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drank Red Vineyard by Fusion Teas
935 tasting notes

3rd of the Fusion Teas I ordered. Oddly, this is the only non-mate tea I got.
But wow.. Peach crunchies in this tea? Can I have a fruit snack bag of that? Me and my rabbit Benson can sit together and fight over it, like what we do with Trader Joe’s freeze dried strawberries and bananas.

DRY: OOOOOOOOH IT SMELLS LIKE PEACHY FRUIT PUNCH JUICE CONCENTRATE! (yes, it needed to be written in all caps). Looks like black tea with vibrant red and orange chunks.

STEEPED: Very fruity. This is one of the most fruitiest teas I’ve smelled. Steeps into a nice dark brown/red hue tea.

TASTE: Peaches and strawberry with nice light black tea in the background. Not tart or bitter. Peach flavour slightly comes out more than the strawberry. Peach after taste. Refreshing despite drinking this tea hot and unsweetened.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Fruity tea people. All of them. I know some who dislike black tea – try this tea and you’ll like it as the black tea is very light. Iced tea lovers would also love this tea.

OBSERVATIONS: The tea package says 3-4 minutes, however confusingly online it says 4-5 minutes. I followed the package and went with 3 and a half minutes. I think the short steep time turns up the tea magic so the black tea wasn’t overpowering the fruit.

COMMENTS: I found myself freaking guzzling this tea piping hot without taking my time to enjoy my first cup of it so I can review it. It could be the combination of having my first cup of tea of the day really late (2pm) or it being amazing, but leaning on the latter. I love that it just tastes light and fruity – strong fruity without being sweet.
I have a similar tea I love: DavidsTea “Southern Belle” (black/peach/yogurt) but this one blows it out of the water for stronger peach flavor and lighter black tea taste. Red Vineyard is very straight up peach tea without adding other stuff (ie hibiscus or rosehips) that would take away from the peachyness or make it tart.

This would make a killer ice tea – I’d drink this cold unsweetened over that crystal light crap I drink. I will buy more once I’ve finished this tea – and hopefully me and my rabbit won’t go trying to pick out those peach crunchies.

Great job Fusion Teas! Red Vineyard will become a staple in my tea collection.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Second tea for me to review from Fusion Teas – Roasted Cocoa mate. For this tea I tried a longer steep at 7 minutes.

DRY: Looking good, chocolate chips, hunks of almonds, marigold flowers. Smells like roasted mate and chocolate.

STEEPED: Brown, cloudy from the melted chocolate I’m guessing. Smells like something roasted and chocolate lol.

TASTE: The roasted mate comes out – with roasted and nutty bits really coming out (probably from the toasted rice/etc). A spike of chocolatey liquor flavor at the end.

WHO’D DIG THIS TEA: Coffee drinkers converting to tea. Mate drinkers. Nuts in tea people.

COMMENTS: Comparing to Fusion Tea’s “Good Morning Mate” this one isn’t as coffee like, but keeps that roasted elements making it a small bridge to coffee drinkers. I’d say it is not as robust and well rounded as “Good Morning Mate” – more simple of a tea with a hit of chocolate. Roasted Chocolate doesn’t have that woodsyness “Good Morning” has – Roasted Chocolate is lighter.
For me, it’s a little too nutty for my tastes. I’d also say theres not enough chocolate but YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH CHOCOLATE (but will probably never get to that level of tea tasting like hot chocolate). I feel its missing something, but maybe it’s my “I love complex crazy tea blends” side saying that.

Interestingly, I think this tea would be perfect for my dad. He likes those simple flavored coffee things and lighter roasts. For tea, he likes earl grey (all thanks to Captain Picard).

I probably won’t get more of this tea and gift to my dad or trades. This tea might also mix well with other tea (heh, mate spike my chocolate black teas for a kick). It’s not bad – Fusion has a great quality mate that’s for sure.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I recently did an order with Fusion Teas and this was the free sample they gave me. BTW, great mate tea selection for fusion teas – I just realized I miss some other mates I should of ordered after looking at the site again. The free sample was awesome and they chose well with a mate (I’m on a mate kick). I decided to try and review this tea first as I figure it was the one I would like the least (ugg rooibos) and would go well with my cinnamon oatmeal breakfast.

