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GCTTB Round 6

There was only a cup of this left in the box, and I was intrigued by the name. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was meant to be a subtle nod to Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff. I mean, just reading over the tea information available here on Steepster it’s not blatantly or obviously hinted as such – but the flavour combination of smoke and blood orange seem appropriate to me for Marvel’s Red Headed Assassin so I had to try it and give it a shot with that in mind…

It’s interesting – that’s probably the most straight forward/diplomatic way to put it.

I suppose I’d say that overall I enjoyed it, but the flavours perplexed me a little bit because this is supposed to be a little like a smoked blood orange sort of thing and that didn’t really come across at all? More than anything, I’d say the flavour I picked up on the most was actually ginger? And as an overall flavour combo sort of a sweet candied ginger with fruity but not citrus-y undertones. Strawberry, maybe – but also not really.

Strange overall; but ultimately nice. I don’t know if I’d say it captures the essence of Nat though…

Fjellrev

Weird, this was quite smoky and obviously orange-flavoured for me.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, I will need to revisit because I got well-caramellized dark cherry.

Evol Ving Ness

^ oh wait. I am thinking Russian Blend by Capital. Nevermind.

donkeyteaarrrraugh

Their vanilla black is wonderful and round flavored….thanks for saving me some money on this one!

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Just adding to the chorus of WOWs for this tea. A very cozy, delicious tea for when I’m craving western-style brewing and big mug of tea. Astonishingly evocative of bread and pastries. Added a touch of agave and almond milk. This is one I think I always need to have on hand!

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69

Very strong citrus oil flavors. A bergamot’s bergamot! I’ve found this and other ATR teas to be a bit too strongly flavored for my personal taste. However, is a quality-made cup with a distinct, wakeful aroma that may be good with a bit of something else.

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
138 tasting notes

GCTTB DAY 2

Second tea is the day. I must say I didn’t smell much from the dry leaf, but the name interested me enough to give it a try. Arbitrary choice, I know, but I don’t regret it! It’s a full bodied, slightly smoky black tea with an earthy aspect. Reminds me of a very mild lapsang souchong. It’s actually quite satisfying, I found myself sighing with contentment.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad that things are looking up. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Interesting that so many of us are drinking smoky things in these cold days.

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Something about rooibos and dessert flavors together don’t add up to a dessert experience for me. Something is missing. The peppermint and chocolate flavors remind me of a candy-scented toy from the 1980s or 1990s, or flavored lip balm.

Others might not have that association, so I don’t feel fair rating it.

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Interesting fact – if you drink this right after eating a Nutrigrain soft breakfast bar, it will taste like a Nutrigrain bar.

That’s kind of true for anything, BUT – these two products really have a lot in common – the baked-bread scent augmented by the almond really smells a lot like a sweet packaged filled cookie. Once I got past that, it’s a comforting flavored tea. I even got two good steeps out of it, brewed Western-style.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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78

Bought a box of this without tasting a sample because I was intrigued that it contained valerian root and schizandra. A little fancier than your usual “sleepytime” blend of chamomile and lavender. I have an infant and I don’t sleep, so I’m willing to pay a premium for anything with more potent sleep herbs.

Cooling sensation from the mint and fennel, fragrance from the rose (but less so from the chamomile, which I’m totally fine with). I don’t exactly get what this schizandra adds, but altogether this is a well-balanced and tasty blend, without any tartness or spiciness that would be upsetting before beddy-time.

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I’ve never had Da Hong Pao before. Or at least I thought. But after tasting this Big red robe I must have had it in a chinese restaurant or something. There is something familiar about this tea, something standard.
I brewed this gong fu style. 4 steepings. could have done one more if not a couple.
It’s a super clean, bright cup. When smelling it I picked up on some incense, which was a nice complexity I hadn’t anticipated. Really enjoyed it. it’s a good after a meal.

Flavors: Honey, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Sipped this down with whole milk, and my mom had a mug as well. At first, she didn’t want any milk (she is so freaking picky about it and claims it makes things taste like cow) but after taking a few sips sans milk she thought to try it out and ended up loving it. It just ties all the cocoa and mint flavours together, transforming this into an ultra desserty cup of greatness. Still not my favourite chocolate mint tea, but very good nonetheless.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. It tastes like cow. I guess I could see that? Kinda? I mean, almond milk tastes like almonds. And goat milk tastes like goat… Sort of.

Indigobloom

Ah love it. My mum drinks pretty much only tea with lemon. And never flavoured ones, as per doctors orders apparently.

