Company/Brand Name: American Tea Room
Category: Black Tea Blend
Form: Loose Leaf
Origin of the Leaf: Sri Lanka
The Leaves: Stunning ebony leaves punctuated by intriguing orange-colored blossoms
Additions: Saffron and Apricot Petals
Flavor: A medium-bodied, fruity-floral tea that tastes of apricots, citrus and honey
Overall: The Tangier is delicious both hot and cold, making it an indulgent beverage year round. This has fast become one of my favorite loose leaf teas.
As the tea steeps it releases an enchanting fruity-flowery fragrance that intrigues the senses. I can’t wait to take my first sip. Then, as the warm liquid wraps itself around my tongue, a feeling of sheer joy washes over me. I am at the mercy of an intoxicating dance of apricot and orange blossoms.
When I sink deeper into my cup and try to understand all the nuances that the Tangier provides, I find myself even more fully captivated. The apricot taste, which definitely plays the leading role, reminds me of alcohol for some reason, as if there were a drop of apricot schnapps in my tea. Good thing I wasn’t driving!
Next, I notice a hint of sweetness that is both fruity and honey-like. Then hiding in the wings, waiting for the right moment to make its entrance, is a tart lemon taste that adds a bit of briskness to my cup.
Playing a supporting role, is an earthy, medium-bodied black tea that rounds out the Tangier perfectly.
Lastly, the finish is quite lovely, leaving me with a creamy mouth-feel with notes of apricots and honey that linger for quite some time.
As I sip this tea I am reminded of my days, as a child, in California picking fresh apricots from a neighbors tree. I had forgotten about that delicious memory until this moment. Interesting how certain flavors can bring old memories to the surface; I guess that is one of the reasons I love drinking tea.
I had ordered a sample size of the Tangier, which came in a well-constructed black bag with foil-lining. I am always pleased to see a foil-lined bag because this indicates to me that the vendor cares about keeping their teas fresh.
The bag was adorned with a helpful and colorful label that included the name of the tea as well as steeping tips. On the downside, these pouches are not re-sealable.
On the loose tea sample package it recommends using a water temperature of 200F and an infusion time of 4 minutes. I found these instructions to be quite accurate for obtaining the best tasting cup.
Since there were no specific directions about the amount of water or loose tea to use, I used one level teaspoon in my six-ounce glass teapot. I also gave my new tasting cup a spin!
I found that I preferred filtered water, as opposed to non-filtered water (plain tap water), to brew the Tangier tea. There are some beautiful nuances this tea has to provide that chlorinated tap water tends to bungle.
Iced Tea – The Tangier tea makes a perfect chilled drink. What’s especially fantastic is that no sugar is needed. This tea has a natural honey-like sweetness that shines through when it’s iced.
Infusions – I found that I was able to obtain two excellent tasting infusions from this tea.
Other – When I tweeted how much I enjoyed this tea, I was rewarded by receiving a tweet from the American Tea Room. They suggested adding some apricot slices and sparkling water to the tea and then let it sit overnight. I haven’t tried this yet because apricots are not currently available in our area. However, I hope to do so this summer!
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