DRY: Woodsy, roastedy… coffee? When I scooped it into my steeper, I saw the rooibos and got worried – I’m not a big rooibos fan. But hey, free tea!

STEEPED: Brown. Smells more woodsy, like camping or a lumber yard (lol). Reminds me like coffee again, but not that bitter sludgyness smell from coffee. I did a 5 minute steep and couldn’t go any longer because I don’t have the patience for it.

TASTE: Roasted mate that is very earthy with hints of cinnamon – almost caramelly (from the coconut maybe but no coconut taste). Little bit of cocoa flavour, but fairly subtle. The rooibos hits me at the end adding a coffee-like woodsyness. No bitterness.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TEA: Coffee drinkers (switch to tea now). Mate drinkers and black tea drinkers wanting to venture into mate territory (don’t be scared!). Peeps who love a robust cup of tea.

COMMENTS: Robust – thats the best word to describe this tea. With the 5 minute steep I probably didn’t get it as strong as I could to bring out more flavors, but it was still full of flavor and light enough to be enjoyed by a tea drinker.
I’m not a coffee drinker – I drink it rarely and only for a pick me up when I’m out and the tea selection is crappy bagged crap. I gotta say this is the BEST “tea for coffee drinkers” tea I’ve tried. I’ve only sampled these teas in store and never bought them because it would taste too oversteepy bitter and strong elements of tea, with a coffeeness to it making me wish I was dead or could water it down with soymilk and sugar. Good Morning Mate still keeps a good tea flavor but has elements of coffee.

Overall surprised how good this was. Unless this tea grows on me, I don’t think I’d order more – however I would recommend this tea to others and will use it to try and convert my coffee drinking friends and family.

Thanx fusion teas for the sample! I can’t wait to try more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Oh, was there rooibos in this?? Interesting. I didn’t pick it out (probably a good thing!) Although why would they dilute a caffeinated morning tea with something that’s not caffeinated…. interesting…

Awkward Soul

haha totally! I’ve noticed a couple of fusion’s roasted mates have rooibos, kinda weird.

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
935 tasting notes

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This was one of the last teas I bought before moving out of Canada.. and I kept forgetting to try it!

DRY: Smells almost like peaches and cream instant oatmeal. Fruity with a little woodsy. Lots of bricks of dark orange and yellow fruit things.

STEEPED: Ambery look (as always) and fruit smell. I snagged a steeped dark orange chunk and it was very tasty dried papaya. Dang, I could probably snack on them and wreck future cups of tea. Other chunks turned out to be apple and I saw one melted looking fruit that was probably mango.

Looks like I didn’t get the water hot enough. My kettle was purchased in the US with F temperatures, with DT’s temperatures listed in C.. and I only know C so I failed at choosing a hot enough water setting.

TASTE: Light tea. Green roobios with a hit of apple sweetness, and I can taste a little papaya filling my mouth. The green roobios is pretty nice and is the main taste, with fruit in the background. The fruit flavor stays in my mouth after I finish the cup – very yum. I tossed in a couple rock sugars with 40% of my cup left and it brought out the sweetness of the fruit a bit more.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TEA: fruity peeps – papaya tea is uncommon. Roobios drinkers, however this green roobios is not bad and this roobios-disliker liked this cup of tea. People who like/want decaf tea.

COMMENTS: Not bad – I love the papaya and I now need to try more teas with papaya in it. I’m not a huge roobios fan, but this tea had a great flavor to it with a great combo of fruit and the green roobios being very good.

I want to try this double strength iced and rock sugar sweetened. I’d drink this whole 20g I got and not share, but probably won’t buy more – it is pretty nice tea but it didn’t punch-me-in-the-face-wow-me and not in my favorite range of tastes. However, I would recommend others to try this tea. I can see why this is a popular DT tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I got 50g of this tea for free off a DavidsTea newsletter/promo thing. Pretty cool! I think a few months back I was wanting to buy this tea in the store, but couldn’t get it as they moved it to online only.

DRY: strong, sweet, lemon. Totally like lemon curd. I see lots of lemongrass chunks, oh my!

