Design a Tea

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85

This is not one of their “signature” blends. To get this tea, you have to “design” it. But, this one is a fairly simple design… passion fruit and Koslanda black tea.

It’s very good. The passion fruit is rich and sweet. The black tea is a pleasant, even-toned tea. Not particularly robust, but with the delicious passion fruit flavor it works.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
4401 tasting notes

This is REALLY good!

Having tried one or two other Ice Wine teas, I kinda figured what this would taste like… but this truly exceeds those expectations! This is definitely the BEST Ice Wine tea I’ve tasted!

It is sweet and I like the flavor of the ice wine and the pear together. The pear gives it a very pleasing smoothness. I like this very much.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Plum Blackberry by Design a Tea
56 tasting notes

I liked this better than the other sample I received, but still don’t love it. I really like the idea of creating my own combinations, so even without success I think I’ll try a couple more.

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20
drank Maple Chocolate by Design a Tea
56 tasting notes

A sample I received. This disaster was my fault. Maple, Chocolate and Green Tea flavors just don’t go together. Now I know. I’m amazed I was able to get to the bottom of the cup.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

It’s been 2 years since my last confession…I mean…sip of this tisane. LOL :)

Thanks to Azzrian I was able to try it again :) Thanks so much!!!

I taste Rooibos, apple/citrus, Vanilla, and almonds! It’s nice and even from beginning to end! I really want to taste more Black Marzipan’s…like Teavana used to sell…it was my favorite Teavana tea and they discontinued it…figures. This is nicely done for a flavored Rooibos. See previous notes :)

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78

This tastes like an almond rooibos – sweet and juicy. Pretty good!

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100
drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
6770 tasting notes

LiberTEAS told me this was good and I had to try it for myself!!! It smells like Pineapple and chai more pineapple than chai…which I appreciate very much!

This infuses really dark and really fast!

The taste is AWESOME!!!! I can safely say this is my FAVORITE Chai to date!!!! The flavoring is wonderful! The spices underneath…

The ingredients and benefits from everything immense! The complete package if you are on that favors pineapple!

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m giving this 100 because I cannot think of any other flavored chais I like this much…I am also giving this a 100 because I cannot think of a Yerba Mate I have enjoyed this much! YUM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, I think I will need to try this.

Kryptryx

Do you do this with just water, or do you add milk?

TeaEqualsBliss

Just water…no additionals (my personal preference for all tea/tisanes) but I think one could add milk

Paul M Tracy

Is the maté very pronounced? I’ll have to try this simply for the name regardless.

TeaEqualsBliss

Paul – not overly so, no. I think that is why I like it!!!

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90
drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
4401 tasting notes

OK… I am totally LOVING this tea.

The black tea, the mate, the masala spice, and the pineapple are all in fantastic harmony with one another, and the vanilla offers a smooth presence but not an overwhelming presence of flavor.

Yum… Yum… YUM!!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

Pineapple mate chai? Hm sounds interesting!

TeaEqualsBliss

I hope I will be able to try this too! What else did you get from them???

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87

Backlogging COLD Version…I am liking this iced ever better…a few more points for that! I can taste the cranberry more but the apple is wonderfully done with the rooibos and is superb cold!

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87

Backlogging…hot version…yummy!!! Reminds me of a cider of sorts…more apple than cranberry but cranberry is still noticeable. There was a cinnamon likeness to it…maybe like a cinnamon type cranberry…very good partnership with the rooibos!

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86

ICED attempt:

it’s ok…iced…I think I actually like it better HOT…hum…I can taste the coconut more when it’s hot. Still pretty good tho!

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86

I was unable to find this one on their website but I am sampling it now. It’s Lemongrass with coconut powder. It smells wonderful! Almost like a Mike’s Hard Lemonade or something! Sugary-Sweet-Lemony-Coconut-YUM!

This is lovely…the taste is light and seems to be perfect for summer. Altho I am currently drinking it hot I am thinking about putting it in the fridge and drinking the rest cold. So…I will, I think – and report back…

For the hot tho – it’s really good HOT…a nice even lemon flavor with a hint of coconut to assist! Refreshing!

