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This was the second of the two tea samples I requested.
I’m debating something here – is this tea just intrinsically not so great? I don’t know. Should pear, pecans, and oolong not be put together in a tea? Very likely.
I thought the pecan might play well with the occasional butteriness of oolong and that the pear might be nice with floral notes.
I don’t know… this tastes burnt… like burnt coffee. I think the pecans overwhelm things. If I were to try again, I would probably brew the oolong at a lower temp. The package said boiling, but 195 might have been better.
I think the oolong might not have been that great. My sister hated it and I ended up pouring it out :(
This sample came today – peach and zabaglione. The packaging was really cute :)
The scent is a little artificial, but not bad. I ended up adding milk to this. I don’t really taste “zabaglione” but to be fair, I’ve never actually tried zabaglione! The peach flavor was nice.
My blend was just peach and zabaglione without the extras Azzrian’s had.
I have not been feeling the best lately and have had a week from H E double hockey sticks.
I have noticed that most of my teas other than matcha have been falling flat in flavor – and these are some really stellar teas so I know it is me and not the tea.
My taster is just off lately but this one is hitting the spot!
I can taste the apple and the pecan! YAY some flavor!
It mixes very nicely but is still a little less than potent but I know that is due to not feeling the best and being utterly worn down.
I am sure once I am feeling better this tea will rock my socks off!
No bitterness – no astringency – just a nice nutty apple flavor to soothe my poor aching bones and splitting head!
Thank you Brian for the sample!
I got a VERY generous free sample of this from Brian at Design a Tea when I ordered more of my much loved Peach Zabaglione! Thank you Brian
I must say I am very surprised and pleased with this tea!
This has almost a Lapsang Souchong flavor to it yet very mellow. So fresh, ripe, juicy, yet that subtle smoky flavor behind it! I don’t know if this is a different blend than the other ladies tired or what but I do love it!
Sometimes we just do something on the spur of the moment, on a whim, and it turns out AMAZING and thank you to Brian of Design a Tea for making this blend A MAZE ING!
I asked for a blend of peach and zabaglione but Brian went all out and added so many extras to make this THE BOMB!
I did a cold steep – just added room temp bottled water to the container with my strainer in it and within an hour it was ready, delicious, refreshing, and OMG good!
I JUST got this in the mail today and I already ordered more of it yes although I am on an order stand off I HAD to get more as this is now my DAILY iced tea for on the go in this mid west summer heat!
WOWZA and YUM!
Ya know, I never liked marzipan until I met my husband. My only experience with marzipan was with those ones shaped like fruit that people give you around Christmas time. It was so mushy and awful. bleh. I avoided marzipan ever since.
In Germany, where my dear husband is from, marzipan is well loved. My husband simply adores the stuff. I didn’t understand why. Then, he took me to Germany with him and bought me a chocolate bar with marzipan in the middle. And then I understood. Mmmm…marzipan. Such a unique and heavenly scent. This tea captures marzipan very well. It also makes me think of cherries. Almonds and cherries are relatives after all. The cold brewed rooibos is soft and well behaved here. Very tasty and relaxing night time tea.
I can imagine that this would make a tasty alcohol free Amaretto Sour with a squeeze of lemon/lime and some simple syrup. Gotta get more of this and try making a pitcher for my next party! :)
Thank you so much for this lovely sample, Azzrian!
I swear I’m going to bed after I write this…
Continuing on the trend of drinking tea from my latest box of samples and ignoring all others…. this is another sample from Azzrian! I haven’t really tried a plum-flavoured tea, and thought it could be interesting.
The steeped tea smells a bit like a winey/grape-juicy rooibos. Yes, definitely smelling the rooibos. Boooo!! Surprisingly, it doesn’t really carry into the flavour… but neither does the fruity plummy taste. Oh wait, there’s a bit in the aftertaste… maybe. Ok yes. But there is really not a lot of flavour here, especially given how much tea I used and the length of the infusion. And… I’m suddenly tasting flavours reminiscent of Fisherman’s Friend cough drops…. blech!!! Not sure if that’s a medicinal-rooibos thing, or what… eek, not a big fan!!! Definitely a miss for me…. but that’s ok!! Had three hits tonight, two of which were new flavours for me, so three outta five ain’t bad! (And I think the tea from Kally Teas has potential, so it might be 4/5!)
I wasn’t going to bother with the hot tea tonight because it is about 40 degrees (Celsius) outside and the last thing I wanted was a hot beverage… BUT then I saw what came in the mail, my free custom samples from Design a Tea! So I changed my mind and brewed up my first one. Their samples are so cute, they come already in some sort of tea sac (so you only get one bag of each) and they enclose a note with a $2 off your next order coupon.
I haven’t been a fan of many vanilla teas I have tried but the vanilla in this one comes out to play! It is the overwhelming flavour of the tea, and I find it a very nice full vanilla flavour. The chai is really rather muted, which is slightly disappointing, I was expecting more of a kick. Overall, the two flavours work well together and well with rooibos, and I will definitely be trying vanilla in future design a tea blends!
Yup I still stand by my earlier note about this tasting like a wine. In fact my husband was standing at the counter as I poured a cup and he made this face as if he had suddenly become alert. I asked him what that expression was about and he said – that smells familiar. I looked at him and asked him “wine perhaps?” and he said “yes! That’s what it is!”
Now what you need to know is that I used to drink wine often. He didn’t just me, he never cared for wine. It has been about 3 years since we have had any wine in the home. So for him to pick that aroma out of thin air (literally) was pretty amazing and just an testament to how winey this tea is! Oh and a testament to my hubby’s good nose! :)
Got this in today – SUPER fast shipping from Design a Tea! WOOT! Thanks!
