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drank American Beauty by American Tea Room
169 tasting notes

Merry Christmas! It’s the last day of Advent, and the end of my calendar from Sara.

This is a very minty tea, and the lavender is strong too. There are other floral notes too.

I do like lavender a lot, but I think it’s a little strong for my taste in this tea. It tastes a bit too… astringent? Like when jasmine tea has too much jasmine and seems like perfume. But not as bad as that.

I could see this tea growing on me though.

Edit: Okay, four minutes was way too long. I retried with two minutes, and now it’s minty with a hint of lavender and rose, and that astringency is gone. It would be great iced too.

Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I couldn’t even taste the lavender last time I made it, hahaha. I only got the mint and rose. Granted, I like mint and rose, but I figured the next time I may have to add more lavender on my own. I didn’t taste any of the jasmine, either.

Mastress Alita

Also, this tea is blend of white tea and jasmine-scented green tea. If it tasted astrigent, it may have been from your tea leaves releasing too much tannin rather than lavender-astringency (though I have tasted that before too, it’s nasty). Try dropping the steep time on your retry packet for funsies and seeing if it makes a difference, if that is the case it might help.

Todd

Yeah, four minutes was way too long. Two minutes was a great amount.

Mastress Alita

I can confirm this tea cold steeps like a champ for amazing iced tea.

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Mastress Alita

I couldn’t even taste the lavender last time I made it, hahaha. I only got the mint and rose. Granted, I like mint and rose, but I figured the next time I may have to add more lavender on my own. I didn’t taste any of the jasmine, either.

Mastress Alita

Also, this tea is blend of white tea and jasmine-scented green tea. If it tasted astrigent, it may have been from your tea leaves releasing too much tannin rather than lavender-astringency (though I have tasted that before too, it’s nasty). Try dropping the steep time on your retry packet for funsies and seeing if it makes a difference, if that is the case it might help.

Todd

Yeah, four minutes was way too long. Two minutes was a great amount.

Mastress Alita

I can confirm this tea cold steeps like a champ for amazing iced tea.

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.

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