t be buying it again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I am so close to a sipdown here, but I must find a way to get more. I love this tea, however infrequently I drink it. It’s just comforting in a delicious, bready way.

I ordered 3 oz. last time, but I think 2 oz. may be a safer bet this time around. It’s lost a wee bit of flavour because it takes me an age to drink.

Sil

i need to order more of this..but maybe i’ll keep holding off until July.

Courtney

I will hold off too, for a bit. I want to route it through my friend in the US, but she may not be there much longer. Eep.

Veronica

I need to order more of this, too. Unfortunately, I am not buying anymore tea until at least May. :(

Courtney

Oh wow. That is a long time. I’m sure it will be worth it when Brioche is the reward. :)

keychange

yes, I love this tea but can see myself drinking it infrequently as well. Do you guys know if ATR is a real stor or only an online one?

Courtney

I believe it’s a real store as well. But only the one in California. We have tentatively planned to visit CA in the summer, so perhaps I’ll be able to check it out.

keychange

Oh wow, I’m heading to CA this summer also! July 19-26, I think.

Courtney

Awesome! We are planning August so far, but nothing is booked yet. Where are you headed in CA?

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90
drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
160 tasting notes

It seems like I haven’t reviewed this tea yet even though I’ve had it a bunch of times already. It’s probably because I usually have it late at night when my laptop is switched off and I am definitely NOT writing anything longer than a sentence on my stupid tablet.

Anyway, I really love this one. It mostly consists of cocoa husks, but there’s also rooibos, just enough to give the whole thing an extra dimension. I had it with or without almond milk and it tastes great either way – just like cocoa, the real one, not the overtly sweet one. Perfect drink for late nights, especially if they are colder – which makes me think I should have gotten it earlier, it would have helped me survive this last winter (AKA This Last Winter).

I guess I survived it anyway. And next weekend is supposed to be pretty warm… YAY!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

This is an interesting cup of tea for sure. It is fruity but unlike any other fruity tea I had before. The sesame is also present. Very unique and certainly worth a try. I doubt I would stock this but I am so glad to have another cup to really wrap my head around this blend. Thank you NayLynn for sharing this with me.

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This is delicious. Not the right answer for someone looking for a flavored or fruity tea, the description is correct about the ‘classic umami’ flavors of the green tea itself, which is wonderful, and the plum blossom adds only a very delicate rounding of the flavor, a lightly discernible sweet complement to the tea itself. The floral aspect is quite a bit less obvious than in, say, a jasmine green (at least those I’ve tasted). I think this has unexpectedly found a spot in the permanent collection.

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94

This steep is different from the first but just as good. It’s more vegetal, almost like a green, and the mineral notes are stronger, but there’s a slight milky sweetness at the end that was present in the first cup. So far it really resteeps well.

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drank Peach Oolong by American Tea Room
135 tasting notes

I have very bad luck with flavored oolongs. And by bad luck I mean I don’t like them ever. So I continued torturing myself with this peach. It sounded good. The dry leaf smelled terrific. And I love ATR’s Immortal Green (peach green). But this didn’t do it for me. It tasted like a light peach herbal tea to me. Time to stop barking up this tree, as soon as I try their coconut oolong I also ordered.

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94

My first milk oolong! This is so complex and interesting. It’s definitely a green oolong, but it also tastes, well, milky. The mouthfeel is creamy and there are also some mineral notes. I wouldn’t say it’s fruity but it is kind of juicy. Sadly I only have one cup’s worth of this, but I’ll be resteeping it a few times to see what happens. Yum!

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90

This came with my order of Brioche and I was excited to see that they offer a decaf version. Like others have mentioned, this is identical to Forever Nuts! I love the taste of Forever Nuts so really enjoyed this and will definitely add it to my next order.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Sample sipdown! It feels really good to have even one less little baggy floating around my kitchen, although there are about a million still left and another million or so on the way, so I take it all with a grain of salt.

My cup this morning was still quite tasty, although there was something a bit overwhelming about it. Partway through the cup I began to feel really hot, and maybe that affected my desire to finish it. It tasted exactly the same as it did yesterday—rich, nutty, buttery—but somehow didn’t hit the spot in the same way. I’m glad I’ve got a bit more coming my way so I can really test the waters, but am also glad I haven’t gone out and purchased a huge quantity of it.

Caught up on sleep last night, which will hopefully propel me through yet another workday.

Thanks again, VariaTea, for sending this to me!

