Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

Design a Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

88

Oddly, I don’t have this in my cupboard, even though Dexter3657 sent some to me a while back.

I’ll say it again, even though I’m repeating myself: I love the concept of this company! Make my own tea blends? This rocks!

Out of the bag it definitely smells like a maple syrup pecan black tea, and it vaguely reminds me of a Cabane a Sucre I went to when I was 19 just outside of Montreal. We started the day by learning how to tap maple syrup, then rolling it in ice for maple syrup lollipops, then eating a 12 course meal (where everything had maple syrup in it, including the drinks), and then listening/dancing/singing along to French Canadian music. Yes, this is a fond memory, and this tea evokes it easily.

I did steep this one way too long (again), as I seem to have almost every black during the past few days. What can I say? I was packing up tea for Dexter3657, Sarah, and a colleague in Australia. Still, the flavors are present, even if there’s a bit of dryness to the blend. Maple? Check. Pecan? Only slightly, at the end of the sip, and it seems to be what’s feeling dry. If I could figure out how to bring out the pecan a bit more, this would rank higher. Luckily, I have enough to play with a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tuscanteal

I didn’t know the Breville could be set to steep for 20 mins… Or are you doing the old fashioned way? Set an alarm on your phone

MissB

I’m only drinking one cup at a time of late, just to try out more teas. The only downfall of the Breville is that I have to brew quite a bit of tea at once, and sometimes I just want to try something out. So I’ve been using the Breville to boil the water to the right temperature, sticking a tea bag of loose tea in my mug, and then… doing something else. :$

OMGsrsly

Isn’t the minimum 500ml? :D That’s a “cup” for me…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

83
drank Egyptian Secret by Design a Tea
932 tasting notes

Many thanks to Dexter365 for this sample that I completely forgot about in my swap drawer. Time to sipdown!

This is a lovely tea, perfect decaf to help me get back to sleep after only two hours of rest. I’m getting mostly sweet almonds from this, with a little bit of dryness from the chamomile towards the middle and end.

I love this company concept, and need to spend more time on their website playing with new creations. Muahahahahaa…..!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91
drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
460 tasting notes

Oh wow, this is good! A nice sencha with creamy vanilla and sweet mango. The sencha is fully present, not hidden by the flavoring. There’s a light grassy note and a vegetable flavor that is nice and clean. The vanilla doesn’t have that wacky artificial flavor. It’s smooth and creamy and blends very well with the green tea. The mango is the lightest note, but it lends a fruity sweetness that definitely takes this tea up a notch.

I only had a three or four sips of the first steeping before my daughter asked for my cup. Mango and vanilla are two of her favorite flavors, so she’s currently in tea heaven. Anyway, I can say that this tea resteeps well. All of the flavors are still there. The vanilla is slightly less, but it’s an equally yummy cup.

Design a Tea has thoroughly impressed me with the blends they keep in stock. It’s great quality, and their customer service is amazing. And yes, I want to spread the word about them! Good companies deserve high praise. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91

My daughter had this last night, so I decided to resteep the leaves this morning. It’s a really fruity blend between the blueberry and the oolong, but the nutmeg gives it enough warmth that it still feels like a cozy winter tea. Not a bad cup to wake up to!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
460 tasting notes

I’ve never been a big fan of pu’erh, but it works amazingly well with the chocolate/rose flavor combination. Both the tea and the chocolate are dark and thick, but the rose flavor lightens everything and adds a wonderful high note to the tea. I can see myself ordering this the next time I place an order with Design a Tea. Really, really nice.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

91

This tea is delicious in its own right, but with a dark chocolate brownie it’s ah-mazing. One of the best tea/food pairings I’ve ever had. The blueberry and nutmeg in the tea somehow made the chocolate in the brownie that much more decadent. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to fall into a sugar coma. ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
460 tasting notes

Taking a quick break from the family to say Happy Thanksgiving, Steepster! I hope where ever you are that your day has totally rocked and that you’ve had some amazing tea to drink.

