Design a Tea

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94
drank Vanilla Almond by Design a Tea
1379 tasting notes

For $4.75 you can “design a tea” over at designatea.com and choose which base you want (black, oolong, green or rooibos) along with two flavors. Sounds like a good idea! Especially when you get two free samples of your own custom blend. (And I received a third they made as well!) The samples consist of one tea bag of each flavor. I love trying teas, so I could try all their flavor combos possible, but I went with a vanilla almond black tea. I really wanted to try all three elements here, because they are usually hit or miss. Black teas with vanilla flavor is my favorite usually. The black tea is a great base, with a medium flavor. The flavor is a bit dry to me, like one I’d attribute to a white tea, but still delicious. The vanilla flavor is mild yet present. I could have used more, since I can never have enough vanilla flavor. The almond flavor is great too, a genuine almond, definitely present with a toastiness to it. The second steep was just as good as the first. All three flavors go perfect together. It’s a great idea to send out free samples. Give it a try! (designatea.com) I won’t forget about trying this one, and I’ll keep it in mind in the future. Such an interesting concept!

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85
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
807 tasting notes

Yummy!
This is my first experience with any Iced Wine tea and I love it!
Makes me want to order some right away but also makes me want to explore other brands as well. However based on the tea logs here it looks like this company has it down pat!
I would not mind it a bit stronger but this is really enjoyable!
I have not drank alcohol for over three years now for health reasons (type 1 diabetic for 40 years) but I have missed a really good wine now and then!
This is very accurate to a merlot flavor with no bitterness, the right amount of sweetness and a cooling feeling even served hot!
I definitely want to explore ice wine more!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dianne

I just ordered the blueberry merlot from Tea forte For the same reason I miss a glass of wine once in awhile ( Not diabetic ) supporting husband. Thanks

Azzrian

That is excellent that you are supporting your husband in his non-drinking! My hubby also stopped with me and it makes it so much easier! I hope you enjoy it! I will have to check out the blueberry merlot too! :)

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77

This was one that I “designed” on their site. I don’t recall why now but for some reason I ended up speaking to the man at design a tea. He was extremely nice, helpful, and made good suggestions. I liked his positive energy. The tea itself was good. I am always concerned about flavor additives in anything, especially teas. While I am not sure how one gets a “natural” amaretto flavor this tea was very good. Neither of the flavors seemed to take over each other nor did they take over the oolong itself.
I suppose I would have liked it even a little more flavorful but I would not say it was lacking in flavor. I did add some sugar in the raw on the second cup and it did bring out the flavors a little more.
The first sip reminded me a bit of a Cherry Mash if you have ever had one of those. Except without the chocolate. The cherry came through nicely without tasting chemical or fake, and the nutty flavor was subtle but present.
While not an “in your face” flavor I appreciate its simplicity and that it was very pure and clean in taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

They are SUPER nice at Design A Tea, the few dealings I’ve had with them have always been very positive.

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76
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
128 tasting notes

i forgot this was a pu’erh! black tea just came to mind when there was mention of rose and chocolate, but i really like it.
the chocolate scent comes through strong, but not so much in the taste. i really get a nice floral from the rose that pairs well with the earthy pu’erh. very nice tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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79
drank PeacaMint by Design a Tea
4405 tasting notes

I’ve had this blend for a while now… it just sounded a little too weird so I held off trying it. But somehow, these flavors all work together quite well. The peppermint and pecan are strong enough to offset that funky rooibos flavor, and the nutty flavor of the rooibos enhances the delicious flavor of the pecan. The cool, crisp flavor of the peppermint is a nice contrast to the sweet, nutty flavor.

I’m liking this much more than I thought I would.

Stephanie

Pecan and Mint? Interesting!

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88
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
6770 tasting notes

Oddly I just found this one in a random place in my desk where I don’t usually store tea! Very strange! So…I decided to drink it! It’s a mellower Ice Wine Tea – perhaps because of the amount of loose leaf in the sample I received…I didn’t do a full cuppa…but this is really nice. I like that it’s different and doesn’t have an intense flavor like the others…I mean…they can’t ALL be the same, right? Sometimes you are looking for a lighter flavor and other times an intense flavor, eh? At least that is how I think!

This is great hot or cold but I do prefer ICED. It’s like a mix of white grapes, pear, and sugar with the freshest mineral/spring water you ever tasted…very clean, crisp! It’s really wonderful!

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38
drank Pumpkin Almond by Design a Tea
1102 tasting notes

This one smells pleasantly spicy dry, and rather almond-y after steeping. But once again, the taste isn’t half as nice as the scent. It’s more flavorful than my other sample, but that flavor seems very fake, even chemical-y.

Two samples from Design a Tea, two failures. It’s a shame; it could have been such a wonderful and unique option for tea shopping.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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30
drank Chestnut Hazelnut by Design a Tea
1102 tasting notes

Design a Tea sounded like fun, so I decided to try a few of their samples! This one is the first of two.

This one has a pleasant smell both dry and after steeping; I was happy to be able to pick out the scents of both chestnut and hazelnut. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the taste. It was difficult to taste any flavoring, and as the tea cooled it became impossible. In fact, the cooled tea barely reminded me of tea at all; it seemed more like warm water with a vaguely tea-esque taste.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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76

The dry tea smelled very fruity and yummy.

The steeped tea is more sedate, smelling mostly of blackberries with a hint of tartness.