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89

This smells lovely. It ‘brews’ fairly dark. The taste is juicy with hints of floral undertones to it. This is a VERY enjoyable cup! A nice flavored black. I’m drinking it hot but KNOW it will be just as delightful ICED.

This is just JOY in a cup! :)

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86

This tisane has been staring at me for at least a week so I finally gave in! Altho it’s a little mistimed I figured I would drink it anyways. Lets just hope the ‘need to cuddle after drinking this tea’ doesn’t kick in while I am still working…that would just be a harassment charge waiting to happen! LOL

I can smell a lot of chamomile which almost scares me. I can see a lot of lavender which almost scares me.

I’m pleased to report that the Rooibos and Cherry Flavoring tone down my fears mentioned above.

I do like this one. I’m a little surprised, actually. This is very pleasant. I wonder what chocolate would taste like with it…hum…

Cofftea

Haha! That’s the one thing I hate about hot tea. The need to cuddle effect- even true tea gives me that feeling.

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85

I infused a cup of this and eventho my water wasn’t hot enough this still turned out good. It’s a perfect combo of Rooibos and Spearmint…relaxing and refreshing!

The 2nd half of my cup was near ICED and it was VERY good – great end to the day!

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85
drank Butterfly Tea by Design a Tea
4401 tasting notes

I really like the combination of chamomile and lavender. While rooibos isn’t my favorite “tea” – it works pretty well in this blend. The woodsy flavor lends a nice depth of flavor to what would otherwise be a somewhat thin tasting tisane.

There is a nice floral flavor to this blend (I guess that’s not surprising). Sweet and very pleasant to sip, especially later in the evening. (like it is right now!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
__Morgana__

Have you tried Yellow and Blue by Harney?

LiberTEAS

Morgana: No, I haven’t. Good?

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83

This is highly scented…VERY blueberry and nutmeg! Wooooo! Very nice smell! It infusions pretty dark for an oolong. The Post infusion scent is a little lighter on the blueberry and nutmeg and more woodsy but both flavors are still identifiable! The taste is good! I can taste the Oolong then the Blueberry then the Nutmeg and at the end of the sip more woodsy. The after taste lingers with the blueberry/nutmeg goodness and it is quite memorable! This is Aroma and Taste in a cup! Yup! Thumbs Up!

gmathis

Neat combo!

sygyzy

How are the blueberry and nutmeg integrated into the tea? Are there dried bits of the fruit?

TeaEqualsBliss

Nothing overly visible more flavoring but darned good flavoring!

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89
drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
4401 tasting notes

This is the very first time trying a tea from this company, and I’m liking it a lot. It brews to a beautiful, pale green color. It smells rather unusual, I can smell a vanilla note and a fruit note, but there is also a very strong… almost baked kind of aroma to the cup. Almost like cookies. It doesn’t smell like a typical tropical blend, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it does smell delicious in its own way and it is a very intriguing sort of fragrance…

The vanilla flavor is strong here, very creamy and sweet tasting… The mango also holds its own in the blend. The green tea offers a light, fresh taste to the mix, I’m not getting a lot of what I would call grassy flavor but there is some vegetative characteristics to the cup. The combination of the vanilla, mango and Sencha is a very tasty one, indeed.

This is really good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

Hmmm…I may add this to my shopping list….

LiberTEAS

Lori – I just got finished writing a review of this tea for the SororiTEA Sisters blog, it will publish on July 2. http://sororiteasisters.com :)

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81

This is every bit of Coconut and Pineapple flavored black tea. Thumbs up for creativity and pulling it off. It smells great and it pretty tastes good too.

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94
drank Plum Lov'en by Design a Tea
6770 tasting notes

This is just awesome! Sweetness of the Rooibos but more importantly an even 50/50 of Plum and vanilla. It sort of tastes like a mixed drink but then you know it’s a rooibos tisane. It’s very, very yummy.

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92

I received a sample of this and I must say the aroma is marvy! This is perfection in the form of CHOCOLATE and rose and black tea prior to infusion. Post infusion it does lose a lot of the scent but it’s till identifiably chocolate and floral and a black tea – almost – but not quite pu-erh smelling. The Chocolate melts into the hot liquid making it semi-murky but it’s hard to tell there is that texture because it infuses so-so-so dark. The taste is great…black tea and chocolate with a hint of rose. Exactly what I was hoping for. This is VERY nicely done! I would certainly drink it again! And maybe even purchase larger quantities to have on hand!