Evol Ving Ness

^ Generally speaking, doctors rarely know enough about this topic to make that kind of a call, but anywho.

Indigobloom

Right there with you @Evol! hence the apparently. Though they say it has to do with her kidneys, so maybe? shrugs

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, she is really picky about dairy in general, so I think it’s just her way of expressing that she doesn’t like any certain pronounced undertones of cow’s milk.

Haven’t tried goat milk, though. I heard it’s actually supposed to be pretty good? Guess it’s all personal preference, though.

Indigo, what a strange doctor’s order. Like what, do flavourings have epically toxic stuff in them that destroy the kidneys?

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe it is tea generally that taxes the kidneys, flavoured or otherwise.

Indigobloom

Interesting. I know she has had many kidney stones(not kidney disease), and her kind often can’t be blasted by ultrasound. And she is pre-diabetic (no meds, controlled by diet)
Most of those things seem positive though. Hmmm.

Evol Ving Ness

There’s also this aspect of flavoured teas that the doctor may be referring to. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php

Indigobloom

Oh she is allergic to aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, so that could be it!

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81

This is a tasty caffeine-free chocolate mint dessert tea. Glad I got it! Although it does seem like a weaker version of their Choco Latte with some peppermint thrown in. Like, I would have liked it to have more of that chocolate oomph that Choco Latte has, plus a little more peppermint flavour too, if that makes sense. So more of everything layered over the rooibos base. Zen Tea’s chocolate mint rooibos blend is still my favourite at this point. I’m beginning to wonder if I could ever find a better one.

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An as yet untested sample, and what a really wonderful surprise.

Orange is a flavor I love, but find iffy in so many foods and teas that aren’t in and of themselves made of oranges. Since I’m a huge fan of ATR fruity teas, it should perhaps not be surprising that I thought this one was well done. But it isn’t just well done, it’s one of the most pleasant orange flavored teas I’ve tried. So of course, I can no longer find it on the ATR web site. Such luck I have.

Yes, orange is the dominant aroma and flavor, from a really succulent and juicy smell in the sample packet to a mellower and more spread out aroma in the steeped tea, to a somewhat tart, somewhat sweet, flavor with a tinge of peel-like bitterness; just enough to give the flavor a fruity authenticity without undermining the pleasing non-fakey character of the tea. The tea base is a truly a bass note here, a low rumble of accompaniment to the higher orange notes. I think it is a Ceylon but I’m not sure. In any case, it does its job exceptionally well.

I would buy this again if it were available.

Flavors: Molasses, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
American Tea Room

We are sorry we had to discontinue L’Orangerie – but we have several new and different teas – Romanoff might come closest.

Fjellrev

Too bad this one isn’t still available since I’d prefer orange with the base they used here, it seems.

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Thanks for this one from the sale, Ost! I wasn’t expecting much from this one, as the rating is so low. But this one is a winner to me. The leaves are medium sized (if the small sized leaf is considered CTC, I guess). Mostly black with flashes of gold, to the leaf color. A strong, deep, dark classic Yunnan. Heavy notes of hay, malt, unsweetened chocolate. I love it. There is some depth to the flavor here. Two solid steeps. One serving left.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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Received this as a sample in my ATR order. It is pleasant, but not something I would seek out. Despite the Nilgiri base, it seems on the mild side. I taste the blackberry — the blueberry, not so much. If I were a blackberry tea fan, I might be more excited about this as it tastes very natural, but there are really just so many other fruit flavors that I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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When lemonades and / or teas can get the lychee flavor right its like drinking a little bit of paradise. This company did a good job. I really wish I was sipping this on a beach right now. The dry smell is great; as is the wet smell. I love the fusion of the black tea flavors mixing in with the lychee. nom.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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68

Aww, this was a disappointment. Funny how their chai is loaded with cardamom but this barely had any at all. If I tasted this blindly, I don’t think I would have been able to detect the cardamom in it. It’s just a bold, astringent tea with a barely there hint of spice.

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The aroma of this tea is indeed incredibly buttery and nutty, with vanilla-almond and cinnamon overtones, not unlike sticky buns, but I have an image of that shiny chestnut crust of brioche swimming in front of my eyes, so I want it to be yeastier than it is! It smells so incredibly delicious that I’m afraid I will be disappointed when I take a sip!
Sigh, the sip is not as delicious as I imagined, but the aftertaste is all BUTTERY candied walnuts. For that alone I’m enjoying the heck out of this cup! It is indeed getting moar buttery and sweeter as it cools, and now I’m getting a little more of that aftertaste on the sip. Overall definitely something I could see myself ordering in the future!