I had a cup of this earlier today while I was trying to simultaneously cook and clean (it turns out that’s really hard to do!). Every time I drink this I’m impressed with how good it is. It’s a great take on iced wine. I’m still loving the pear flavor and the light floral note. Also, this tea smells great. I want my whole house to smell like that all the time.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

My fellow Steepsters, lend me your ears for a moment if you will.
As part of my epic binge last month, I ordered a few teas from Design a Tea. I kept my choices pretty normal. Common flavors that I knew would go together. I just wanted to get a sense of the quality of their bases and flavors. I really enjoyed the experience of choosing flavors, thinking about the possibilities.
Now that I’ve had a chance to try all the teas and spend some time with them, I just wanted to express how much I like this company. I had a bit of a bumpy start. I thought the cranberry, almond black was a little chemically/fake – and I’m not sure if it was the cranberry or the almond that I didn’t like – or if it just wasn’t quite blended correctly. They hand blend to order and this was just a sample so it’s possible it would be better as a “real” batch. All the other teas I’ve really liked, nice bases, well balanced flavors. I’m really impressed. Their prices are really inexpensive, shipping costs were ok. Thumbs up all around. I am planning a new order and want to go outside the box with flavors next time. Anyway, if you want reasonable priced teas, that you can design yourself – I recommend you check them out.

This tea. Nice juicy, fruity strawberry. What is zabaglione? I thought it was an Italian Cheese like mascarpone. I was hoping that it would add some creaminess to the strawberry. I’m not sure what it is suppose to taste like, but this works for me. The rooibos is present but doesn’t dominate. Like the other teas, I like this and will enjoy drinking what I have.

Anna

Zabaglione is an egg-based dessert with marsala wine – it’s much like fluffy, light, whipped custard and works great with strawberries!

Design a Tea sound very cool – as an added bonus, they ship internationally.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
drank Pear Green by Design a Tea
578 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking pu’erh all evening, and while I’ve really enjoyed it, I’m now looking for something a bit lighter.
I’m fussy about green teas. A lot of fruity greens don’t really work for me. I chose this from Design a Tea with the hopes that it would be TONS of pear with a delicate green base.
The green base is subtle and not bitter at all. I do really like this, the pear is nice – not chemically or artificial. I just wish that the pear was stronger. If I could get twice this much pear it would be perfect.
All in all I am enjoying this tea, it’s nice light and refreshing. I’ve been pleased so far with the teas I bought from Design a Tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

38
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
262 tasting notes

There are packs of preserved plums I used to beg my mother to buy for me at the Asian market when I was a child. This tea reminds me of those plums, which is kind of odd and makes my brain hurt a bit.

This tea is pleasantly sweet, but I’m not really enjoying it hot. I think it would be much better chilled, and will have to try it iced at some point. No rating for now. To be continued…

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

First trying this unsweetened. It’s pleasant but the flavors are more subtle than I like. I’ll be trying this again sweetened and hoping that really makes the blueberry pop.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Marzipan Sunset by Design a Tea
262 tasting notes

I haven’t had much marzipan, or I hadn’t had it often enough that the taste of it stayed with me. I just feel like it is something delicious and yummy, but I honestly didn’t know what I was expecting when I ordered this tea.

I did like it. The taste is subtle, and sweet but not overly so, and it a nice cuppa to sip while watching Supernatural on Netflix. I have let my mug sit her for a bit and it’s cooled down, and it still tastes nice cold.

I wish there was another flavor in here, though. Something fruity, maybe. I may have to play around with some flavors in my next order.

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
drank Mocha Pecan Black by Design a Tea
4026 tasting notes

thanks for sharing dexter! I quite like this one, though it’s not quite as rich as i want it to be. I do like that it really does come across as a mocha pecan tea rather than some other blends that are more coffee bean than mocha. Overall not a bad first experience with design a tea!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87

Yummy. I got inspired by baked pear tarts. Mmmmm.

This isn’t quite as good as the tarts, but passable. The pear flavor is perfect. The almond is subtle but blends nicely with the pear. A bit of sugar really brings out the flavors.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87
drank Angry Pumpkin Tea by Design a Tea
262 tasting notes

I admit, I’m jealous of the coffee drinkers who go to Starbucks for Pumpkin Spiced Lattes as soon as they are available. I wanted a pumpkin tea equivalent, but hadn’t had any luck… until now.

