Design a Tea

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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. ;)

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92
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
649 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.

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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.

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84
drank Pear Green by Design a Tea
697 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.

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
268 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

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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

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80
drank Marzipan Sunset by Design a Tea
268 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

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76
drank Mocha Pecan Black by Design a Tea
4726 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!

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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

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87
drank Angry Pumpkin Tea by Design a Tea
268 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

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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!

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88
drank Mocha Pecan Black by Design a Tea
697 tasting notes

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…

Dexter

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 :)

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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.

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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

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70
drank Angry Pumpkin Tea by Design a Tea
697 tasting notes

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.

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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

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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

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78

Sipdown

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

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91

Having this one again today. The oolong, blueberry, nutmeg combination is equally soothing and delicious. Drinking this also makes me want to make blueberry muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping. Yeah, that needs to happen.

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Backlogging. I made this last night, but I was folding laundry and forgot about it. It ended up steeping for about 10 minutes, so I was expecting a bitter mess. What I ended up with was an ah-mazing cuppa. The oolong gave a peachy flavor at the beginning of the sip and was followed by the blueberry and nutmeg. So good. I’m really enjoying nutmeg in my tea at the moment, and Design a Tea does a nice job blending it into several of their signature blends.

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I received this as one of several samples with my last Design a Tea order. Thank you, Brian, for the generosity!

Yesterday was a near perfect summer day for me. I spent the day at the beach with my kids, my best friend, and her kids. Last night I went to a baseball game (I love baseball) where my team managed to come back in the ninth inning for a spectacular win. Great friends, good food, wonderful weather… it was lovely. So I was surprised by my desire for all things fall today. I find myself daydreaming about apples and cinnamon, cooler weather and sweaters. When I went digging through my tea stash for an autumn inspired tea this one was the easy winner.

The tea is spicy – mostly nutmeg – with the pumpkin being much more subtle. I like that the tea doesn’t scream pumpkin (even though it is called Angry Pumpkin) and that the tea manages to have spice without tasting like a chai. It’s unique and really nice. Definitely something I could enjoy on a cool fall evening. Add a blanket and a good mystery novel and I’d be one happy girl!

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91

As a lover of blueberry teas I give this a big thumbs up. Lots of juicy blueberry taste with the nutmeg adding some warmth. The nutmeg isn’t noticeable in the first few sips, but it slowly makes its presence known and works well with the blueberry flavor. I do wish the base tea had a bit more oomph. I think having more oolong flavor could send this tea over the top. But overall this is a really nice tea.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Interesting! I’ve never seen that combo of flavors in a tea!

gmathis

Love nutmeg. Have to remember that as a sprinkle-in with fall stuff.

Veronica

I hadn’t either which is why I initially picked it up. Design A Tea had several interesting signature blends. The next one I want to try is Proper Toppler which is vanilla and nutmeg. Yum!

Veronica

Gmathis – I was thinking the same thing. When I used to drink a lot of coffee I’d often sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon over my lattes. I should do the same with my tea.

gmathis

C’mon, fall! (We’re getting a teaser dose of it this week.)

Terri HarpLady

Personally, I’m pretty happy with our current weather. My garden is VERY happy with this weather! My only complaint is for all the rain the the rest of the state got, we got practically nothing here in St. Louis, so I’ve had to actually water my plants. Otherwise, this weather is perfect! :)

gmathis

I wish the weather had a “pause” button: I’d hit it today and leave it there indefinitely!

Veronica

We’ve had great weather here, too. I hate that summer is almost over. I’m not one for cold weather.

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96
drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
649 tasting notes

This was not at all what I was expecting. It was better. I was expecting a spicy chai with a kicky mate taste and a hint of pineapple. The tea turned out to be a sweet chai with the lingering taste of pineapple where all the flavors – the roasted mate, chai spices, pineapple, and vanilla – are so well balanced that I kept sipping it and just savoring the mix of flavors. If you like pineapple flavored teas in any form or fashion I highly recommend this one. It’s excellent.

gmathis

Ooh, interesting! (I do like pineapple tea additives.)

Veronica

I’m really surprised more people haven’t tried this one yet. I looked at the tasting notes, and the last entry was three years ago. This tea needs more love. :)

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