I got this free actually with a code when I bought another tea (Marzipan Sunset which is YUMMMMM)
I had a hard time deciding which tea to get next as I have sampled quite a few good ones from them.
I am glad I got this.
Funny I have been seeking the perfect “wine” flavored tea for a long time and while I love Iced Wine – Design a Tea’s being the best I have found thus far ironically, this is more of what I was desiring!
This is a lovely plum and vanilla flavored tea but what resonates more with me is the wine flavor!
Letting it cool some to get more of a room temp to it and I am sure it will be stellar!
Would absolutely order again!
I invented this with Design A Tea’s awesome concept of adding two flavors to a base tea of black, oolong, rooibos or green. You can create two teabags that they send you for $2 shipping. I don’t know if I just made a not-so-great flavor combination or what. It’s okay, but nothing spectacular. The steep color is almost like an apple juice, which is fitting I guess. I can’t really taste an oolong flavor, which means it is probably very light. The apple flavor is subtle. And I can’t tell if there is much of a pecan flavor. The second steep is just as flavorful as the first. Do apple and pecan really go well together anyway? I don’t know what I was thinking, but I’ve been on the lookout for a really good apple tea if anyone has any ideas.
Decided to finally try my second custom sample. I am glad that I held off and waited a little while, because the flavor this time is perfect. Delicious maple, delicious creamy, custard-y taste. YUM! The black tea is pleasant, strong, but not overwhelming.
I like this one quite a bit, I might end up ordering a batch!
I’ve had this one for quite a while and decided to cold brew it. Cold brewed, it tasted quite similar to a Davids Tea I have, I believe it was Love Tea #7? I got both the rose and chocolate flavors, though nothing that made me think of pu-erh. When I cold brewed another pu-erh, it actually made the pu-erh flavors come out MORE. Overall, I think I actually like this one better cold, but I’m not sure if I prefer this or the DT one.
This was one of my samples from Design a Tea. It came in a small tea bag. I think there may not have been quite enough, because the flavor I got was quite weak. I definitely could taste a bit of the chocolate but I didn’t get much rose taste. I think this tea could be quite yummy, but I would like to give it a proper try before I buy a whole bag.
This sample was much better than the Maple Pecan. I used even less water and dumped all the tea from the T-sac into my strainer. This revealed there was indeed very little tea in the sample. And some tea dust as well, which resulted in a gritty last sip.
Both the dry leaves and the brewed tea smelled like blueberry. The taste was blueberry, an essence of creaminess, and still a little watery (but much less so than the first sample). I enjoyed this, but again I probably won’t be buying a full bag. Honestly, I’m just really disappointed in how small these samples were. I mean, they only cost $1 for both. But does that mean I should get only about 1-2 grams of tea?
This is my first of two samples from Design a Tea. Ever since my fiancé bought this delicious maple pecan granola, I’ve had my mind fixed on the idea that it would make a fantastic flavored tea! I submitted the idea to 52teas and then came across Design a Tea’s custom blends. The closest I could get was subtracting the granola.
The dry tea definitely smelled like maple. The sample is only enough for one infusion and came in a T-sac. I hate T-sacs. They don’t let the tea leaves float around enough to let the flavor release. Of course, I didn’t come to this realization until it was too late.
The brewed tea still smelled like maple, but the taste was pretty lackluster. It was watery. I anticipated this when I saw how little leaf was in the sample, so I used about half as much water as I normally would. But I guess it was still too much.
As for the pecan, there might have been traces of it in there. But not enough that made me 100% sure I could actually taste it and that I wasn’t just imagining it. Needless to say, I won’t be buying a full bag of this. But at least I know maple and pecan is a good combo, so I’ll hold out hope that 52teas will blend it. Now, on to the next!
I got this as a bonus free sample from Design A Tea. With designatea.comyou pick a base tea (black,oolong,green or rooibos) and then add two flavors. I’m no wine expert, but this smells like a wine. Almost like a non-alcohol wine, where it just has the grape. The taste is actually a little perfumey, but that could be the pear flavor or the black tea itself. There is a lot of tea in this tea bag, and the second steep was just as good. The black is a nice base for the wine flavor but I liked the vanilla almond sample I liked better (obviously, as I created that one.) Go to designatea.com to create your own sample for $1 shipping and get a $2 coupon with the sample. It’s fun to try!
I finally decided to create a couple of samples from Design a Tea. This is a green tea flavored with apple and hazelnut essences, and it is really good. The apple is like a green apple taste, a little tart, but also sweet and juicy. The hazelnut is a bit subtle but I think it would have gotten stronger had I allowed the tea to mingle a while, I was just so excited to try it that I forgot to allow it time to cure.
It’s yummy as it is though!
Another sample from Emilie! Has a strong aroma of almond extract (which is intoxicatingly good to me) and I was happy to see slices of almond in the mix. First taste is something like those almond cookies you get in Chinese restaurants. And then, if you hold it in your mouth a bit, there it is! Marzipan! Really enjoying this one.
(copied from yesterday)
Design a Tea offers 2 samples of your choosing on their site (designed by you) for $1. You choose between black, oolong or green and then 2 flavors. Reading the site closer, the flavorings are said to be natural and organic. You get one teabag of each choice. Sent very quickly (I’m not as quick to review however).
This is an oolong tea, which according to their site is their Formosa Oolong (they also sell Ti Kuan Yin, but not for these purposes). I opted to add Almond and Coconut as my two flavor choices. Brewed according to teabag instructions, adding 1/2 tbs. of sugar (1/2 of what I used yesterday on the other sample)