The flavor is likewise and balances well with the green tea. Not overly sweet at all, just a taste of fresh berries and green tea. The cranberry isn’t so much tasted as sensed… you don’t get cranberry flavor, you just get a hint of its tartness or redness to hold together the rest of the tea.

Not a must-have for me, but a good solid fruity green. I might get more depending on the store price, as I think it would be good as a cold or sweet tea, but the sample is a one-serving amount and not enough for experimentation.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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67

This is one of the personal-designed teas from Design A Tea that I got a sample of.

The pre-steeped tea is cloyingly sweet smelling, so is the brewed.

The flavor only has the barest hints of amaretto and is otherwise ALL chestnut.

Which does taste great in quality. The black tea base fits nicely with it.

I’m rating this mid-to-high based on the chestnut flavoring, but not higher due to the lightness of amaretto and the scent, and because I personally didn’t think it was awesome, for my own taste preferences. For me, the chestnut is too strong.

But if you love earthy, rich, nutty teas, this is for you. As said, the chestnut is Strong in this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I really liked this one. The pineapple was excellent. Super, super strong smell out of the package that lessened a bit after steeping. Very fruity and sweet without tasting like sugar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Vanilla Mango by Design a Tea
520 tasting notes

Smelled wonderful when I opened the package. Reminded me of a summer day. It was good hot but the vanilla notes were not very noticeable. Cold was still tasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
6770 tasting notes

A nice, solid Sencha – clean and satisfying with subtle vanilla and mango undertones! I’m not sure where this one was hiding but I am darned happy I located it!!!! YUM!!!!

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drank Cider Nutmeg by Design a Tea
1962 tasting notes

I requested a couple of free samples from Design a Tea since I thought it would be fun to play around with different flavorings. This was one, black tea flavored with cider nutmeg. Perhaps that’s redundant, as cider is often spiced with nutmeg to begin with, but I thought it might be good.

The tea came in little tea filters, and I have to say that the tea looked a little disappointing, since it was made up of tiny pieces and what looks like fannings and not much recognizable leaf. The scent of the dry leaves was definitely of spiced apple cider, but it had another odd aroma as well. Brewed this tea was a dark amber shade, and the aroma was much the same. I’m sorry to say that the flavorings on this tea were not good at all. Kind of appley, yes, not so much nutmeg, overall very chemical. I couldn’t drink more than a few sips. It was an interesting thought, but the execution leaves much to be desired.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Coconut Mango by Design a Tea
658 tasting notes

The boyfriend chose this as the flavour for a Design a Tea sample. I wasn’t sure about this combination, but it ended up delicious! It was very tropical-tasting, suitably enough. It really felt like I was drinking fruit juice, a luxury I’m rarely able to enjoy. I kept getting apple notes at the end of sips, and it made me recall reading that mango is often used to create apple flavours in tea. Now I see why. The coconut was nice too, and definitely present, but the mango was the star.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Almond Coconut by Design a Tea
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Chocolate-Coconut by Design a Tea
658 tasting notes

Finally got around to trying my second sample from Design A Tea. I wasn’t expecting it to do much for me so kind of forgot about it.

But this was pretty nice! Very coconuty with a touch of chocolate. It was creamy and pretty rich despite my using far too much water for the 2 g sample.

The leaves were quite small and a bit dusty unlike the pretty, large oolong leaves I’m use to.

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One of my two free Design a Tea samples. I’m skeptical about my abilities, but here goes.

It smells very interesting. Not really getting peach from it, nor can I discern the vanilla. It smells more like a tropical fruit, I think. Or some sort of candy. Hm.

While steeping, I can smell the rooibos and the fruitiness steps back a little. It steps back even further when I taste it. Interesting! I don’t taste peach-vanilla in this, but I like it. It has a nice rooibos taste with a sweet and fruity finish. I don’t really like the scent (and it really smells like a cany that isn’t coming to mind right now), but it’s quite pleasant and smooth.

I drank some without milk and then added a splash. Both are good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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84

Yum! I love this combination! As I sip it, I am thinking about Dim Sum (YUM!) and I am wondering how I might make a dipping sauce with this tisane. It would be yummmmm!

Ah well… it’s quite good in my tea cup too. Light, citrus-y, with a lovely coconut taste that lingers in the finish. Lovely!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Coconut Pineapple by Design a Tea
4405 tasting notes

Delicious! I love Design a Tea!

This tastes sweet and fruity, it doesn’t taste artificial, it is just pleasant and tropically delicious!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
4405 tasting notes

Oh yum! This is fantastic! I didn’t realize this was Pu-erh until after I tasted it!

This is even better than Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh, in my opinion. The chocolate and pu-erh meld together to create a lovely, savory tasting chocolate. I love the rose notes.

This is absolutely awesome!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

A chocolate rose pu erh? Ohmygoodness!

Jaime

Oh, my!!!

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76
drank Spearmint Rooibos by Design a Tea
4405 tasting notes

Very nice! I like this one chilled… I think that it somewhat subdues the flavor of the rooibos without completely masking it, and somehow that nutty, woody flavor of the rooibos really works with the spearmint flavor.

It’s cool and crisp. I like it… it is especially nice for nighttime!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84
drank Plum Lov'en by Design a Tea
4405 tasting notes

Delicious! One of the best plum flavored teas (tisanes) that I’ve encountered. The plum and vanilla make a great combination and reminds me a bit of warm plum sauce (fresh plums that are cooked in a light syrup until all soft and mushy like applesauce) that’s been drizzled with vanilla cream sauce. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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