STEEPED: brown-gold. Hint of lemon smell..rooibosy for sure

TASTE (HOT TEA): Lemongrass comes out a lot with some other lemon flavours coming out like the lemon peel. Not sweet unlike the smell. Rooibos comes out. In the end, lemony without the tart but a little bitter from something – the lots of lemongrass or roobios.
Sweetened with honey: very mellow lemony – like a weak lemonaide. Still can taste the lemongrass.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Lemongrass lovers. Maybe rooibos drinkers. People who like to sweeten their tea. You like lemon, but dislike tartyness of other brands of tea.

COMMENTS: I had to sweeten this tea or this woulda been a pour out. I love lemongrass, but not this much. I wish it was more lemony like the smell of the dry leaves. With honey (and i’d love to add a lemon slice to this) the tea tastes good and mellow – not bitter.
I think this would be better iced – if I get around to it, I’ll review it again iced. But hot, I’d give Three Lemon Green a 60 rating.

EDIT: ICED TEA
I prepared this tea iced with honey and dropped thin lemon slices into the pitcher.

Very good for iced tea, much better than hot, especially with the lemon slices. Lemony with lots of dimension with the lemongrass flavor – no tartness. Very refreshing with the rooibos flavour.
Very different than the typical black tea lemon ice tea – no caffeine and no bitterness.

IMO, I would stick to this tea cold, it is very good. I don’t know if I’d buy again since I’m more of a hot tea drinker, but this is pretty good. 70 rating for Iced

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Second review of this tea.

In my last review, my cup turned bitter and strong – but had so much potential in being a good tea.

This time – 165f/70c and 4 mins. It made a world of difference! 80% of the bitterness is gone with more of the floral and mysterious peachyness.
That 20% bitter tastes like black tea to me – still oversteeped a little – but a significant improvement.
I might dropped the tempurature some more, or reduce the steeping time to 3 minutes.

With that said – this is a great tea, but more care is needed to have a great cup. That and a snazzy hot water kettle that does multiple tempuratures.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I love earl grey teas – however have been unsuccessful in finding one that comes in loose leaf form. So far they are either not bergamonty, too bitter, poor black tea. With DT’s “earls garden” I found it tasted like raisins!!! My fav has been Stash’s “double bergamont”. Stash? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

So, when this “Earl of Lemon” tea came out, I was pumped. White bai mu dan tea, Green tea (and I tweeted DT and found out its a chinese green, not sencha green) and yogurt? I love yogurt in tea!
Lets give this one a shot!

DRY: very light tea, so i got alot for 50g, yesss! also states 1.25 tsp a cup, even more savings! Nice colouring of light green, yellow and white squares that look sparkely – yogurt im guessing. The dry leaves smell like earl grey, but lighter in a more refreshing way.

STEEPTED: Light yellow green. I found one of those sparkley squiares and smushed it to taste – yogurt, but spicy strong bergamonty! wahhhh!

TASTE: Earl grey (duh) – hit of lemon, no bitterness and slightly creamy. Light, but in the white tea/green tea light way but packed with citrus. The bergamont comes out well, as does the lemon. Very similar to “Lady Earl Grey” tea, but actually more lighter, more lemon and that hint of creamyness. Since there is no bitterness, I feel like adding cream/sugar would take away from enjoying the flavour.

RECOMENDATIONS: to peeps who like earl grey (duh #2). People who like Lady Earl greys or want to try somethign similar. If you loooove bergamont, this tea comes out as a moderate level of it. However this tea is pretty light, a green or white tea drinker might want to try to bridge into earl greys.

COMMENTS: I feel like Captain Picard, but more delicate and female, LOL, when I drink this tea. I like the yogurt in it and it is a perfect at balancing out the flavours. I love bergamont (hence liking double berg teas) and this is a satisfactory level – any more in this tea and it would be kinda nutty strong and I couldn’t enjoy the white tea.
I don’t agree that this tea is like DT’s “Lime gelato” – lime gelato is quite strong in lime, tart, and the sencha green and yogurt comes out more, whereas this one is more true to earl grey flavor, bit of lemon/yogurt and lighter with the white tea. I’d say it’s very much “Lady Earl Grey” like i said earlier.

