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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
616 tasting notes

Tea Tally: 363

Hello Steepsterites! No, I hadn’t fallen off the face of the earth so much as I went on a wonderful vacation with Fiance. And I finially got to see Book of Mormon (totally worth it)! And got him to see Wicked (which was still amazing and totally worth it).

My mom was nice enough to grab my mail when she was over here to feed my birds while we were gone, so I did come home to a couple of tea packages on my counter, which was an awesome surprise too!

But yes! I’m back now with review 100!

Right off the bat, I want to thank TastyBrew for this one. I was a little hesitant because smokey isn’t my thing, but the dry leaf smelled so fresh-peeled-citrus and there wasn’t a hint of smoke.

The post steeped leaves have a hint of smoke, and the citrus doesn’t blow me away quite like the dry. There’s also a bit of generic sweet smell.

The taste is orange with a robust base. I associate it more with holiday candied orange peel than fresh orange. It’s not bitter or marmalade-y at all. The base has some real depth and darkness and I would think it would be a fantastic stand alone cup even. Then the smoke doesn’t peak until the swallow and then in the aftertaste. It’s definitely a lightly smoked tea and I find myself really enjoying those notes.

The second steep was fair, but the first really shined more.

This would be such a perfect morning tea in the fall and winter. It’s brisk and full and oh so very good.

Bonus Pic of Skitter and Gandalf this morning!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
momo

ahhh you have parakeets too! have you ever seen Disco the parakeet’s videos? Mine is being entertained by him right now.

moraiwe

Yeeeeeees! Their favorite thing ever though is running water. They sing to it everytime; it’s amazing :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Parakeets are awesome! I used to have some growing up. (Actually they were my sister’s, but I would take care of them because she was forgetful.) We had 3 parakeets that loved running water and one grumpy one that absolutely hated it and would start screeching.

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momo

ahhh you have parakeets too! have you ever seen Disco the parakeet’s videos? Mine is being entertained by him right now.

moraiwe

Yeeeeeees! Their favorite thing ever though is running water. They sing to it everytime; it’s amazing :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Parakeets are awesome! I used to have some growing up. (Actually they were my sister’s, but I would take care of them because she was forgetful.) We had 3 parakeets that loved running water and one grumpy one that absolutely hated it and would start screeching.

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.

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