Stephanie

Yum, this is a good one :)

keychange

Sure is!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome! Hope the other teas I sent are as successful as this one.

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91
drank Tangier by American Tea Room
595 tasting notes

My weekend was far more exciting than it had any right to be.

I learned I’m still extremely allergic to Wild Cherry Pepsi. We’re talking angioedema, anaphylaxis, the whole thing. But I can drink Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi. I think I took five years off Fiance’s life in the process of accidentally rediscovering this, though.

So! This tea is my current iced tea obsession. When it’s cold steeped, it tastes just like dried apricots (which I love, but get tummy aches from). There’s a very small amount of black tea flavor, but really it’s all apricots all the time and better for it. It also tastes really good half-and-half with lemonade.

Fiance has dictated we need a large bag of this for summer (yay!)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML
Stephanie

Oh scary! Glad you are ok!

JustJames

you don’t do allergies small style, do you? geez! be careful =0\

moraiwe

I figure go bog or go home :p But really, I’m usually very good about it. I just had a (huge) lapse in judgment.

Thanks for the concern, guys :)

__Morgana__

Wow, glad you’re ok!

boychik

I know how scary it is. My son is allergic to almost everything. I think it’s easier to say what he can eat than what’s no-no. Plus environmental allergies on a top. When in doubt don’t. Take care of yourself!

ifjuly

i adore this cold too! and eeek, i’m glad you’re ok.

caile

Glad you’re ok!

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I woke with a start that only the truly anxiety-ridden are familiar with, and checked the clock only to learn that it was 4:00 AM. There are times when you wake with a start but can nevertheless calm yourself down until you fall asleep again, and then there are others when you know that any efforts to stave off your anxiety and actually get back to sleep will be fruitless. Sadly, this night fell into the latter category. Not to worry though, as I quickly slipped out of bed and headed to play on the computer in the living room. What on earth did people do with their anxiety in the middle of the night before the internet?

And what better cure for needless anxiety than a steaming mug of tea and settling down with a cozy book. And I really picked a most cozy and delicious tea to accompany me! This very generous sample comes to me from the extremely kind-hearted VariaTea, who sneakily rummaged around on my wishlist and sent me like all of it. This tea was wonderful!

The people who rave on and on about the aroma of the dry leaf aren’t kidding: it smells like a baker’s kitchen, nutty and sweet. I don’t know that I would identify the nutty smell as almond right away, or perhaps it is—and it isn’t of the marzipan dessert variety. I steeped this up for four minutes with milk and sugar, and the sip was thick, buttery, and nutty, with a hint of sweet breadiness. I’ve had brioche before (although it was from Cora’s, and I can’t attest to its quality, necessarily, and I imagine French chefs would scoff), and actually found it a bit underwhelming as a bread, but again, it was at Cora’s so there’s that. But this tea was excellent, and manages to feel simultaneously decadent and mainstream, so that I could easily imagine having it as a breakfast tea. The flavours work very harmoniously with the base, and this tea will indeed remain on my wishlist. It’s one of those thick, buttery teas that makes you want to slide your tongue around the roof of your mouth to lap up all the buttery cream. Mmm.

Courtney

I also had that sort of night. I woke up at 1:45 and I should’ve just gotten up, because I got no sleep for the rest of the night. This tea is delicious though!

keychange

How supremely irritating. uggh. I hope we both sleep better tonight. And yeah this tea is great!

Cheri

This sounds like a delicious tea. I’m going to add it to my wishlist. :)

I hate not being able to sleep at night. I often can’t get to sleep at night, or I wake up and I’m up for hours. Usually, there’s no reason why that I can tell, which is even more infuriating. I hope everyone sleeps well tonight, and makes it through the day without too much trouble.

keychange

cheri, I do hope you get to try this tea soon. I would send you some but I only have a serving left haha. And yes, here’s to a proper night of sleep tonight!

VariaTEA

I am sorry to hear about your night but definitely happy you enjoyed the tea. I am quickly running out which is so strange because when I tried it the first time, I really did not like it and now I can’t get enough.

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92
drank Toasted Fig by American Tea Room
934 tasting notes

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75

Tea of the mid morning here. It’s a nice sunny day in San Francisco and I wanted something on the light and refreshing side of the spectrum. This is a good citrusy blend, but today I feel like I’m getting nothing but grapefruit. Due to the tartness I prefer this with a touch of sweetener. Not really destined to be a favorite of mine but it’s good for the warm weather!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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