I think I have found my fall pumpkin tea. I’d gone through several and this is the tastiest yet. Unlike some of the others, it actually tastes like pumpkin! And it tastes like spiced pumpkin.

It is delicious and the flavor comes through nicely without being overwhelming or artificial tasting.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

Backlog:

This one is best served iced. I didn’t really care too much for it when it was served hot, but the chill really improves the flavor.

A tasty apricot and blueberry tea. These are two flavors that I wouldn’t normally think to bring together, but they work together nicely.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/03/apr-i-berry-love-child-from-design-a-tea/

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Oh man! I’ve made peach blueberry pies and this sounds amazing!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88

We have a winner. This is so good!!! This is almost as good as Florance Harney & Sons.
Yum, chocolate, mocha, nutty goodness.
I don’t really have much to say other that, I like it. Might be just a tiny bit thin on the tongue. I’m going to add a bit more leaf and little longer steep next time, try and make it richer than add some milk and hope to get that nice creamy mouth feel that I like. All in all though, this is really good!!

Sil

oooh this sounds delicious…

Dexter3657

It’s in your box…. I packaged up a few (?) for you will mail them off tomorrow. Am going to stop, have several others I thought about putting in, but will save some for next time… :))

Sil

haha yes! wait! there will be a next time :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This was the other free sample that I created from Design a Tea.
Way back at the beginning of my tea journey, I fell in love with Creamy Nut Oolong from Teaopia. I miss creamy nut oolong, so when I had the chance to add nuts to oolong, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try and replace that beloved tea.
This is nutty oolong, but it’s not like the one I’m looking for. This actually was pretty good. Roasted nutty oolong, with extra nuts tossed in. I didn’t get the chemical artificial taste that I found in the cranberry almond, so that’s good, but it was still just a little flat for me. If I do this again, I’m going to try and find something “cream” to add to a nut and oolong and keep trying. All in all, it was good. Glad I ordered from them. I have a few more yet to try, will see what they are like.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I really like the concept of Design a Tea. There are thousands of possibilities, and the further you dig into their website the more possibilities you find.
They offered two free samples of your choice. This was one that I chose. Cranberry Almond is pretty boring considering what you could do with the flavors, but I just wanted to get a sense of the flavors and strength of flavoring.
This one is a miss for me. There is something really artificial tasting here. I think it’s the cranberry, but I’m not sure. It was cranberry and almond, but with a chemical, funny taste to it.
I’ve ordered a few more and will see if the artificial taste is in all the flavors or just some of them. I didn’t really like this.

Sil

i’ll be watching…and reading… heh

Terri HarpLady

booo to artificial flavors

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

70

My pumpkin tea quest continues. This is advertised as pumpkin and clove. Strange, but I knew that when I ordered it. Dry it smelled like TONS of clove, so I cracked a couple of cardamom pods and dumped them in with the leaf and steeped in boiling for 5 minutes.
Too much spice, not enough pumpkin. That seems to be a reoccurring theme in my quest. Most pumpkin spice/chai teas are all about the spice and not about the pumpkin. I just want to find one that actually tastes like pumpkin.
This really isn’t that bad. It’s nice and clovey – I really liked the cardamom addition, but the quest continues.

mrmopar

Try Stash decaf pumpkin spice.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

62

I asked for a sample of the black tea with amaretto and Irish cream, and came to enter it into the system and found somebody had beat me to it. Great minds…?

This actually was a bit of a disappointment after I fell head over heels with the rooibos blueberry pina colada sample. I found the flavor weak, even with sugar added to the tea. I think both flavors might be better blended with another, stronger flavor.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92

A free sample from Design a Tea. I love blueberry. I love pineapple and coconut. Why not combine them? I love the concept of this company! And the sample is so so good! I’ll definitely have to remember them when I have some more tea money to blow, and more space in my tea cupboard.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

Sipdown

I really liked this tea. Sadly I didn’t get to have it as a hot toddy.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.