ETA: This was a sample from the fabulous Stephanie, thanks a bunch!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Yet another sipdown. It feels like all the tea I have at this point is either pounds or tiny little bits. Luckily the tiny little bits are easy to use up!

This one is so good. I’m picky about herbals but I’ll almost always drink this one. It’s like a liquid cinnamon roll, which is pretty much the best idea ever. I can’t help it—I love tea-as-dessert all day, every day. For whatever reason the Breville made this a little weaker than I usually do, but it’s still rich and sweet. I’ll definitely consider buying this one again, but because so many companies have a tea like this (DAVIDsTEA Forever Nuts and Benjamin Tea Roasted Almond come to mind) I may get someone else’s variation.

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I am revisiting the teas that I had packed up and sent Sil’s way at the tea festival. Actually, the box that I had collected them all in is sitting in my line of traffic at home, so I thought I’d sample them before I put them away, if the putting away happens.

This is one delicious tea blend. I think I may have added the slightest bit too much leaf to my steeping cup which has resulted in a teeny bit of astringency that normally I don’t detect with the almond, pastry, light raisin fruitiness. Boom—solved that problem by having 85% chocolate alongside. Delicious.

Inkling

This is one of my favorites!

Evol Ving Ness

Mine too. I very much enjoy it every time I come back to it.

Indigobloom

I wonder how it compares to the the Eclaire 52teas black. Now I’m curious!

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I was so craving this one today and was delighted that I was actually able to locate it. What I need to do is sit down and do some tea organizing, serious organizing.

Have I really become one of those people that puts aside time to sort and order my tea stash? By category? By age? By size? By how much I love it?

Maybe I need tea furniture now.

It has been so nice to putter around and do little to nothing. This tea is just divine. It is much better, if memory serves, with a glug of milk and bit of honey, but currently, that’s not on my nutrition agenda, so black it is. Still divine. Like a buttery sticky saffron honey bun stuffed with raisins.

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Deep chill here today. I wore my coat to shield myself from the brisk wind. Brrr.

The kind of day to lounge around in flannel pyjamas and drink this. This tea, when you get the parameters right, is divine. The scent is like walking into a good bakery which has just taken their sweet buns out of the oven.

I added a small spoon of honey and a good glog of milk.
The taste is that same saffron almond bun fresh out of the oven. In my first cup, I swear I tasted raisins speckled with the teeniest flecks of cinnamon.

Very mmm.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Pastries, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole/Tea-Historic

Saffron almond bun???? Sounds heavenly.

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Sipping down random teas in my cupboard.
I received a large bag of this last year from a teafriend as it had been on my wishlist for awhile. While I do not drink flavoured black teas so much anymore, I have nearly finished the bag of this.
It is quite tasty as far as flavoured teas goes and I can see why it was a popular one. Sweet like an almond danish. I’m glad I was able to try it – thank you teafriend!

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drank Romanoff by American Tea Room
22 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I had no idea what this tea was going in, I just guessed it’d be a smokey russian caravan type tea by the name. In actuality it’s an orange flavoured tea with just the slightest hint of smoke. I’m not super fond of orange flavouring, so I can’t see myself drinking something like this often, but other than that it’s Pretty Okay.

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drank Caramel by American Tea Room
1570 tasting notes

Sipdown! Had it with milk to try to make it a little more interesting. Meh. Won’t be missing it.

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drank Caramel by American Tea Room
1570 tasting notes

Despite the scattered, but mostly mediocre reviews, I opted for a sample since it never hurts to try a caramel black. I had a feeling it would be boring and lacklustre, and unfortunately, my gut was right. The dry leaf doesn’t smell like much other than plain, slightly sweetened black tea. There are two caramel pieces in the 20g sample size so I allowed myself to have one of them in this cup. 7g went into a nearly two-cup mug.

I let the water cool for a while before steeping and it still turned out rather astringent, like a standard Ceylon. After a few sips, I added some homo milk to cut the astringency and while it’s better, I still don’t taste any caramel whatsoever. If I could, I’d add something like Bailey’s or Caramilk cream liqueur (although I’ve never had it before) because I’m sure either would elevate this.

Evol Ving Ness

So sad. This held such promise.

Evol Ving Ness

In my imagination, of course.

Fjellrev

Ha! Yeah, caramel black teas always do. It seems hard to find really good ones, though.

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