Company/Brand Name: American Tea Room
Category: Black Tea (Organic Blend)
Form: Loose Leaf
Origin of the Leaf: Unknown
The Leaves: Beautiful ebony leaves sprinkled with delicate orange-colored blossoms and large, thin slices of almonds
Additions: Sliced Almonds, Safflower Blossoms, Cinnamon
Flavor: A rich black tea blend that has notes of cinnamon, almonds and sweet pastry
Overall: After my first sip, I fell in love with this tea. It’s that good. Period.
As the Brioche tea steeps, it fills my kitchen with warm tantalizing notes of cinnamon and sweet almond pastries. I can’t wait to take that first sip.
But, I am a little uneasy. I fear that the taste will be disappointing, especially after experiencing the delicious aroma of the brew. However, I needn’t have worried.
That first sip is absolutely perfect. I actually do a little happy dance inside my head because I am so delighted by the pleasing taste in my cup. It’s love at first sip.
As dive deeper into the flavor and take time to enjoy all the nuances, I find that this tea reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. The taste is sweet with a touch of cinnamon-spice that is complemented by a bakery-like quality.
But then, I a little bitterness comes into play. This touch of tartness balances the sweetness nicely and gives my cup some robustness and depth.
The aftertaste is bitter-sweet, like any love story ending.
Unfortunately, the sample-sized pouches are not re-sealable. However, they are constructed of thick material with a foil-lining to help the tea stay fresh longer. Plus, there are handy brewing instructions on the decorative label.
On the tea sample package, it recommended using a water temperature of 200F and an infusion time of four minutes. I found these instructions to be quite accurate for obtaining the best tasting brew.
As with most of my tea reviews, I used my six-ounce glass teapot to sample the Brioche tea. Since there were no specific directions about the amount of water or tea to use, I decided to use one level teaspoon.
I tried both filtered and non-filtered (plain tap water) to brew my tea and didn’t find a significant difference in taste.
Dessert Tea – This is such a wonderful dessert tea, especially if wanting to watch calories because it doesn’t need milk or sugar. This decadent and entrancing tea can stand on its own.
Infusions – The Brioche can be infused twice with good results. I found the first infusion to be robust with an enticing sweet note and touch of bitterness.
The second infusion retained the intoxicating sugar and cinnamon fragrance and flavor, but the brew was definitely weaker. Interestingly, there was no bitterness to be found in the second cup, even after an 8-minute steep.
I Want This Tea!
If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to the American Tea Room web page for the Brioche tea. Enjoy!
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