Design a Tea

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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
563 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
2031 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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77

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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
36 tasting notes

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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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68

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
4637 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
4637 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
4637 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
4637 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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94

I LOVE this signature blend from Design a Tea. The blueberry flavor is sweet and juicy, the Oolong has that peach-y note – a nice complement to the blueberry. But what is really great about this blend is the NUTMEG. It doesn’t taste really strong at first, but as I continue to sip on the tea, I find the flavor becoming more intense.

YUMMY!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Ooo.. this sounds lovely!

Stephanie

What a yummy flavor combo! I love nutmeg!

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: me too, it is one of my favorite spices. I have to say, though, that I never really gave it much thought until I started grinding it fresh when I needed it. It tastes so much better!

amandajo

mmm…I think I will have to check this one out!

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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
4637 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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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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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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