Design a Tea

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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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drank Angry Pumpkin Tea by Design a Tea
729 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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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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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!

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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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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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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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drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
730 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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Sipdown

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

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Momo box tea!

The dry leaf smells like plum and rooibos. I didn’t smell much vanilla off the dryleaf.

The liquor smells so divinely fruity. yum! And it tastes slightly like this stuff that I get on Amorgos (Greek Island) that’s made of fermented figs- All it’s missing is the alcohol content! This is the second plum tea I’ve had recently that would make an excellent hot toddy! I really need to try this out in the winter with some rum! :-)

As I continue to sip it, I pick up more on the subtle vanilla which sweetens the plum. It could have been too tart. The rooibos is a creamy kind, not a lot of menthol action going on here like I get with some of the more potent varieties. Like the vanilla, it works to mellow out the tartness of the plum, but also lends a darkness which rounds out the flavor so that the plum is really juicy and full.

The mouth-feel kind of reminds me of a hard candy- it’s that full and juicy.

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drank Peach Zabaglione by Design a Tea
2246 tasting notes

Thank you for sending some of this my way, Azzrian!

This is actually pretty tasty! Definitely peachy, and perhaps a bit creamy. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention next time I drink it, but I was quite impressed with this! Regretting having waited so long to try it, but at least I have enough left for another couple cups before it’s gone.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Sounds delicious!

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drank Peach Spice by Design a Tea
2955 tasting notes

Another tea from Azzrian!
This is a nice dessert tea!
I have cold brews of the remainder of Angels Dreams, Fruit d’Alsace, & Maracuja going in the frig. I’m kind of new to cold brewing, so not quite sure how long to leave them.
So I only have one tea left, & then it will be a total SipDown of all the samples in the box! Thanks again, Azz, for being one of my first tea trades!

And speaking of trades, I know I’ve spoken to a few people here about trading, & I want you to know (if you’re reading this) that I haven’t forgotten you. I’ll get my act together shortly…

BoxerMama

I’m totally in the same boat. Life gets crazy WAY too fast. Also, I have some tea packaged to mail to you, I just haven’t been to the post office! I suck sometimes.

Terri HarpLady

Naw, you’re awesome!
Cool, you’re sending me tea? Yay!
And I haven’t forgotten that I’m saving some Sichuan caravan for you :)

BoxerMama

lol, yes.

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
163 tasting notes

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I didn’t even realize I did the Design a Tea thing until they came in the mail. Way to be on the ball, Amanda.

I put maple syrup and some milk in here and it really brought out the flavors. Before the rooibos was just too strong, as it easily tends to be, but now it isn’t bad. I probably wouldn’t actually buy any of this because there are so many other combinations I’d like to try.

But it’s decent, it’s a nice dessert tea with no caffeine. Definitely best while it’s still hot, I got distracted once again dropping and adding classes. But now I am done with that. I think.

Alphakitty

If you want a really strong maple tea, the Tea Guys’ Maple Sugar is amaaaazing.

momo

When I pare down the current collection, I really want to order from them!

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Thank you Azzrian for adding this as a bonus in the swap!

I like this! It’s cream and almonds in a caffeine-free tea. Added a little rock sugar to sweeten the deal, but it really didn’t need it. :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

This is my late night comfort craving tea! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Design a Tea
520 tasting notes

I got some samples from Design a Tea today! I thought I should try a staple first, though. All Earl Greys are different. On this blend, the bergamot definitely comes through strongly. It’s almost like a blend I have from another company (now out of business) called Grand Earl Grey. The bergamot and citrus notes are very strong. It smells heavenly. When cool, the astringency comes out a bit more, but still a less dry mouth feel than many black teas. This seems to be a good blend of Assam and Ceylon. This is a very nice blend.

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

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I bought this from momo as another rooibos blend to try. Sometimes there is nothing better than a pot of rooibos tea, especially something sweet and almondy like marzipan. :)

This raw blend has large almond slices and what looks like apple chunks? The rooibos is fine as you would expect and it also has a few sunflower petals among the mixture.

It has a sweet, dry and nutty fragrance. Not quite marzipan yet but it has promise.

Once steeped this tea is golden brown in colour and has a thick, marzipan fragrance. There would be no mistaking it, it’s definitely pure marzipan.

Flavour is sweet and the rooibos is present but toned down. It smells more like marzipan than it tastes but if you take a large sniff before you sip it’s almost like your drinking liquidized marzipan. Almost.

Overall it’s a nice achievement, not too thick or too sweet, not too much rooibos and nothing offensive flavoured (sharp, bitter etc). Glad I gave this one a try.

KittyLovesTea

Side Note – This tastes much better as it cools. The rooibos lightens with the temperature and the almond is stronger.

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drank Zabaglione by Design a Tea
252 tasting notes

I’ve had this sample from Design A Tea for a while, and finally got to it. I don’t know exactly what zabaglione is, but I have had strawberry zabaglione from 52teas. This smells a lot like a marzipan tea, and that’s basically the flavor. The roobios medicine taste is hidden pretty well under the marzipany flavor. I’m not sure if it actually tastes like zabaglione, but I do like the flavor! I accidentally let this steep for probably something like seven minutes and it’s still very good.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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