Jenn-cha

Sounds like their China Seduction tea which does actually use pu’erh http://steepster.com/teas/design-a-tea/10892-china-seduction

TeaEqualsBliss

Interesting…thanks Jenn-cha!

TeaEqualsBliss

Come to find out…this IS China Seduction…I was reading the label wrong…Oops!

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47

This was the second of my two Design a Tea samples. I was more adventurous with this one. Now that I look at the name I wonder what I was thinking. At the time, the flavors seemed like they’d go well with oolong. I quite liked the GM caramel oolong, but I haven’t really enjoyed any other flavored oolongs that much. Wonder how this one will do.

As with my other sample, I poured the tea out of the little bag it came in and weighed it. This one is 1.4g, so I’ll be making very small cups. If I’d thought about it I could have used this to break in my tiny gaiwan, but I’d already washed out a Finum filter and I poured this in there while it was still slightly damp. If I tried to pour it into the gaiwan now I’d lose a fair amount of the sample to stickage around the edges of the Finum filter. So no gaiwan this time.

The dry leaves look green and a little powdery, and smell like… hazelnut and mocha, but the hazelnut here isn’t the true nuttiness of Florence. It seems a little more of the Frangelico variety.

The liquor on the first steep is a light orange/tan, sort of a light caramel color, and cloudy. I can smell the nuts and mocha, and some butter.

The taste has a very heavy mocha note. An unsweetened coffee. Hazelnut, not so much. It’s kind of amazing that the tea manages to escape being bitter given the unsweetened coffee aspect. Perhaps it is the mediating effect of the oolong’s butteryness. Like my first Design a Tea attempt, this is ok but just ok. Perhaps slightly less ok than the first attempt because the hazelnut isn’t really present in the taste. There’s a generic nuttiness, but not more than I’d expect from a more oxidized oolong even without flavoring.

Second steep, three minutes. Um. Is this really an oolong? I am wondering. Because the resteep is really lame. All the flavors again, but a faded photograph of themselves. Hmmm. Really not hopeful for a third steep but I have to give it a shot at redeeming itself if it really is an oolong, because if it is, steep three should be among the best.

Third steep, four minutes. Now all the flavorings are gone and if there’s an oolong flavor in there, it’s hard to detect because of the strength of the earlier flavors. If it’s there, it is paling by comparison.

This one was not meant to be. It wasn’t awful, but it was not meant to be.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60

A while back after I read someone else’s note about a designed tea (can’t now remember whose), I decided to go design a couple of samples. This is one of them. I think if I had to do it over again I would have been much more adventurous in my choice of flavors. There are probably hundreds of versions of this Mounds combo available. I’ve even bought a few myself. Oh well.

It came in a cute little bag, which I suppose could have been used for steeping, but instead, I poured it out and weighed it. It came to 1.5g so I will be making about half a cup with it. The dry leaves are dark, and there was a fair amount of dust in the mix. They smelled exactly as would have been expected: like chocolate and coconut. The coconut is probably the slightly stronger fragrance of the two.

Steeping brings out the coconut even more, and I have to say that this combo is smelling extremely good. It really does smell like a Mounds tastes. Yum.

In taste, the tea is just ok. It’s a little harsh at the back of the throat, and though the tea has a nice, chewy mouth feel that goes with the candy bar theme, it doesn’t have the depth of flavor I was expecting from the aroma. It’s chewy in texture but it’s thin in flavor at the same time. I can’t taste the tea under the flavorings, which probably explains part of this. I feel a little like I’m drinking a too dilute hot chocolate with coconut flavor.

Fortunately I don’t have much of an interest in tea blending as if this is any indication, I should leave it to the experts.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Orange Zabaglione by Design a Tea
67 tasting notes

I tried my hand at creating my own tea blend over at Design a Tea, and this is one of the packs I created (the other was hazelnut and peppermint; Design a Tea also threw in a sample of marzipan tea which I’m dying to try). There was nothing overly special about this tea; when sweetened and splashed with cream, this tastes like a creamsicle with a faint eggnog-y flavor. All in all, a good dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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