Hmmm.. Id say this has been the best Earl grey tea i’ve had in loose leaf form. I wish the yogurt came out more or maybe had white chocolate instead – or maybe that is too crazy? I’ll play with steeping times (seen other reviewers doing 1minute steeps) and see how it goes. Overall, very solid, lovely tea. I love you Davidstea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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What?? How did I not review my favorite tea?
I just came on Steepster to just add how much I love this tea, even though I reviewed it already.. but apparently I didn’t review it.

I first came across this tea and got a measly 30g and loved it. I saved it for long crappy days I’d have at work. I saved the last scoop and drank it in the airport after dealing with stress with immigration and moving into a new country.

In my recent DT’s order I got 100g of this tea. I missed it so much.

DRY: I don’t want to go down and fetch my tin to see how it smells because I’m just going to brew more. I don’t need more, I want to savor this cup. It smells good though. Trust me.

STEEPED: smells chocolately, roastedly smell with a hint of sweet. A brown amber colour brew.

TASTE: mild chocolate – very different than the earthy thick chocolate you get in black tea blends. After that, there is a wonderful balanced mix of a roasted taste (not spicy).. the almond or the mate? Then as it goes down, it tastes sweet with a hint of raspberry.
The tea is overall light and easy to drink, but also full of flavour. There is no bitterness.

RECOMMENDATIONS: If you want something different. You want a morning/afternoon tea to get you through the day – this tea will keep you up at night from the mate. It’s not your typical chocolate black tea. It is only mildly fruity, so some fruit tea peeps might not be 100% into it. Tea lovers who dislike bitterness of black and greens would love Chocolate Rocket. If you’ve tried mate and didn’t like it, give this one a sampling.

COMMENTS: Love this tea. I felt crappy that I ran out of this tea and complained to my husband that I want to order more. This is the best mate tea I’ve had.

This tea I’ve added to my permanent collection – please keep selling it DT, as I will be buying more when I run out!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I ordered this tea as part of a big DavidsTea order. Man, I miss having a DT nearby. They need to have one in southern California! I was going to buy either this or “Superberry”, but I love blueberries and this won in the final order.

DRY LEAVES: Very fruity and sweet smelling. Emphasis on the sweet. Lots of little berries in there. I ate one, it was tasty!

STEEPED: Steeps into a dark dark reddy black brew. Smells like black tea as far as I can tell when it’s hot. As it’s cooled to warm it smells more berryfruity.

TASTE: I messed up the steep time, since I was so excited I forgot to set the timer! DOH! However, the tea came out well.
Blend of black tea at first sip, then a dance of blueberries. A slight hit of dry/bitter at the end, but that could of been me oversteeping. The sweetness of the stevia is barely noticable and there is no funky stevia aftertaste.
As the tea cools and the more I drink it, it becomes more and more blueberry flavor, slightly sweeter and less blacktea. A very robust tea!

RECOMMENDED FOR: This one has a broad range. Fruit tea lovers for sure (even if you aren’t into black tea), ice tea freaks. Strong tea peeps. People who aren’t into tea but love blueberries (and who doesn’t love berries?). I’m going to even try this tea on my tea-hating husband.

COMMENTS: Hotdamn DavidsTea, all your teas with blueberries that I’ve tried so far ROCK! I still need to get my hands on Superberry, then I’ve tried them all to date. “White Tiger” is well loved by me, the blueberry flavour and white tea is so crisp and delicate – it’s like a sister to “Blueberry Jam”.
I was worried this was going to be a sickening-tongue-weird sweet with the stevia and name of “Blueberry Jam” but it’s not. It’s a well balanced matchup of black tea and berries, making it very delicious. If one was to sweeten it, it would be closer to sweet jam. I think this would make an amazing iced tea!

Grossly enough, I burped while drinking this tea and the burp aftertaste was yummy blueberry, as if I had been eating a handful of blueberries.

In the end, it’s a great tea. I got 50g, so this will last me awhile. I wish I could buy smaller doses, like in store, online. It’s my first cup, so I’m not addicted yet. If I get addicted, I’m getting 100g and adding it to my permanent collection.

Preparation
Boiling

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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