|"As one tea drinker that enjoys skillfully blended flavored teas with premium tea bases, I am very pleased to have come across this blend. This is a smooth and delicious fruit flavored tea."|
So, I am very thrilled to finally get to try out one of the offerings from American Tea Room, the former Le Palais Gourmet. I missed out completely on the first round of samples that they sent. In case you aren't up to speed, Le Palais Gourmet has started to operate as American Tea Room, and come Nov 1st their new website should be ready. During a quick phone call to the company, I was able to find out that they will begin offering sample sizes of their blends on the website at that time, which will vary in price according to the price of the tea (anywhere from $4-$12 per sample). They will also begin offering a 2 oz size in addition to the 3.5 oz size that they have already been offering! I think this will most definitely help them grow their online sales as now folks will be able to try out some of their premium offerings without committing to a large quantity or expenditure. They do have a number of blends that interest me---including the one currently being reviewed. I am one of those individuals that loves a skillfully blended flavored tea paired with a high quality tea base.
This smells magnifique as I pretty much expected. My sample package smells very much as though there might actually be some apricot candies in it---not in an over-the-top kinda way, but in a way that evokes images of juicy, delicious apricots. I prepared this using a tablespoon of tea to prepare my 10 oz cup and added a small pinch of rock cane sugar. I infused the leaves with water that was cut short of boiling and infused for 4 min. Two things immediately struck me about this cup. First, this has a rather mild and smooth black tea. The black tea base is worthy of the term premium because it is incredibly silky S-M-O-O-T-H. There is almost a complete lack astringency with this one. The black tea is very mild, and I know that might not be perceived as a good thing by everyone. However, it makes a nice backdrop for this flavor profile. Second, this has a lovely and incredibly sweet apricot flavor. The flavor profile is not quite as potent as the aroma of the dry leaves indicated, and that is probably a good thing. That said, the apricot does take centerstage. The blend is so naturally sweet that I would hold off on sweetener until you have had a chance to taste it first. Even if you do opt for sweetener, I would use no more than the equivalent of a few rocks of rock cane sugar to make a cup of this size (10 oz). Since I pre-sweetened my first preparation, I was compelled to immediately follow it with a second one prepared without any sweetener (this is a tough gig--lol). Again, just a couple of rocks of rock cane sugar (at most) are suitable.
As one tea drinker that enjoys skillfully blended flavored teas with premium tea bases, I am very pleased to have come across this blend. This is a smooth and delicious fruit flavored tea. While this has a fairly full flavor profile, the black tea makes an excellent base because of that silky smoothness. I would recommend this blend to lovers of the apricot flavor and to those that like a mild and smooth black tea of a good quality. Thumbs up!
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